CS360 Week-6 Primetime Performers (D-I Women; 2012)

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Release: Sept. 25, 2012      Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

DENVER'S KRISTEN HAMILTON NAMED CS360 WEEK-6 PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Twelve others round out the CS360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll #6, for week of Sept. 17-23.

Kirsten Hamilton action

University of Denver junior forward Kristen Hamilton (Littleton, Colo.) – coming off her first career hat trick, on the big stage at the University of Portland – has been tabbed for the top honor among the week-6 CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com (13 total honorees, listed below). 

Hamilton (pictured at right, in red) is the CS360 Primetime Player of the Week for Sept. 17-23 and is joined by 12 others in comprising the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for the sixth week of the 2012 season.

The junior's clutch three-goal output and the ensuing 3-1 comeback win at Portland (cs360 #16) could go a long way in returning the Pioneers to the NCAA tournament (should DU not win the Western Athletic Conference tournament/automatic bid). Denver fashioned solid seasons over the past two years, as the marquee program in the Sun Belt Conference, but DU surprisingly failed to earn an NCAA at-large bid in 2010 and again in '11. Hamilton's hat trick at Portland – with one of the goals coming on a high-end header from distance in the penalty area – came amidst one of college soccer's best atmospheres, with nearly 3,000 spirited Merlo Field fans on hand to cheer their Pilots.

The 2011 Sun Belt player of the year, Hamilton – who also helped beat TCU earlier in the week (2-1) – currently leads the WAC in goals (7) and points (16) while her 79 career points (30G-19A) are eighth in the DU record book. Her three goals against Portland nearly matched the total (4) that the Pilots had allowed in eight previous games this season.  

The collection of the 13 week-6 honorees is a unique one in the history of the CS360 Primetime Performers, as six of the players are Canadians (from four different provinces) while seven come from teams outside the CS360 top-50, due in large part to upsets suffered by several conference favorites (namely in the Big Sky, Big South, Conference USA, the Horizon League, Mid-American and the Missouri Valley). The honors include seven forwards, two midfielders three defenders and a goalkeeper … two fifth-year seniors, two more traditional seniors (both have a fifth year of eligibility), seven juniors and a pair of freshmen. Three hail from the Canadian soccer hotbed of Ontario (plus one each from the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec), along with two Colorado natives and one each from California, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland and New York.

(Scroll down for player info. and action photos of the 13 honorees, with headshots in right sidebar).

... Selection for the Division I women's 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 in a game that is key to the team's postseason achievements, typically in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a conference favorite from a league not represented in the CS360 top-50).

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and other 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.

Listing of the 13 honorees follows below – as do player info. capsules with action photos at bottom of page (headshots in right sidebar).

Note – All photos on this page courtesy of the respective schools.

CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #6      Division I Women
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … week of Sept. 17-23, 2012)

        "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

COURTNEY CONRAD  (VCU … F ... Jr. … Dartmouth, Nova Scotia … #8)
CARA CUTAIA 
 (Eastern Michigan ... M … Sr./Jr. … Burlington, Ontario … #11)
MARISSA DUGUAY 
 (Memphis ... D ... Fr. … Quispamis, New Brunswick … #18)
*KRISTEN HAMILTON  (Denver ... F ... Jr. … Littleton, CO … #17)
HOLLY HEIN 
 (Michigan ... D ... Sr./Jr. … Castaic, CA … #21)
BECKY KAPLAN  (Maryland ... F … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Oyster Bay, NY … #19)
JANELLE KRAMER  (Northern Colorado ... D ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Longmont, CO ... #4)
ADRIANA LEON 
 (Florida ... F ... Jr. … King City, Ontario … #91)
BROOKE McCURDY  (Wright State ... G ... Jr. … Peterborough, Ontario … #1)
SARAH ROBBINS 
 (Kansas ... M ... Sr. … Montreal, Quebec … #3)
JULIE RUH'E  (Radford … F/M ... Jr. … Monrovia, MD … #4)
FRANCES SILVA 
 (West Virginia ... F ... Jr. … Overland Park, KS … #9) 
ABBY SPRINGER  (Evansville ... F ... Fr. … Indianapolis, IN … #8)

* – CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week

Courtney Conrad A230

COURTNEY CONRAD  
(VCU … F ... Jr. … Dartmouth, Nova Scotia … #8)
Scored both goals as Rams came from behind to win 2-1 at cs360 #37 William & Mary (favored to win the Colonial Athletic Association) … also helped VCU post another 2-1 road win, at Old Dominion (another former CAA rival, with VCU now in the Atlantic-10) … tied William & Mary game in 33rd minute, connecting with left side thru-ball from Brianne Moore and beating 'keeper Caroline Casey on hard shot … helped avert overtime with late game winner (80'), after pouncing on corner-kick scramble for heads-up goal that ended Tribe's six-game win streak (which had included a 14-0 scoring margin) … win at ODU extended VCU's unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2) … leads team with four goals scored this season (one-third of the team total) … named third team all-CAA as a sophomore (6G-1A, in 21 games played/20 starts) … played at Jacksonville University as a freshman in 2010, earning Atlantic Sun all-freshman team honors after leading team in scoring (8G-4A) … former member of Canadian under-20 national team player pool … attended Dartmouth High School in Nova Scotia.  

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Cara Cutaia 230A

CARA CUTAIA  
(Eastern Michigan ... M … Sr./Jr. Burlington, Ontario … #11)

Scored pair of big-game goals as EMU won 3-0 at Mid-American Conference favorite Toledo, capping the program's first 2-0 MAC start since 2000 (earlier won 1-0 at Northern Illinois) … the 3-0 game represented EMU's first win over Toledo since 2009 … the first multiple-goal game of her career included scoring rebound goal after flurry of activity (30') and the scoring for 2-0 lead early in the second half (47'; assisted by Stephanie Clarke) … later assisted on Bianca Rossi's goal to complete her clutch five-point output (tied for third in the EMU record book) … leads team in scoring with 12 points (4G-4A) … has 10G-8A in her EMU career (44 GP/28 GS; 2G4A in 18 GP/17 GS as a sophomore) … missed 2009 season due to injury, then played mostly as a reserve in 2010 (2G; 17 GP/2 GS) … product of Notre Dame Catholic High School and the Ontario-based Oakville Phantoms club program … her sister Angela is a freshman forward with the UTEP soccer team Alyssa Cutaia 

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Marissa Duguay A230

MARISSA DUGUAY 
(Memphis ... D ... Fr. … Quispamis, New Brunswick … #18)
Rare rookie starter at center back who stepped up to the challenge in huge Conference USA opener for Memphis team that had fallen out of the CS360 top-50 and has some work to do in quest for return to the NCAAs … anchored defense that shut down potent Central Florida attack, limiting UCF (cs360 #11) to a pair of shots on goal (seven total shots) and only two corner kicks during Memphis 2-1 overtime win (first OT loss for UCF spanning past four seasons) … UCF had entered the week averaging 15 shots per game … UCF entered week #6 in the NSCAA rankings (first top-10 team ever defeated by Memphis) … the four previous series meetings at Memphis had resulted in three UCF wins (two of them in OT) and a tie … also helped Memphis avoid letdown in 5-2 Sunday win over Southern Mississippi (she left game after Tigers went up 5-1) … product of Rothesay High School, the Ottawa Fury and the Canadian National Training Centre-Atlantic.

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Kristen Hamilton A230

KRISTEN HAMILTON (Denver F ... Jr. … Littleton, CO … #17)
Registered her first career hat trick, on the big stage at the University of Portland (cs360 #16), yielding a 3-1 comeback win that could go a long way in returning the Pioneers to the NCAA tournament (should DU not win the Western Athletic Conference tournament/automatic bid) ... Denver fashioned solid seasons over the past two years, as the marquee program in the Sun Belt Conference, but DU surprisingly failed to earn an NCAA at-large bid in 2010 and again in '11 … her hat trick at Portland came amidst one of college soccer's best atmosphere, with nearly 3,000 spirited Merlo Field fans on hand to cheer their Pilots … the three goals nearly matched the total (4) that Portland had allowed in eight previous games this season … the impressive offensive display showcased Denver's fluid passing game, which capitalized on Hamilton's speed and well-timed runs into space … the Pilots led DU for two minutes before Hamilton's first goal (19'), scoring into the right-sidenetting off an assist from Nicholete DiGiacomo … the Pioneers earned the halftime lead when Hamilton connected with a Cassidy Larson cross and snapped a long-range header into the upper-left corner (unlike most header goals, the impressive strike came from well outside the 6-yard goalkeeper box, a couple paces inside the top of the penalty area/roughly 16 yards out) … veteran frontrunner Kaitlin Bast assisted on the third goal early in the second half, threading a thru-ball to set up Hamilton's rising 17-yard shot … also helped beat TCU earlier in the week (2-1) … leads the WAC in goals (7) and points (16) while her 79 career points (30G-19A, in 56 games played) are eighth in the DU record book … named 2011 Sun Belt Conference player of the year (16G-9A, in 21 starts) after totaling 7G-8A in 2010 (22 GS) … product of Columbine High School and the Colorado Storm club program.
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Holly Hein A230

