NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Massachusetts’ Brooke Sabia and Saint Francis’ Autumn Pellman were named the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Co-Players of the week on Tuesday, while Sabia’s teammate Izzie Delario and Lock Haven’s Kiersten Cepeda shared Rookie of the Week honors for matches played between August 30th – September 1st.
Sabia helped the Minutewomen to a 2-0 week and played a key role in #14 UMass’ come from behind victory over #9 Michigan on Saturday. Sabia’s goals came in the span of four minutes and twenty eight seconds as she turned a 2-1 Minutewomen second-half deficit into a 3-2 advantage. Her first goal of the game came just 53 seconds into the second half, tying the score at 2-2 , then tallied the eventual game-winner three and a half minutes later with an unassisted strike. It was the first multi-goal game in the collegiate ranks for the Lafayette Hill, Pa. native.
Saint Francis won its first game as a member of the A-10 behind a five goal performance from Pellman. A native of Millerstown, Pa., Pellman had one of the best offensive games in Saint Francis field hockey history with a record-setting five goals in a 6-3 winning effort over Lehigh on Sunday. The junior forward netted three goals in the first six minutes of the game to give SFU an early commanding lead. Pellman scored the five goals in just 40 minutes of playing time and she did it on just seven shots giving her a .714 shooting percentage for the day.
Competing in her first collegiate field hockey game, Delario recorded the eventual game-winning goal in the first contest of the University of Maine Invitational to help the Minutewomen past the host Black Bears, 2-1 on Friday afternoon. The Rehoboth Beach, Del., native became the first UMass rookie to record the game-winning goal in her collegiate debut in recorded team history (dating back to the beginning of the 1998 season).
A native of Lititz, Pa, Cepeda picked up the first goal of her career in the 17th minute against Bucknell to lead LHU to a 1-0 win on Sunday. Cepeda's goal came after the rookie knocked in her own rebound on the far post on Lock Haven's second shot of the game.