SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the second time this season, the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State added a pair of Summit League weekly individual honors. Senior forward Leah Manuleleua earned the offensive player of the week, while senior goalkeeper Maggie Smither claimed the defensive honor for the second-straight week.
Manuleleua earned the fifth weekly accolade of her career after breaking SDSU's career game-winning goals record in a 1-0 win against Western Illinois. The Manteca, Calif., native also notched an assist against Purdue Fort Wayne as the Jackrabbits recorded a 3-0 victory.
Smither racked up an impressive list of milestones, as she broke the school's career saves record in a 1-0 win against Western Illinois. The Sioux Falls, S.D., also held Purdue Fort Wayne scoreless and has now posted the most shutouts in a season in league and program history with 12 overall. She finished the week with 12 saves.
Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
Sr. | F | Manteca, Calif.
- Became SDSU's all-time leader in game-winning goals against Western Illinois
- Recorded an assist in the 75th-minute against Purdue Fort Wayne
- Earned fifth-career Player of the Week accolade
Also nominated: Natalie Beckman, Denver; Amy Andrews, Western Illinois; Tiannah Moore, South Dakota; Jordan Langebartels, Oral Roberts; Danielle Algera, North Dakota State
Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
Sr. | GK | Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Broke SDSU's career saves record in a 1-0 win against Western Illinois
- Has recorded a league and program-record 12 shutouts this season
- Earned seventh career Player of the Week accolade and third of the season
Also nominated: Brittney Lewis, Denver; Ines Palmiero, Western Illinois; Abby Ostrem, South Dakota; Monica Polgar, North Dakota State
Previous Players of the Week
Offense: Mariah Haberle, North Dakota State
Defense: Monica Polgar, North Dakota State
Offense: Elyse Huber, North Dakota State
Defense: Brittany Wilson, Denver
Offense: Mara Yapello, North Dakota
Defense: Catherine Klein, North Dakota
Offense: Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
Defense: Magie Smither, South Dakota State
Offense: Elyse Huber, North Dakota State; Alexis Mithcell, South Dakota
Defense: Rachel Preston, South Dakota State
Offense: Samatha Feller, Denver
Defense: Margaret Lavagne, Omaha
Offense: Zoe Clarke Western Illinois
Defense: Ines Palmiero, Western Illinois
Offense: Natalie Beckman, Denver
Defense: Catherine Kelin, North Dakota; Maggie Smither, South Dakota State