Senior defender Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) played a critical role on the The University of Scranton women's soccer team's defensive unit, helping the Royals post a pair of playoff shutouts en route to winning the Landmark Conference championship last week. As a result, she has been named the University's Athlete of the Week.
DeMars, who moved to the backline earlier this season after playing defensive midfield her entire career, helped anchor the defense in a 3-0 semifinal win over Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and a 2-0 victory over Susquehanna in the championship three days later. The Royals (14-3-2) allowed just six shots in each of those victories.
Since DeMars moved to defensive midfield after four games, the Royals have gone 12-1-2 and allowed just seven goals while posting 11 shutouts. Against Landmark Conference opponents with DeMars at her center back position, the Royals went a perfect 9-0-0 and allowed only two goals.
This is the second time in her career that DeMars has won University of Scranton Athlete of the Week, having received the honor on Oct. 24, 2016. She was also named Landmark Conference Defensive Athlete of the Week in back-to-back weeks earlier this season.
The women's soccer team clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Landmark Conference title. The Royals will find out their first-round opponent and location when the field is announced today at 1 p.m.