HOLLY HEIN (Michigan ... D … Sr./Jr. … Castaic, CA … #21)
Has made inspiring return from 2011 thyroid cancer surgery, after earlier missing most of 2010 season due to injury … has started all 11 games this season for Michigan team that is 9-2-0 and could make a dark horse run at the Big Ten title, after being picked fifth in conference preseason poll … central defender for defense that is coming off pair of key road shutouts (1-0 at Minnesota, 3-0 at cs360 #17 Wisconsin), with Wolverines allowing only seven shots on goal and four corner kicks spanning those games … helped hold back Minnesota's dangerous scorer Taylor Uhl (Gophers had 3 SOG, 2 CKs) before helping post impressive result at Wisconsin (4 SOG, 2 CKs) … scored her first goal since 2009 earlier this season, on penalty kick vs. Fordham … started six games in 2011 before cancer surgery (6 GP/2 GS in 2010, prior to injury) … played in all 20 games and scored three times (2A) during 2009 season … product of West Ranch High School, along with the Real SoCal and Irvine Strikers club programs. 

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Becky Kaplan A230

BECKY KAPLAN (Maryland .. F 5th-Yr-Sr .. Oyster Bay, NY .. #19)
Clutch goalscorer and key veteran leader for young Maryland team … combined with Hayley Brock (member of CS360 Primetime Performers the previous week) to each score in 2-2 battle at cs360 #4 Duke and again in 2-1 win at (13) Wake Forest, leaving Terps atop ACC standings (3-0-1, including another quality result in win over UNC) … broke 1-1 deadlock in physical battle at Duke, running onto Aubrey Baker's thru-ball and calmly waiting for elite 'keeper Tara Campbell to commit before scoring on low shot to the right corner (75') … three days later at Wake, her insurance goal proved to her second game winner of the week – a counterattack sequence (featuring passes from Alex Reed and Brock) that saw her make a long leftside run before beating another top 'keeper (Aubrey Bledsoe) on shot to near-left side … leads team with nine goals and five gamewinners this season (also pair of assists) … her 42 career points (17G-8A; 70 GP/54 GS) include 6G-3A in 2011 (20 GP/19 GS), 2G-2A in 2009 (21 GP/9 GS) and an assist in 2008 (18 GP/GS) … did not play for Terps during 2010 season … product of Oyster Bay High School and the East Meadow Shooting Stars club team.
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Janelle Kramer A230

JANELLE KRAMER 
(Northern Colorado ... D ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Longmont, CO ... #4)
Veteran right back who marked pair of top opposing players, as part of Bears defense that allowed only eight shots on goal and seven corner kicks spanning pair of key Big Sky Conference shutout wins – vs. league favorite Portland State (1-0) and conference contender Sacramento State (2-0) … the pair of wins give Northern Colorado an early leg up in race for Big Sky regular-season title (and the ensuing "prize" of being host team for the conference tournament, which then will determine the automatic NCAA bid) … marked Portland State's top offensive player Megan Martin for most of the game, while helping limit the Vikings to five shots on goal … also made a big clear late in that game, preventing a potential overtime … again was assigned to opponent's top attacker (Victoria Ramirez) during Sacramento State game, with Hornets managing only eight shots (one in second half), three shots on goal and a pair of corner kicks … started sequence that led to one of her team's goals during the week of key games … started first four games of 2011 before season-ending injury (was granted fifth year of eligibility, for 2012) … had three assists while starting all 19 games in 2010, after starring 14 in 2009 (14 GS; 1A in 20 GP during 2008) … product of Silver Creek High School.
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Adriana Leon A230

