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November 5, 2013

Field Hockey Weekly Release - Week 10

Updated Field Hockey Statistics through Nov. 3

Photos courtesy of Harvard and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- One game will decide the 2013 Ivy League field hockey title. On Saturday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m., No. 9 Princeton will play at Penn with the League’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth on the line.

A win by the Tigers (12-4, 6-0 Ivy) would give them sole possession of the Ivy title and their second-straight 7-0 League record. A win by the Quakers (13-3, 5-1 Ivy) would give both teams a share of the title but would advance Penn to the NCAA Tournament due to the head-to-head victory.

The two teams set up this one-game playoff with wins last week, as each squad used a score of 4-0 to defeat Cornell (Princeton) and Brown (Penn). Six Tigers recorded a point in the win over the Big Red (9-7, 3-3 Ivy), including a goal and an assist by senior Michelle Cesan. The Quakers’ win over the Bears (6-10, 1-5 Ivy) was thanks in large part to freshman Jasmine Cole (two goals) and junior Emily Corcoran (a goal and an assist).

In other Ivy action last week, Dartmouth (7-9, 3-3 Ivy) held off Harvard (7-9, 1-5 Ivy), 4-2, and Yale (7-9, 3-3 Ivy) defeated Columbia (6-10, 2-4 Ivy), 3-1.

Penn and Princeton also went undefeated in non-conference action, as the Quakers defeated Villanova, 2-1 and the Tigers held off the top seed in the MAAC, Rider, with a 2-1 overtime victory. Penn has 13 wins for the first time since 2004 and has a chance to match the program record for victories in a season, 14, set by the 1988 squad that reached the NCAA Final Four.

Besides Princeton at Penn, Saturday features two other Ivy contests. Cornell faces Dartmouth at noon and Brown travels south down I-95 to take on Yale at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Columbia hosts Harvard at 12:00 p.m. The Ivy League® Digital Network will stream two of the four games this week, including Princeton at Penn and Cornell at Dartmouth.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
As goes Princeton senior Michelle Cesan (Harding, N.J.), so goes the Tigers. Princeton improved to 10-0 on the year when Cesan records at least one point, including two wins last week over Cornell (4-0) and Rider (2-1, OT). Cesan finished with a goal and an assist in the win over the Big Red for her fourth multi-point game of the year, and then recorded the gamewinner against the Broncs. She has tallied at least one point in five of the Tigers’ last six games, including three straight.

Cesan earns her first career Player of the Week award and fourth career Ivy League weekly award, as she was named Rookie of the Week three times in 2009. She is the third Tiger to be named Player of the Week this season, joining juniors Allison Evans (Sept. 17) and Cassidy Arner (Oct. 8).

Cesan’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 6 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman Marissa Balleza (Severna Park, Md.) extended her points streak to nine-straight games, scoring in each of her team’s contests against Northeastern, Dartmouth and Vermont last week. She tallied the game’s lone goal in the Crimson’s 1-0 win over the Huskies, finished with a goal in her team’s 4-2 loss to the Big Green and scored twice in Harvard’s 4-0 victory over the Catamounts.

Balleza leads her team in goals (12) and points (27) and ranks fourth in the League in both categories. She takes home her second Rookie of the Week honor of the season (Oct. 15) to become the first Crimson to receive the honor twice since Maggie McVeigh in 2007. Balleza also matches her older sister’s Rookie of the Week total, as Cornell’s Hannah was a two-time recipient of the award in 2010.

M. Balleza’s Weekly Stats
3 GP, 4G, 8 Pts., 18 Shots, 9 SOG, 1 GW

HONOR ROLL
Cat Caro, Princeton (Fr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW

Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 6 SOG

Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG

Ellen Meyer, Dartmouth (Jr., GK – Prospect, Ky.)
2 GP-2 GS, 139:02 Mins., 4 GA, 2.01 GAA, 24 Svs., .857 Sv. %, 1-1

Heather Schlesier, Yale (Jr., GK – San Diego)
2 GP-2 GS, 140:00 Mins., 4 GA, 2.00 GAA, 24 Svs., .857 Sv. %, 1-1

Marlee Silverstein, Columbia (Jr, GK – Medford, N.J.)
1 GP-1 GS, 70:00 Mins., 3 GA, 3.00 GAA, 12 Svs., .800 Sv. %, 0-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 9
*No. 9 Princeton at Penn, 11:30am [IVY]
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 12pm [IVY]
*Brown at Yale, 1pm

Sunday, November 10
*Harvard at Columbia, 12pm

KEY
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
September 17 – Allison Evans, Princeton (Jr., F – Macungie, Pa.)
September 24 – Erica Borgo, Yale (Sr., F – Randolph, N.J.)/Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 1 – Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)
October 8 – Cassidy Arner, Princeton (Jr., F – Red Hill, Pa.)/Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
October 15 – Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
October 22 – Marisa Siergiej, Cornell (So., D – Harrison City, Pa.)
October 29 – Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)/Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
November 5 – Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., F – Harding, N.J.)

