Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
Two members of the Codfish Bowl Champs, and three others from the Cardinal/Panther Classic highlight the D3hockey.com Women's Team of the Week for the award week running from November 19th to November 25th.
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 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:
Rose Pijaca, Manhattanville, Senior
The senior goalie helped lead the Valiants to a 2-0 record this past weekend en route to the championship win at the 12th Annual Codfish Bowl, hosted by UMass-Boston. She began with a stellar 25-save shutout Saturday in a 4-0 win over Bowdoin. It was her first shutout of the season, fourth of her career, and first since her rookie year. Then, in the 2-1 title game victory of Wesleyan Sunday, Pijaca made 18 saves on 19 shots for yet another victory. She was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Eva Hendrikson, Middlebury, Freshman
Hendrikson made the first goal of her career a massive one, as her second period power play strike tied the score against then-No. 1 Elmira in a 1-1 tie at the East-West Classic. The Panthers prevailed in the shootout to advance to the championship.
Erin McArdle, Plattsburgh, Sophomore
McArdle was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury College over the weekend, helping the Cardinals to a 1-1-0 showing at the tournament. After putting four shots on goal in a 1-0 loss to No. 5/6 Adrian College on Saturday, she scored two power-play goals in a 4-1 consolation game victory over No. 1/1 Elmira College on Sunday in a rematch of last year's NCAA Division III Tournament semifinals. For the season, she has four points on two goals and two assists.
Amanda Sabia, Junior, Manhattanville
Sabia continued to lead the undefeated Valiants offensively this past weekend, as the sophomore was named the Tournament MVP after Manhattanville went 2-0 and won the 12th Annual Codfish Bowl at UMass-Boston. Sabia had a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win over Bowdoin Saturday, and scored the game-tying goal in the 2-1 win over Wesleyan in Sunday's title game. The New Jersey native now leads the Valiants in both points (13) and goals (8) this season. She was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday and UCHC Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Kaleigh Beauregard, Senior, UMass Boston
Beauregard had a hand in all three goals for UMass Boston during a 1-1 showing at the 12th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament. She recorded an assist on the Beacons' lone goal Saturday against Wesleyan. On Sunday, she picked up an assist on the game-winning goal and added a goal of her own in the Beacons' first win over Bowdoin since 2011.
Neysa Miller, Adrian, Sophomore
Miller landed the dagger against nationally-ranked Plattsburgh as her first period goal made all the difference in a 1-0 win over the Cardinals. The Bulldogs moved up to No. 1 on the heels of their Cardinal/Panther Classic win this weekend.