Maryland junior goalie, Abbey Clipp (Feb. 28)( Credit Maryland athletics, Baltimore Sun / February 19, 2014 )
In only her third career start, the Marriotts Ridge graduate made 21 saves in the No. 2 Terps' 14-7 win Saturday at then-No. 7 Penn State. Clipp, who faced 36 shots, came within three of the school record set in 1977 and recorded the most saves by a Division I goalie since 1994. She also had three saves and allowed five goals in 30 minutes of an 18-8 win over Boston University. Clipp, who is from Ellicott Citty, has a .640 save percentage and a 5.14 goals-against average this season.
Maryland senior goalie, Niko Amato (Feb. 28)
In a game filled with standout performances, Amato anchored then-No. 11 Maryland's 16-8 upset of then-No. 2 Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams Saturday. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior goalie surrendered two goals on the Orange's first three shots, but settled down to finish with a game-high 11 saves and hold Syracuse to 10 goals below its season average. For his effort, Amato was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Amato is from Conshohocken, Pa.
Loyola junior attack Hannah Schmitt (Feb. 21)
In the No. 8 Greyhounds' season opening 16-12 win at then-No. 8 Virginia, Schmitt tied her career high of six goals, including five in the second half. Most of her goals came at critical moments, including three in a 6-1 run that turned a 5-2 deficit into an 8-6 Loyola lead. She scored the game winning goal and four of Loyola's last four goals to seal the upset. A two-time All-Big East second team selection, she has scored four or more goals nine times in her career. She is from Malvern, Pa.
Syracuse junior attackman Randy Staats (Feb. 21)
Staats played a significant role in No. 2 Syracuse's 17-16 overtime decision against No. 7 Albany on Sunday. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound transfer from Onondaga Community College registered five goals and two assists against the Great Danes, and he set up junior midfielder Henry Schoonmaker for the game-winning goal 28 seconds into the extra session. In two contests, Staats ranks second in both goals (six) and assists (four) and ranks third in points (10) despite playing on the second midfield. He is from Six Nations, Ontario, Canada.
Northwestern junior goalie Bridget Bianco (Feb. 14)
A third-team All-American as a sophomore, Bianco made 14 saves -- one short of the school record -- in the season-opening 13-12 win over No. 8 Virginia Saturday in Atlanta. Bianco, who is from Moorestown, N.J., had seven saves in each half as the Wildcats rallied from an 8-6 halftime deficit. Her final save, with 54 seconds left, preserved a 12-12 tie and led to the offensive drive that concluded in Kate Macdonald's game-winning free-position goal with 17 seconds left. Bianco had a 7.63 goals-against average last season.
Virginia sophomore attackman James Pannell (Feb. 14)
Pannell, who is from Smithtown, N.Y., compiled eight goals and two assists in two contests, scoring the game-winning goals to lift No. 10 Virginia to a pair of victories. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Pannell scored a goal with 2:16 left in overtime to propel the Cavaliers to a 14-13 decision against No. 14 Loyola Maryland on Feb. 6. Two days later, he scored the final goal in the team's 13-12 win against Richmond. Pannell recorded four goals and one assist in each game. Pannell is the younger brother of 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell of Cornell.