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
September 17 – Georgia Lord, Cornell (Fr., F - Cranleigh, England)/Sarah Finnemore, Harvard (Fr., F - Norridgewock, Maine)
September 24 – Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 1 – Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
October 8 – Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)
October 15 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)
October 22 – Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 29 – Cat Caro, Princeton (Fr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)
November 5 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)

HONOR ROLL
September 10 – Gabrielle Garcia (Sr., F – Yale); Elizabeth Hitti (So., F – Ashland, Mass.); Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.); Kimberly Pianucci, Columbia (So., GK – Glen Gardner, N.J.); Hailey Reeves, Princeton (Fr., F – West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., D – North Wales, Pa.)
September 17 – Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.); Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Anna Masini, Brown (So., M – Ann Arbor, Mich.); Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.); Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)
September 24 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.); Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.); Clayton Christus, Brown (Jr., F – Bernardsville, N.J.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
October 1 – Avery Burns, Brown (Sr., M – Millersville, Md.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Anya Gersoff, Princeton (So., GK – Greenwood, Colo.); Maggie Scanlon, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Shaker Heights, Ohio); Elizabeth Schaeffler, Cornell (So., GK – Timonium, Md.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.); Heather Zezzo, Dartmouth (Fr., D – Jamison, Pa.)
October 8 – Mallory Bannon, Cornell (Sr., D – Hopkinton, Mass.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.); Hannah Rogers, Brown (So., F – Los Altos, Calif.); Emily Schuckert, Yale (Sr., M – Wilmington, Del.); Marlee Silverstein, Columbia (Jr., GK – Medford, N.J.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
October 15 – Katarina Angus, Brown (Fr., D – West Vancouver, Canada); Amanda Bird, Princeton (Sr., M – Vancouver); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Christina Friebott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.); Georgia Holland, Yale (So., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Maggie Scanlon, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Shaker Heights, Ohio); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
October 22 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna, Md.); Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., F – Harding, N.J.); Christina Freibott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.); Rhoni Gericke, Yale (Fr., F – Cape Town, South Africa); Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.); Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia); Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.); Julie Tahan, Penn (Sr., F – Morristown, N.J.); Nicole Wells, Yale (So., M – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
October 29 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.); Maryrose Croddick, Penn (Jr., D – Fair Haven, N.J.); Alexis Miller, Brown (So., M – Caldwell, N.J.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Heather Schlesier, Yale (Jr., GK – San Diego); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
November 5 – Cat Caro, Princeton (Fr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Ellen Meyer, Dartmouth (Jr., GK – Prospect, Ky.); Heather Schlesier, Yale (Jr., GK – San Diego); Marlee Silverstein, Columbia (Jr, GK – Medford, N.J.)

WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY

Player of the Week
School Last Occurence Player
Brown October 23, 2012* Shannon McSweeney
Columbia September 11, 2012* Gabby Kozlowski
Cornell October 22, 2013 Marisa Siergiej
Dartmouth October 29, 2013* Ali Savage
Harvard September 27, 2011 Carly Dickson
Penn October 29, 2013* Carly Sokach
Princeton November 5, 2013* Michelle Cesan
Yale September 24, 2013* Erica Borgo
     
Rookie of the Week
School
Last Occurence Player
Brown October 30, 2012
Alexis Miller
Columbia October 1, 2013 Katie Ruesterholz
Cornell September 17, 2013* Georgia Lord
Dartmouth November 8, 2011 Ali Savage
Harvard November 5, 2013 Marissa Balleza
Penn October 22, 2013 Jasmine Cole
Princeton October 29, 2013 Cat Caro
Yale November 9, 2010 Erica Borgo

*Shared honor

National Rankings
Team (top-30 as of November 3)

Category Team Rank Actual
Scoring Average Penn 9
3.33
  Princeton 15 3.01
  Dartmouth 22
2.8
Goals Per Game
Penn 7
3.5
  Princeton 17 3.06
  Dartmouth 23 2.81
Goals Against Average Princeton 24 1.6
Scoring Margin
Penn 13
1.55
  Princeton 17 1.41
Shutouts Per Game Penn 16 0.31
  Harvard 23 0.25
Winning Percentage
Penn 3
0.813
  Princeton 15 0.75
Assists Per Game
Dartmouth 14 2.5

Princeton 19
2.31
  Penn 24 2.06
  Yale 29 1.94
Saves Per Game Brown 3
10.25

Yale 6
9.25
  Columbia 17 7.88
  Dartmouth 18 7.81
  Penn 23 7.06
Points Per Game
Penn 10 9.06

Princeton 16
8.33
  Dartmouth 20 8.13
Save Percentage
Penn 8
0.79

Yale 10
0.787
  Brown 24 0.759
Penalty Corners Per Game
Dartmouth 3
9.25
  Princeton 6 8.81
  Penn 8 8.75
  Yale 29 7.31
Defensive Saves
Yale 4 14.0
  Columbia 5 13.0
  Dartmouth 10 11.0
  Brown 19 8.0
  Penn 26 6.0

Individual (top-30 as of November 3)

Category Name Team Rank Actual
Points Per Game
Jasmine Cole Penn 6
2.44

Ali Savage Dartmouth 6
2.44
  Emily Corcoran Penn 11
2.19
Goals Per Game Jasmine Cole
Penn 1
1.13

Ali Savage Penn 10
0.94

Emily Corcoran Dartmouth 19 0.81
Assists Per Game
Emily Corcoran
Penn
20 0.56
  Ali Savage
Dartmouth 20 0.56

Emily Schuckert Yale 20 0.56

Michelle Cesan Princeton
26 0.53
Goals Against Average Anya Gersoff Princeton 26 1.6
Saves Per Game Shannon McSweeney
Brown 3 9.63

Ellen Meyer Dartmouth 13 7.13

Carly Sokach Penn 17 6.69
  Heather Schlesier
Yale
21 6.27
  Kimberly Pianucci Columbia 22 6.15
Save Percentage
Heather Schlesier Yale 5 0.797

Carly Sokach Penn
11 0.781
  Shannon McSweeny Brown 20 0.759
Defensive Saves
Georgia Holland
Yale
2 10.0
  Claire Kneizys Columbia 6 6.0

Lauren Skudalski Columbia 6 6.0
  Two players

21 4.0
Goalie Win-Loss Percentage
Carly Sokach
Penn 3 0.813
  Anya Gersoff Princeton 17 0.7