Senior Hailey Abbott and Freshman Lineke Spaans of the Lafayette field hockey team were honored as the Patriot League Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon. The Leopards went 2-0 on the road this weekend, defeating Brown 2-1 in overtime and fellow Patriot League opponent Boston U. 3-1. Lafayette is currently 10-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
“Hailey was critical in our team performance this weekend. In close competition, the goalkeeper can be the most important one on the field. Abbott was stellar all weekend and made some great stops to earn us two wins in New England,” said head coach Jennifer Stone. “Lineke continues to be an impact player and her attacking threat was unmatched this weekend. Well earned from these Leopards.”
Freshman midfielder and defender Lineke Spaans had multiple offensive drives this weekend, scoring one goal per game and an extra assist on Saturday. Against Boston U., her goal came from a reverse hit near the top left of the circle. Spaans was then the stick-stop on a penalty corner castle for senior Audrey Sawer’s successful shot.
Against Brown, the Noord-Holland, Netherlands native was able to convert a long pass through defending traffic from Sawers during the first overtime period to end the game. She now claims the rights to both of Lafayette’s overtime victory game-winners, after a similar occurrence against another Ivy League opponent, Yale, on Sept. 10.
So far this year, the International Affairs major sits fourth on the team in points with 10 on four goals and two assists.
This is senior Hailey Abbott’s third Goalkeeper of the Week honor, after Aug. 30 and Sept. 6. The Malaga, N.J. native had five saves to stop the Terriers’ offensive line. She only had one goal against her on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Abbott then proceeded to make four key saves versus Brown, mostly on penalty corners, to allow the team to continue the fight in overtime. Her save percentage sits at .732 with a GAA of just under one (0.99) due to 30 total saves.
After seeing no game action in 2019, Abbott played and started in four of the Leopard’s six games in spring 2020. The Mathematics-Economics major picked up her first career win in the cage against Holy Cross (3/28) and made seven total saves, four of which came in the Leopards’ season finale at American (4/18).
Additionally, senior midfielder Audrey Sawers and junior defender Simone Hefting were listed among the league’s honorable mentions this week for their dutiful efforts.
Lafayette invites No. 4 Penn State to Rappolt Field this Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.