Natasha Ford Named America East Defensive Player of the Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Natasha Ford made 13 saves and allowed just four goals this weekend against No. 12 Albany and Bryant as the first-year starter earned the America East field hockey defensive player of the week award for her efforts. Ford helped, what has turned into a very steady Black Bears defense as the team went 1-1 for the weekend.
Ford entered the weekend matchup with No. 12 Albany with a three-game shutout streak intact, going 210 scoreless minutes. Ford made a season high nine saves against the Great Danes on Saturday, keeping Maine within in striking distance of the lead for a majority of the game.
In the following contest, Ford and her defense provided key saves as the Black Bears fended off the Bryant Bulldogs, earning an exciting overtime victory.
This season Ford is tied for first in the conference in shutouts with three and maintains a 1.79 goals against average and a .710 save percentage.
The Black Bears continue their conference slate on Friday when the team travels to Durham, N.H., to play University of New Hampshire. The squad then returns home to play Northeastern at home on Sunday. Match times are slated for 6 p.m. and 3 p.m.