It’s been all about the Aussies in the Colonial Athletic Association this season, and the final week of league play proved to be no different. Hofstra travelled to College of Charleston this week in an attempt to complete a perfect 9-0 regular season, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Monique Iannella set up the game’s opening goal with a peach of a corner that was turned in by Bella Richards on 23 minutes, but with just six minutes remaining, College of Charleston equalised. However, a last minute Hofstra goal secured a 2-1 victory and an unblemished record in league play, with both Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella instrumental to the team’s success to this point.
Emma Heckenberg and Drexel slipped up in their first game against James Madison, going down 2-1 in overtime despite Heckenberg’s assist on the Dragons’ opener. There would be no such slip-up in their final regular season game against Elon, though. Drexel opened the scoring through Imani Walker just after 20 minutes before adding a second goal before halftime. Two more after the break ensured that the Dragons would finish the regular season in second spot, securing a first round bye in the CAA Tournament alongside Hofstra.
Wyoming’s senior day may not have ended with the result that the Cowgirls wanted, but a rather eventful week for the five Australians at Laramie still ensued. After going down 2-1 to San Diego State earlier in the week despite nine saves from Georgia Rowntree, Wyoming returned home to face New Mexico on a day where, amongst others, the Cowgirls’ family would celebrate the careers of Australian seniors Alisha Bass and Georgia Rowntree. The game started less than brightly for Wyoming, with an own goal followed by an injury to Australian junior Jessie Gentle putting the home side on the back foot early. However, a goalkeeping error allowed Annika Clayton to slot home the equaliser just after halftime before New Mexico added two more to go up 3-1. Jemma House laid the ball off for Brittney Stark to tally an assist as Wyoming brought the margin back to a single goal with 6 minutes to play, but 3-2 was as close as the Cowgirls would get.
The matchup between Kate Swartwout and Isabel Hodgson in the local derby between Western Carolina and East Tennessee State didn’t quite eventuate as hoped, but the game still had a serious impact on each team’s fortunes heading into the conference tournament. Although Swartwout played just 7 minutes off the bench, Western Carolina finished as 2-1 victors following two second half goals. Isabel Hodgson played the full 90 minutes, rattling off three shots, but unfortunately for the Buccaneers, a 19th minute Rachel Harbin strike would prove to be their only goal of the contest. The result leaves Western Carolina in a quarter-final spot for the Southern Conference Tournament, whilst East Tennessee State will now play Wofford in the play-in round.
Whilst neither Nyomi Devine or Harriet Withers tallied points this week, it would be remiss not to mention Murray State’s continued outstanding record of regular season success. With a pair of wins this week against Eastern Illinois and nemesis SIU Edwardsville, the Racers have now finished undefeated in regular season play in each of the last three seasons, comprising an incredible record of 25 wins and 5 draws in that time. The Racers now head into the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as red-hot favourites, but will have to avoid slipping up, as they did in 2016 in a semi-final loss to SIU Edwardsville.
Player Of The Year Points:
3: Annika Clayton (Wyoming)
2: Monique Iannella (Hofstra)
1: Emma Heckenberg (Drexel)
Albany (Claire Urquhart)
This week: defeated Stony Brook 1-0
Claire Urquhart did not feature for Albany in the win over Stony Brook.
Central Connecticut State (Lauren Featherstone)
This week: defeated Wagner 6-0; defated Bryant 1-0
Lauren Featherstone did not feature for Central Connecticut State in either game this week.
Colorado (Isobel Dalton)
This week: defeated Arizona State 3-0; drew 0-0 with Arizona
Isobel Dalton came off the bench to play 16 minutes against Arizona State, but did not feature against Arizona.
Drexel (Emma Heckenberg)
This week: lost 2-1 to James Madison; defeated Elon 4-0
Emma Heckenberg started both games for Drexel this week, playing 68 minutes and registering an assist against James Madison before playing 68 minutes against Elon.
East Tennessee State (Isabel Hodgson)
This week: lost 2-1 to Western Carolina
Isabel Hodgson played the full 90 minutes in the loss to Western Carolina, registering three shots, of which one was on target.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: lost 2-1 to Robert Morris (OT); drew 1-1 with Saint Francis
Sam Roff started both games for Fairleigh Dickinson this week, playing all 216 minutes across the two overtime contests.
Grambling State (Priya Gakhar)
This week: lost 1-0 to Mississippi Valley State; lost 2-0 to Alcorn State
Priya Gakhar came off the bench for Grambling State in both games this week, playing 49 minutes against Mississippi Valley State and 15 minutes against Alcorn State.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Utah Valley; drew 0-0 with Seattle
Sandra Hill came off the bench for Grand Canyon in both contests this week, playing 30 minutes in the loss to Utah Valley and 34 minutes against Seattle.
