Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
A big weekend by Lake Forest, a freshman at St. Olaf bursts onto the scene, and a record performance at Norwich highlight this week's D3hockey.com Women's Team of the Week!
How it works: Each week, Sports Information Directors from across the country submit week-long performances they've deemed worthy of being placed among the best in the nation in the week that was. For award purposes, a normal week will run from Monday to Sunday. System and email nominations will close at 8pm
|Jacque Rogers had a huge weekend for Lake Forest.
Photo: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
Monday in all subsequent editions, and any games played on deadline day are incorporated into the following week.
Once we get the school and league nominations, check out conference weekly releases, and pick the brains of our own staff to get the clearest picture we can, we select among top performances by position. It's an elite group. Three forwards, two defensemen, one goaltender. Nothing else. To get here, means you're one of best performers on the ice at your position in the week that was.
To be clear, we aren't just looking at raw numbers. We're also looking to incorporate players that contributed in the pivotal moments, season defining wins, and stunning upsets that make our brand of hockey so exciting.
Don't see a player here? Think they would have made the cut? Encourage your school's Sports Information Director to nominate deserving players each week. From now, through the week following conference championship games, SIDs can submit their nominations from Sunday evening until 8pm on Mondays utilizing their PrestoSports login at http://d3football.com/nominations/award-status. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, weekly releases from our member conferences are also accepted. Generally, we operate on this premise... it's that good, we'll find you.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Jacque Rogers, Lake Forest, Junior
Rogers was stellar in net as Lake Forest split a pair of games with 10th-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire over the weekend. After making 36 saves in Friday night's 3-1 triumph, she stopped a season-high 45 of 47 shots on goal in a 2-1 loss on Saturday. All three of the goals she allowed on the weekend came on the power play.
Kelly Leathem, Canton, Freshman
Leathem scored just her second collegiate goal, the game-winner, in a 2-1 win v. New England College on Friday. The blue-liner now has two goals and one assist on the season as she helped the Roos secure a weekend sweep v. the Pilgrims.
Kirsten Macdowell, Cortland, Sophomore
Macdowell netted the game-winning goal for the Cortland Red Dragons as her first goal of the season got the Red Dragons off and running in a 3-0 win over Nichols on Saturday as part of a weekend sweep of the Bison. The Red Dragons limited the Bison to just one goal in two games.
Amanda Conway, Norwich, Junior
In Norwich's only game of the week, Conway tied two program records with four goals and six points in a 10-2 win over Plymouth State on Saturday. Conway netted her fifth career hat trick and second time she's scored four goals in a game in her Norwich career to tie Julie Fortier '12. She had a hand in six of Norwich's 10 goals in the game and finished as a +6 plus-minus rating on the day.
Annie Katonka, Plattsburgh, Sophomore
Katonka scored five goals, three of which were on the power play, and fashioned a +2 rating in a 2-0-0 week for the Cardinals. She scored a hat trick in a 6-0 win over Buffalo State on Saturday before netting two goals, both of which were on the power play, in a 6-0 triumph over the Bengals on Sunday. For the season, Katonka ranks among the NCAA Division III leaders in game-winning goals (tied for first, 4), power-play goals (tied for second, 6), goals per game (tied for fifth, 0.93) and points per game (tied for 10th, 1.47). She has 22 points total on 14 goals and eight assists.
Jackie LaFaive, St. Olaf, Freshman
LaFaive scored the first four goals of her collegiate career over St. Olaf's three games last week. The first year netted her first two career goals in a 7-4 loss at No. 10 UW-Eau Claire on Tuesday evening before scoring once in each of the Oles' games against St. Catherine over the weekend.