COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College field hockey senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) was named National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) NCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Sept. 3, landing the national accolade one day after claiming the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor.
A starting back, Deschaine scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Mansfield (Pa.) University on Sunday, added a defensive save during overtime in a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Shippensburg (Pa.) University on Saturday, and backstopped a defense that allowed two goals in 148:18 during a 1-1 weekend. The Raiders are the defending national champions. Now in her third season as a defensive starter, Deschaine has tallied four goals and four defensive saves in 49 career contests.
Deschaine and her defensive counterparts have the Purple Knights tied for first in the NE10 in defensive saves (3), third in the NE10 in save percentage (.920) and fourth in goals-against average (0.94). Among all Division II programs, Saint Michael's is tied for first in defensive saves, fifth in save percentage and 10th in GAA, as well as tied for seventh in shutouts per game (0.5).
Now 1-1, the Purple Knights host No. 4 Saint Anselm College tomorrow at 4 p.m. for a non-league game and their home opener. The Hawks, who won the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference regular-season crown before advancing to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, are ranked in the latest NFHCA national poll.