Sept. 6, 2006
Radford, Va - For the second time this season, Stanford junior goalkeeper Madison Bell has been honored as the NorPac Defensive Field Hockey Player of the Week.
Last week against second-ranked Wake Forest and Columbia, Bell pushed aside 18 shots on goal including a career-high 16 saves against Wake Forest, a school which has won three of the last four NCAA titles.
Earlier this year, Bell gained Defensive Player of the Week honors for her then career-high eleven saves against defending NCAA champion Maryland and three more against Massachusetts.
Bell, who has played in every minute of Stanford's five games this year, has recorded 41 saves. Bell leads the NorPac in saves average at 8.2 per game. Her save percentage (.719) is second-best in the league.
Bell will again be in the starting lineup when Stanford travels to California (4-1) a non-league game on Saturday (Sept. 9). Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Stanford is 2-3 which has included games against top-ranked Maryland, second-ranked Wake Forest and 12th-ranked American.. Cal, Stanford's next opponent, is ranked 16th in the nation. Stanford, in this week's STX/NFHCA poll, has received seven votes.
Thus far, Stanford has featured a balanced attack. Three players (Julia Drewes, Aska Sturdevan, Jess Zutz) lead the team in scoring with three goals while Hillary Braun and Liz Robinson have tallied one goal each. Drewes is the total leader in points (9, 3 goals, 3 assists) while Sturdevan and Zutz have seven points apiece.
Julia Drewes is fourth in the NorPac in points (9) ... Valentina Godfrid of California is the league leader with 16 points ... Godfrid already has scored eight goals for the Golden Bears this year ... Godfrid, a senior from Rosario, Argentina, scored a team-leading 28 goals last year ... Hillary Braun and Julia Drewes are 2-3 in the league in assists per game (0.60), just behind Cal's Ashley Glosz (0.80).