Image Credit: Larry Levanti
Having fallen to a loss to George Washington in their opening conference game, La Salle were looking to bounce back against Richmond and Duquesne. With Claudia Jenkins between the sticks once again showing outstanding form, the Explorers were able to do just that, rounding out a perfect weekend with two wins. Beaten by an early header against Richmond, Jenkins stood tall for the remainder of the game, coming up with five saves as La Salle tied the game from the penalty spot just before halftime. With no goals forthcoming in the second half, La Salle managed to tally the decisive strike shortly before the end of the first extra time period.
In their second game of the weekend, Duquesne had gone 2-0 up inside half an hour, but two goals in the space of three minutes just after the 30-minute mark tied things up. With Jenkins repelling every Dukes shot following those two early goals, five saves from the South Australian kept the game tied until La Salle found a game-winner early in the second period of golden goal overtime to secure a second golden goal win of the weekend. Alyssa Van Heurck also started both games, registering an hour of playing time against Richmond and another 52 minutes against Duquesne, tallying a shot against the Dukes.
Rhode Island may only have secured a draw as their only positive result from two games this weekend, but it could have been far worse if not for the efforts of Teresa Morrissey. In a game against Dayton that saw Rhode Island manage just one shot on target for the entire 110 minutes, Morrissey came up with saves on all three of Dayton’s on target attempts to ensure that the Rams escaped Ohio with a 0-0 draw. Returning home to face George Washington, Morrissey came up with five more saves to keep her team in the contest, but could do little about George Washington’s two goals as Rhode Island’s attack combined for just three shots on target in a 2-0 defeat.
It’s fair to say that Sam Roff has been far more involved in Fairleigh Dickinson’s attack this season than in past campaigns, and that impetus finally paid off as the senior scored her first career goal to lead the Knights to victory over Division I newcomers Merrimack. With the scoreboard reading 1-1 heading into the final 15 minutes, a corner was played in and headed back towards goal. The header was saved, but Roff was on hand to slot the ball home for the game-winner as Fairleigh Dickinson held on for the 2-1 victory. That shot was one of three that Roff attempted in a complete game performance as part of a defence that held Merrimack to a single goal.
Prior to the weekend’s play, we predicted that Demi Koulizakis could be one of a number of Texas Tech players to play in star striker Kirsten Davis. However, it was the Aussie senior who was the recipient of a ball from Davis herself to tally the game-winner in a battle of Big 12 title contenders against Oklahoma State. Setting herself up between the Cowgirls’ defensive line, Koulizakis found herself in a perfect position to receive a square ball from Davis, turning the ball in at the near post for the first game-winner of her career just after the hour mark to set Texas Tech on their way in conference play with a 1-0 victory.
Western Carolina managed to secure victory against East Tennessee State, but not before Kate Swartwout completed a rather odd performance for the Catamounts. As a game that finished 1-1 after the 90 minutes rolled into overtime, Swartwout remained rooted to the bench until the 99th minute. However, just six minutes later, the senior was called upon to slot home the winning penalty, with Swartwout duly obliging to hand the Catamounts the 2-1 overtime victory.
Player of the Year Points:
3: Claudia Jenkins (La Salle)
2: Sam Roff (Fairleigh Dickinson)
1: Teresa Morrissey (Rhode Island)
Alabama State (Sophie Bui)
This week: lost 5-0 to Grambling State; lost 2-1 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Sophie Bui came off the bench to play 45 minutes against Grambling State, before starting and tallying a single shot on target in 62 minutes against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Chicago State (Sarah Clark)
This week: lost 1-0 to Western Illinois
Sarah Clark did not feature for Chicago State in their loss to Western Illinois.
East Tennessee State (D’arne Boato)
This week: lost 2-1 to Western Carolina (OT), defeated South Carolina State 5-0
D’arne Boato did not feature for East Tennessee State in their loss to Western Carolina, whilst there are no stats available for the win over South Carolina State.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Sam Roff)
This week: defeated Merrimack 2-1
Sam Roff scored the game winner 13 minutes from time in Fairleigh Dickinson’s win over Merrimack, whilst tallying 3 shots in an 80-minute performance.
Grand Canyon (Sandra Hill)
This week: lost 1-0 to Omaha
Sandra Hill played the full 90 minutes for Grand Canyon in their loss to Omaha.
