Bucknell's Sandita McDermott Earns Record Fourth PL Goalkeeper of Week Award of 2012
Oct. 8, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Two shutouts in Patriot League play and a strong performance against the fourth-ranked team in the country vaulted Bucknell senior goalkeeper Sandita McDermott (Rhinebeck, N.Y./Red Hook) to her league-record-tying fourth Brine Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week Award of the season. McDermott, who now ranks second on Bucknell's season and career shutouts charts, was honored for the third time in the last four weeks.
McDermott's stellar week began at No. 4 Penn State last Tuesday. She had a terrific game in a 3-1 loss to the 12-2 Nittany Lions, with several of her 11 saves coming from close range. That led up to a perfect weekend, when McDermott and the Bison defense blanked both Holy Cross (1-0) and Army (2-0) to keep Bucknell within three points of the Patriot League lead.
McDermott made five saves in the win over Holy Cross and four more against defending league champion Army. McDermott now leads the Patriot League in shutouts with six and saves with 80. Her .800 save percentage ranks second in the league.
The six shutouts this season ranks second in Bucknell history behind only Kathryn Sutton, who had eight in 2008. Sutton is also the Bison career leader with 15 clean sheets, and now McDermott is alone in second place on that list with 13.
McDermott, who now has seven career Goalkeeper of the Week citations, has also moved into fifth place on Bucknell's all-time saves list with 266.
The Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week Award started in 2006, and McDermott is the second to win it four times in one season. Sutton also earned the honor four times in 2007. Her seven career awards ranks second all-time behind only former Army keeper Alex Lostetter, who was honored eight times.
Bucknell is 9-6 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League. The Bison are tied for second place with American in the league standings, trailing only 3-0 Navy and Colgate.
Bucknell hosts American on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Emmitt Field. It will be the final regular-season home game, and prior to the match McDermott will be one of seven seniors honored on Senior Day.