Recent Division II Primetime Performers Releases: Nov. 16 | Oct. 25
Full listing of D-1/2/3 men's & women's Primetime Honors for weeks of Oct. 3-9 and Oct. 10-16
D-3 Primetime Honors to Wheaton's Kaitlyn Le Baudour & Oneanta's Ray Fitzpatrick
UCF's Tina Trujic tabbed for Nov. 22 D-I Women's Primetime Honor
St. Mary's Doug Herrick recognized with Nov. 22 D-I Men's Primetime Honor
Release: Nov. 26, 2011 Contact: Pete LaFleur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
D-2 PRIMETIME PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
... Goalkeepers Brianna Furner (Chico State) and Brad Benzig (Millersville)
A pair of young goalkeepers – Chico State freshman Brianna Furner (San Carlos, Calif.) and Millersville redshirt freshman Brad Benzing (Baltimore, Md.) – rose to the occasion during the recent NCAA round-of-16 and quarterfinal games (Nov. 18-20) and as a result received CS360 Primetime Players of the Week honors. Four others join then on the most-recent Primetime Performers honor roll (see below), as selected by ColllegeSoccer360.com. See below for info. on all six honorees, along with action photos (headshots are located in right sidebar).
... Selection for the Division II CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Performed at a high level while making key contributions to the team's postseason success and advancement.
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance, team spirit, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field and/or against a traditional rival.
Chico State's Brianna Furner (above right)
and Millersville's Brad Benzing (left)
CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (Division II players)
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... for NCAA round-of-16/quarterfinals; Nov. 18-20, 2011)
"It's not so much what your do, as it is when you do it."
Division II Women ...
(St. Rose/Albany, NY ... M ... Sr. .. Shrewsbury, MA ... #11)
..... All-conference flank midfielder whose strong all-around game led Golden Knights to program's fourth straight NCAA semifinals appearance, following round-of-16 win over upstart UMass-Lowell (2-1) and 1-0 quarterfinal vs. #19 California (Pa.); helped team dominate possession & scoring chances during the week (40-8 shot edge, 18-4 shots-on-goal, 16-2 corner kicks); her strong all-round game vs. Cal-PA included full-field coverage vs. nation's #2-scoring team (25-4 SH/9-1 SOG/7-1 CK); also pushed team's offense in that game and twice hit the post (lone goal was scored by her twin sister Gianna).
*BRIANNA FURNER action photo at top of page
(Cal State Chico ... G ... Fr. ... San Carlos, CA ... 10)
..... Surging rookie who will head to NCAA semifinals (first appearance in program's history) having allowed only one goal so far in NCAAs (400'), with three straight shutouts; totaled nine saves in run of play, plus four PK stops, during past week in NCAA rd-of-16 vs. #27 Cal State L.A. (0-0; 4-3 in 8 PK rds) and #17 Abilene Christian (1-0; at CSLA); faced busy day vs. host CSLA (16 shots, 3 SOG, 8 CKs) and helped overcome Chico missing two early PKs by saving CSLA's #2, #4, #7 and #8 PKs – vs. Jacqueline Hajna, Cari Gill (high leap to her left), Marissa Pickett and Andrea Lammers (also induced key rd-5 miss by Ayana Younge); added six saves in rain-soaked battle with Abilene Christian, which had not been shutout all season while going 20-1-1; her 10 shutouts this season include six over past nine games.
(Grand Valley State/Allendale, MI ... G ... Jr. ... Warren, MI ... #1)
..... Shut out the opposing offenses from pair of top-10 opponents, #9 Northern Kentucky (3-1; own-goal) and host/#8 Colorado Mines (0-0; 4-2 PKs, 4 rds) while leading unbeaten GVSU to the NCAA semifinals; faced 21 total shots (6 on-goal) and five corners during the week; shut out Northern Kentucky after bad-luck own-goal tied game ('18); induced Megan Woodworth's missed PK that clanged off post to open shootout vs. Mines; enters NCAA semifinals with lowly 0.30 season goals-against avg.
* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week
Division II Men ...
*BRAD BENZING action photo at top of page
(Millersville, PA ... G ... So./Fr. ... Baltimore, MD ... #1)
..... Stopped all 10 shots he faced during run of play and made the clinching save in pressure-packed, 8-round PK shootout, as #21 Millersville advanced to NCAA semifinals for first time in program's history – following scorelees battle with #6 Rockhurst (7-6 PKs); dove right to stop John Merlo's final try in the shootout; earlier raced off his line and saved Mark Magee's breakaway shot late in second OT; shut out Rockhurst team that was coming off 2-0 win over defending NCAA champ Northern Kentucky; his 11 shutouts this season have tied a school record and include six straight, heading into NCAA semifinals.
CAMP BISSELL pictured at right
(Flagler/St. Augustine, FL ... G ... Sr. ... Orlando, FL ... #32)
..... Set school record with 14-save effort in NCAA quarterfinal at #20 Lynn (1-1; 2-4 in PKs), after leading #10 Flagler to its deepest postseason advancement in the program's history; dealt with 27 total shots and six corner kicks during the marathon game; shut out Lynn for 106 minutes of regulation play, after allowing early goal; stopped first PK in the shootout, but his teammates missed 2-of-4 (no 5th try); his 16 wins this season are Flagler record during D-2 era (team tied record with 17 wins, capped by school-record 14-game unbeaten streak).
(Lynn/Boca Raton, FL ... M ... Grad. ...
Cologne, Germany ... #9)
.... Set tone offensively and took fans out of the game with his early goal at #10-ranked Flagler, scoring in 4th minute on shot to lower-left corner (assisted on rt-side cross from Stefan Wolf); the team captain's team-leading 11th goal of season sparked #20 Lynn on to NCAA semifinals (1-1; 4-2 in PKs) – program's deepest advancement since 2005.
* – CS360 Primetime Player of the Week
All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools