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IWLCA Players of the Week – April 4, 2023

By IWLCA Admin, 04/04/23, 2:30PM EDT


Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Madison Ahern – University of Notre Dame

Ahern led the team with 11 points over a two-game stretch as the No. 12 Irish posted a 2-0 record on the week. She scored five goals and added an assist in the 21-7 win over Brown University. She followed up with five goals against the No. 3 Tar Heels, leading the Irish to a 16-12 victory over the reigning NCAA Division I Champions. Ahern currently sits two points shy of 200 career points with the Irish and averages 3.00 goals per game (4.00 ppg). Notre Dame jumped four spots to sit in the No. 8 position in the latest ILWomen/IWLCA Division I Poll.

Defensive Player of the Week

Emily Sterling – University of Maryland

Sterling was terrific in goal to lead No. 10 Maryland to a pair of top-20 wins, defeating No. 17 Princeton University and No. 15 University of Michigan. She combined for 27 saves to only 18 goals allowed on the week, a .600 save percentage. Her 15 saves against the Tigers tie her season-high and is recorded as the second-best mark of her career. This benchmark is also the best by a Big Ten goalie this season. Sterling now leads the Big Ten with a .498 save percentage.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Keri Barnett – West Chester University

Barnett scored four goals in a 15-11 victory over No. 4 UIndy on Saturday. She added six draw controls and grabbed three ground balls while causing a pair of turnovers to the matchup as well. She also added six goals and seven points in a conference win over Kutztown University, which was undefeated in league play entering the game with the No. 1 Golden Rams. She also caused three turnovers and grabbed five draws and three ground balls in the matchup as well. The Golden Rams continue to maintain their unbeaten record at 10-0 and entered this week at No. 1 for a third straight time in the latest ILWomen/IWLCA Division II rankings.

Defensive Player of the Week

Alex Walling – University of Tampa

The senior goalkeeper had a season-high save percentage of 91.7 in the No. 6 Spartans 18-1 dominating win at No. 19 Saint Leo University on Friday. She recorded 11 total saves in the game and helped move Tampa to a (10-2, 2-0 SSC) overall record. This is Walling’s second IWLCA National Player of the Week honor this season. The Spartans slid up to the No. 5 spot in the latest ILWomen/IWLCA Division II Poll.

Division III

Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Jordan Basso – Gettysburg College

Basso led the No. 10 Bullets to two victories on the week with a team-best 13 points on seven goals and six assists. She netted five goals and handed out three assists in a 17-9 win over No. 3 College of New Jersey on Wednesday before scoring twice and dishing out three helpers in a 21-8 win over Washington College on Saturday. She also had two caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Jade O’Connor – Springfield College

O'Connor netted a pair of overtime game-winners to lead Springfield to a 3-0 week.  She tallied four goals, including the game-winner just 33 seconds into overtime versus Westfield State University before scoring twice in the lone quarter she played in the conference victory over Mount Holyoke College. In Sunday’s victory over Western Connecticut State University, she registered a career-high eight goals, including the game-winner on a free-position attempt in overtime, to push her season total to 41 goals. 

Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Kaitlyn Hunsinger – Salisbury University

Hunsinger bolstered the No. 6 Salisbury defense with nine saves while allowing just eight goals in the net as the Sea Gulls defeated No. 9 Franklin & Marshall College on Sunday. The senior also scooped up four ground balls and caused a turnover in the matchup.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Sydney Widlitz – Union College

Widlitz saved a season-high 16 shots in Wednesday's 12-9 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the most saves in a win by a Union goalie since 2008. She then made four of her 12 saves in the final 2:11 to preserve Saturday's 13-11 win over No. 13 Ithaca College, Union's first win over a nationally ranked team since 2011. Opponents were successful on only 4-of-21 eight-meter attempts in the two games, including 10 saves – with five coming in the fourth quarter.


Offensive Player of the Week

Clarke Haas – Savannah College of Art and Design

Haas continues to be an offensive force, scoring 10 goals, five in each game this week, with one assist for a team-high 11 points as the No. 7 NAIA-ranked Bees went 2-0. Currently, the junior leads the team in goals (39) and points (44).

Defensive Player of the Week

Mia Griswold – Reinhardt University

Griswold recorded a combined 19 ground balls, 17 draw controls, five assists, and four goals in two games for the No. 2 NAIA-ranked Eagles this past week. Reinhardt is currently 9-4 on the season and 5-1 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play. The Eagles will face Brenau University this Saturday to conclude their regular season. This is Griswold’s second IWLCA National Player of the Week honor this season.