Notebook: The Bantams' Go-To Girl
Jan. 14, 2010
By Amy Farnum
GO-TO GIRL: Trinity College moved up to No. 5 in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll after a pair New England Small College Athletic Conference victories last weekend, and then recorded a 4-2 win over Division I Holy Cross on Jan. 12, handing the Crusaders their first loss of the season. The Bantams have won seven straight games and are now 10-1-2 overall.
Junior forward Kim Weiss has played an integral role in the Bantams' last three contests, including the game-tying tally against Holy Cross on Wednesday. Weiss is the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week after contributing a goal and two assists in wins over Middlebury and Williams last weekend. The native of Potomac, Md., netted the game-winner in overtime for the Bantams' first win against Middlebury in the last 21 meetings, and followed it up with a pair of assists in a 5-1 victory versus the Ephs. Weiss is tied for second in Division III with three game-winning goals this year.
Trinity looks to stretch its winning streak at NESCAC foe Wesleyan on Jan. 15. Wesleyan will be trying for its first league win of the season.
EAGLES SOAR: Elmira College teammates Alex Bresler and Lauren Sullivan earned recognition from the ECAC West for their efforts in leading the Soaring Eagles to a 3-0-1 mark over the last two weeks in four games against nationally-ranked opponents. Bresler, a sophomore forward, compiled four goals and an assist during the stretch, including a game-winning tally against Middlebury College, earning the native of Golden, Colo., ECAC West Player of the Week honors.
Sullivan picked up ECAC West Goalie of the Week with a 3-0-1 mark that included a 2-1 win over No. 1 Amherst on Jan. 4. The freshman from Toronto, Ontario, was named Most Valuable Player of the Cardinal-Panther Classic. She currently ranks fourth in the nation with a 1.28 goals against average, and 10th in Division III with a .937 save percentage.
The second-ranked Soaring Eagles will enjoy the weekend off before returning to the ice to host top-ranked Amherst on Jan. 20.
RECORD DAY: Saint Mary's sophomore forward Nicole Olson was practically unstoppable in the Cardinals' 6-0 win over Marian on Jan. 9, scoring five consecutive goals, including a pure hat trick in the second period of the victory.
The native of New Brighton, Minn., tied a school record for goals in a game, marking only the second time a SMU player has accomplished the feat. Olson was tabbed Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her performance. She now leads the team with nine goals and 11 points.
The Cardinals went on to sweep Marian on the weekend, improving to 7-4-1 overall and are tied for second place in the MIAC standings with nine points. SMU looks to stretch its winning streak to three games on Jan. 16 in a meeting against Gustavus Adolphus.
ROOKIE REWARD: Plattsburgh State freshman forward Teal Gove garnered her first career ECAC West Division Rookie of the Week award after registering three of the Cardinals' nine goals in a three-point weekend with league foe Utica.
Highlighting Gove's weekend was a game-tying goal with 47 seconds remaining in regulation that gave the Cardinals a 3-3 overtime tie on Jan. 9. The native of Berwick, Ontario, paces the team's freshmen with five goals and seven points this year. The third-ranked Cardinals hit the road for a non-conference meeting with St. Anselm on Jan. 15.