Stonehill Sweeps NE-10 Weekly Awards

Lindsey Pinkham

Lauren Gifford

Courtney Osier

Devin Ingersoll

Pinkham named Player of the Week for first time
Gifford collects first Defensive Player of the Week award
Osier tabbed Goalkeeper of the Week for third time this season
Ingersoll earns second Rookie of the Week honor

EASTON, Mass. (November 29, 2010) – Stonehill College swept the Northeast-10 Conference's weekly field hockey awards as announced by the league office this afternoon.

Senior midfielder Lindsey Pinkham (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) was named the NE-10's Player of the Week, while classmates Lauren Gifford (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) and Courtney Osier (South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) earned Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week honors respectively. Freshman forward Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) rounded out the sweep with Rookie of the Week honors.

Pinkham earns Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career after scoring the lone goal in Tuesday's NCAA Tournament first round win over seventh-ranked American International College. Her goal 1:02 into the second half provided the difference and sent the Skyhawks to the NCAA final four for the second-straight year and third time in program history overall.

Pinkham has started all 22 games for Stonehill this season and is second on the team with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. She has also scored two game-winning goals after her winner last week and is the Skyhawks primary corner passer with the team averaging 11.77 penalty corners per game (2nd NE-10).

Pinkham has appeared in 86 games over her career, starting 67, and has scored 21 goals to go with 16 assists for 58 points. She has posted seven game-winning goals over her career and is a two-time All-Northeast-10 Conference selection, earning first team honors this fall. Pinkham is also an All-NE-10 performer on Stonehill's indoor track & field team, capturing the 800-meter indoor championship last winter.

Gifford earns Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time after leading Stonehill's defensive effort in last week's NCAA first round win over American International. She posted a first half defensive save to keep the game scoreless as the Skyhawks defense held the Yellow Jackets to 11 shots, including four on goal, in the 1-0 victory.

Gifford has started all 22 games this season and leads Stonehill with four defensive saves (6th NE-10) and seven assists (8th) to go with a goal for nine points. She is part of a defensive unit which ranks second in the NE-10 with a 1.53 team goals against average and eight shutouts, limiting opposing teams to 10.1 shots per game, including six shots on goal per contest.

Gifford has started 65 of the 69 games she has played over her career at Stonehill, posting a goal and eight assists for ten career points. She has also contributed on the defensive end with ten defensive saves over her career. Gifford was a second team All-Northeast-10 selection as a sophomore.

Osier earns Goalkeeper of the Week honors for the third time this season (7th career) after making two second half saves to preserve Stonehill's 1-0 win over American International in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week.

Osier has played all but 41:56 in the Stonehill cage this season, posting a 1.48 goals against average (2nd NE-10) and .746 save percentage (8th) with seven shutouts (2nd) while averaging 4.3 saves per game in 1,518:05 played. She also collected NE-10 Player of the Week honors once this season.

Osier has started 64 of the 67 games she has played over her career at Stonehill and posted a 1.26 career GAA and .732 save percentage while averaging 3.34 saves per game with 18 shutouts and posting a 45-19 record in 4,545:08.

Ingersoll earns Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season after assisting on Pinkham's goal in last week's NCAA first round win over AIC. Ingersoll, who also collected Division II Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending October 4, was named the Northeast-10's Rookie of the Year this fall and was one of three Skyhawk freshmen named to the NE-10 All-Rookie team.

Ingersoll has started all 22 games in her first collegiate season and is second on the team with six assists to go with three goals for 12 points. She scored her first career gamewinning goal in Stonehill's 2-0 win at Saint Michael's College on October 2.

Stonehill (16-6, 9-1 NE-10), ranked fifth in the most recent Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, has reached the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II Championships for the second-straight year and third time overall (2006, 2009, 2010). The Skyhawks will face top-seeded and No. 1-ranked University of Massachusetts Lowell on Thursday at Trager Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville at 1 p.m. The national championship game will be played in Louisville on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.