Feb. 18, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Five BIG EAST teams began women’s lacrosse play last week, including two games by Louisville. Senior attack Nikki Boltja led the offensive effort for the Cardinals and was tabbed BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Connecticut’s Shannon Nee earned the conference’s weekly defensive honor.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Nikki Boltja, Sr., A, Louisville
In two games, Boltja scored eight goals and registered two assists, including five scores at then-No. 6 Duke in the Cardinals’ season opener. The five goals tied for the game high. The senior also notched a hat trick and added a helper against Detroit on Sunday, as Louisville opened the season 1-1. Sixteen of her 18 shots were on goal last week for an 88.9-percent shooting accuracy.
BIG EAST Defensive Pitcher of the Week
Shannon Nee, So., GK, Connecticut
Nee made a BIG EAST season-high eight saves against No. 12 Massachusetts on Saturday, including two denials of free position shots. The sophomore also contributed four ground balls and two caused turnovers. The Minutewomen averaged over 14 goals per game a season ago and were limited to just seven as the Huskies fell 7-5 in their season opener.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Barb Black, Sr., GK, Georgetown
Black began the season 1-0 after making two saves in the Hoyas’ 19-11 win over Delaware on Saturday. She managed an 11.87 goals against average in 50 minutes of play and faced 15 total shots.
Amanda Bochniak, Fr., A, Marquette
Bochniak scored Marquette’s first goal of the season and first of her career to give MU a 1-0 lead at Johns Hopkins, just 1:37 into Saturday’s game. The Blue Jays are receiving votes in both national polls.
Hannah Franklin, Sr., M, Georgetown
Lauren Kahn, Sr., M, Connecticut
Franklin led GU in scoring with four goals and one assist for five points on Saturday. She scored on all four shots on goal and had five total shots in the game.
Kahn had a hand in all five goals against No. 12 UMass, scoring four and assisting on a fifth. She also recorded four groundballs and caused five turnovers.
Kaylin Morissette, So., M, Louisville
Morissette posted a two-game total of 16 draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover, including career bests of six goals and nine draw controls against Detroit. The draw control total is tied for the second most in a game in school history.