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IWLCA Players of the Week – February 23, 2021

By IWLCA Admin, 02/23/21, 2:30PM EST


IWLCA Players of the Week – February 23, 2021


The IWLCA has chosen six NCAA student-athletes for the IWLCA Player of the Week awards for the week of February 15 – February 21, 2021. This weekly award recognizes the best offensive and defensive performances by players in Division I, II, and III each week during the regular season.


Division I

Offensive Player of the Week
Olivia Dirks – Penn State University

Dirks led the Nittany Lions with a career-high six points, including five goals, in their 15-13 upset of #7 Maryland on Sunday. The Nittany Lions were leading or tied for the final 54 minutes of the game but held off the Terrapins with two late goals by Dirks, a freshman midfielder, who also picked up three ground balls, one draw control, and caused four turnovers.

Defensive Player of the Week

Taylor Suplee – Penn State University

Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Suplee made 14 saves and added eight ground balls on the defensive end for the Nittany Lions. Penn State earned its first win over Maryland since 2005, moving to 2-0 on the season and jumping to #7 in this week’s IWLCA Coaches Poll.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Kylie Eastman – Belmont Abbey College

Eastman scored four goals and picked up five assists in the Crusaders’ 18-11 win over Young Harris on Saturday. The senior attacker also contributed two ground balls, three draw controls, and caused two turnovers in the win, earning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week. Eastman is averaging a conference-best five assists per game.

Defensive Player of the Week

Peyton Romig – University of Indianapolis

Romig started her senior campaign strong, collecting 12 of UIndy’s 19 draw controls in a 20-1 win over #22 Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday. Romig, a senior midfielder, added a goal, an assist, two ground balls, and a caused turnover to the stat sheet for the #6 Greyhounds.

Division III

Offensive Player of the Week

Elizabeth Peasley – Averett University

Peasley , a junior attacker, racked up 26 goals in two games to help the Cougars open the season 2-0. She also added two assists, 12 draw controls, seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in the 22-2 win over Sweet Briar College and the 20-4 victory over Randolph College. Peasley set a program and USA South record for goals in a single game with 13 against Sweet Briar and tied it against Randolph in the next game.

Defensive Player of the Week

Emma Bradley – Rhodes College

Bradley got the start in goal and picked up her first win after making a career-high 15 saves in Rhodes' season-opening 17-14 victory over Alabama-Huntsville. The freshman netminder added a caused turnover to the defensive effort and was named Southern Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week.