BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Bridgewater State
University junior defender Mattie Burke has been named the Eastern
College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Field
Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.
Burke anchored a Bridgewater State defensive unit that gave up just one goal in a pair of Little East Conference wins over Westfield State and Worcester State last week. The Shrewsbury, Massachusetts native and her teammates limited Westfield to just one shot in a 3-0 shutout victory. She also recorded a defensive save in a 6-1 win at Worcester.
Burke has started and played in 30 of the Bears' 31 games on defense over the last two seasons. She has notched a pair of defensive saves and has helped the Bears record seven shutouts, including five this season, to go along with a team 1.75 goals against average.
The BSU field hockey team is currently 10-1 on the season and tied for first place in the Little East Conference (LEC) standings with a 6-0 conference mark. The only other time that a Bridgewater State field hockey team had one loss or less through the first eleven games of the season was in 1985 when the squad started the year 9-1-1.
Earlier this week, Burke was also selected as the Little East Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.
In upcoming action, the Bears host non-conference foe Anna Maria on Thursday night at seven. Bridgewater caps off the week with a Saturday home matinee with LEC rival Western Connecticut State at 3:30.