TAMPA, Fla. (November 11, 2019) -- For the third time this season, junior Savannah Jackson and freshman Denise Mendoza swept the Sun Conference Player of the Week honors, this time for the week ending November 10, the league announced on Monday.
Jackson was named the TSC Offensive Player of the Week while Mendoza garnered the TSC Defensive Player of the Week award for their performances last week.
Jackson guided JWU to a 3-2 (OT) win over the Thomas Night Hawks in the Sun Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday. The native of Winter Haven, Florida, notched her ninth hat trick of the season in the victory, scoring the game-winning goal with two seconds left in the first overtime. Her 11 game-winners are tops in the nation. The Sun Conference Player of the Year notched nine total shots with three on net as JWU earned its school-record 12th win of the season. Jackson recorded goals No. 42, 43, and 44 of the season in the win. Her 44 goals rank No. 2 in the nation. On the year, Jackson is second in the nation in total points (92), points-per-game (5.41), total goals and goals-per-game (2.59).
This marks the sixth weekly award this season for Jackson and the seventh of her career.
Mendoza made 11 saves in JWU's 3-2 overtime win versus Thomas in the Sun Conference Semifinals. The native of Hialeah, Florida, became the first Wildcat to register 12 wins in a season as JWU advanced to the TSC Semifinals for the second-straight year. Of her 11 saves the biggest one came in the 97th minute as the first-year Wildcat made a diving save on a potential game-winning shot by TU's Emily Linscer. On the year, Mendoza has tallied a 12-4-1 record with a 1.55 goals-against-average (No. 5 in the conference) with six shutouts (No. 2 in the conference). She has notched 107 saves (just the third player in JWU history with 100-or-more saves) with a save percentage of .799 (No. 3 in the conference). She leads the conference averaging 6.29 saves-per-game.
The weekly award is the third of Mendoza's career.
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