Field Hockey Trio Leads Teams to Wins, Earns Weekly Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Three America East field hockey standouts that played key roles in their teams' wins over the weekend are this week's America East award winners. The recipients for the week ending Sept. 30 were announced Monday afternoon.
Tabi Hatch scored twice in Boston University's comeback win over Albany to earn Player of the Week honors while the Great Danes' Kristi Troch picked up Defensive Player of the Week recognition and Maine's Cassidy Svetek was named Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
Hatch (Green Lane, Pa.) scored the game-tying and game-winning goals on her only two shots of the game to lead the Terriers to a 2-1 victory at #23 Albany Friday. The senior forward scored twice in the game's final 8:37 to deliver Boston U. its sixth road win of the season. Hatch's first score came off a feed from Macey Gaumond in the 62nd minute and she added the game winner just 3:53 later off a pass from Leslie Zules. She also helped set up the Terriers' second goal in a 3-2 loss to #5 UConn Sunday.
Troch (Lehighton, Pa.) made five saves and recorded a 1.50 goals-against average in helping Albany go 1-1 last week to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors. The senior goalkeeper, a two-time America East Goalkeeper of the Year, stopped three shots in the Great Danes' 2-1 loss to #12 Boston U. Friday, then made two saves in earning her fifth win of the year in a 3-1 victory over #25 Louisville Saturday.
Svetek (Burlington, Ontario) tallied a pair of second half goals, her sixth and seventh of the season, as Maine rallied with three unanswered scores to beat Vermont, 3-1, Saturday. The freshman forwar scored in the 49th and 61st minutes to secure the win, Maine's sixth straight over Vermont.
Boston U., Maine and UNH, which beat Fairfield 3-2 in double-overtime Friday, are off to 1-0 starts in conference play. This weekend, New Hampshire hosts Albany Friday while Albany visits Vermont and Maine entertains Fairfield Sunday.
2012 Field Hockey Weekly Award Winners
Aug. 27 - Player of the Week: Jacinda McLeod (Boston U.); Defensive Player of the Week: Jess Maroney (Boston U.); Rookie of the Week: Liza Morgan (Albany)
Sept. 4 - Player of the Week: Felicitas Heinen (Fairfield); Defensive Player of the Week: Valentina Cerda Eimbcke (Boston U.); Rookie of the Week: Meg Carroll (New Hampshire)
Sept. 10 - Player of the Week: Felicitas Heinen (Fairfield); Defensive Player of the Week: Alicia Frisch (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Meg Flatley (New Hampshire)
Sept. 17 - Player of the Week: Hannah Richard (New Hampshire); Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Bozek (New Hampshire); Rookie of the Week: Cassidy Svetek (Maine)
Sept. 24 - Player of the Week: Annabelle Hamilton (Maine); Defensive Player of the Week: Jess Maroney (Boston U.); Rookie of the Week: Rachel Coll (Boston U.)
Oct. 1 - Player of the Week: Tabi Hatch (Boston U.); Defensive Player of the Week: Kristi Troch (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Cassidy Svetek (Maine)