April 13, 2011

Hartwick College's Jessica Dorman Earns April 11 Western Division Defensive Player of the Week Honors

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Hartwick College goalie Jessica Dorman (Jr., Auckland, New Zealand/Diocesan) stopped 33 shots against No. 6 University of Michigan and No. 12 Indiana University in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Western Division action at Bucknell University to pick-up the April 11 Women's Varsity Western Division Defensive Player of the Week award.

The award marks the fifh of her career and the second in the past two weeks as she picked up recognition as the April 4 Western Division Defensive Player of the Week.  Last season, she earned a trio of honors by picking up nods as the February 8 Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, along with the April 12 Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week.  The Collegiate Water Polo Association dissolved the Northern Division prior to the 2011 season with Hartwick moving over to the Western Division for one season.

In a match-up of the No. 6 and No. 14-ranked teams in the nation, Dorman kept Michigan's offense in check for most of the game limiting the Wolverines to eight goals, including the game-winner with 33 seconds left on the game clock, courtesy 16 saves and one steal.  The victory handed the Wolverines the Western Divsion crown and set-up a meeting between the No. 14 Hawks and No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers for second place in the Western Division.

Against the Hoosiers, Dorman turned aside 17 shots and swiped a pair of steals to knock off Indiana 8-5 and secure second place in the Western Division for Hartwick.

The victory nearly guarantees Hartwick a first round bye and the No. 2 seed for the CWPA Eastern Championship at Indiana University on April 29-May 1. 

April 11 Women's Western Division Defensive Player of the Week Honor Roll: Janelle Bartman (Gannon University), Hope Rozelle (Mercyhurst College), Shae Fournier (Indiana University), Lauren Orth (University of Michigan)


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