Patriot League Field Hockey Player of the Week Announcement (9.27.21)



BETHLEEM, Pennsylvania – Lehigh won three of the four weekly Patriot League field hockey awards when the League office announced the honors on Monday. Bucknell received the remaining distinction.

Lehigh’s junior midfielder Sarah Bonthuis won the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award after registering a career-high five points in the Mountain Hawks’ victory over Colgate on Saturday.

Mountain Hawks graduate student midfielder / defenseman Lenke Havas was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after helping his side to two wins, including a shutout against Sacred Heart. She had seven points with three goals and an assist in both games.

Lehigh’s junior goalie Maddie Kahn took home Patriot League goalie of the week honors after going 2-0 last week with wins over Colgate (7-2) and Sacred Heart (4-0 ).

Bucknell first-year defenseman Lily Neilson received her second straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor after scoring two goals last week, adding to her nine league-leading goals this season.

Second-year US goaltender Bryn Underwood, Boston University junior goaltender Caroline Kelly, Bucknell junior forward Maddie Rehak, Colgate sophomore forward Ella Corbett, Lafayette junior defenseman Simone Hefting and Senior midfielder Audrey Sawers all received honorable mentions for their performances last week.

2021 Patriot League field hockey rankings (through September 27)

School PL PL PCT. Globally Global PCT.
Bucknell 2-0 1,000 6-3 .667
Lehigh 2-0 1,000 6-3 .667
American 1-0 1,000 5-3 .625
Lafayette 1-1 .500 6-2 .750
Colgate 0-1 .000 0-6 .000
the holy cross 0-2 .000 3-4 .429
Boston university 0-2 .000 2-8 .200

This week in Patriot League Field Hockey
Tuesday September 28

Merrimack to Sainte-Croix (ESPN +) – 6 p.m.

Saturday October 2

Bucknell at American (ESPN +) – 11 a.m.
Lehigh at Holy Cross (ESPN +) – Noon
Colgate to Lafayette (ESPN +) – Noon

Sunday October 3

Lehigh to Merrimack – Noon
Michigan State at American (ESPN +) – 1 p.m.
Fairfield to Lafayette (ESPN +) – 2 p.m.
Maine at Boston University (ESPN +) – 4 p.m.

Sarah Bonthuis, Lehigh, Jr., Midfielder, Oud-Beijerland, Netherlands / HC Hoeksche Waard
*Bonthuis scored two goals and assisted one in Lehigh’s 7-2 win over Holy Cross on Saturday to move up to 2-0 in the league.
* She scored the Mountain Hawk’s first and third goals and finished with a career-high five points against the Crusaders.
* The junior midfielder has 18 points leading the team with seven goals and four assists in nine games.

Lenke Havas, Lehigh, Gr., Midfielder / Defender, Maastricht, Netherlands / Sint-Maartenscollege
*Havas helped anchor a Lehigh defense who allowed just two goals in a 2-0 week with wins over Colgate (7-2) and Sacred Heart (4-0).
* She also scored a goal in the Mountain Hawks’ win over the Raiders to go 2-0 in the league.
* Against Sacred Heart, the Mountain Hawks allowed two shots, one on goal, in their 4-0 shutout. She also added a goal and an assist against the Pioneers.

Maddie Kahn, Lehigh, Jr., goalie, Ocean City, NJ / Ocean City

* Kahn recorded a pair of wins last week over Colgate (7-2) and Sacred Heart (4-0), combining seven saves and two goals against during the week.
* She made six saves and allowed two goals in the Mountain Hawks’ win over the Crusaders to move up to 2-0 in the league.
* Kahn recorded a save to sign a shutout against the Pioneers on Sunday.

Lily Neilson, Bucknell, Fr., Defender, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia / The Armidale School

* Neilson scored one goal in each of Bucknell’s games this weekend to add to his nine-season league lead.
* The offensive defensive player and rookie of the week scored the game-winning overtime goal in Bucknell’s 2-1 win over Boston University.
* She scored the Bison’s only goal in their loss to Harvard on Sunday.

Bryn Underwood, American, therefore, goaltender, Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania / Wilson

* Underwood made 13 saves and allowed four goals to help the American go 1-1 last week with a win over LIU and loss to No.9 Maryland. She leads the league with a save percentage of 0.768.

Caroline Kelly, Boston University, Jr., Goalkeeper, Malvern, PA / Episcopal Academy

* Kelly made 19 saves while allowing four goals in a pair of one-goal losses to Bucknell and Northeastern. She recorded 11 saves against the Huskies.

Maddie Rehak, Bucknell, Jr., forward, Forest Hill, MD / Episcopal Academy

* Rehak totaled three points on a goal and an assist in Bucknell’s 2-1 win over Boston on Saturday. She also recorded an assist in the Bison’s loss to Harvard on Sunday.

Ella Corbett, Colgate, So., Forward, Harvard, Mass./The Bromfield School
*Corbett netted a career-high two goals and four points in Colgate’s loss to Lehigh on Saturday.

Audrey Sawers, Lafayette, Sr., Midfielder, North Vancouver, BC/Handsworth

* Sawers collected two assists in Lafayette’s 4-1 win over Holy Cross on Saturday. She leads the Leopards in points with 14 in eight games.

Simone Hefting, Lafayette, Jr., Defender, Den Bosch, The Netherlands / Stedelijk Gymnasium Den Bosch

* Hefting netted a goal, an assist and a defensive save in the Leopards’ 4-1 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Offensive player of the week

8:30 am – Lenke Havas, Lehigh, Gr.
9.6 – Audrey Sawers, Lafayette, Sr.
9.13 – Noor Coenen, American, Gr.
9.20 – Lily Neilson, Bucknell, Fr.
9.27 – Sarah Bonthuis, Lehigh, Jr.

Defensive player of the week

8:30 am – Charllene Boshoff, American, Jr.
9.6 – Erica Steele, Lehigh, So.
9.13 – Simone Hefting, Lafayette, Jr.
9.20 – Erin Zielinski, Bucknell, Sr.
9.27 – Lenke Havas, Lehigh, Gr.

Goalkeeper of the week

8:30 a.m. – Hailey Abbott, Lafayette, Sr.
9.6 – Hailey Abbott, Lafayette, Sr.
9.13 – Bryn Underwood, American, therefore.
9.20 – Bryn Underwood, American, therefore.
9.27 – Maddie Kahn, Lehigh, Jr.

Rookie of the week

8:30 am – Payton Anderson, Boston University, Fr.
9.6 – Lily Neilson, Bucknell, Fr.
9.13 – Payton Anderson, Boston University, P.
9.20 – Lily Neilson, Bucknell, Fr.
9.27 – Lily Neilson, Bucknell, Fr.


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