Herndon Leads Top NCAA Performers
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W-League Feature

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – James Madison forward Ashley Herndon, who led the Washington Spirit Reserves to the 2014 W-League Championship final, was selected as Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week to lead the list of W-League standouts honored during the first week of the women’s NCAA Division I college season.

The sophomore forward was involved in three of James Madison's four goals as the Dukes defeated Xavier (2-1) and Massachusetts (2-1) to win the JMU Invitational. Herndon scored the game-winning goal in the 24th minute as the Dukes overcame an early deficit to top Xavier on Friday and then assisted on a pair of second-half goals as JMU beat UMass on Sunday.

Colorado Pride forward Sarah Schweiss, who tied for the league lead in assists with eight in 2014, was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four of Colorado College’s five goals this past weekend.  The junior midfielder recorded the first two-goal game of her career on Friday night in a 3-2 loss at Northern Colorado, and two days later she scored twice during the second half to lead Colorado College to 3-2 victory against No. 25-ranked Denver.

Schweiss, who had three goals and 14 points in 12 games for the Pride, tied the game in the 68th minute by scoring on a rebound off a corner kick, and then notched the game-winner with 7:02 remaining on a shot from the right side of the box.

University of Dayton junior midfielder Nicole Waters, who helped the Gulf Coast Texans to the 2014 Southeastern Conference title, was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after she had a part in all three of Dayton's goals against No. 9 Texas A&M. Waters, who spent the previous two W-League seasons with the Toronto Lady Lynx, scored twice and assisted on another as the Flyers fell short, 4-3 against the Aggies. Against Rice, Waters’ added her team-leading third goal of the season in a 2-2 draw. London Gryphons goalkeeper Miranda Horn, a redshirt freshman at George Washington, recorded shutouts against Mount St. Mary’s and Old Dominion in her first two starts and was named A10 Rookie of the Week.

2013 Charlotte Lady Eagles defender Maddie Boone was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week after she led Liberty to a 1-0 win at Old Dominion on Friday. Boone was an instrumental part of a defensive unit that only allowed two shots on goal in the shutout victory.

Former Long Island Rough Riders goalkeeper Lauren Ferris was honored as the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after she made 11 saves and posted a 0.53 GAA and .917 save percentage in 170:39 minutes of action as Iona went 1-1 to start the 2014 season.  Ferris, a transfer from St. John's, made seven stops in her Iona debut, a 3-0 shutout victory against LIU Brooklyn.  Ferris then completed the opening weekend slate with a four-save effort against Wagner on the road.

Former New Jersey Wildcats forward Grace Correll took home the Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors, as the Lehigh freshman provided a spark off the bench in the Mountain Hawks’ 2-0 win against Binghamton. Correll gave Lehigh a 1-0 lead on a header for her first career goal just before halftime, and assisted on the insurance goal in the 76th minute.

W-20 was also represented among the honorees this week, with Michigan PDA midfielder Merlinn Beckwith named the Sun Belt co-Player of the Week after leading Appalachian State to a 3-1 victory against Elon. Beckwith, a junior, tallied her second career multi-goal match on Sunday with two goals against the Phoenix. Both goals came within a 10-minute stretch in the second half as she propelled the Moutaineers to victory.

2013 LA Blues forward Sam Mewis was the lone selection on the Team of the Week, with the UCLA forward scoring twice and adding an assist as UCLA swept Maryland and UC Irvine.