Women's Weekend
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  09/18/2013

Courtesy: Brian David Solomon (Rider University)
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Women’s Weekend

Field Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer Home

LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider women’s soccer, field hockey, and volleyball teams will be playing home contests this weekend, beginning Friday night under the lights on the Ben Cohen Field.

The 4-1 field hockey teams hosts Towson at 7pm Friday in the 2013 home opener.  Rider has won four consecutive regular season titles and three consecutive conference championships, but is in pursuit of its first MAAC Championship this year.

Rider has not played Towson in field hockey since 1998. This year the Tigers began the season 1-5.

The Rider field hockey team has been led by senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain), freshman Nicole Hareau (Montevideo, Urugay) and sophomore Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del.).

Penas, an All-Conference performer, is again among the league leaders in assists with four in five games.  Hareau began her collegiate career as the MAAC Rookie of the Week and recently scored the game-winner in overtime at Hofstra.  Prettyman has allowed just seven goals in five games while making 20 saves.

The 8-2 volleyball team is off to its best start in 30 years and plays its first two MAAC contests this weekend in Alumni Gymnasium.  The Broncs host Niagara on Saturday and Canisius on Sunday, both matches beginning at 1pm.

Last year Rider lost 3-1 and 3-0 when the Broncs traveled to Western New York.  This year Canisius is 2-9 and Niagara is 0-10.

The Rider volleyball team is led by freshman middle hitter Kaitlyn Griffin (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) and senior right-side hitter Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist).

Sheerin led Rider to the title at the Terrier Invitational averaging 3.20 kills per set, attacked over .400 and compiled 34 points as Rider won nine of 10 sets, and was named the MAAC Player of the Week.

Griffin was named to the All-Tournament Team at Bucknell and has been the MAAC Rookie of the Week this year.

The women’s soccer team (3-3) has won two of its last three games to remain at .500 and plays its first MAAC game Saturday at 1pm against Siena.

Siena (3-4) jumped out to a 3-1 start before losing its last three games. The Broncs won at Siena in overtime last year, Rider first win over the Saints since 2006.

The Bronc booters are led on the offensive end by senior Jennifer Meier (Sayville, NY/St. Anthony’s) and freshman Michelle Iacono (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) and on the defensive end by junior Becca Kape (Westfield, NJ/Westfield).

Meier is second in the MAAC in points per game and Iacono is second in the MAAC in game-winning goals.

Women’s Weekend on campus at the Ben Cohen Field and in Alumni Gymnasium.

The contests this weekend will be streamed on BroncVision, the pay per view video stream of Rider Athletics.

GameWatcher (LiveStats) will also be available for free on the website for all contests.

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