Sprecher, Steele, Matson named NFHCA Division I Weekly Award winners

A photo of Defensive Player of the Week, Cheyenne Sprecher saving a ball in a neon yellow jersey and black goalkeeping pads next to a photo of Defensive Player of the Week Sammi Steele saving a ball in black goalkeeping pads next to a photo of Offensive Player of the Week Erin Matson dribbling a ball in a white jersey and light blue kilt.

GILBERT, Ariz. — Sammi Steele, redshirt-senior goalkeeper from No. 2 Duke University, and Cheyenne Sprecher, redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper from No. 3 University of Connecticut, have been named this week's NFHCA Division I Defensive Players of the Week. Erin Matson, sophomore forward from No. 1 University of North Carolina, has been named this week's NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week.

NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week

Cheyenne Sprecher, University of Connecticut, RSo., Goalkeeper (Palmyra, Pennsylvania)

Sprecher recorded two shutouts with the No. 3 UCONN Huskies this weekend helping her team to a 4-0 start this season. Sprecher turned away six shots in UCONN's 2-0 win over No. 21 Rutgers University on Friday and deflected five shots in their 3-0 victory over No. 10 Harvard University on Sunday.

Sprecher was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

Sammi Steele, Duke University, RSr., Goalkeeper (Eagleville, Pennsylvania)

Steele was an important factor for No. 2 Duke this past weekend when the Blue Devils captured two wins over top-ranked opponents. In Friday's game against No. 13 Northwestern University, Steele made a critical save in the fourth quarter to keep the game tied — Duke went on to win 2-1 in overtime. Then on Sunday against No. 4 University of Maryland, Steele made four saves, including a stop on a penalty stroke, to keep the Terps off the board and secure the shutout win.

Steele was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Player of the Week.

NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week

Erin Matson, University of North Carolina, So., Forward (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania)

Matson had a hand in three of No. 1 UNC's four goals in their come-from-behind win over No. 5 Princeton University on Friday, tallying one goal and two assists. On Sunday, she scored once and assisted on three other goals in the Tar Heels' 6-0 win over the University of Pennsylvania, giving her nine points over the weekend. This is Matson's second-consecutive Division I Offensive Player of the Week honor this year.

Matson was named the ACC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week.

Honorable Mentions

Femke Strien, University of Delaware, Jr., Midfielder (IJsselstein, The Netherlands)

Strien tallied seven points on three goals and one assist during No. 9 University of Delaware's two-win weekend. She had two goals and an assist in the Blue Hen's 4-0 win over American University and posted the game-winning goal in Delaware's 3-1 win over No. 17 Penn State University.  

Strien was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Player of the Week.

Corinne Zanolli, Stanford University, Jr., Forward (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania)

Zanolli tallied seven points on three goals and one assist during No. 18 Stanford University's two-win week. She had a goal and an assist in the Cardinal's 4-1 win over Quinnipiac University and scored twice, including the game-winning shootout goal, in their 3-2 win over No. 11 University of Michigan.  

Zanolli was named the America East Offensive Player of the Week.