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Long Islandís Ferris Named POTW
Makes 10 saves to shut out North Jersey for NE Division title

W-League News Release

Tuesday, July 18, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its Team of the Week for the final week of the 2012 season today, honoring Long Island Rough Riders goalkeeper Lauren Ferris as Player of the Week after she posted 10 saves in a 1-0 victory against the North Jersey Valkyries Saturday. Ferris’ performance gave her team the Northeast Division title and a spot in this weekend’s Eastern Conference Championship despite being outshot 15-6 by the Valkyries.

Joining Ferris on the Team of the Week is teammate Grace Hawkins, who cemented her place as the 2012 W-League Scoring Champion and Goal Scoring Champion by tallying the lone goal vs. North Jersey. Also producing key performances with their postseasons on the line were Charlotte midfielder Michelle Moll, who scored the goal that won the Southeast Division title and eliminated defending champion Atlanta, and Lady Eagles defender Sabbath McKiernan-Allen, who was credited with leading the defense against the Silverbacks.

Virginia Beach midfielder Emily Kittleson produced heroics of her own, scoring the game-winning goal from distance as the Piranhas defeated FASA to claim the second Atlantic Division playoff spot. Quebec City forward Imen Trodi made sure her team enters the Central Conference playoffs on a roll after scoring both of her team’s goals in a 2-1 win vs. Rochester and following up with the lone goal as the Amiral ended Ottawa’s 30-game undefeated streak at home.

The W-League playoffs kick off Saturday with the Central Conference and Eastern Conference Semifinals, followed by the three conference championship games on Sunday to determine the teams that will join the host Ottawa Fury at the 2012 W-League Championship Presented by Umbro July 27-29.

W-League Team of the Week

Lauren Ferris
Long Island
Made 10 saves in 1-0 shutout vs. North Jersey to win division title
Brooke Spence
Colorado Rapids
GWG, led defense to shutout in 1-0 win vs. Vancouver
Sabbath McKiernan-Allen
Led Charlotte D that shut down defending league champs Atlanta
Erin Gunther
Colorado Rapids
Goal and assist, dominated game in 3-3 tie vs. Rush
Andie Lakin
NJ Wildcats
Tallied Goal, 3 assists vs. NJ Rangers
Michelle Moll
Scored lone goal as Charlotte beat Atlanta 1-0 to win SE Division
Emily Kittleson
Virginia Beach
Scored GWG from distance to propel Piranhas into playoffs vs. FASA
Grace Hawkins
Long Island
Scored GWG in 1-0 division-clinching win vs. North Jersey
Imen Trodi
Quebec City
Scored both in 2-1 win vs. Rochester; GWG in upset at Ottawa
Michelle Wycinsky
Goal, 2 assists in 5-0 win vs. Dayton; Goal, assist vs. Northern Virginia
Edite Fernandes
Santa Clarita
Recorded hat-trick in season-ending 4-1 win vs. LA







Honorable Mention: Central SC –
Krystyna Freda; Colorado Rapids – Jaucelyn Richter, Lauren Robertson; Colorado Rush – Danica Evans; Megan McCain; D.C. United – Lianne Sanderson; Hamilton FC – Gisenia Utreras; Laval - Amandine Pierre Louis; NJ Wildcats – Rachel Ivanicki, Kristen Edmonds; New York – Brittany Pfaff; Northern Virginia – Ashley Pfaff; Pali – Servet Uzunlar; Seattle – Lyndsay Patterson, Alexandra Beahan;

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