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IWLCA Players of the Week - March 26, 2024

By IWLCA Admin, 03/26/24, 2:30PM EDT


Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Kristin O’Neill – Pennsylvania State University

O'Neill scored the game-winning overtime goal from the free position line to defeat No. 1 Northwestern University, 14-13. The senior captain helped the Nittany Lions earn their first win against the number one team in the country since 2005. O'Neill tied her season-high six goals against the Wildcats, her fourth career double hat trick. Her game-winning goal was the 150th goal of her career, putting her 12th in program history in goals scored. O'Neill scored three of her goals from the free position line to put her season total at 17. The midfielder also scooped up three ground balls. 

Defensive Player of the Week

Shea Dolce – Boston College

Dolce delivered her best outing of the season, playing a pivotal role in limiting the Blue Devils to a season-low three goals. Her remarkable display included a season-high 11 saves, showcasing her agility and skill in the goal crease. Notably, Dolce achieved an impressive save percentage of .786, a career best when facing at least 20 shots. This marked the fourth time in her career that she recorded double-digit saves. Dolce currently leads the conference in goals against average at 7.84 and ranks third in save percentage at .450.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Megan Bunker – Regis University

Bunker dominated the draw circle for the No. 10 Rangers this past weekend, highlighted by a season-high 18 draws in a 19-13 win over regional foe No. 12 UIndy. With her 17.0 draw control per game average over the weekend, Bunker soared to second place among all NCAA Division II players with an average of 8.88 draw controls per game so far this season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Samantha Tanguay – Pace University

Tanguay earned her third win between the pipes against a top-five opponent this week, making nine saves while only conceding five goals to No. 4 East Stroudsburg University in the 9-5 Pace win. Tanguay also secured three ground balls. 

Division III

Offensive Player of the Week

Kylie Giordano – Kean University

Giordano collects this week’s Offensive honor after a nine-point performance in Kean’s 16-15 win over Drew University. She drained eight goals – including the 100th of her career – along with an assist and was credited with the game-winning goal. She also recorded eight draw controls and added one caused turnover and a ground ball to the matchup. Giordano currently leads all New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) players in points per game (6.38) and goals per game (4.63) and is ranked fifth in assists per game (1.75). She was also named the NJAC Offensive Player of the Week for a second time this season.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Anj Raman – Williams College

Raman of the No. 16 Williams College made a career-high 11 saves and only allowed three goals in the first 30 minutes of an 8-6 win over No. 13 Trinity College Friday evening. Raman earned her fourth win of the season in net, improving to 4-1 overall.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Joey Grotkopf – Montclair State University

After anchoring Montclair State to a 15-8 win over Farmingdale State College, the sophomore goalie turned away a career-high 20 while allowing just eight goals for a .714 save percentage. Grotkopf currently averages 10.20 saves per game, leading all NJAC goalies. She also ranks third in the NJAC in save percentage (.500). Grotkopf also earned her first NJAC Defensive Player of the Week for her performance.


Offensive Player of the Week

Anne-Marie Gazzo – Reinhardt University

Gazzo showcased her scoring ability by totaling an impressive nine points through a two-game week, consisting of eight goals and one assist. Her standout performance was highlighted by her three crucial goals in the upset victory over the No. 1 University of the Cumberlands.

Defensive Player of the Week

Koral Hadac – University of the Cumberlands

Hadac was essential this week for the Patriots, tallying 10 ground balls, nine draw controls and six caused turnovers. Her efforts went beyond just the stat sheet against Lawrence Technological University, Hadac held LTU leading scorer Sydney Robinson without a goal in the game, before holding Jill Mello, Reinhardt's point leader, to just one assist in the battle of top-ranked teams. Hadac closed out the week with a career-high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers in the win over Oberlin College. Her performance helped UC post just their second win over an NAIA top-ranked team in program history.