October 27th, 2014

Schneidtmiller, Nitzken earn weekly honors from ECAC

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D


Schneidtmiller, Nitzken earn weekly honors from ECAC
Schneidtmiller is a Mercy alum, Nitzken is an Assumption alum / photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

DANBURY, Conn. – Lindenwood University and Bellarmine University each earned two ECAC Division II Field Hockey weekly awards for the week ending October 26th. 
 
ECAC Offensive Player of the Week
 
Kathryn Schneidtmiller – Bellarmine University
Sophomore; Forward – Louisville, Ky.
 
Schneidtmiller earns her first ECAC weekly award after scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist in a 5-1 win over Mercy College on Saturday. The sophomore forward knocked in the game's first goal in the 16th minute and then added another in the 40th minute. She also assisted on freshman Lillie Nitzken's goal in the 48th minute. The Louisville native now has eight goals and six assists on the season, ranking her fifth in the ECAC in points.
 
ECAC Defensive Player of the Week
 
Victoria Gil – Lindenwood University
Junior; Goalkeeper – Toms River, N.J.
 
Gil wins her third ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honor after recording another pair of wins in the cage for Lindenwood. The junior keeper made a combined nine saves to help the Lions to wins over Newberry and Mercy. Gil is now 9-5 on the season with 75 saves.
 
ECAC Co-Rookies of the Week
 
Lillie Nitzken – Bellarmine University
Freshman; Midfielder – Louisville, Ky.
 
Nitzken found a nice time to register the first points of her young career, helping the Knights to a 5-1 win over Mercy. The rookie midfielder knocked in a goal in the 48th minute and also assisted on the first goal of the game by Schneidtmiller.
 
Greta Banholzer – Lindenwood University
Freshman; Forward – Hartland, Wis.
 
Banholzer scored a goal in each of the Lions' victories this past week. The now four-time weekly award winner scored in the 44th minute of a 4-2 win over Newberry and then in the 22nd minute of a 5-1 victory over Mercy.
 
Around the League…
 
Bellarmine (7-6, 3-2) was victorious in its only action this past weekend, defeating Mercy College, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon. The Knights scored the first four goals of the game against the Mavericks, with sophomore Kathryn Schneidtmiller (Louisville, Ky.) contributing two goals and an assist. Freshman Lillie Nitzkin (Louisville, Ky.) also registered multiple points in the victory, adding a goal and an assist. Freshman Megan Carney (Bloomfield, Mich.) and senior Alex Ojeda (Edwardsville, Ill.) each tallied goals as well, while senior goalkeeper Lara Williams (Louisville, Ky.) earned the win in the cage.
 
Limestone (11-3, 3-0) dropped its only contest of the week on Saturday afternoon. The Saints could not find the back of the cage in a 4-0 loss to top-ranked Millersville. It is just Limestone's third loss of the season, all to opponents ranked in the top-three of the national rankings.
 
Lindenwood (9-5, 3-2) picked up a pair of victories this past week and have now won three consecutive contests. The Lions first earned an intra-conference win over Newberry on Friday afternoon, before taking down Mercy College, 5-1, on Sunday. In a 4-2 win over Newberry, four different Lions found the back of the cage with junior Ashton Lichvar (St. Louis, Mo.) dishing out a pair of assists. On Sunday, Lindenwood roared back from a 1-0 deficit, scoring the next five tallies to cruise to the win. Lichvar was once again terrific, adding a goal and an assist. Sophomore Carly Brengosz (Nashotah, Wis.) and freshman Greta Banholzer (Hartland, Wis.) added goals in each of the two victories. Junior goalkeeper Victoria Gil (Toms River, N.J.) earned both wins in the cage, making a combined nine saves.
 
Newberry (4-10, 0-5) fell 4-2 to Lindenwood in its only game of the week. Sophomore Kaitlyn Willard (Stevensville, Md.) tallied a goal and an assist in the loss, while freshman Olivia Fraunfelter (Bangor, Pa.) also registered a goal, the first of her career. Freshman goalkeeper Dakota Elzy (Louisville, Ky.) made 10 saves.

 

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