Dudek Earns NorPac Defensive Honor

Kelly Dudek

Sept. 17, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - Kelly Dudek, who made two defensive saves during the UC Davis women's field hockey team's three games in the past week and was instrumental in helping the Aggies play competitive matchups, was named the NorPac West Division Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday.

Kelly, a senior from San Diego, picked up defensive saves at Sacred Heart on Friday and at Hofstra on Sunday. Her first save came in the 69th minute of Friday's game after the Aggies pulled goalie Conley Craven in favor of an extra field player. Dudek helped keep the deficit at just 2-1 as UC Davis tried to find the equalizing goal in the final minutes.

Her second defensive save occurred early against Hofstra on Sunday when she stopped a shot by the Pride's Kerry Kiddoo in the 15th minute, helping keep the game scoreless. Hofstra eventually captured a 3-2 win.

Dudek was also key on Sept. 10 when the Aggies' battled then-No. 10 Iowa tough in a neutral site game at Stanford. She played all but six minutes in the game, helping UC Davis keep its deficit to the Hawkeyes at just 1-0 into the second half. Iowa eventually won 3-0.

The defensive honor from the NorPac is the second in Dudek's career. She tied for team-high honors last season with two defensive saves and has already matched that total this year.

UC Davis, which lost 2-1 in overtime against Rider on Monday, finishes its four-game roadtrip against Siena on Wednesday.