Ally Benz collects first Player of the Week award for 2017

Ally Benz collects first Player of the Week award for 2017

Atlanta, Ga. – Transylvania field hockey junior goalie Allyson Benz has been selected as the Southern Athletic Association Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Benz, a junior from Mason, Ohio (Mount Notre Dame HS), produced six saves in a 3-1 defeat on the road at Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday. Sunday's game marked the seventh time this season that Benz has come up with six or more saves in a match.

The junior currently possesses 84 saves on the season, which leads the SAA in that category. Along with her conference-leading saves total, Benz has two shutouts in 2017 to her credit, and a save percentage of .785, which ranks fourth in conference.

The player of the week award is the first of the season for Benz, and the first by a Transylvania field hockey player in the 2017 season. This is the second time Benz has won the award in her career.

Benz and the Pioneers return to action on Saturday, October 7 as they host the Hendrix College Warriors at Pat Deacon Stadium in a SAA conference matchup. That game is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start.

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