Oct. 16, 2006
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Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Lucia Belassi, Michigan
F, Jr., Paysandu, Uruguay/Liceo #1
Belassi picks up Co-Offensive Player of the Week laurels after pacing the Wolverines' explosive effort against Central Michigan. The freshman forward tallied a career-high eight points on two goals and four assists to give the Wolverines a 7-2 victory over the Chippewas. Belassi played a hand in all but one of Michigan's tallies and her back-to-back goals early in the second half put the game away for the Wolverines. Belassi also helped Michigan to a 1-0 victory over No. 11 Indiana on Sunday. The Paysandu, Uruguay native has recorded career highs in every scoring category this season and currently leads the Wolverines with 21 points.
Saskia Mueller, Ohio State
M, Sr., Zuerich, Switzerland/Gymnasium Unterstrass
Mueller tallied a five-point week, scoring two goals and adding an assist as the Buckeyes went 2-0 last week. On Wednesday at No. 12 Louisville, Mueller scored the game-winning overtime goal to give the Buckeyes their second OT triumph in a row. She also added an assist against the Cardinals, marking her team-leading 11 assist of the season. On Sunday, the senior midfielder scored the final goal in Ohio State's 4-0 shutout against Northwestern. Mueller claims her third offensive weekly laurel as she was also honored Aug. 28, 2006 and Oct. 18, 2004. Last week, she picked up her first Defensive Player of the Week laurel.
Defensive Player of the Week
Jen Long, Penn State
B, So., Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East
Long claims her first Player of the Week accolade after helping limit No. 5 North Carolina to just one goal as Penn State upset the Tar Heels, 2-1. UNC, which entered Friday's game averaging 3.85 goals and 18 shots per game, was held to just eight shots and one goal against the Nittany Lions. Long also stopped the Tar Heels' leading scorer Karen Mann to just two shots. In addition, Long recorded an assist on the first Penn State goal which tied the game, 1-1.