After a frustratingly injury-hampered 2016, Emily Hulbert is certainly making up for lost time in 2017, leading Hofstra to a dominant 4-0 win over Eastern Washington. The senior toed home the Pride’s second goal of the game in the 19th minute, reaching the ball just ahead of the advancing goalkeeper to double Hofstra’s lead after Noriana Radwan scored an Olimpico from a corner in the second minute. Hulbert then played in Lucy Shepherd for Hofstra’s third first-half goal to add an assist to her goal in a scintillating performance. Unfortunately, the Pride were unable to back up their victory with a win over Yale in their second game of the week, falling 3-2 in overtime after taking a 1-0 lead early in the contest.
The experienced goalkeepers were next-level this week as both Teagan Micah and Georgia Rowntree came up with outstanding performances to help their teams secure results. Micah came up with six saves, including two absolute beauties, keeping UCLA ahead in their 1-0 win over BYU after Hailie Mace’s early strike from the edge of the area. Micah had a far easier time of it against Weber State, keeping a clean sheet but not being required to make a save in the 2-0 win. Meanwhile, Rowntree picked up the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week award for her six save performance against McNeese State which allowed Wyoming to secure a 0-0 draw despite a less-than-impressive day from Wyoming’s attack. However, Wyoming’s forward line was in far better form earlier in the week against UTEP. Alisha Bass delivered the assist on the opener in the 12th minute as the Cowgirls rolled to a 3-1 win, with Rowntree being forced into just two saves throughout the 90 minutes.
Harriet Withers continued her ludicrously successful start to the season, banging home her sixth goal in four games as Murray State secured a tight 3-2 win despite leading 2-0 just 18 minutes after Withers’ goal. The senior will want to increase her accuracy in future games after getting just two of her ten shots on target, but no defence can allow a player of Withers’ quality that many attempts without conceding.
Western Carolina may have fallen 3-2 to Charlotte in an in-state matchup that was always going to be a tough challenge for the Catamounts, but Kate Swartwout still managed to have a positive impact for the Catamounts. After falling 2-0 behind just after the half-hour mark, Swartwout provided the assist for a 39th minute goal that cut Charlotte’s lead in half, but unfortunately Charlotte extended their lead to 3-1 just after the 75 minute mark. Western Carolina again drew within one goal late in the contest, but couldn’t manage a tying goal in the latter stages of the game.
It may have taken a few weeks to happen, but we have another addition to the debutants list for 2017. Olivia Ellis missed out on playing the first few games for Oregon State, but got the call off the bench in the Beavers’ win over San Francisco, coming on after 34 minutes to play 41 minutes in the 1-0 win.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Emily Hulbert (Hofstra)
2: Teagan Micah (UCLA)
1: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Iona 1-0; defeated Siena 2-1
Claire Urquhart played the entire 90 minutes against Iona, managing to tally a shot in the win over the Gaels. The Queenslander backed that up with another 90 minute effort against Siena, slotting into a midfield role for the second game of the week.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: lost 1-0 to Harvard; lost 3-0 to Connecticut
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in either game this week.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: drew 0-0 with CSU Northridge; defeated BYU 3-0
Isobel Dalton did not feature against CSU Northridge, but came off the bench to play the final four minutes in the win over BYU.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated La Salle 1-0; lost 2-0 to Rutgers
Emma Heckenberg did not feature against La Salle, but played 21 minutes off the bench against Rutgers.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 1-0 to Monmouth; lost 1-0 to La Salle
Sam Roff continued her role as a vital part of the Fairleigh Dickinson defence, playing the full 90 minutes in both games this week.
Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)
This week: lost 4-1 to Southern Miss; lost 1-0 to Nicholls State
Priya Gakhar came off the bench twice this week, playing 43 minutes against Southern Miss and 47 minutes against Nicholls State.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: defeated Nevada 2-0; defeated Detroit 1-0
Sandra Hill came off the bench in both games this week, playing seven minutes on each occasion and registering a shot against Detroit.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 1-0 to Idaho; lost 4-0 to Gonzaga
Kiri Dale came off the bench to play 14 minutes against Idaho, tallying one shot on target. The Iona transfer was afforded far more playing time against Gonzaga, playing 69 minutes off the bench.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Eastern Washington 4-0; lost 3-2 to Yale (OT)
Emily Hulbert played the full 90 minutes against Eastern Washington, registering a goal and an assist, before playing all bar the final five minutes against Yale. Monique Iannella also started both games, playing 63 minutes against Eastern Washington and 92 minutes against Yale.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: lost 1-0 to Drexel; defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0
Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle in either game this week.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated George Washington 2-0; defeated Houston 3-1
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature in either game this week for LSU.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Northern Kentucky 3-2
Harriet Withers rattled off a ridiculous 10 shots against Northern Kentucky, scoring the Racers’ second goal in the 3-2 win. Once again, Nyomi Devine played the entire 90 minutes in defence for Murray State.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: defeated Grambling State 1-0; defeated Jackson State 3-0
Kristy Helmers started against Grambling State, playing 30 minutes and registering one shot. Full statistics are not available for the Jackson State game, but Helmers was in the starting lineup. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game for the Colonels.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: drew 0-0 with East Carolina
Gaby Bentley started for Old Dominion in their only game of the week, playing 70 minutes and registering a shot.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: defeated San Francisco 1-0
Olivia Ellis made her collegiate debut in the win over San Francisco, playing 41 minutes off the bench.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 2-0 to Navy; defeated Portland State 3-1
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature this week as she continues her recovery from injury.
St. Francis (Shelby Milton)
This week: defeated VMI 4-0; defeated Loyola Maryland 3-0
Shelby Milton came off the bench to play 24 minutes against VMI, but did not feature against Loyola Maryland.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)
This week: lost 2-0 to Missouri State; lost 1-0 to Louisville
Maddy Cornell started both games for Southeast Missouri State this week, playing 49 minutes against Missouri State and 63 minutes against Louisville, registering a single shot in the latter game; a header that was just off target late in the contest.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Georgetown 4-0; defeated Navy 7-0
Beattie Goad got her first start of the season against Georgetown, playing 79 minutes. The Victorian then came off the bench to play 42 minutes in Stanford’s demolition of Navy.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Appalachian State 4-0
Demi Koulizakis once again came off the bench against Appalachian State, playing 11 minutes.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated BYU 1-0; defeated Weber State 2-0
Teagan Micah recorded two complete game clean sheets this week, coming up huge with six saves against BYU, before Weber State were unable to test the sophomore goalkeeper all game.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: drew 1-1 with Elon; lost 3-2 to Charlotte
Kate Swartwout came off the bench to play 31 minutes against Elon before playing another 57 minutes off the bench against Charlotte, recording an assist on Western Carolina’s opening goal.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: lost 1-0 to Virginia Tech; lost 3-1 to Wisconsin
Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary this week as she continues her recovery from injury.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)
This week: defeated UTEP 3-1; drew 0-0 with McNeese State
Alisha Bass started both games this week, playing 73 minutes and registering an assist against UTEP before playing 103 minutes in the overtime draw with McNeese State. Jemma House also started both games, playing 69 minutes and tallying a shot against UTEP, and backing up with two shots in 86 minutes against McNeese State. Jessie Gentle came off the bench in both games, playing 47 minutes against UTEP and 70 minutes against McNeese State. Georgia Rowntree played a pair of complete games between the sticks, making two saves against UTEP and six more against McNeese State, but Annika Clayton did not feature for the Cowgirls this week.