September 29, 2009

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Players of the Week (for the week ending September 27, 2009)

Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Corky Julien - James Madison University
Senior, Forward, Williamstown, Ont.

Julien scored both game-winning goals to lead James Madison to victories over George Mason, 2-1, and Towson, 3-2 in overtime. The senior, who leads the CAA with 10 goals, set the Dukes' all-time record for career game winners with 17.

Defensive Players of the Week

Kristin Russell - St. John's University
Sophomore, Goalkeeper, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Russell had a 1-0-1 week for the Red Storm. The sophomore totaled 18 saves over 205 minutes of play last week, including a shutout. In a 1-0 overtime win against then No. 25/16 Connecticut on Sept. 24, Russell made seven saves and earned her fifth shutout of the season. It was just the third St. John’s win against UConn in 18 all-time meetings. In a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Providence on Sept. 27, the sophomore made 11 saves.

Ayana Sumiyasu - Yale University
Junior, Goalkeeper, Altadena, Calif.

Sumiyasu posted shutouts in a pair of victories last week, including a 2-0 win over Princeton in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Against Quinnipiac, she made two saves as the Bulldogs edged the Bobcats 1-0. In the victory over the Tigers, Sumiyasu stopped three shots. Her biggest save came when she robbed Princeton's Jen Hoy less than a minute after Yale had taken a 2-0 lead. Sumiyasu now has three shutouts on the season.


Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Vanessa Moreira - Dowling College
Senior, Forward,
Selden, N.Y.

Moreira led the Golden Lions to two 5-0 victories on the week over Nyack and St. Thomas Aquinas by tallying one goal and six assists over the two contests. With the eight points on the week she became the first player in program history to eclipse the 150-point mark and also set the single game program record for assists with four in the victory over STAC.


Division III New England

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Jodi Fralick - Lesley University
Senior, Forward, Woburn, Mass. 

Fralick led her team to a 2-1 week, scoring five goals and ten points for the Lynx, including two victories over programs that they have never beaten in Lesley's history. Despite a tough loss to UMass Boston, 2-1, in double overtime, Fralick tallied the lone goal. In a 3-0 win over of UMaine Farmington, she netted two, including the game-winner. Against Elms, Fralick found the back of the net twice, including the game-winner.

Lyndsey McManus - Wheaton College
Senior, Back/Forward, Marshfield, Mass.

McManus led nationally-ranked Wheaton to a 2-1 mark last week, making an immediate impact with three goals and three assists following a weekend switch from back to forward. During the Lyons' 2-0 win at Mount Holyoke on Saturday, McManus assisted on the game winner before scoring an insurance marker. She then provided two goals and two assists in a 5-0 victory over regionally-ranked Husson on Sunday, netting the 11th-minute winner. In a 2-0 loss to perennial regional power Tufts on Wednesday, McManus and her defensive counterparts limited the Jumbos to just nine shots.

Defensive Player of the Week

Annie Burns - Bates College
Sophomore, Goalkeeper, Topsfield, Mass.

Burns made 28 saves while allowing only two goals for a .933 save percentage during a 1-1 week for the Bobcats. On Wednesday, Burns recorded 11 saves in a 1-0 shutout over Wellesley. She followed on Saturday by giving Bates a chance to win in a 2-0 setback to Trinity, stopping a career-high 17 shots. Burns is currently averaging 11.6 saves per game with a .892 save percentage.


Division III Upstate

Offensive Player of the Week

Sarah Eichelberger - Nazareth College
First Year, Midfielder, Pittsford, N.Y.

Eichelberger scored the first two goals of her career in the second half of a 3-0 Nazareth win over St. John Fisher on Wednesday.  She tallied the game winner with 2:15 remaining in the first overtime in the Golden Flyers' 2-1 victory over Oswego on Saturday.

Defensive Player of the Week

Amanda Davis - William Smith College
Sophomore, Goalkeeper, Landing, N.J.

Davis did not allow a goal and collected five saves in two Liberty League victories over the weekend. She stopped two shots in the fifth-ranked Herons' 1-0 win at Vassar, and picked up three saves the next day in a 2-0 victory at Rensselaer.


Division III Metro

Offensive Player of the Week

Jess Babice - Rowan University
Junior, Forward, Groveville, N.J.

Babice tallied nine points in a 2-0 week of conference play for the Profs. She opened the week by notching three goals, including the game-winning score in Rowan's key 4-0 NJAC victory over rival TCNJ. Three days later, she registered the game-winning goal and added an assist in the Profs' 2-0 NJAC win over William Paterson.

Defensive Player of the Week

Brittany McDonald - The Sage College
Junior, Goalkeeper, Schenectady, N.Y. 

McDonald had a career-best performance as she racked up 19 saves in her team's 1-0 win over St. Joseph's. This was her second shut-out of the season. On the year, she now boasts a 1.67 goals against average with a .828 saves percentage in six starts.


Division III South

Offensive Player of the Week

Arielle Caldas - Moravian College
Sophomore, Forward, Cherry Hills, N.J.

Caldas had a prolific offensive two-match week in which the Greyhounds collected a pair of wins. She took care of all of the offense in the match, scoring a hat trick as Moravian opened Landmark play with a 3-0 win over Drew. This came after she collected her first hat trick of the season in a 7-1 win over King's. For the week she scored six goals on just ten shots.

Defensive Player of the Week

Kayla Frost - Penn State University - Behrend
Senior, Goalkeeper, Venetia, Pa.

Frost had a perfect week, not yielding a goal in 200 minutes of play.  She made three saves in a 1-0 victory over Grove City, and then turned away nine shots in a scoreless double overtime tie on the road against Penn St. Altoona.