Hawaii (Kiri Dale)
This week: drew 1-1 with Cal Poly
Kiri Dale started for Hawaii in the draw with Cal Poly, playing all 110 minutes in the process.
Hofstra (Emily Hulbert, Monique Iannella)
This week: defeated College of Charleston 2-1
Both Emily Hulbert and Monique Iannella played the full 90 minutes in the win over College of Charleston. Hulbert registered a single shot on target, whilst Iannella contributed the assist on the opening goal of the game.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins)
This week: drew 2-2 with George Mason; defeated VCU 1-0
Claudia Jenkins did not feature in the draw with George Mason, but came off the bench to play 5 minutes after La Salle’s starting goalkeeper was forced off for a short period after taking a knock.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Texas A&M; drew 0-0 with Auburn
Caitlin Cantrill did not feature for LSU in either contest this week.
Murray State (Nyomi Devine, Harriet Withers)
This week: defeated Eastern Illinois 1-0; defeated SIU Edwardsville 2-1
Nyomi Devine played all 180 minutes across Murray State’s two games this week, whilst Harriet Withers played 78 minutes against Eastern Illinois and 79 minutes against SIU Edwardsville, rattling off 17 shots for the weekend but somehow not finding the back of the net.
Nicholls State (Tenille Harberger, Kristy Helmers)
This week: lost 2-0 to Central Arkansas; defeated Northwestern State 1-0 (OT)
Kristy Helmers started both games this week, playing 54 minutes and registering a shot against Central Arkansas, before playing 45 minutes against Northwestern State. Tenille Harberger did not feature in either game this week.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 7-2 to Rice; defeated North Texas 3-1
Gaby Bentley came off the bench in the loss to Rice, tallying a shot, but did not feature in the win over North Texas.
Oregon State (Olivia Ellis)
This week: lost 1-0 to California; lost 6-0 to Stanford
Olivia Ellis did not feature for Oregon State in either game this week.
Pacific (Ellie Papalexiou)
This week: defeated San Francisco 5-3; lost 3-0 to Santa Clara
Ellie Papalexiou did not feature for Pacific against San Francisco, but came off the bench to play 16 minutes against Santa Clara.
St. Francis (Shelby Milton)
This week: drew 1-1 with Fairleigh Dickinson
Shelby Milton did not feature for St. Francis in the draw with Fairleigh Dickinson.
Southeast Missouri State (Maddy Cornell)
This week: defeated Jacksonville State 1-0
Maddy Cornell started for Southeast Missouri State in the win over Jacksonville State, playing 56 minutes.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated Oregon 4-0; defeated Oregon State 6-0
Beattie Goad came off the bench in both games this week, playing 21 minutes against Oregon, before tallying a shot on target in a 40 minute effort against Oregon State.
Texas Southern (Paige Hayward)
This week: lost 2-0 to Howard
Paige Hayward played the full 90 minutes against Howard, registering a single shot on target.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: drew 1-1 with West Virginia; drew 1-1 with Iowa State
Demi Koulizakis did not feature for Texas Tech in either game this week.
UCLA (Teagan Micah)
This week: lost 1-0 to Washington State; defeated Washington 3-0
Teagan Micah played all 180 minutes for UCLA this week, making six saves against Washington State, but not facing a single shot on target in the win over Washington.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated East Tennessee State 2-1
Kate Swartwout came off the bench for Western Carolina in the win over East Tennessee State, playing 7 minutes.
William & Mary (Lorena Bugden)
This week: defeated Towson 3-1
Lorena Bugden did not feature for William & Mary in the win over Towson as she continues her recovery from injury.
Wyoming (Alisha Bass, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Jemma House, Georgia Rowntree)
This week: lost 2-1 to San Diego State; lost 3-2 to New Mexico
Georgia Rowntree played the full 90 minutes on both occasions this week, making 9 saves against San Diego State and another 2 against New Mexico. Alisha Bass played 90 minutes against San Diego State and 86 minutes against New Mexico, registering a shot in each game. Jemma House also started both games, playing 38 minutes against San Diego State and 59 minutes against New Mexico, registering an assist in the latter game. Jessie Gentle also started both games, playing 83 minutes against San Diego State but being forced off after just 10 minutes in the loss to New Mexico. Annika Clayton came off the bench in both games, playing 29 minutes against San Diego State, but scoring Wyoming’s opener against New Mexico as part of a 44 minute stint off the bench.