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Field Hockey

Field Hockey Sweeps PL Weekly Awards

Three Leopards honored after 3-1 victory over American on Saturday

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Lafayette field hockey team, coming off a 3-1 victory over American on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Patriot League Tournament, swept the Patriot League's weekly awards on Monday afternoon. Freshman Molly McAndrew was named the Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, while senior co-captain Rachel Bird took home Defensive Player of the Week honors and junior Sarah Park added a Goalkeeper of the Week nod.

The win for the Leopards was the first over American since the Patriot League championship game in 2012 and earned the Maroon and White a bid to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2015. Lafayette shut out the Eagles through 70 minutes of action before a penalty stroke at the final buzzer pushed the score to 3-1.

McAndrew, Lafayette's leading scorer in her rookie season with seven goals, registered two of the three Leopard tallies on Saturday, including the game-winner in the 51st minute. The award marks her third Rookie of the Week honor this season and her first Offensive Player of the Week laurel.

Bird anchored one of the best defensive performances of the season for the Maroon and White on Saturday as the Leopards gave up just the last-minute tally to American, the Patriot League's top offensive team at 2.73 goals per game. She directly helped keep the Eagles off the board with a pair of defensive saves, adding to her league-leading six this season.

Finally, Park did her part in the cage, not allowing a goal in her 70 minutes of action as freshman Hailey Abbott came in to challenge the game-ending penalty stroke. The junior made six saves on the afternoon as her defensive group has tightened up as of late, allowing just 1.50 goals per game over the last four contests. The award is the second for Park from the Patriot League in 2018.

The Leopards take on Cornell on Monday afternoon before closing out the regular season on Saturday at Bucknell at 2 p.m. A win would secure the two seed for the Maroon and White, while a loss could drop them to either 3 or 4 based on the results of the American-Colgate contest.
 
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