Brown University senior Cara Gardner (Hensall, Ontario) has been chosen as the Ivy League Field Hockey Player of the Week for the second time this season, after turning in a seven-point performance against the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday.
Gardner notched the team's only hat-trick of the season and assisted on another goal to lead the Bears past Ivy foe Pennsylvania, 5-0. She netted the first two goals of the game to put Brown ahead 2-0 at halftime, and completed the hat-trick only 50 seconds into the second half. She also assisted the fifth goal, scored with 24 minutes remaining in the contest.
Gardner now has 13 goals and 7 assists for the season, as she leads the Bears offensively and is second in the Ivy League for scoring (33). She has recorded at least one point in every single game this year except for one, and has had nine multiple-point games. She is ranked in the top-15 in the nation for both goals per game (1.08) and points per game (2.75).
Joining the team for her rookie season as a junior last year, Gardner made an immediate impact, earning the highly-touted Ivy Rookie of the Year Award after posting 12-4-28 totals. She has continued to excel this season, and now holds very impressive career statistics of 25 goals and 11 assists in only 29 games.