Sept. 22, 2010

GATOR BAIT: Allegheny College broke into the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 at No. 20 after rolling to one of the best starts in program history, and then put the teams new national ranking to the test on Sept. 21, downing Medaille College, 3-0, as the Gators remained perfect on the season.

The Gators have not allowed a goal in seven contests this season, and lead the nation with seven shutouts. Junior goalkeeper Emily Karr owns a streak of 630 scoreless minutes. Allegheny entered the week as one of just eight Division III teams that have not given up a goal this year.

Senior forward Amy Kuykendall has tallied nine goals over the last four games, sparking No. 3 Hardin-Simmons to a flawless 5-0-0 record this season.

The native of Weatherford, Texas, registered a hat trick for the second consecutive game in a win against Concordia, and then knocked in a game-winning shot to defeat Texas-Tyler in double overtime, stretching the Cowgirls unbeaten streak against American Southwest Conference foes to 121 games.

Kuykendall, who was named ASC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts, continued her scoring frenzy on Sept. 21 with two goals as the Cowgirls downed UC-Santa Cruz, 2-0.

Hardin-Simmons looks to keep up its winning ways when the Cowgirls host Texas-Dallas in an ASC match on Sept. 24.

A HELPING FOOT: Rowan Universitys Veronica Rhea became the schools all-time leader in assists (26) after she recorded a single-game-record five helpers in the Profs 8-1 win over Montclair State last week.

The junior forward also contributed a goal in the match, and was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her outstanding play. It was only the second time since 2003 that an NJAC player has collected five assists in a game. The native of Pennsauken, N.J., leads the league with seven assists and ranks fifth in the nation in assists per game with 1.17.

The No. 10 Profs (5-0-1) continue NJAC action with a match against Rutgers-Camden on Sept. 22.

YOUNG GUN: Loras Colleges Kate Young pitched in a goal and an assist in a pair of wins over nationally-ranked foes last week, and claimed Iowa Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for her performance.

The sophomore forward from Roscoe, Ill., dished out an assist in a 3-1 victory over No. 25 Wheaton and netted a golden goal in a double-overtime 1-0 win at No. 13 Washington University (Mo.).

Loras improved to 7-0-0 and vaulted nine spots to No. 14 in the most recent NSCAA Division III Top 25. The Duhawks take on No. 11 Augustana (Ill.) on Sept. 22 in a battle of nationally-ranked squads.

QUICK KICKS: Calvin (Mich.) jumped five spots to No. 15 in the NSCAA Division III Top 25 after stretching its unbeaten streak to six games with a 0-0 double-overtime tie against then-No. 10 Augustana (Ill.) last weekend … Sophomore Caroline Jastremski was selected Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Week as she contributed three goals in two Bomber wins last week. The native of Staten Island, N.Y., notched both goals as the Bombers handed Stevens its first loss of the season, and also tallied a score in their 6-0 shutout of Utica … Johns Hopkins University senior defender Sarah Gieszl recorded her first career in 2-0 win over Stevenson last week, while anchoring a defensive unit that registered two shutouts and gave up just 10 shots on goal. She was chosen Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her stellar play. The No. 7 Blue Jays put their 6-1-0 mark to the test at St. Marys (Md.) on Sept. 22.