Miller, Ritter Receive National POTW Honors

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Sam Miller (left) and Kristen Ritter. Miller photo: Lehigh Univ.
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Sam Miller (left) and Kristen Ritter. Miller photo: Lehigh Univ.

For the second consecutive week two Long Islanders were among three women honored with Player of the Week honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

For the week from September 5 through September 11, Sam Miller, a freshman goalkeeper at Lehigh University who hails from Commack received Division I honors while Hauppauge’s Kristen Ritter, a junior defender from Misericordia University, received the weekly honor for Division III.

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During the past week Miller helped Lehigh to two clean sheet victories, 2-0 wins over Binghamton and Villanova. Through September 13, the Mountain Hawks have five wins and a draw, and have yet to concede a goal extending its shutout streak to more than 633 minutes over two seasons, a school record.

Through the first six matches of the season Miller has 29 saves, including eight against Monmouth on August 22 and nine against Villanova on September 11.

At Misericordia University, Ritter helped anchor a defense that led the Cougars to three shutouts this past week. She started all three games and led the Misericordia defense to allow only four shots on goal in the team’s 2-0 blanking of Susquehanna University, two shots on goal in a 3-0 win over the Rochester Institute of Technology, and three shots on goal in a 3-0 victory over Buffalo State University. As of September 13, the Cougars were 5-0.

For the week of August 30 through September 4, Phallon Tullis-Joyce of Shoreham, a redshirt sophomore goalkeeper at the University of Miami, was named NSCAA Division I women’s player of the week. In addition, Jordan Lazarich of Deer Park, a junior forward at Lycoming College, was named the women’s Division III player of the week by the NSCAA.