CHANDLER, Ariz. - Gwynedd Mercy senior attack Melissa Russo and Ramapo senior goalkeeper Emily Wisneski have been selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III weekly award winners for competition from Sept. 1-3, it was announced on Wednesday.
Honorable mention status went to Babson senior forward/midfielder Jacki Merrigan and Marywood junior goalkeeper Kerri Mountz.
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Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Weekly Awards - Sept. 6
Offensive Player of the Week
Melissa Russo, Gwynedd Mercy Sr., A, Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley
Russo had an amazing start to the season for the Griffins with a combined five goals and two assists in wins over Misericordia and King's College. She had a hand in all of her team's goals in a 5-2 win over Misericordia on Saturday, scoring four times and adding one assist in the victory. Russo tallied a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win against King's College on Sunday, with each point coming after the 55th minute to help the Griffins tie the score twice before they won it in the closing seconds.
Defensive Player of the Week
Emily Wisneski, Ramapo Sr., GK, Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls
Wisneski had an outstanding effort in the season opener as she made 19 saves to lead her team to a 1-0 shutout of Gettysburg on Friday. The 19-save performance placed Wisneski over 400 career saves as she turned aside nine shots in the first half and 10 after intermission in the victory.
Jacki Merrigan, Babson Sr., F/M, Canton, Mass./Canton
Merrigan had a combined three goals in a pair of victories for the No. 5 Beavers to open the season, including the only tally of the game in a 1-0 win over No. 11 Skidmore on Saturday.
Kerri Mountz, Marywood Jr., GK, Havertown, Pa./Archbishop John Carroll
Mountz made 15 saves to keep her team in the game in a 1-0 loss to Vassar on Friday, then came back the next day with six stops and no goals allowed in a 5-1 win against Manhattanville.