ADRIANA LEON (Florida ... F ... Jr. … King City, Ontario … #91)
Transfer from Notre Dame who has added a distinct dimension to the Florida offense since returning from the Under-20 World Cup (where she played for Canada) … factored into three goals during pair of home wins (2-1 vs. cs360 #19 Tennessee and 4-1 vs. Georgia) that have positioned the Gators for run at the SEC title (which now includes newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri) … opened scoring in Tennessee game, after taking pass from Lauren Silver and drilling 20-yard shot near top-left corner of the box, with ball clipping leftside bottom of the crossbar and bouncing down for highlight-reel goal (at 5:31, Florida's earliest score all season) … five days earlier, she had ended the Sunday overtime game at Auburn (2-1) … early part of crisp passing sequence that led to second goal vs. Tennessee, moving ball from top of box to Havana Solaun (whose endline cross set up McKenzie Barney's score for 2-0 lead) … two days later, her deflected shot ultimately led to a Solaun goal for 2-0 lead on Georgia (65'; 0-0 at halftime) … helped Gators overcome absence of All-America attacking midfielder Erika Tymrak (sprained ankle) during Georgia game … totaled 6G-5A as a sophomore at Notre Dame (20 GP/15 GS), after 4G-2A during her freshman season … came off the bench to score game's only goal in 2010 NCAA title matchup vs. Stanford … has gained with Canadian U-20s, Team Ontario, the Mississauga Falcons and Brams United Storm … talented multi-sport athlete who was an accomplished hockey player with the Toronto Aeros Midget club team while playing rugby and volleyball at Country Day School.
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Brooke McCurdy A230

BROOKE McCURDY 
(Wright State ... G ... Jr. … Peterborough, Ontario … #1)
Saved all nine shots she faced while navigating nine corner kicks (plus 15 total shots), putting her team in position to upset Horizon League favorite/defending champ Milwaukee – and the upset came in the final seconds of overtime, on Allie Metzler's dramatic header at 109:58 (assisted by a Sarah Gross corner kick) to beat the home standing Panthers … made several key saves late in game, including two (73' & 75') sandwiched around a corner kick, plus stop of a Sara Stern shot with two minutes left in regulation and then a save against Kelly Lewers early in OT ('94) ... tacked on three saves in 5-0 home win over IPFW … has fashioned a solid 2012 season, with a 0.69 goals-against average and .877 save pct. (57 saves; 8 GA) … started 20 games in 2011 and 14 in 2010 (16 GP), when she earned a spot on the Horizon League Newcomer Team … also member of Wright State track and field team, setting school record in the javelin (39.49m) … played multiple sports at Crestwood High School while training with the Ajax soccer club … past member of Canadian Under-18 national team who also has trained and competed with the U-20s. 

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Sarah Robbins A230

SARAH ROBBINS (Kansas ... M ... Sr. … Montreal, Quebec … #3)
Played key role in 2-1 victory over Big 12 favorite Oklahoma State (cs360 #14), helping hold back dangerous Cowgirls offense while engaging in pivotal midfield battle … central factor in the biggest play of the game, after slashing into the penalty area and drawing a foul that led to Whitney Berry's successful penalty kick (seconds after Oklahoma State had tied the score) … the win was KU's first since 2008 vs. a team ranked in the top-10 of the national polls … slowed by a knee injury during the 2010 season (8 GP/4 GS) and for most of 2011 (3 GP), after appearing in all 22 games as a freshman (13 GS; 1G-1A) … attended John Rennie High School, where she played basketball but not soccer (due to commitments with the Canadian National Training Centre) … has trained with the Lac St. Louis Lakers club team, the Quebec Provincial Team and several national trams (2006-09 youth team player pool and invitee to U-20 camp) … her sister Claire played soccer at the University of Maine.


