BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Jim Marlatt, Notre Dame, Jr., M
Marlatt had a career-high five goals and an assist for six points in No. 3/3 Notre Dame's 13-5 victory against No. 4/6 Duke on Feb. 16. The six points were a career best for Marlatt. The five goals were the most for an Irish player since the 2010 season, and he is the first to have at least six points in a game since 2009. Marlatt also had five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
John Kemp, Notre Dame, Sr., G
Kemp made 10 saves and allowed just five goals in a season-opening win against No. 4/6 Duke on Feb. 16. The Blue Devils were averaging 16.5 goals per game in their first two games of the season. The Irish held Duke scoreless for the first 29:21 of the game and the Blue Devils scored just once in the first half and once in the fourth quarter. It was Kemp's 19th game with 10 or more saves and the eighth time of his career that he allowed five or fewer goals.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Brian Casey, Georgetown, Sr., A
JT Weber, Providence, Sr., A
Nick DePaolera, Rutgers, Jr., A
Kieran McArdle, St. John's, Jr., A
JoJo Marasco, Syracuse, Sr., M
BIG EAST Notes
Notre Dame opened its season with a 13-5 win at No. 4/6 Duke. The Fighting Irish scored the first six goals of the contest. The Irish held the Blue Devils without a goal for the first 29:21 of the game. Notre Dame has won a program-record 11 straight season openers.
Providence senior A JT Weber and junior A Sean Wright each notched a hat-trick in the Friars' 17-6 win against Wagner on Feb. 15. Eleven different Friars notched goals in the victory, including four with multi-goal games. Weber and Wright each recorded a game high three goals and dished out two assists. The duo combined for 10 of the Friars' 25 points. Providence's 17 goals mark the most goals scored by the Friars in a single game since April 17, 2002 when the team recorded a 19-4 win over Holy Cross.
Syracuse lost its season opener for the first time since 1996, losing to Albany 16-15 in double overtime on Feb. 17 at the Carrier Dome. The Orange trailed 4-0, 8-3, and 13-9 before eventually rallying to tie the score at 15-15 and force extra time. Syracuse senior captain JoJo Marasco scored a career-best eight points (three goals, five assists) in the loss.
Villanova couldn't find the upper-hand in an 11-9 loss to No. 10/11 Lehigh on Saturday at Villanova Stadium. The contest marked the first victory for Lehigh at Villanova since 1997; the Wildcats had previously won six-straight games over the Mountain Hawks since the 2006 season. Senior Jack Rice led the team with three goals while 11 different Wildcats posted points on the day. Four freshmen notched points.