CLEVELAND – Juniors Meghan Smart and Annette Jarosz became the first Mountaineers to sweep the Mid-American Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week honors, as announced by the MAC on Tuesday afternoon.
Smart earned her first Offensive Player of the Week award after notching two goals, five shots and four shots on goal in an undefeated weekend for App State. Smart scored both her goals in a 3-2 win against Lafayette, registering her third game-winning goal of the season with less than four minutes remaining.
Jarosz became the first App State player to win her second Player of the Week award. The MAC’s Defensive Player of the Week notched a key defensive save in the fourth quarter in Sunday’s win over Davidson, helping the Mountaineers post their third shutout of the season. Jarosz has played all 240 minutes for the Black and Gold in 2019.
“I’m proud of both Meghan and Annette for their continued work on and off the field,” head coach Meghan Dawson said. “Meghan continues to maintain her presence up front and has come up big for us so far this season. Annette continues to impress me with her control on the game, how she handles pressure and her determination to keep getting better.”
The contributions from both juniors propelled Appalachian to its first four-game winning streak since 2017. App State also recorded its first 3-0 start since 2003 with Friday’s victory.
Smart leads the MAC in numerous offensive categories, including goals (five), game-winning goals (three), points (10) and goals per game (1.25). The junior has already surpassed her goal output from 2018 in just four games this season.
Jarosz’s defensive save against Davidson marked the 12th stop of her career, tying her for first place in App State history. The junior recorded six defensive saves during the 2018 season.
Smart and Jarosz are the fourth and fifth MAC Field Hockey Players of the Week in App State history. Senior Ali Williams earned Appalachian’s first honor in 2017, Jarosz notched her first award in 2018 and senior Rachel Gaines registered her first distinction on Sept. 3.
App State hits the road again with a pair of matches in Pennsylvania. The Mountaineers travel to Loretto, Pa., to face Saint Francis (0-4) on Sept. 13 before closing out their road trip at Lock Haven (2-2) on Sept. 15. The Black and Gold fell 3-2 at home to Saint Francis in overtime this past season.