Two weeks into the fall season, and the first week the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has named its players of the week, the Fort Lewis College men's and women's soccer programs landed a pair of standout soccer stars.
Euan Purcell was named the RMAC's Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, and Christine "Cricket" Schmelzle was named the RMAC's Defensive Player of the Week.
Purcell, a junior striker for the FLC men's program, had eight points in two victories last weekend at home, the Skyhawks' season openers. He had an assist in Fort Lewis' 5-0 season-opening victory against St. Mary's, and he had a hat trick and an assist in the Skyhawks' 9-1 victory against RMAC neophyte Adams State.
Schmelzle, a junior goalkeeper for the FLC women's program, had a pair of shutouts last weekend on the road. The first-year starter made one save in Fort Lewis' 1-0, two-overtime victory against Northern State in Alamosa, and she made a pair of saves in the Skyhawks' 4-0 victory against Augustana.
Both programs are 2-0-0.
The FLC men's program was ranked fourth in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American top 25 poll released Tuesday. The 2005 Division II national-championship program was ranked first in the NSCAA central region.
The University of Tampa was ranked first overall, followed by Northern Kentucky and Millersville (Pa.).
Metro State, one of the Skyhawks' rivals in the RMAC, was ranked 13th overall. Colorado Mines, the Skyhawks' archrival, received votes in the poll.
Seattle Pacific was ranked first overall in the NSCAA women's top 25 poll, also released Tuesday. West Florida was ranked second, and Metro State was ranked third. Regis was ranked 20th, and Fort Lewis received votes in the poll.
Metro State was ranked first in the NSCAA central region, while FLC was ranked fourth, tied with Colorado Mines.
The FLC men will host Dixie State in a nonconference game at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Dirks Field.
The FLC women will host a pair of nonconference games this weekend at Dirks Field at 1 p.m. Saturday against Wayne State and at 2 p.m. Sunday against Eastern New Mexico.