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Bethany’s Harrison Finishes as DIII Leader in Saves Per Game
Dec. 14 -BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College freshman Jackie Harrison (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) finished her first season as the starting goalie for the Bison field hockey team as the Division III leader in saves per game.
Harrison earned top spot in the rankings in the Bison’s first season as a varsity sport since 1989. She started all 15 games this year for Bethany in goal and made 258 saves in all. Her average of 17.20 per game was well ahead of Brooke Scott from Sweet Briar College, who averaged 16.63 stops a game.
For the year, Harrison made 17 saves or more in eight games during the Bison’s first season back. Not only did she lead the nation in saves per game, but Harrison also turned in the top two individual game efforts of the season by a goalie in Division III. She turned aside 30 shots in BC’s 5-1 loss at Kenyon Sept. 23, a number surpassed only by Harrison herself when she made 35 saves in Bethany’s setback at Frostburg State Oct. 13.
While both of those came in losing efforts, Harrison played a huge role in Bethany’s win. She made 16 total stops, including seven in the second half and four more in overtime, which gave Bethany the chance to pull out a 2-1 triumph over Transylvania on Sept. 9th in the consolation game of the Frostburg State Tournament.
Harrison is the first Bethany student-athlete to lead the nation in a statistical category since 2010. That year, Brad Kubis, also a freshman at the time, had 12 saves to finish tied for first in Division III.
Undecided on a major, Jackie is the daughter of David & Liz Harrison of Massapequa Park, N.Y.