ATLANTA – After helping New Hampshire post a 2-1 mark on its season-opening California trip, Wildcats junior midfielder Sam Stanton earned MCLA Division I Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour for the period ending March 18.
Unranked UNH breezed to a win over No. 19 Cal Poly in the first game of the trip thanks to two goals, three assists and three ground balls from Stanton.
The Bedford, N.H., product followed that up with three goals and a dime in a victory over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara.
The Wildcats ran out of gas against No. 9 Concordia-Irvine, bowing 14-10, but Stanton still buried a goal and set up two others.
"Although Sam is known for his ability to score the big goal when we need it, this week also showcased his intelligence and decision-making skills, which makes him a multidimensional and complete player,” said UNH first-year coach Scott Eiseman. “We have a lot of respect for him."
The tallest player in the MCLA at 6-foot-8, Stanton finished the week with six goals and six assists along with eight grounds balls.
For his efforts in earning the Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour, Stanton will receive a new Under Armour Command Head – a $100 value. Under Armour is the proud sponsor of the MCLA.
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Jack Costigan, Jr. – Oakland
The Grizzlies made a run at knocking off undefeated Western Michigan thanks to a six-goal performance from the midfielder.
Patrick Donovan, Sr. – Michigan State
The close defender led an impressive defensive effort that stifled the potent Davenport attack and guided the Spartans to a 12-5 win.
Nick Johnston, Jr. – Oklahoma
The Sooners ran their win streak to four by beating Minnesota and Missouri bolstered by 29 combined saves (76.3 sv%) from the netminder.
Jake Marthens, Jr. – Arizona State
The Sun Devils picked up a huge split in Colorado over the weekend thanks to a combined eight goals and three assists from Marthens.
Jake Pistotnik, Soph. – California
The Bears took control of the WCLL by beating Santa Clara, thanks to four goals, two assists, seven ground balls and 4-of-4 faceoffs from Pistotnik.