LANCASTER, Pa. - The Centennial Conference announced their inaugural 2017 Players of the Week for field hockey earlier Tuesday afternoon, and an Owl was on the receiving end of some of that well-earned praise. Freshman defender Sara Rilatt was named defender of the week by the conference, an honor that is especially big for a first-year player making her collegiate debut.
Rilatt was a crucial part of both of Bryn Mawr's victories last week. As a central defender, she was largely responsible for the Owls posting back-to-back shutout victories, a feat that the Owls haven't pulled off since 1995. In the Owls' first game against Cedar Crest, Rilatt helped on both sides of the ball, not only helping the team keep a clean sheet, but also contributing to the Bryn Mawr's attacking efforts with five shots, mainly as a part of the team's penalty corner unit. Rilatt was perhaps even more impressive in the second game of the week for Bryn Mawr. Not only did she help the team post a shutout, but she and the rest of the Owls kept Ramapo from even registering a single shot in the game, a feat not accomplished at Bryn Mawr since the season-opener of 2006.
Rilatt becomes the first Owl to be named a Centennial Conference Player of the Week since Faith Westdorp in the 2013 season. Rilatt and the rest of the Owls will look to keep their fantastic start rolling when they get back in action Thursday night at Immaculata.