Hopkinton, Mass., sophomore adds national honor to her NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Week Award
EASTON, Mass. (October 5, 2016) – Stonehill College sophomore goalkeeper Sara Freedman (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) has been named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Defensive Player of the Week by the organization this afternoon.
Freedman, who was also named the Northeast-10 Conference's Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this season on Monday, is the first Stonehill student-athlete to earn Longstreth/NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week honors in the first year of the weekly awards program, but the second Skyhawk honored with national weekly honors after classmate Kacie Smith (Norwood, Massachusetts/Norwood) was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Week on September 21.
Freedman backboned Stonehill to a 2-0 week as she posted a 0.97 goals against average and .889 save percentage while averaging 8.0 saves per game with a shutout. She opened the week with four saves in a 2-0 shutout win against Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday, and then matched her season and career-high with 12 stops in Saturday's 3-2 overtime victory at Assumption College.
Freedman, who also logged a career-best 12 saves in Stonehill's season-opening 2-1 setback to then top-ranked East Stroudsburg University, has played all 634:56 in the Skyhawks goal in her nine starts, ranking seventh among Northeast-10 leaders with her 1.43 goals against average (14th nationally), fourth with a .819 save percentage (8th) and third with 6.6 saves per game (8th) with a Conference-leading four shutouts. She has posted ten or more saves in three games this season and also collected Goalkeeper of the Week accolades on September 12 after a pair of shutout wins over nationally-ranked teams.
Freedman, who has earned NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Week accolades three times overall, has started 26 of 29 games played over her two year career at Stonehill, posting a 1.83 GAA and .771 save percentage with 165 saves (5.7 per game) and six shutouts in 1,876:09. She already ranks seventh in program history for career saves and earned Synapse Sports Division II All-Rookie Team and NE-10 All-Rookie Team accolades as a freshman, with her 106 saves ranking eighth on the program's single-season list. Freedman also earned a spot on the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring semester and was named the Conference's Rookie of the Week
Stonehill (7-2, 4-1 NE-10), ranked No. 5 in the most recent Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, has a pair of home games at W.B. Mason Stadium this week, starting tonight when it hosts Franklin Pierce University for its Play for the Cure game at 7 p.m. The field hockey team will be accepting donations for Play for the Cure as well as Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer at the game. The Skyhawks close out the week with their Senior Day game against rival Bentley University on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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