Elliott, Heck named NFHCA Division I National Players of the Week

Oct 19, 2022 | 2022-2023, Division I, News

Photo Credit: Taris Smith and University of North Carolina Athletics

GENEVA, N.Y. — Graduate student goalkeeper from No. 4 University of Louisville, Sasha Elliott, and first-year forward from No. 1 University of North Carolina, Ryleigh Heck, have been named this week’s NFHCA Division I Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week sponsored by ScoreBreak, respectively.

NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week


Sasha Elliott, No. 4 University of Louisville, Gr., Goalkeeper (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  • Posted a .44 goals against average with a shutout and an .875 save percentage in the 2-0 weekend for Louisville
  • Secured the 2-1 shootout victory over then-No. 24 Duke University
  • Made three stops during the shootout period vs Duke
  • Earned the shutout in the 4-0 victory vs Ball State
  • Leads the ACC with a .846 save percentage
  • Named ACC Defensive Player of the Week
  • This is Elliott’s second NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week honor this season

NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week


Ryleigh Heck, No. 1 University of North Carolina, Fr., Midfielder/Forward (North Beach, New Jersey)

  • Scored her first career hat trick and a total of seven points in the 6-1 victory over then-No. 11 Syracuse University
  • Had a hand in the Tar Heels’ final four goals of the day, scoring the third and fourth, assisting on the fifth, and then scoring the sixth
  • Ranks second on the team with 10 goals
  • Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to champion, strengthen, and celebrate field hockey coaches and the game. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.