It’s not every day that someone sets an all-time NCAA Division I record, but that’s exactly what Monique Iannella did in Hofstra’s win over James Madison, taking a mind-boggling 25 corners for the Pride, more than any player – or team for that matter – had ever taken in one game. More importantly though, two of those corners became assists as teammates were on hand to guide Iannella’s deliveries home as part of a 3-0 win for Hofstra which takes the Long Island-based team within a couple of results of securing the league title. Earlier in the week, Iannella played 75 minutes, earning an early rest as Hofstra knocked off Towson 3-0. Fellow Australian Emily Hulbert returned to the starting lineup for Hofstra in the game against James Madison, completing a successful return from a minor knee injury suffered a few weeks ago.
Staying in the Colonial Athletic Association, Drexel’s Emma Heckenberg continued her successful move into defence as the Dragons slotted into second spot with a pair of wins. Heckenberg and the Drexel defence kept two clean sheets, with the Victorian playing 68 minutes in a 2-0 win over Delaware and 48 minutes in a 1-0 win over UNC Wilmington. Drexel are now the only team that can keep Hofstra from winning the regular season title, but will need to keep winning and hope that Hofstra slip up if they are to have any real chance of stealing the silverware.
It was a mixed weekend for Wyoming, finishing with a win and a loss from their two games in Nevada. Georgia Rowntree did her Great Wall of Laramie nickname justice in the Cowgirls’ 4-2 win over Nevada, making seven saves in the first half as Wyoming earned a 3-0 halftime lead and the Australian goalkeeper earned herself an early rest. Alisha Bass, on the other hand, came back out for the second half and slotted home Wyoming’s fourth goal just after the restart. Rowntree made another seven saves in a complete game effort against UNLV, but Wyoming fell to a 2-1 loss after conceding two early goals. Once again though, an Australian was involved in the scoring, with Jemma House providing the assist on Summer Halle’s headed goal shortly before the hour mark. However, with no second goal coming for the Cowgirls, the team headed back to Laramie with three points from a possible six.
Maddy Cornell has imposed herself on the game a lot more in her senior season at Southeast Missouri State than in past years, and once again reaped a tangible reward for her work. After putting in a solid shift against Austin Peay in a 1-1 draw, Cornell crossed for the assist in Southeast Missouri State’s second goal against Belmont, but unfortunately the Redhawks fell to a 4-2 loss following a crazy second half in a game that was 0-0 at halftime.
Priya Gakhar has been given precious little playing time in which to impress herself upon the Grambling State team, but used what she was given well in a 3-3 draw with Prairie View A&M. After being afforded just 8 minute in the team’s 2-0 win over Texas Southern earlier in the week, Gakhar popped up with an assist for Grambling State’s second goal during a 21 minute stint off the bench as the Tigers gave up a 2 goal lead before securing an equaliser with a penalty 19 seconds (yes, seconds) before time.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
2: Georgia Rowntree (Wyoming)
1: Alisha Bass (Wyoming)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: drew 1-1 with Hartford; lost 2-1 to Massachusetts-Lowell
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in the draw with Hartford, but came on for the final 19 minutes in the loss to Massachusetts-Lowell.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: defeated Sacred Heart 1-0
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in the win over Sacred Heart.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: lost 1-0 to California; lost 3-0 to Stanford
Isobel Dalton did not play in Colorado’s loss to California, but came off the bench to play the final four minutes against Stanford.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: defeated Delaware 2-1; defeated UNC Wilmington 1-0
Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel, playing 68 minutes against Delaware and 48 minutes against UNC Wilmington.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: defeated Citadel 4-2; defeated Mercer 1-0 (OT)
Isabel Hodgson played all 189 minutes across the two games for East Tennessee State this weekend, registering three shots against Citadel, of which one was on target.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Wagner 4-0; defeated LIU Brooklyn 2-1 (OT)
Sam Roff played all 190 minutes this week as Fairleigh Dickinson completed a perfect weekend with two wins.
Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)
This week: defeated Texas Southern 2-0; drew 3-3 with Prairie View A&M
Priya Gakhar came off the bench for Grambling State in both games this week, playing 8 minutes against Texas Southern and 21 minutes against Prairie View A&M, registering the assist on the team’s second goal against Prairie View A&M.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 1-0 to UTRGV; lost 2-1 to New Mexico State
Sandra Hill did not feature for Grand Canyon against UTRGV, but came off the bench to play 15 minutes.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: lost 3-2 to UC Irvine
Kiri Dale started for Hawaii and played the entire 90 minutes in the loss to UC Irvine.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated Towson 3-0; defeated James Madison 3-0
Emily Hulbert came off the bench against Towson to play 47 minutes, before returning to the starting lineup against James Madison to play 71 minutes and register two shots in her first start since suffering a minor knee injury. Monique Iannella played 75 minutes and registered three shots against Towson, before playing the entire 90 minutes and tallying two assists in the win over James Madison as the former Melbourne City defender took an NCAA Division I record 25 corners.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: defeated Davidson 6-0; defeated Massachusetts 6-2
Claudia Jenkins did not feature for La Salle in their demolition of Davidson, but came off the bench to play the final 24 minutes in the win over Massachusetts.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: defeated Georgia 2-1; lost 4-1 to Mississippi
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature in either game for LSU this week.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: drew 1-1 with Eastern Kentucky
Nyomi Devine played all 110 minutes in defence for Murray State against Eastern Kentucky, whilst Harriet Withers registered four shots, of which two were on target, in 104 minutes of playing time.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 2-0 to McNeese State
Kristy Helmers started and played 49 minutes for Nicholls State in the loss to McNeese State, but Tenille Harberger did not feature for the Colonels.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: defeated Florida International 2-0
Gaby Bentley came off the bench for Old Dominion in the win over Florida International, playing 38 minutes.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: drew 0-0 with Washington; defeated Washington State 1-0 (OT)
Olivia Ellis did not feature for Oregon State in either game this week.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: lost 3-1 to San Diego
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific this week as she continues to return to full fitness following injury.
St. Francis (Shelby Milton)
This week: defeated Robert Morris 3-0
Shelby Milton came off the bench for St. Francis in the win over Robert Morris, playing the final 8 minutes.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)
This week: drew 1-1 with Austin Peay; lost 4-2 to Belmont
Maddy Cornell started both games this week for Southeast Missouri State, playing 95 of the 110 minutes against Austin Peay and 66 minutes against Belmont, tallying the assist for the Redhawks’ second goal in the loss to Belmont.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Utah 3-0; defeated Colorado 3-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games for Stanford this week, playing 17 minutes against Utah and 5 minutes against Colorado.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 2-0 to Grambling State; defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4-0
Paige Hayward started both games for Texas Southern this week, playing 90 minutes and registering a single shot on target against Grambling State, then backing up with three shots, of which two were on target, in 66 minutes of action in the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: lost 3-0 to Baylor
Demi Koulizakis did not feature for Texas Tech in their loss to Baylor.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: defeated Arizona State 3-0; drew 2-2 with Arizona
Teagan Micah played every minute for UCLA this week, making four saves and keeping a clean sheet against Arizona State, and making a single save in the draw with Arizona.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: lost 3-2 to Mercer; defeated Citadel 2-1
Kate Swartwout started for Western Carolina and played 71 minutes in the loss to Mercer, before coming off the bench to play 14 minutes in the win over Citadel.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: drew 2-2 with Elon; defeated Delaware 2-1 (OT)
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 Nevada 4-2; lost 2-1 to UNLV
Georgia Rowntree was at her best in a 45 minute performance against Nevada, making seven saves to keep a first half clean sheet, earning an early rest with the Cowgirls in complete command. Rowntree then made another seven saves in the loss to UNLV, playing the full 90 minutes. Alisha Bass popped up with one of Wyoming’s four goals against Nevada, slotting home shortly after halftime to take the score to 4-0, and also earned a spell, playing just 53 minutes before backing up with 83 minutes against UNLV. Jemma House played 37 minutes off the bench for no tangible reward against Nevada, but tallied the assist on Wyoming’s solitary goal against UNLV in a 32 minute performance. Annika Clayton started both games, playing 53 minutes against Nevada and 65 minutes against UNLV, whilst Jessie Gentle came off the bench in both games, playing 49 minutes in the win over Nevada and 70 minutes against UNLV.