Goalie Marlise van Tonder of the Pacific field hockey team earned her first America East Conference defensive player of the week honor on Tuesday.

Van Tonder had a stellar performance on the road in Michigan last weekend. The redshirt-sophomore allowed three goals through three games and stopped 13 of 14 shots against Big Ten foe Michigan State in a double overtime battle, which the Tigers won 2-1.

"This is a fitting accolade for one of the best goalkeepers in the world," said head coach Andy Smith of van Tonder. "She has been fantastic so far this season."

Van Tonder has two shutout victories for the Tigers. She has notched 60 saves and holds a 1.38 goals against average.

The South Africa native played in the Field Hockey World Cup over the summer in London. She became the first Pacific player in the 41-year history of the program to be selected for the World Cup.

The Tigers host Kent State at 3 p.m. Friday at the Pacific Field Hockey Turf.


Pacific on ESPN networks

After playing in just one ESPN game last season, the Pacific men’s basketball team will be a part of five televised games on the ESPN networks, including two home games at Spanos Center.

The first game will be on Nov. 8 at Nevada at a time to be announced on ESPN3. The other four games will be on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

On Jan. 3, the Tigers host BYU at 8 p.m. Pacific is at Gonzaga for an 8 p.m. tipoff on Jan. 10. Next comes a road game at Saint Mary’s at 8 p.m. on Feb. 7, and then a home game against Gonzaga at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28.


St. Mary’s 3, Modesto 0

At Stockton, the Rams (17-1) defeated the Panthers 25-23, 25-18, 25-17. Angelina Dentoni had 14 digs and 18 service points, and Allison Eberhardt had 22 assists and seven digs for St. Mary’s. For Modesto, Alyssa Cover had 19 assists and Tori Galloway eight kills.


McNair 14, Florin 8

At Stockton, Leilani Jones scored six goals, Angelica Tejeda had five goals, and goalie Adriana Moore had 13 saves for the Eagles (4-3). Abbygail Luebanos scored four goals for Florin.


McNair 15, Florin 10

At Stockton, Eduardo Camacho scored five goals, Shane Dawson had four goals, and goalie Kris Momyer had 14 saves for the Eagles (2-5). Andrew Nguyen scored four goals for Florin.