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IWLCA Players of the Week - May 23, 2023

By IWLCA Admin, 05/23/23, 2:30PM EDT


IWLCA Players of the Week – May 23, 2023


IWLCA has chosen seven student-athletes for the IWLCA Player of the Week awards for the week ending May 21, 2023. This weekly award recognizes the best offensive and defensive performances by players in Divisions I, II, and III, each week during the postseason.

Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Izzy Scane – Northwestern University

In No. 1 Northwestern’s NCAA Quarterfinal matchup against No. 9 Loyola Maryland, Scane registered seven goals and three assists for 10 points. She added two caused turnovers to her stat line as well. Scane’s 10 points currently stands as the most points scored in an NCAA Tournament game this season. She ranks in the Top 10 for points ever in an NCAA Tournament game and is second in the nation in total goals with 89 and first overall in goals per game (4.94). Currently, Scane has the second-most goals scored in program history in a single season, trailing herself in 2021. This is Scane’s fourth IWLCA Player of the Week honor this season. Northwestern faces the No. 5 seeded University of Denver in this Friday’s Semifinals of the NCAA Division I Championship.

Defensive Player of the Week

Gracie DeRose – University of Denver

DeRose helped No. 5 Denver defeat No. 4 University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the NCAA Quarterfinal round, 5-4. She recorded five ground balls, one draw control and three caused turnovers in the matchup. One of her key caused turnovers came in the fourth quarter during a UNC possession. Her defensive efforts helped hold UNC scoreless in the final two quarters, leading the Tar Heels to their lowest output all year. The undefeated Pioneers will take on No. 1 Northwestern this Friday for the NCAA Division I Semifinals in Cary, North Carolina.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Kayla Conway – Pace University

En route to claiming its first National Title in program history, the No. 3 ranked Pace Setters defeated No. 1 West Chester University 19-9 on Sunday in Indianapolis. Conway tallied three goals, one assist, eight draw controls, and two groundballs in the matchup. Her strong performance also earned her Tournament Most Valuable Player as the Setters finished 21-2 for the season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Alexandra Quinn – Pace University

Quinn recorded six draw controls and two groundballs in the National Championship against West Chester. The junior defender was named to the All-Tournament Team for her defensive efforts.

Division III

Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Jane Earley – Middlebury College

Earley posted a career-high nine points on five goals and four assists in No. 1 Middlebury’s NCAA Tournament Third-Round victory over No. 13 Trinity College. On Sunday, she led the Panthers in a tight game with No. 12 Colby College, recording a five-point effort (1 goal, 4 assists), matching her career high in assists in a single game. She also led the team in draw controls on both days with a combined total of 16. This is Earley’s third IWLCA Player of the Week honor this season. The Panthers will meet No. 8 Franklin and Marshall College this Friday in the Semifinal Round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Maddie Montgomery – William Smith College

Montgomery led No. 3 William Smith to a pair of NCAA tournament victories over the weekend. On Saturday against No. 19 St. John Fisher University, she factored into all six of William Smith's goals in a 6-5 win. She scored five goals, including the game-winning goal with 2:10 left in regulation. Against No. 5 Tufts University, Montgomery added four goals and an assist. With her first goal against the Cardinals, Montgomery set the William Smith single-season goals record. With her third goal against the Jumbos, she became just the third player in program history with 200 career goals. Montgomery also set the William Smith career draw control record on Sunday. William Smith will take on No. 9 Gettysburg College for this Friday’s Championship Semifinal.

Defensive Player of the Week

Gillian Cortese – Gettysburg College

Cortese backstopped Gettysburg’s defense to a pair of wins in the Regional Round of the NCAA tournament. She made nine saves, including four in the fourth quarter of an 11-8 win over No. 2 Washington and Lee University before stopping a career-high 10 in a 17-8 win over No. 10 York College of Pennsylvania a day later.