Birk, Clarke, D’Amico named Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division III Weekly Award winners

GILBERT, Ariz. — Marisa D'Amico, senior goalkeeper from SUNY Cortland, was named Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division III Defensive Player of the Week, while Abby Birk, sophomore midfielder from No. 6 Johns Hopkins University, and Lizzie Clarke, senior midfielder from Hamilton College, have been named this week's Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division III Co-Offensive Players of the Week.

Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division III Defensive Player of the Week

Marisa D'Amico, SUNY Cortland, Sr., Goalkeeper (Smithtown, New York)

D'Amico posted a 2-0 record with 15 saves and a .938 save percentage last week for SUNY Cortland. In a 10-0 win versus Morrisville State College on Wednesday, D'Amico made two saves to secure the shutout. She then stopped 13 shots as Cortland defeated Skidmore College, 2-1, on Saturday for its seventh-consecutive victory.

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) named D'Amico their Prestosports Defensive Athlete of the Week.

Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division III Offensive Player of the Week

Abby Birk, Johns Hopkins University, So., Midfielder (Louisville, Kentucky)

Birk recorded five points last week for the No. 6 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. On Wednesday, she recorded an assist in Hopkins' 6-1 win over Gettsyburg College. Then on Saturday, she scored both goals in the Blue Jays' 2-1 win over No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College. The win secured the Centennial Conference regular-season title and first seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Birk was named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Lizzie Clarke, Hamilton College, Sr., Midfielder (Larchmont, New York)

Clarke scored both goals in the fourth quarter of Hamilton College's 2-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship quarterfinal victory over No. 5 Bowdoin College. She tied the score on a penalty stroke and added the game-winner on a penalty corner with less than two minutes remaining.

Clarke was named NESCAC Field Hockey Player of the Week.

Honorable Mentions

Lauren Curley, Babson College, So., Forward (Stow, Massachusetts)

Curley recorded five goals and two assists for 12 points in a pair of non-conference road wins for No. 15 Babson College. She finished with two goals, including the game winner, and two assists for a career-high six points in Wednesday's 4-2 victory at Union College, and then notched a first-half hat trick to lead the Beavers to a 6-1 triumph at Keene State on Saturday.

Curley was named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey Offensive Player of the Week.

Emily Franco, Stevens Institute of Technology, So., Goalkeeper (West Chester, Pennsylvania)

Franco's goalkeeping performance helped Stevens Institute of Technology secure a 3-2 penalty-shootout win over conference opponent FDU-Florham last week. Franco made 12 saves to keep the Ducks in the game, then stepped up in the penalty shootouts to stop five of the Devils's seven attempts. The win put Stevens in the No. 3 spot for the upcoming MAC Freedom Tournament.

Franco was named MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Week.