New seasons bring plenty of change and new faces, and this first week sees 9 freshmen potentially make their college debut. Kristy Helmers will have to wait a while to make her college bow at Nicholls State, but Julia De Angelis, Beattie Goad, Sam Roff, Caitlin Cantrill, Kate Swartwout, Demi Koulizakis, Teagan Micah, Jade Horcicka, and Lulu Pullar all have the opportunity to get on the field this weekend.
Elsewhere, Isobel Dalton has the chance to make her mark at Colorado after her transfer from NAIA, whilst Alexandra Huynh will make her competitive debut for Troy after leaving Colorado as the Buffaloes stand pat at 2 Aussies, even if one of the names is different.
In nearby Wyoming, we may see FIVE Australians starting for the Cowgirls as Alisha Bass, Candace Sciberras, Georgia Rowntree, Annika Clayton, and Jessie Gentle all have a chance at being named in the starting eleven. With Wyoming an outside chance at winning the Mountain West Conference this season, this is definitely one team to keep an eye on.
This first week will also see a few players look to improve on some less-than-impressive years in 2015. Neither Claire Urquhart of Albany nor Kiri Dale of Iona were afforded the opportunities to make an impact on their teams last season, and there is no doubt that these players will want to force their way into their teams’ lineups.
There is one Aussie v Aussie matchup this week, as sophomore Jai Jackson and Winthrop take on Kate Swartwout and Western Carolina on Monday morning (Australian time) in what should be a closely fought battle.
Possibly the game of the week will be Emily Hulbert’s Hofstra side taking on defending national champions Penn State. This game is a regular fixture nowadays and whilst Penn State have had the best of the Pride in recent years, the opportunity to watch an Aussie take on the defending champions is too good to turn down.
Other high-profile games this weekend will be Beattie Goad and Stanford taking on Georgetown, as well as Caitlin Cantrill’s LSU taking on Virginia Tech as both teams take on some excellent opponents in an attempt to get a big win on the board early. Julia De Angelis and Indiana also take on ACC side Louisville as they attempt to rebuild after winning just 3 games in 2015.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert)
This week: v Buffalo – 7am, Saturday August 20; at Penn State – 4:30am, Monday August 22
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: v UNLV – 7am, Saturday August 20; at UTRGV – 4am, Monday August 22
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: v Virginia Tech – 7am, Saturday August 20; at College of Charleston – 3:30am, Monday August 22
Iona (Kiri Dale)
This week: at Holy Cross – 9am, Saturday August 20; at Bryant – 3am, Monday August 22
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: v USC Upstate – 9am, Saturday August 20; v Radford – 9am, Wednesday August 24
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: at Navy – 9am, Saturday August 20; at Georgetown – 2am, Monday August 22
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell, Siena Senatore)
This week: at Tennessee – 9am, Saturday August 20; v Illinois-Springfield – 10am, Monday August 22
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: at Army – 9am, Saturday August 20; at St John’s – 9:30am, Monday August 22
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Georgia Rowntree, Candace Sciberras)
This week: v Houston Baptist – 9am, Saturday August 20; at Idaho State – 8am, Wednesday August 24
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: at Temple – 9am, Saturday August 20; at Villanova – 6am, Monday August 22
Indiana (Julia De Angelis)
This week: v Louisville – 9am, Saturday August 20; v Western Michigan – 3am, Monday August 22
Troy (Alexandra Huynh)
This week: at Gardner-Webb – 9am, Saturday August 20; at Samford – 9am, Monday August 22
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: at Charlotte – 9am, Saturday August 20; at Winthrop – 5am, Monday August 22
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Jade Horcicka, Harriet Withers)
This week: at Alabama – 11am, Monday August 22
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: at Houston – 10am, Saturday August 20; v Texas A&M-Texarkana – 4am, Monday August 22
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: v New Mexico – 10am, Saturday August 20; v Missouri State – 10am, Monday August 22
Colorado (Isobel Dalton, Kahlia Hogg)
This week: at Air Force – 10:05am, Saturday August 20; v Colorado State – 7am, Monday August 22
San Francisco (Price Keogh)
This week: v Florida Gulf Coast – 12pm, Saturday August 20; v UC Riverside – 6:30am, Monday August 22
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: at San Diego State – 12pm, Saturday August 20; v Beijing Normal University – 12pm, Tuesday August 23
USC (Lulu Pullar)
This week: at Santa Clara – 12:30pm, Saturday August 20; v Beijing Normal University – 9am, Monday August 22
Winthrop (Jai Jackson)
This week: v Western Carolina – 5am, Monday August 22; at USC Upstate – 9am, Wednesday August 24
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: at Cal Poly – 6am, Monday August 22
Massachusetts (Laura Johns)
This week: at Holy Cross – 6am, Tuesday August 23