Rider Sweeps MAAC Awards / Penas Honored by ECAC
College Field Hockey
Rider Sweeps MAAC Awards
Penas, Prettyman, Hareau Honored
Penas Also Recognized by ECAC
EDISON—Senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain), sophomore goalie Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s) and freshman Nicole Hareau (Montevideo, Uruguay) of the Rider University field hockey team were honored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tuesday afternoon for their play the first week of October.
Penas earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, Prettyman was recognized with MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and Hareau earned MAAC Rookie of the Week recognition.
The MAAC preseason Player of the Year, Penas led Rider to a 2-0 week, scoring six points with one goal and four assists to earn MAAC recognition for the second time this season.
In a 2-1 overtime win at Saint Joseph’s on October 4, Penas assisted on the game winner with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime and her first assist of the game allowed the Broncs to tie the score 1-1, making her Rider’s all-time leading scorer.
In the Broncs 3-2 win at Lehigh on Sunday, Penas had a hand in all three goals, scoring once and also assisted on the game-winner for the second game in a row.
Her seventh goal of the season gave Rider a 1-0 lead over the Mountain Hawks and after Lehigh tied the game 1-1, her assist gave Rider a 2-1 lead just over six minutes later. After the Mountain Hawks tied the game 2-2, Penas set up the game-winner with less than 20 minutes remaining in the second half.
Penas was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Corvias Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
“Sandra had a hand in all of our goals last week,” Lori Hussong said. “She is a leader for us and always ready to score. Her effort was incredible.”
Penas leads Rider with nine assists, which is fourth in the nation and her 23 points are 15th best in the nation.
Prettyman compiled a 1.37 goals against average for the week, holding the defensive unit together long enough to allow Rider to secure two one-goal victories.
“Joelle is playing with a lot of confidence,” said assistant coach and goalie guru Dan Hussong. “She has always been a hard worker. Even though we have changed our defense in front of her several times, she is staying after it and is showing the maturity of an upperclassmen.”
In a 2-1 overtime win at Saint Joseph’s on October 4, Prettyman made five saves in over 83 minutes of play and at Lehigh on October 6, Prettyman had to make eight saves to keep the Mountain Hawks off the board long enough in a 3-2 win.
Prettyman is 13th in the nation with a 1.28 goals against average.
“Her leadership skills and her play have been the most consistent part of our defense,” Dan Hussong added. “We are proud that she earned this recognition.”
The leading scorer in the MAAC with 10 goals, Hareau earned Rookie of the Week recognition for the second time after a four-goal week (eight points), including scoring both game-winning goals.
Against the Hawks on October 4, Hareau had both goals as Rider battled back from a 1-0 deficit and her goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime gave the Broncs the win.
At Lehigh on October 6, Hareau had a hand in two of the three goals as she gave Rider a 2-1 lead and she notched the game-winner with less than 20 minutes remaining in the second half for the final score after the Mountain Hawks tied the game 2-2.
Hareau has four of Rider’s eight game-winning goals this season and she is 14th nationally in goals per game.
“Nicole has been clutch for us this year,” Lori Hussong said. “She is gaining more and more confidence and is working hard to improve each time on the field. She has really played poised under pressure.”
Rider hosts the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday in a non-conference game on Ben Cohen Field at 5 p.m.
During the game, Rider will raise donations and awareness in the on-going battle against breast cancer with its participation in the annual ‘Play 4 The Cure’ initiative.