Hofstra (Monique Iannella, Grace Watson Carr)
This week: defeated Drexel 2-1 (OT); defeated Elon 5-0
Neither Monique Iannella nor Grace Watson Carr featured in Hofstra’s win over Drexel. However, Watson Carr played the final 19 minutes against Elon, making one save, whilst Iannella played 22 minutes off the bench and tallied a single shot.
Illinois (Ashleigh Lefevre)
This week: lost 3-1 to Iowa; lost 1-0 to Nebraska
Ashleigh Lefevre came off the bench for Illinois in both games this week, playing 21 minutes against Iowa and 63 minutes against Nebraska.
La Salle (Claudia Jenkins, Alyssa Van Heurck)
This week: defeated Richmond 2-1 (OT); defeated Duquesne 3-2 (OT)
Claudia Jenkins was once again stellar for La Salle, playing every minute of the weekend to finish with six saves against Richmond and five more in the win over Duquesne. Alyssa Van Heurck started both games, playing 60 minutes against Richmond and 52 minutes against Duquesne, tallying a shot in the latter contest.
LSU (Caitlin Cantrill)
This week: drew 1-1 with Georgia; lost 2-0 to Texas A&M
Caitlin Cantrill came off the bench for LSU in both games this week, playing 5 minutes against Georgia and 9 minutes in the loss to Texas A&M.
Marshall (Laura Farrelly)
This week: lost 3-2 to UTEP; defeated Florida International 6-0
Laura Farrelly did not feature for Marshall in either game this week.
Mississippi (Aimee Medwin)
This week: drew 1-1 with Mississippi State; defeated Auburn 1-0 (OT)
Aimee Medwin did not feature in Mississippi’s draw with Mississippi State, but came off the bench to play 5 minutes against Auburn.
Nicholls State (Tessa Calabria, Kristy Helmers, Shauni Reid)
This week: lost 8-0 to Abilene Christian; lost 3-0 to Incarnate Word
Kristy Helmers started both games this week, completing the full 90 minutes on both occasions. Tessa Calabria came off the bench to play 41 minutes and tally a shot on target against Abilene Christian, before moving into the starting lineup to play 82 minutes against Incarnate Word. Shauni Reid did not feature for the Colonels in either game this week.
North Dakota State (Eden Taylor-Wineera)
This week: lost 3-2 to Utah Valley
Eden Taylor-Wineera did not feature for North Dakota State in their loss to Utah Valley.
Old Dominion (Gaby Bentley)
This week: lost 2-1 to Louisiana Tech
Gaby Bentley did not feature for Old Dominion in their loss to Louisiana Tech.
Rhode Island (Teresa Morrissey)
This week: drew 0-0 with Dayton; lost 2-0 to George Washington
Teresa Morrissey played all 200 minutes across the two games this week, finishing with three saves against Dayton and five more against George Washington.
Southeast Missouri State (Siena Senatore)
This week: defeated Austin Peay 2-1; lost 5-0 to Murray State
Siena Senatore came off the bench to play 51 minutes in Southeast Missouri State’s win over Austin Peay, but did not feature in the loss to Murray State.
Stanford (Beattie Goad)
This week: defeated USC 3-2
Beattie Goad came off the bench for Stanford in their win over USC, playing 23 minutes.
Texas Tech (Demi Koulizakis)
This week: defeated Oklahoma State 1-0; drew 1-1 with Oklahoma
Demi Koulizakis tallied the game winner with her only shot of a 64-minute outing against Oklahoma State, before playing 66 minutes in the draw with Oklahoma.
UCLA (Rachel Lowe, Teagan Micah)
This week: lost 2-1 to California
Teagan Micah made two saves in a complete game performance for UCLA in their loss to California, whilst Rachel Lowe came off the bench to play 27 minutes.
UMBC (Abi Jordan, Teal Kilbride)
This week: lost 1-0 to Albany
Neither Abi Jordan nor Teal Kilbride featured in UMBC’s loss to Albany.
Western Carolina (Kate Swartwout)
This week: defeated East Tennessee State 2-1 (OT)
Kate Swartwout tallied the overtime game winner for Western Carolina against East Tennessee State, scoring just six minutes after checking into the game for the first time.
Wyoming (Indianna Asimus)
This week: defeated San Diego State 3-2; lost 3-0 to New Mexico
Indianna Asimus played the full 90 minutes against San Diego State, tallying a single shot, before registering one shot on target in 72 minutes against New Mexico.