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Drexel's Jantien Gunter

CAA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Oct. 30

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          Release: 10/30/2012
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CAA Field Hockey Co-Player of the Week:

Jantien Gunter, So., Goalkeeper, Drexel

Gunter anchored the Drexel defense as the Dragons picked up two victories last week to secure the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage for the CAA Championship. Gunter made 11 saves in Drexel's important 1-0 win over No. 10 Northeastern last Friday. It was her sixth shutout of the season and secured the team's fifth victory over a nationally ranked program. She continued her strong week by making four saves in a 3-1 win at Hofstra Sunday afternoon that clinched the No.1 seed for the Dragons. Gunter finished the regular season with 104 saves, a save percentage of .776, and a 1.57 goals against average.

 

CAA Field Hockey Co-Rookie of the Week:

Emily Harting, Fr., Back, Old Dominion

Harting scored her first collegiate goal on a penalty stroke in overtime last Wednesday to lift Old Dominion past William and Mary, 3-2. Harting was brought in off the bench in a crucial spot, and her goal lifted ODU to the win in its first overtime game of the season. The goal gave head coach Beth Anders a victory in her 700th career game on the sideline. Harting became the 12th different Lady Monarch to score a goal this season, and the third freshman to do so.

 

CAA Field Hockey Co-Rookie of the Week:

Lauren Hibshman, Fr., Back/Midfielder, Drexel

Hibshman scored the game-winning goal on a penalty stroke in the second half to help No. 23 Drexel upset No. 10 Northeastern in a crucial conference game on Friday night. The goal marked her first score of the season, and her first career collegiate goal. Hibshman finished the regular season with one goal, three assists, and five points in her first year at Drexel. 

 

Conference notes:

Three CAA schools are ranked in the final regular season NFHCA Top 25 national poll (Old Dominion - 8, Northeastern - 10, Drexel - 18). The CAA was represented with at least three teams in the top 25 of every poll this season.

William & Mary enters the CAA Championship as the No. 4 seed despite two close overtime losses to Old Dominion last week. The Tribe's Pip Saunders scored two goals against the Monarchs Wednesday night, becoming the only freshman to score more than one goal in a game against ODU this season.

Old Dominion clinched the CAA regular season championship Saturday evening after posting an undefeated 7-0 record in conference play. This is the second year in a row that the Lady Monarchs have finished CAA play undefeated and the 15th time in program history. It's also their 14th CAA regular season title.

Drexel earned the No. 1 seed for this weekend's CAA championship after a 1-0 victory over Northeastern last Friday, and a 3-1 win at Hofstra Sunday afternoon. Freshman Lauren Hibshman scored the game-winning goal while goalie Jantien Gunter made 11 saves in the victory over the Huskies. As a result of the No. 1 seed, Drexel will host the CAA Championship at home in Philadelphia at Buckley Field. Northeastern locked up the No. 2 seed after defeating Towson 6-0 on Sunday. 

Taylor West scored her fifth game-winning goal of the season last Friday in overtime to give James Madison a 3-2 victory over Delaware. The win clinched the #3 seed for JMU in this weekend's CAA championship. Delaware will be the fifth seed.

Hofstra earned the sixth and final seed for this weekend's CAA Championship after a 2-1 victory over Towson last Friday. The Pride picked up a goal from Melissa McCarthy in the ninth minute and Micaela Gallagher tallied the game-winner in the 56th minute.  

Fans can watch all five games of this weekend's CAA Championship live at caasports.com. For additional information on the CAA Field Hockey Championship please visit the Championship Page.

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