GILBERT, Ariz. - Pacific junior forward Kreikie van Wyk and Michigan senior goalkeeper Sam Swenson have been selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I weekly award winners for competition from Sept. 18-24, it was announced on Wednesday.
Honorable mention status went to Albany sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Nealon, Connecticut senior defender Casey Umstead and Holy Cross sophomore goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante.
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Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Weekly Awards - Sept. 27
Offensive Player of the Week
Kriekie van Wyk, Pacific Jr., F, Pretoria, South Africa/University of Pretoria
Van Wyk notched four goals and an assist as the Tigers split a pair of overtime contests on the road against ranked opponents last week. She scored twice in a 5-4 victory at then-No. 18 William & Mary on Friday, and tallied two goals and an assist in a 5-4 loss at then-No. 8 Boston College on Sunday. Van Wyk had her team's first two goals against the Tribe to even the score after facing a 2-0 deficit, and contributed to the first three versus the Eagles as Pacific built a 3-2 lead in the second half.
Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Swenson, Michigan Sr., GK, Harrogate, England/Asheville College
Swenson had a combined 15 saves to lead Michigan to a pair of shutouts on the road in Big Ten Conference action last weekend. She made eight stops to help keep the contest at Ohio State scoreless on Friday before the Wolverines pulled out a 1-0 win in overtime. On Sunday at then-No. 3 Penn State, Swenson stopped seven shots as the Wolverines recorded a 3-0 victory.
Melissa Nealon, Albany So., GK, Mechanicsville, N.Y./Shenendehowa
Nealon stopped 22 shots as the Great Danes split a pair of overtime contests against top-10 opponents, making a career-high 13 saves in a 3-2 win against then-No. 5 Delaware on Friday and totaling nine stops in a 2-1 loss to then-No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday.
Casey Umstead, Connecticut Sr., D, Red Hill, Pa./Perkiomen
Umstead paced a Connecticut defense that allowed just one goal and 10 total shots in two games last week, which included a 1-0 overtime win at then-No. 5 Delaware on Sunday.
Marcia LaPlante, Holy Cross So., GK, Waasis, New Brunswick/St. Mark's
LaPlante totaled 12 saves in two shutouts last week, with 10 in a 1-0 win over Vermont on Tuesday