Big Week for the Ladies in Blue: An undefeated past week has slotted the Sabres right into the mix of things. A strong 1-nil victory over Elmhurst started things off on the right foot. Junior Leisa Conn tallied the game-winner for Marian with her shot from distance into the upper 90. A convincing 5-nil win on Saturday against Rockford pushed the Sabres over the .500 mark in conference play. Then on Sunday, the squad replayed their previously suspended match against Concordia Chicago, finishing with a 1-1 draw.
Falcon Screech: The week of games kicks off today against Concordia Wisconsin. The Falcons, who enter with a 5-1 record in the NACC, will be a strong test for Marian. At 7-6 overall, Concordia Wisconsin has found their success offensively from Carley Pfannerstill, who has 11 goals and three assists so far this year. The sophomore forward has put 31 of her 57 shots on goal. She is closely followed by junior Anna Hirssig who has nine goals and three assists. Three of her nine goals have been game-winners.
The Spartan Charge: Entering at 10-2, the Spartans have been in the mix of the Top 25 a majority of this 2013 season. In the league table, they sit behind Edgewood, who defeated them 1-nil on Oct. 5. Nicci Bermudes has assembled quite the resume for NACC Player of the Year. Totaling 11 goals and 10 assists through 12 games puts her at 32 points on the year. Nicole Wolfe is second on the squad with eight goals and five assists. In goal, Maddy Crawford has posted a 0.78 Goals Against Average, only allowing eight goals all year.
Sharing the Wealth: The Sabres have managed to score 22 times this year, with eight different players finding the back of the net. Freshman Mikaila Johnson has jumped out from the pack, netting seven times and adding an assist. Closely behind her, 2012 All-Conference selection Laura Maly has made strides to join Johnson at the top, scoring four goals and adding three assists.
Last One In: If the season ended today, the Sabres would be preparing for their sixth consecutive conference tournament appearance. At 3-2-1, the Sabres have five conference games remaining. Three of those five games are against teams that have a combined conference record of 4-14 (Alverno, Benedictine, and Lakeland). The other two games are against teams at the top of the table, Concordia Wis. and Aurora, who have a combined record of 11-2.