PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League field hockey teams got off to a hot start in the opening four days of the 2010 season by posting a 10-3 record and outscoring their opposition by a 45-28 margin. In a weekend full of impressive individual performances and debuts, two players rose above their peers to claim the first Ivy League weekly honors of the 2010 season. By playing pivotal roles in leading their teams to 2-0 records to start the season, Harvard’s Chloe Keating earned Player of the Week accolades, while Yale’s Erica Borgo has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
As week two of play unfolds, the Ivies will have plenty of opportunities to build upon that early season success because the week ahead features 17 games, including participation in two tournaments. Columbia will take part in the Vonnie Gros Classic in West Chester, Pa., where it will face West Chester and Villanova. Harvard will also participate in a weekend tournament, as it travels north for the Catamount Classic in Burlington, Vt., and games against America East foes Maine and Vermont.
Senior forward Chloe Keating (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) led Harvard to a 2-0, season-opening weekend with nine points on four goals and an assist. She registered a goal and an assist in a 6-1 opening win against Holy Cross Saturday and then notched her first career hat trick in a 5-2 defeat of Bryant on Monday. Despite the lopsided final scores in both games, Keating scored pivotal goals in both contests. Each game entered halftime tied at 1-1 before Keating scored the go-ahead goal for the Crimson early in the second half. She also had a hand in the first goal in the opening minutes of each game. Keating was also the last member of the Crimson to earn Player of the Week honors, having done so on Sept. 15 of 2009.
2-2 GP/GS, 4 G, 1 A, 9 Pts., 9 Shots, 7 SOG, 2 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
Freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) made an instant impact for the Bulldogs over the weekend, scoring three goals and adding two assists in Yale’s wins over Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac. Borgo, who was also the inserter for all 24 Yale corners, had a pair of goals and a pair of assists in Friday night’s 5-0 win over the Pioneers. She then scored the game-winner in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Bobcats. Brogo is Yale’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Marissa Waldemore earned the honor on Sept. 11, 2007.
2-2 GP/GS, 3 G, 2 A, 8 Pts., 8 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
Alex Botte, Cornell, Jr., GK (Carlsbad,
2-2 GP/GS, 146:31 Min., 3 GA, 1.42 GAA, 15 SVS, .833 SV%, 1 Sho, 2-0
Julia Garrison, Columbia, Jr., MF (Virginia Beach, Va.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 2 A, 4 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0
Kelly Hood, Dartmouth, Jr., MF (Berlin, N.H.)
2-2 GP/GS, 3 G, 0 A, 6 Pts., 23 Shots, 12 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0
Virginia Peisch, Dartmouth, Sr., MF (Koenigstein, Germany)
2-2 GP/GS, 0 G, 2 A*, 2 Pts., 7 Shots, 3 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0
* - Peisch set a Dartmouth record by notching her 33rd career assist
Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton, Jr., ST (Moosic, Pa.)
1-1 GP/GS, 3 G, 1 A, 7 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0