College Field Hockey
Prettyman MAAC Defensive Player of the Week
EDISON—Sophomore goalie Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s) of the Rider University field hockey team was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for all games the final week of the regular season.
This is the second week in a row that Prettyman has earned conference accolades and the third time this season.
Prettyman had a stellar week in the net for Rider (13-6) as the Broncs clinched the MAAC regular season title with a 5-1 record.
Prettyman made four saves in Rider’s win at Monmouth on November 1, allowing only one goal and she helped the Broncs take nationally ranked Princeton to overtime on November 3 by making 17 saves in Rider’s 2-1 overtime loss to the ninth ranked Tigers.
“Joelle has a tremendous weekend in goal for us,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “She has been solid in goal and a key ingredient to our success.”
Prettyman had a 1.44 goals against average for the week and she leads the MAAC and is seventh nationally with a 1.23 g.a.a.
Rider hosts the four-team MAAC Championships November 8-9 on Ben Cohen Field.
“Joelle is playing her best at the most important time of the season,” Hussong added. “We are really proud of her efforts.”
In the opening MAAC semifinal on November 8, #3 Bryant University will face #2 Quinnipiac University, Friday at 3 p.m. In the second semifinal, top seed Rider will host #4 seed Robert Morris University at 6 p.m.
The championship game is Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m. Rider is looking to advance to the NCAA Play-In game for the fourth consecutive season.