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Sept. 18, 2006
Offensive Player of the Week
Shaun Banta, Penn State
Jr., F, Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional
Banta scored five goals, while leading the Nittany Lions to a 2-0 record last week to earn her first Player of the Week accolade. The junior forward started off the weekend by tallying two of Penn State's four goals in a 4-0 shutout over Lafayette. Banta followed with three more goals on three shots to record a hat trick and give the Nittany Lions a 6-0 victory. It is the first PSU hat trick since Annelise Legel tallied one against Temple on Sept. 14, 2005 and just the second hat trick for the Nittany Lions since 2002.
Defensive Player of the Week
Beth Riley, Michigan
Sr., GK, Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra Area
Riley turned in a perfect 105 minutes of play, stopping all six shots she faced to lead Michigan's defensive efforts in wins over Ball State and No. 11 Louisville last week. After claiming a 6-1 victory over Ball State, Riley led the Wolverines against the Cardinals, stopping several point-blank shots on goal to down Louisville, 1-0. It was the first shutout of the season for Riley and the 15th of her career, moving the senior goalkeeper to the fourth spot on U-M's list of all-time shutout leaders. The Palmyra, Pa., native earns her second accolade as she was also honored on Oct. 10, 2005.