Knipping Tabbed Defensive Player Of The Week
BERKELEY - For the third time in her career and the second time this season, California field hockey goalkeeper Cato Knipping was tabbed the America East Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Tuesday.
Knipping played a big role in helping the Golden Bears clinch a berth into the AE Conference Tournament last Sunday. In Cal's 2-0 win at UC Davis, Knipping earned her eighth career shutout, and her fifth this season.
Against the Aggies, while Knipping was only called on to make three saves, two of them came on back-to-back point-blank shots when the game was still scoreless in the second quarter. Knipping was also credited by the Donna Fong Director of Field Hockey Shellie Onstead with making smart decisions all game long in directing the defense.
In the conference rankings, Knipping ranks second in the America East in goals-against average at 1.36, while her five shutouts pace the league. She also ranks third in save percentage (.740).
Cal (8-4, 4-1) returns to the pitch on Friday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. against Stanford from Underhill Field in the final home game of the season.