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IWLCA Players of the Week – May 24, 2022

By IWLCA Admin, 05/24/22, 2:30PM EDT


IWLCA Players of the Week – May 24, 2022


The IWLCA has chosen seven student-athletes for the IWLCA Player of the Week awards for the week ending May 22, 2022. This award recognizes the best offensive and defensive performances by players in Division I, II, and III during the postseason. 

Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Belle Smith – Boston College

Smith turned in a stellar performance as she helped lead the No. 3 Eagles to a 20-13 win over No. 5 Loyola for their fifth straight trip to the NCAA Division I semifinals. The sophomore fired in a career-high seven goals, tying for the second-most goals in program history in an NCAA Tournament game. Smith’s first score of the contest broke a 4-4 tie and started a 6-1 surge. Four of her goals came in the second half to power the Eagles to a victory. Smith's impressive outing also included two caused turnovers, a ground ball, and a perfect 1.000 shots on goal percentage. Her seven goals match the team-high this season. The Eagles will face No. 2 Maryland this Friday in the semifinals of the Division I NCAA Championship.

Defensive Player of the Week

Madison Doucette – Northwestern University

Doucette, a senior goalkeeper, held No. 4 Syracuse to a season-low four goals in the 15-4 quarterfinal win for No. 6 Northwestern. She recorded a career-high .733 save percentage and registered her fourth 10-plus save game of the season. The Wildcats take on No. 1 North Carolina this Friday in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division I tournament.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Peyton Romig – University of Indianapolis

Romig was tabbed the Most Outstanding Player as UIndy was crowned the NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse National Champion this past Sunday. The No. 3-seeded Greyhounds bested top-seeded East Stroudsburg, 11-9, to secure the program's first-ever national title. Romig punched in two goals and one assist, while also registering 16 draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the championship. Romig registered a total of nine goals, four assists, 13 points and 37 draw controls in her tournament run. The Greyhounds finished the 2022 season with a 20-1 record and the No 1 ranking in the final ILWomen/IWLCA Division II Poll.

Defensive Player of the Week

McKenzie Gaghan – East Stroudsburg University

Gaghan put together a career-high performance in the NCAA Division II Championship final against UIndy. She recorded 14 saves through 60 minutes of play to keep the Warriors in the game. The Warriors concluded their season with a 20-2 overall record and ranked No. 2 in the final ILWomen/IWLCA Division II Poll.

Division III

Offensive Player of the Week

Anna Clarke – Tufts University

Clarke was at her best this weekend as No. 3 Tufts advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinal with victories against No. 24 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 6 Franklin & Marshall. She led the team in scoring with a collective seven goals and nine points, including a three-for-four success on free-position chances. She also won eight draw controls, surpassing 100 for the season. The Jumbos take on No. 7 TCNJ this Saturday in Salem, Virginia.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Sabrina Phillips – The College of New Jersey

Phillips had 16 draw controls over two games as the No. 7 Lions advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament with wins over St. Mary's and No. 1 Salisbury. The junior was a huge part of TCNJ's 37-14 surplus in the circle over the two contests and played tremendous individual defense. TCNJ will take on No. 3 Tufts in the semifinal round of the NCAA tournament.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Annie Enrietto – Middlebury University

Enrietto allowed just one goal in 45 minutes of action in No. 2 Middlebury’s 22-4 win over No. 20 Chicago in the third round of the NCAA Division III Regionals. She surrendered just two goals and registered 11 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter in the 12-2 victory over No. 8 Colby. Enrietto is now tied for the NESCAC lead with a .544 save percentage this season. The Panthers take on No. 4 Gettysburg this Saturday in the NCAA Division III Semifinals.