Pastor, Schneider named Play Safe/NFHCA Division I National Players of the Week

Oct 7, 2020 | 2020-2021, Division I, News

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Meghan Schneider and Mercedes Pastor, both from the University of Louisville, have been named this week’s Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively.

Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Defensive Player of the Week


Meghan Schneider, University of Louisville, Sr., Defender (San Diego, California)

Schneider contributed on both sides of the ball in the Cardinal’s 2-0 weekend. She anchored a defense that held the University of North Carolina’s potent offense to just seven shots and one goal. Her defensive unit also limited Boston College’s fast attacking line to only four shots and one goal.

On attack, Schneider assisted on the first goal in Friday’s 3-1 victory over defending National Champion, UNC. Then on Sunday against BC, Schneider started off the scoring with the first goal of the game that would culminate in a 2-1 win for the Cards.

Schneider was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week


Mercedes Pastor, University of Louisville, Sr., Midfielder/Forward (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

In a 2-0 weekend for the University of Louisville, Pastor tallied four points on a goal and two assists. On Friday against the University of North Carolina, Pastor opened the scoring in the first quarter with a penalty-corner goal. She then delivered an assist on the highlight-reel-worthy second goal that would prove to be the game winner in the 3-1 victory. To finish the weekend, Pastor delivered the ball to Meghan Schneider for the first of two Cardinal goals in the eventual 2-1 win over BC.

Pastor was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. This is Pastor’s second Play Safe/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week honor this year.

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