Washington 'Keeper LaFontaine-Kussmann Named CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week

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Release: Nov. 15, 2010
Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

University of Washington senior goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (Lakewood, Wash.) has been named the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week for Division I women's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com for the week featuring NCAA first- and second-round games (Nov. 11-14). LaFontaine-Kussmann – who played her first two seasons at the University of California (2007-08) and has one season of eligibility remaining after 2010 – is joined by 12 other players in comprising the most recent CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week (see full list below), the 13th group of honorees for the 2010 season.

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Washington senior goalkeeper
Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (left).

In the first round of the NCAA Championship (at Portland), the UW 'keeper made five saves while shutting out a surging Oklahoma team that nearly won the Big 12 tournament (edged in PKs). Two days later, after the 4-0 win over OU, LaFontaine-Kussmann rose to the challenge versus the host Pilots – racking up 13 saves in regulation and overtime, as the Huskies pushed one of the nation's four #1 seeds into a penalty-kick shootout (Portland scored in the 28th minute but was blanked for the final 82 minutes of game time).

During the decisive shootout, LaFontaine-Kussmann saved Portland's second try (by Keelin Winters) – but a miss by one of her UW teammates in the fourth round led to a 4-4 PK score through the minimum five kicks. The drama progressed to sudden-death PK rounds and LaFontaine-Kussmann even took her turn witch a kick, converting in the 9th round as the teams traded successful PKs from the 5th through 10th rounds.

The Huskies then converted for the seventh straight round, when the order reset and Kate Deines sent home her PK for the second time in the marathon shootout. Portland's initial first shooter, Jessica Tsao, returned to the PK spot and tried to become the seventh straight Pilots player to convert with the game on the line – but LaFontaine-Kussmann dove to her right for the save that sent Washington to the NCAA round-of-16 for the first time since 2004.

Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

 In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or a conference favorite/leader), or performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or Involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, team leadership, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).

• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field.

CS360 Primetime Performers of the Week #13
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com ... NCAA 1st/2nd rounds; Nov. 11-14, 2010)
                       "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

Boston College – Kristen Mewis
Duke – Ashley Rape
Georgetown – Ingrid Wells
Marquette – Lisa Philbin
Minnesota – Katie Bethke
Notre Dame – Lauren Fowlkes
Oklahoma State – Carson Michalowski
UC Irvine – Coco Goodson and Tanya Taylor
Virginia – Maggie Kistner
*Washington – Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann
West Virginia – Bri Rodriguez
Wisconsin – Monica Lam-Feist
* LaFontaine-Kussmann is the Primetime Player of the Week