Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
D3hockey.com is proud to present a first for Division III College Hockey in the 2015-16 season with our D3hockey.com National Team of the Week.
|Gabrielle Schnepp has Utica in the top 10 going into their series with No. 1 Plattsburgh.
Photo: Jeff Pexton, Perfect Game Imaging
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, so any games played on deadline day (deadline for nominations is 8pm Monday) are incorporated into the following week's award cycle.
Once we get the nominations from schools and conferences, we select the top performances by position. It's an elite group. Three forwards. Two defensemen. One goaltender. That's it.
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. SIDs can submit their nominations from 10pm each Saturday night until 8pm on Mondays utilizing their PrestoSports login at http://d3football.com/nominations/award-status. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will also accept weekly releases from our member conferences, provided they are available to us by the 8pm Monday deadline.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Emilie Lindqvist, Plymouth State, Freshman
Lindqvist, a freshman, had arguably the best weekend of her young collegiate career, allowing just three goals in two games to keep the Panthers in the NEHC playoff hunt. On Friday, she stopped 23 of 24 shots in a win over Southern Maine, then followed that up with a sublime performance to help the Panthers pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season nationally. On Saturday, Lindqvist stonewalled 41 of 43 Castleton shots to outduel Spartan star Jessica Cameron and preserve a 3-2 win. The win is only the second against Castleton by a Division III opponent this year.
Ellie Woodman, Concordia-Wisconsin, Freshman
Woodman's first career collegiate goal was an important one. The freshman scored with 40 seconds remaining in regulation in a NCHA tilt with Marian Saturday, tying the game at 3-3. CUW pulled the goalie down the stretch and Woodman took advantage sending the game to OT, where the Falcons would ultimately pick up a key conference win.
Alex Stensland, Lake Forest, Senior
Stensland was on the ice for all eight of Lake Forest's goals as the Foresters defeated visiting St. Norbert College 6-3 on Friday and skated to a 2-2 tie on Saturday. She had a goal and assist in game one of the series and was +5 on the weekend.
Lexi Holman, Concordia-Wisconsin, Sophomore
The Falcons played just one game this past week, but it was an important one as Holman delivered a game-winning overtime goal for a 4-3 win over Marian. The goal capped off an impressive comeback by CUW, which scored twice over the final five minutes to send the game to overtime. Holman's assist came on the game-tying score with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. She also extended her school-record points streak to 14 games.
Jessica Young, Middlebury, Sophomore
Young, the NESCAC Player of the Week, rolled up 7 points in three games for the Panthers, and had one of her most productive weekends yet against Wesleyan. On Friday, she factored into all four goals in a 4-2 win, and assisted on three goals Saturday. She assisted on the game-winner in both contests.
Gabrielle Schnepp, Utica, Junior
Gabrielle Schnepp totaled seven points in a weekend sweep over Chatham. On Friday, she had one goal and two assists, including the helper on the game-winner as UC topped the Cougars 4-3. She followed that up with four points (one goal, three assists) as Utica defeated Chatham 6-1 on Saturday. She now leads the team with a career-high 36 points this season.