GILBERT, Ariz. — Whitney Harris, senior defender from No. 22 Ohio State University, and Lisa van der Geest, senior defender from Lafayette College, have been named Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division I Co-Defensive Players of the Week. While Austyn Cuneo, redshirt-senior defender from No. 16 Rutgers University, has been named this week's Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week.
Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week
Whitney Harris, Ohio State University, Sr., Defender (Collegeville, Pennsylvania)
Harris helped No. 22 Ohio State University to a pair of wins last weekend against Penn State University and Kent State University. Harris had two assists in the Buckeye's 4-0 win over Kent State and helped her team to a shutout victory. On Sunday against conference opponent, Penn State, she scored what proved to be the game-winning goal to defeat the Nittany Lions, 2-1.
Harris was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Lisa van der Geest, Lafayette College, Sr., Defender (Oegstgeest, The Netherlands)
Van der Geest played an important role on both sides of the ball for Lafayette College last week as the Leopards notched wins over Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Van der Geest claimed a goal in each in the two victories, scoring the game-winner against Bucknell — helping Lafayette remain unbeaten in Patriot League play — and putting away Lafayette's lone goal in their 1-0 win over Penn.
Van der Geest was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week
Austyn Cuneo, Rutgers University, RSr., Defender (Waterford Works, New Jersey)
Cuneo factored into every goal in No. 16 Rutgers University's two-win weekend. In the Scarlet Knights' 3-0 win over No. 8 University of Michigan on Friday, Cuneo tallied one goal and two assists. Her four points helped Rutgers to their second top-10 win of the season and their first-ever win over the Wolverines. On Sunday, she scored the game-winning goal against Temple University. Cuneo was important on both sides of the ball as she and the Rutgers defense shutout both of their weekend opponents.
Cuneo was named Big Ten Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Madison Maguire from No. 2 University of Maryland.