American University field hockey senior Tatum Dyer has earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors for a second straight week and third time this season, conference officials announced Monday. Dyer has also been selected as the AU Student-Athlete of the Week presented by GEICO for her performance over the last week.
Dyer, a defender from Windham, N.H., made her mark on the offensive end in AU’s two contests this week, registering eight total points on three goals and two assists. She matched her career-high with two goals and set a new personal-best with two assists in Saturday’s 8-1 victory over Colgate. Then on Sunday against No. 3 Maryland, Dyer scored again although the Eagles came up short against the defending national champions. For the week, Dyer was a perfect three-for-three on penalty strokes.
Dyer has now registered 15 points over the last four games after only recording three points during the first nine games this season. This includes six scores over the recent four-game span after zero career goals up until that point, which spanned 73 starts as an Eagle. For the season, Dyer leads AU with 18 points on six goals and six assists.
In addition to her recent offensive explosion, Dyer is instrumental in anchoring AU’s defense, which allowed only five total shots in the victory over Colgate. On Sunday against Maryland, Dyer helped hold the Terps to one goal in the first half before they pulled away over the final 35 minutes.
This Patriot League nod is Dyer’s third of the season and sixth of her career. She was also honored on September 6 this year as well as last week.
Dyer and the Eagles will take on Bucknell this Saturday, October 22 in Lewisburg, Pa., before returning home on Sunday, Sunday 23 for a clash against Georgetown. The contest against the Hoyas will be AU’s Senior Day as Dyer and her two classmates -- Melissa Casale and Natalie Ellenberger -- will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. All the action Sunday will be carried live on Eagles Vision TV.