Hardy, Vilander, & Fernandez Take Home Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Erica Hardy, Wagner
Sophomore, Attack, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sophomore attack Erica Hardy dominated offensively as the Seahawks went 2-2 at the Harvard Invitational with losses to nationally-ranked No. 11 Princeton and No. 13 Indiana. Hardy registered a season-high six goals in the Green & White’s 15-4 victory over University of Toronto. The sophomore standout registered three goals alone in the first quarter before cashing in for three more in the second half. Hardy’s double hat trick is the highest number of goals scored in a single game by a Seahawk this season. The Canadian later recorded a hat trick in Wagner’s hard fought 6-5 loss to No. 13 Indiana. After losing to Indiana 10-2 earlier in the season, the Seahawks played an even matchup with the Hoosiers behind Hardy’s three goals and two field blocks. Hardy capped off the Harvard Invitational with three points in the weekend finale in Wagner’s 4-3 triumph over No. 19 Harvard. She netted the first goal of the contest on a power play opportunity before dishing out two assists. Hardy’s final assist came with 20 seconds remaining in the contest as rookie Millie Pullyblank netted the go-ahead goal for the Seahawks. Defensively, the sophomore had one steal, three field blocks, and two drawn exclusions against the Crimson.
Defensive Player of the Week
Britten Vilander, Iona
Junior, Goalkeeper, Santa Barbara, CA
In two contests this week against No. 14 Indiana and No. 16 UC San Diego, junior Britten Vilander totaled an outstanding 27 saves and six steals.In Iona’s defeat to Indiana, Vilander made 13 saves and allowed 15 goals, while adding one steal. The following afternoon, the Santa Barbara, California native stopping 14 shots from UC San Diego, and grabbing fives steals against the No. 16 team in the country. On the year, she now has a .464 save percentage and has amassed 22 steals.
Rookie of the Week
Diana Fernandez, Siena
Freshman, Attack, Chicago, IL
Diana Fernandez totaled five goals for the Saints during their three games at the Harvard Invite, including two versus #16 UC San Diego. Fernandez also added three assists, 11 ejections drawn, and three steals over the weekend. Fernandez remains the conference's rookie leader in goals (26) and points (39).