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Julie Ruh'e A230

JULIE RUH'E (Radford … F/M ... Jr. … Monrovia, MD … #4)
One of four Ruh'e sisters who have played Division I soccer (see note below) … made key contributions offensively and defensively, as Highlands opened Big South play with 2-2 tie vs. High Point (picked to finish third in the conference) and then a decisive 3-0 win over league favorite Campbell … helped quickly answer High Point's late go-ahead goal by setting up Radford score in 87th minute (16 seconds after the Panthers goal) that ultimately forced the 2-2 final … crazy finish vs. High Point included the Highlanders scoring an earlier tying goal in 83rd minute … assisted on the decisive second tying goal, working ball to Rachel Conway – who placed 25-yard shot off the fingertips of 'keeper Jesse May … assisted on opening goal vs. Campbell (13'), after gathering in punt and sending well-placed pass to set up Sahar Aflaki's 1-v-1 goal vs. the 'keeper … shifted into the midfield during second half and helped shut down Camels leading scorer Ashley Clark (8G-2A), with Campbell totaling only five shots on goal and two corner kicks over the 90 total minutes … named second team all-Big South in 2011 (7G-5A; 22 GS) after earning first-team honors during her freshman season (7G-6A; 20 GS) … product of Urbana High School and the FC Frederick club program … her sisters Jenny (Richmond; 2006-09), Katie (Pittsburgh; 2008-11) and Amie (Seton Hall; current junior) also have played Division I soccer.
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Frances Silva A230

FRANCES SILVA (West Virginia ... F ... Jr. … Overland Park, KS … #9)
Guided Big 12 newcomers to pair of league wins over cs360 top-50 teams: (42) Texas Tech and (14) Oklahoma State, scoring both gamewinners and three total goals (for a Big 12-leading eight goals this season, plus a pair of assists) … became first West Virginia player ever to score multiple goals in three consecutive games, after finding the net twice in high-scoring game with Texas Tech (3-2) … scored in transition (shot inside right post) for 1-0 lead on Red Raiders ('33), later broke 2-2 tie, moments after TT had scored, with the winning score coming on a 79th-minute penalty kick (after being taken down by Al-American Jaelene Hinkle … scored only goal of the Oklahoma State game in dramatic fashion, after racing up the field and beating a defender before ripping 18-yard blast with only 1:28 left in regulation … passes from Jess Crowder and Kate Schwindel ignited that counterattack for Silva, who had teammate Kelsie Maloney on her left but opted to keep the ball and score past All-America 'keeper ADa Franch into the upper-left corner … fourth different WVU player ever to score in four straight games (totaling seven goals in that span) … the Mountaineers now are 5-0-0 this season when Silva scores and she points (goal or assist) in eight of WVU's past nine conference games (all wins, some during 2010 BIG EAST play) … second team all-BIG EAST performer in 2011 (8G-4A, 22 GS), after her BIG EAST All-Freshman team season in 2010 (4G-3A; 24 GP/20 GS) … product of Blue Valley North High School and the Blue Valley Stars Mallorca club program (also the Kansas state ODP, plus ODP regional teams and ODP national team pool).

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Abby Springer A230

ABBY SPRINGER 
(Evansville ... F ... Fr. … Indianapolis, IN … #8)
Rose to the occasion in Missouri Valley Conference opener vs. league favorite/defending champ Illinois State, notching big-game hat trick as Aces (picked to finish 7th/last in the MVC) shocked the Redbirds, 4-1 (Evansville's most goals this season) … the hat trick was the fist by an Evansville players since 2008 … stole the thunder from Illinois State's dynamic scorer Rachel Tejada, who ranked third in the nation with 21 goals in 2011 but was held scoreless vs. the Aces … had scored only one goal in previous nine games this season before her breakout performance vs. ISU … headed in a Stephanie Thompson corner kick to open the scoring ('24) in game that remained 1-0 through 53 minutes … finished loose ball, after deflected Thompson cross, for 3-0 lead in the 69th minute … ISU scored its lone goal at 74' but she helped stoop the visitors' momentum by scoring her third goal (83'), cashing in a long thru-ball from Thompson … helped Evansville outshoot Illinois State 14-11 (7-3 in shots on goal, with 8-2 corner0kick margin) … product of Southport High School and the St. Francis Fusion club team.

 editor@collegesoccer360.com