Feb. 25, 2014
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Megan Bell, Cincinnati, Jr., M
Bell registered 10 points in a 1-1 week for the Bearcats, including a six-goal, two-assist showing in UC’s win over Stetson. The junior midfielder recorded a school-record 13 draw controls against the Hatters before scoring a pair of goals and snagging two ground balls at No. 7/5 Florida. Bell’s eight points against Stetson tied for the most by any BIG EAST player in a single game this season.
BIG EAST Defensive Pitcher of the Week
Amanda Currell, Rutgers, Fr., GK
Currell earned her first career start and victory in Rutgers’ 6-5 win against Fairfield on Saturday and played her first career minutes in the Scarlet Knights’ 6-3 season-opening victory over Manhattan. The net minder recorded 10 stops and two ground balls, while allowing just five goals in the win over the Stags. Her 10 saves were the most for a Scarlet Knight since Lily Kalata denied 10 attempts last year against Notre Dame on March 22. Additionally, the rookie notched a team-high five saves against Manhattan and allowed just one goal. Currell .714 save percentage is tops among all NCAA Division I goalkeepers.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Katherine Finkelston, Connecticut, So., M
Finkelston scored a career-high five goals on five shots against Quinnipiac on Saturday. She also was credited with an assist and a ground ball against the Bobcats.
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Sr., A
In a week that the Cardinals went 2-0, Nikki Boltja totaled 12 goals, including a game-winner, and went 3-for-3 on free-position shots. The senior had five goals against Old Dominion and then rattled off a season-best seven at William & Mary, to tie for the most by any league player this season..
Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, So., M
Jaymie Tabor, Temple, Sr., A
Morissette had a combined 19 draw controls and three ground balls while helping on offense with four scores. Against William & Mary, Morissette broke the school's draw controls record with 11. The previous mark of 10 was set in 2011. She totaled eight draw controls at Old Dominion.
After sitting out Game 1 due to injury, Tabor scored two of Temple's four goals against La Salle, and then recorded a hat trick at Cornell, scoring three of the Owls' nine goals for a total of five on the week. She also recorded three draw controls at Cornell as well as a ground ball.
Kelsey Denihan, Villanova, So., A
Denihan scored a career-high seven goals and tallied one assist for eight points against Michigan on Saturday. Her seven goals, tied for most by any BIG EAST player this season, came on seven shots on goal. She also had two ground balls and two draw controls.