UCLA’s Hill Scores 15 to Grab MPSF Newcomer of the Week Nods Amid Week 2 Awards

In a week that saw 41 efforts of four or more goals, it was no doubt a tough pick for the various conference player of the week honors.

Here’s a look at how the honors panned out.

Big West

Player of the Week: Tara Prentice, UC Irvine – Put in 12 goals, including a career high five in a 12-11 loss to #6 Cal; posted two goals and two steals in a 10-9 loss to #2 Stanford; logged a hat trick in a 14-6 win over #13 Fresno State; scored twice in a 14-6 win over #18 San Jose State; added steals against Fresno State and SJSU.


Player of the Week: Maddie O’Reilly, Michigan – Registered seven goals, four assists, two steals and two field blocks as the Wolverines went 3-1 at home; turned in a career-high four goals and an assist in a 11-8  win over 21 Wagner; put in two goals and added a helper in a 7-4 victory over #11 Pacific; notched a goal and two assists in a 7-6 win over #9 UC Santa Barbara.

Defensive Player of the Week: Heidi Ritner, Michigan – Made 35 saves in a 3-1 weekend for the Wolverines; grabbed 10 stops in an 11-8 win over #21 Wagner; added four saves in a 12-4 loss to #5 UCLA, 12 in a 7-4 win over #11 Pacific and nine in a 7-6 win against #9 UC Santa Barbara.

Rookie Player of the Week: Katie Dvonch, Brown – Notched six goals, three assists and two steals as the Bears went 2-0 at the Harvard Mini Tournament; grabbed a hat trick and added an assist in a 14-6 win over Iona; added three more goals, two assists and two steals in a 12-5 victory over Villanova.


Player of the Week: Grace Ramirez, Cal Baptist – Grabbed 22 saves, four steals and two assists at the Lancer Invite; made nine stops, two steals and an assist in a 13-5 win over Chapman; logged 13 saves, two steals and an assist in three quarters of action in a 17-2 loss to #1 USC.


Offensive Player of the Week: Sofia Diaz Alvarez, Wagner – Chalked up 13 goals and 10 assists across four games at the Michigan Invitational; notched eight goals in an 18-17 sudden death win over #23 Indiana; put in two goals in an 11-8 loss to Michigan; scored once and grabbed two steals in an 11-7 loss to #9 UC Santa Barbara; tallied two goals, an assist and a steal in a 16-6 loss to #5 UCLA.

Defensive Player of the Week: Marina Hyham, Marist – Made 19 saves and nabbed three steals as the Red Foxes fell to #11 Pacific, #5 UCLA and #23 Indiana; logged 10 saves and added a steal in a 12-11 loss to Pacifc; made one save and added a steal in a 14-4 loss to UCLA; secured eight saves and grabbed a steal in a 10-8 loss to Indiana.

Newcomer of the Week: Abbey Simshauser, Wagner – Tallied 11 goals and five assists, while drawing 12 exclusions and notching five steals; put in four goals in the 18-17 sudden death win over #23 Indiana; logged a hat trick in an 11-8 loss to #7 Michigan; scored a team-high two goals in an 11-7 loss vs. #9 UC Santa Barbara;  registered a goal and an assist in a 16-6 loss to #5 UCLA.


Player of the Week: Sarah Klass, Stanford – Racked up a team-high 13 goals as the Cardinal grabbed three wins at the Cal Cup; put in five goals to with an assist and a steal in a 19-9 win over #12 UC Davis; tallied four scores in a 10-4 win over #13 Fresno State; added four goals and a steal in a 10-9 win over #3 UC Irvine.

Newcomer of the Week: Abbi Hill, UCLA – Poured in 15 goals, while adding four steals and an assist as the Bruins went 4-0 at the Michigan Invitational; logged seven goals in a 16-6 win over #21 Wagner; posted hat tricks against #11 Pacific (14-7) and #7 Michigan (12-4); added two goals against #24 Marist (14-4).


Offensive Athlete of the Week: Lucie Abele, Pomona-Pitzer – Scored four goals as the Sagehens went 0-2 to start the season; put in three scores in a 17-7 loss to #8 UC San Diego and one in a 14-9 loss to #16 Loyola Marymount.

Defensive Athlete of the Week: Sophia Salstrom, Chapman – Tallied 16 saves on her first weekend for the Panthers; grabbed three saves in a 16-3 loss to #16 Loyola Marymount; added 13 stops in a 13-5 loss to RV Cal Baptist



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