March 30, 2009

America East Weekly Report: BU's Dalton on Top

from press release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- As league play began to heat up despite the damp weather this past weekend, Boston University senior midfielder Sarah Dalton (Cornwall, Vt./Taft School) and University of Vermont freshman goalkeeper Olivia Hatfield (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) were difference-makers for their respective teams. Dalton's offensive production earned her the America East Player of the Week for the period ending March 29, while Hatfield's effort between the posts made her the recipient of both the Defender and Rookie of the Week accolades.

In the Terriers' only game of the week, Dalton scored a game-high six goals to lead Boston U. in its conference-opener against Albany. In the 15-9 win, she filled the stat sheet with five ground balls, two caused turnovers and five draw controls. The reigning player of the year once again leads the conference in goals and points per game, and is receiving the weekly accolade for the second time this season.

In a 1-1 week for Vermont, Hatfield came up big with a career-high 18 saves in a league win over UMBC. The 11-6 victory improved the Catamounts to 2-0 in America East play and put them in first-place position in the league standings. For the week, Hatfield posted a 8.89 goals-against average and a .588 saves percentage. She becomes the first Catamount to earn the weekly defender honors this season. Hatfield is the third different Catamount to earn the top weekly rookie honor this season and it is the fourth time in five weeks a Vermont rookie has received the award.

Team Notebooks:

UAlbany (4-6, 1-1 America East) upended Harvard, 19-15, to post its third consecutive win on March 25...The Great Danes led 16-12, but then put the game away by scoring three consecutive times...Jodi Battaglia (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst Central) scored a career-high six goals...The sophomore attack worked her way from the right, spun from a defender, and rifled a shot into the upper left corner and later one-timed a crossing pass during that decisive run...Battaglia also scored three times in a 15-9 loss to defending conference champion Boston University on March 28...The Terriers, ranked 12th nationally, were UAlbany's third top-20 opponent of the season...The Great Danes were attempting to start league play 2-0 for the first time...Julie Bush (Jordan, N.Y./Jordan-Elbridge) accounted for eight points last week...Bush, who has made a successful return from two knee surgeries, tied a career-best with five points (2 g, 3 a) vs. Harvard...Mel Rorie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) equaled a career high with four goals against Harvard...The Great Danes matched their sixth-highest single-game goal total at the Division I level against Harvard...Kayla Best (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) extended her goal-scoring streak to 40 games in a row, the nation's third-longest mark...Best totaled four points (3 g, 1 a) against Harvard... Best is fifth in goals (104) and eighth in points (128) on the program's all-time lists...Senior midfielder Rory Redmond (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) has scored two-plus points in three consecutive games, including a two-goal effort vs. Harvard...Spring Stomp, sponsored by the school's Alumni Association, is scheduled for April 1... UAlbany will host a lacrosse doubleheader, with the women meeting America East-rival Vermont at 3 p.m.

The Binghamton (2-7, 0-1) women's lacrosse team opened up the week with a 13-6 loss to the University of Colgate Red Raiders on Wednesday evening. The Bearcats scored the first goal of the game and traded goals before Colgate would surge ahead with four unanswered goals to close the half with an 8-3 lead. The Red Raiders picked up right where they finished the first half, scoring two goals to take a comfortable 10-3 lead. Binghamton would get no closer than six in the second half. The Bearcats lost their second game of the week in a 22-7 decision with No. 11 Vanderbilt. The Commodores dominated the scoring, and spurred on by a 26-9 shot advantage in the first half, two Vanderbilt players recorded first-half hat tricks. Binghamton was led by Zuern and Moore who each scored two goals. Castiglie, Illig and Moore would add one apiece, while Travis added Binghamton's lone assist. Binghamton was out shot 39-13 in the game.

Boston University (6-3, 1-0), ranked 12th in the nation, opened America East conference play with a 15-9 win over Albany on Saturday in Boston ... The Terriers have never lost to the Great Danes in 11 all-time meetings ... The Terriers have now won four straight games ... Senior Sarah Dalton (Cornwall, Vt./Taft School) led the team with six goals ... Freshman Hannah Frey (Nyack, N.Y./Nanuet) scored a goal and added an assist to continue her goal-scoring streak ... Frey is the only Terrier to score in every game this season and has scored a goal in each of the first nine games of her collegiate career ... The Terriers continue America East action this week, visiting 19th-ranked rival New Hampshire on Wednesday in a rematch of last season's America East title game and NCAA tournament matchup, then traveling to Stony Brook for a Saturday contest.

