Three Leopards Nab Weekly Awards
Sept. 24, 2012
EASTON, Pa.- Three members of the Lafayette field hockey team notched awards from the Patriot League this week as sophomore midfielder Brittany Blass, sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch, and senior midfielder and defender Emily Valeo each took home honors.
“All three of these players displayed extra effort in Saturday’s game,” head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “It was not the best game skill-wise, but more of a mental test, which our team handled really well. These three fought hard and came up with important plays at critical times in the game. Their awards are well deserved.”
Playing in just one game this week, the Leopards fought to a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against No. 21 Albany on Saturday. Valeo, The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, scored the gamewinner in the 86th minute as she dodged three Albany defenders and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to finish off the Great Danes.
Valeo also assisted on the game-tying goal in the 56th minute as part of a corner contingent that included senior Deanna DiCroce and sophomore Jenna Seybert. Her 13th assist of the year places her in fifth nationally in assists per game. Valeo also leads the Patriot League in points and assists per game and picks up her second Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
Blass earns her second straight Defensive Player of the Week honor and third of the season this week after directing a Leopard defense that allowed just 10 total shots, six on goal, from Albany on Saturday. She made multiple key tackles throughout the match and helped Lafayette stave off four Great Dane corners in overtime.
Earning her second Goalkeeper of the Week award this season, Deutsch held Albany to just one goal with five saves, including three in extra time. She leads the Patriot League and is ranked 10th nationally with a 1.24 goals-against-average and also leads the league in save percentage with a .757 mark.
Next up for Lafayette is the continuation of the postponed Rider game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rappolt Field. The Leopards lead 2-0 with 6:15 remaining in the first half.