Hopkinton, Mass., sophomore collects award for third time this season, fourth career
EASTON, Mass. (October 12, 2016) – Stonehill College sophomore goalkeeper Sara Freedman (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference's Goalkeeper of the Week in field hockey for the second straight week, the league announced this afternoon.
Freedman led Stonehill to a 2-0 week with a pair of shutout performances as the Skyhawks extended their winning streak to four games and reclaimed their position atop the NE-10 standings. She played all 140 minutes in the Skyhawks cage and averaged six saves per game for the week without conceding a goal. Freedman made four saves in Wednesday night's 2-0 shutout win against Franklin Pierce University and then followed that up with eight stops, including five in a scoreless first half before Stonehill was able to push two second half goals across, in Saturday's 2-0 win against rival Bentley University.
Freedman, who has earned NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Week honors three times this season (four career) as well as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Defensive Player of the Week last week, has played all 774:56 (7th NE-10) of Stonehill's minutes in goal this season. She leads the NE-10 with six shutouts (3rd nationally), while ranking second in the Conference with a .845 save percentage (7th), fourth with a 1.17 goals against average (10th) and 6.3 saves per game (10th). Freedman's six shutouts are tied for the seventh-highest single season total in program history – just three shy of the single-season record of nine by Dani Ryder '08 set in 2006.
Freedman, a Synapse Sports Division II All-Rookie Team and NE-10 All-Rookie Team pick as a freshman, has started 28 of the 31 games she has played over her two seasons at Stonehill. She has posted a 1.70 goals against average and .783 save percentage with 177 saves (5.7 per game) and eight shutouts with a career record of 21-8. Freedman is tied for sixth in program history for career shutouts, ranking fifth for career wins and seventh for career saves. She is also on pace to rank second all-time for career saves per game, fifth for goals against average and sixth for save percentage. Her 106 saves as a freshman rank eighth on the program's single-season list and she earned a spot on the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring semester.
Stonehill (9-2, 6-1 NE-10), ranked No. 5 in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II poll, has a pair of road games this week starting Wednesday night at No. 7 Saint Anselm College at 7 p.m., before closing out the week at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Wednesday, October 19, to host American International College, ranked 9th in this week's NFHCA poll, at 7 p.m.
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