UMBC (5-6, 1-1) dropped a pair of road games last week, falling to cross-town rival Johns Hopkins, 8-6, on March 24, and to America East foe Vermont, 11-6, on March 28... Sophomore midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) led the Retrievers with two goals, three ground balls and two caused turnovers against the Blue Jays... Senior attack Abbey Swift (Baltimore, Md./Towson) was the only other Retriever with multiple points, as she tallied a goal and an assist... Sophomore midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) won a team-high three draw controls... Junior goalie Kate Quick (Phoenix, Md./Maryvale Prep) recorded five saves... Six different players got on the scoreboard against the Catamounts... Pappas was the only Retriever with multiple points, as she tallied a goal and an assist... Quick made nine saves in the net... Senior midfielder Kara Dorr (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) leads the Retrievers with 28 goals, 33 points and 30 draw controls on the season... Freshman attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) has dished out a team-best 11 assists... Junior defender Sarah Willis (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) has picked up a team-high 21 ground balls, while sophomore defender C.J. Durham (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) leads UMBC with 19 caused turnovers... Quick has posted 93 saves on the season for a .477 save percentage... The Retrievers host America East rivals Binghamton (April 1) and New Hampshire (April 4) this week.

Nineteenth-ranked UNH (7-3, 1-1) defeated Stony Brook, 21-7, in its only game last week ... With the victory, the Wildcats remained unbeaten in four games at Memorial Field this season and extended their home winning streak to 10 games ... Junior attacker Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) recorded her 100th career point with her first of three points - a goal at 7:28 of the first half - vs. SBU on March 28; she now has career totals of 65-37-102 ... Senior defender Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) scored her first career goal against the Seawolves ... Sophomore defender Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) tallied 11 draw controls vs. SBU ... Senior defender Beth Sabiston (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore) had a solid all-around game with four caused turnovers, four ground balls and three draw controls ... Senior attacker Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) extended her goal-scoring streak to 22 games and multiple-goal streak to 19 with 2-1-3 in that game ... Von Bargen climbed into a tie for fourth place on the program's career goals leaderboard with Pauline Collins at 155; assistant coach Jess Burnap is No. 3 (168) ... Senior midfielder Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass./Reading) scored a season-high five goals vs. SBU ... UNH recorded 50+ shots for the second consecutive game with 54 against Stony Brook; prior to the 50-shot effort March 21 at Albany, the ‘Cats had not tallied 50+ shots in a game since April 22, 1998 ... Seven Wildcats are averaging at least one goal per game.

Stony Brook (3-9, 0-2) lost both of its games last week, 15-7 at Hofstra and 21-7 at New Hampshire... The Seawolves opened a 5-1 lead against Hofstra but scored just two goals the rest of the way... The Pride scored 10 unanswered goals to end the first half with Stony Brook getting as close as 12-7 the rest of the way... Sophomore Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) and senior Jenna Celano (Farmindale, N.Y./George Mason) each had two goals for Stony Brook... Back into America East play, the Seawolves lost to New Hampshire, 21-7... The Wildcats scored the game's first 11 goals... Stony Brook got within 13-7 but New Hampshire scored the next two goals and eight of the next nine to lead by as many as 14... Stony Brook begins the first of three straight home games to end the season on Saturday vs. #12 Boston University at 1 p.m.

Vermont moved to 7-4 on the year and remained unbeaten in America East with a 1-1 week ... The Catamounts dropped a 14-8 decision to Boston College, but rebounded with an 11-6 win over UMBC in league play ... Senior Kristen Millar (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary) scored six goals and added four assists for 10 points on the week ... She also collected eight ground balls and 11 draw controls ... Millar begins the week three goals shy of becoming the all-time leader in goals scored at UVM (131 career) ... She also ran her consecutive points streak to 59 games, the longest in the nation ... She has tallied at least one point in all but one of her 60 career games ... Millar leads the country in draw controls and caused turnovers ... Senior Sarah DeStefano (Elliot, Maine/Marshwood) scored a season-high four goals, all in the second half, to lead UVM past the Retrievers ... Freshman Olivia Hatfield (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) made a career-high 18 stops in the victory over UMBC in her best effort of the year ... Vermont has one game on the schedule for the week and will travel to Albany for a 3 p.m. game on Wednesday (April 1).

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