KUTZTOWN, Pa. – 24 hours after fourth-ranked Kutztown University field hockey goalie Kerri Hanshaw was recognized by the conference office, the senior, Collegeville native has earned national recognition, selected as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Defensive Player of the Week.
On Tuesday, Hanshaw was tabbed as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Defensive Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. The national, weekly honor is also the first of her career and first for head coach Marci Scheuing and the KU program since then-senior Chardonnay Hope was also named DOW.
Hanshaw was instrumental in KU’s upset win over No. 3 Millersville last Thursday night. She made five saves during the 80 minutes of action that kept the Marauders off the board, and then came up huge in the penalty shootout, stopping four-of-five Millersville attempts, allowing KU to win the game 1-0 (2-1 in the shootout).
It was the first victory for the Golden Bears (9-4 overall, 4-2 PSAC) over the Marauders (10-3, 2-3) since Oct. 8, 2011, and the first penalty shootout win for KU since Oct. 30, 2010. It all happened after 80 minutes of play and a 1-1 score in the shootout with the clinching shooters up. Molly Bobjak (New Castle, Del./Padua Academy) stepped up and delivered. Hanshaw followed suit to preserve the victory.
The Collegeville native has started in three games this season and has a career-high with 19 saves through seven games played. Her .864 save percentage is second-best in the conference.