Powers Earns A-Sun Defensive Honors
Tuesday, September 08, 2009

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Stephanie Powers picked up Defensive Player of the Week accolades after posting shutouts in two games on the week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Powers earned two shutouts for the Eagles this past week, collecting five saves as the Eagles topped UT Martin and Army in FGCU’s Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic. The Seffner, Fla. native, leads the A-Sun in goals-against average and ranks second in the conference in save percentage. The sophomore goalkeeper earned her second Defensive Player of the Week award of her career. Her previous honor came exactly one year ago after shutting out Gardner-Webb.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers

Devon Dowell, Jacksonville (Jr. - D - Vienna, Va. - Physical Education) - Scored the winning goal in OT against Georgia Southern in the A-Sun Game of the Week.

Eva Leeper, Jacksonville (Fr. - F - Weston, Fla. - Education) - The freshman leads the Dolphins in goals and found the net for the second time this season on Friday against Furman.

Michele Larrinaga, UNF (Fr. - F - Tampa, Fla. - Undeclared) - Led UNF scoring two goals against Georgia Southern in the Jacksonville University Invitational on Friday Sept. 4. She scored on a counter attack up the Eagles defense and off a corner by dispossessing the defender and drilling the shot from within the box.

Kathleen Hunter, FGCU (So. - D - Safety Harbor, Fla. - Human Performance) - Led the Eagles offense with three points, scoring the game winner against UT Martin in the final minute and collected her first assist on the year against Army.