Becky Willert, Franklin & Marshall College
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Becky Willert, Franklin & Marshall (Sr, F, North East, Md./Rising Sun)
Willert continued her torrid start to the 2011 season with two two-goal games to lead 18th-ranked Franklin & Marshall to a 3-0 record last week. She notched two goals and an assist in the Diplomats' 8-0 victory over Immaculata and tallied two more goals in Saturday's 3-0 triumph over Swarthmore. The senior forward has now scored at least two goals in four of the Diplomats' first five wins.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Avery Koep, Franklin & Marshall (So, GK, Madison, N.J./Madison)
Koep posted two shutout victories and shared a third in a 3-0 week for 18th-ranked Franklin & Marshall, including a 1-0 overtime shutout against Alvernia.
Complete Weekly Release #3 (PDF Format)
Franklin & Marshall made the Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll last week coming in at No. 18. This is the Diplomats' first ranking in the NFHCA poll since October 5, 2010.
Johns Hopkins won its sixth straight contest over Washington College, including its second consecutive 1-0 victory in Chestertown.
McDaniel finished the week at 1-0, pushing the Green Terror's record to 4-0. This is the first time McDaniel has started the season off 4-0 since 2004.
The Ursinus Bears had nine different players score in its conference opener against Bryn Mawr, including a career-high four goals and an assist from senior forward Corinne Freeman.
NFHCA Division III Rankings (9/20/11)
1-Salisbury (6-0), 714 (23 first-place ballots)
2-Ursinus (5-0), 635 (6)
3-Messiah (3-1), 614 (4)
4-Bowdoin (2-0), 588 (3)
5-Skidmore (6-0), 583
6-Lynchburg (6-1), 477
7-Rowan (5-2), 400
8-Middlebury (2-1), 371
9-Tufts (2-1), 366
10-New Jersey (4-1), 341
11-Mary Washington (6-1), 310
12-Amherst (3-0), 283 (1)
13-Franklin & Marshall (5-0), 275
14-Catholic (4-1), 274
15-Trinity (3-1), 225
16-Montclair State (7-0), 215
17-Christopher Newport (3-2), 199
18-William Smith (6-1), 175
19-Juniata (4-2), 125
20-Johns Hopkins (4-2), 89