Feb. 27, 2012 - Release in PDF
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Louisville women's lacrosse sophomore Nikki Boltja was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Connecticut junior Brittney Testa was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
Boltja earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling 12 goals, five ground balls and two caused turnovers in two games last week. In a 19-8 win over Longwood on Feb. 24, she had seven goals, which is tied for the second most in a game in school history, four ground balls and a caused turnover. In a 14-12 loss to Old Dominion on Feb. 26, the sophomore had five goals on five shots on goal.
Testa was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping UConn limit Quinnipiac to just six goals in an 18-6 victory on Feb. 25. The junior made six saves and grabbed three ground balls. She also earned the league's Defensive Player of the Week honor last week.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Katie Kiriazoglou, Cincinnati, Jr., A
Totaled eight points in a 1-0 week; had a career-high six goals and two assists in a 20-16 win over Presbyterian.
M.E. Lapham, Connecticut, Sr., A
Had six goals in an 18-6 win over Quinnipiac; extended her scoring streak to 41 games.
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, So., A
Totaled 13 points, including nine goals in a 1-1 week; set a single-game record with eight goals in a 23-12 win over Boston College.
Margaret Smith, Notre Dame, So., M
Had three goals in a 17-7 win over Duquesne; also totaled five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Ali Steinberg, Rutgers, Sr., M
Had eight points, including four goals last week; had three goals and two assists totaling five points in a 12-11 loss to Temple.
THE INSIDE SCOOP
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - BIG EAST teams have seven games against ranked opponents this week. Already holding a pair of wins over ranked teams this year, the schedule including two contests against No. 1/1 Northwestern.
A DIP INTO CONFERENCE PLAY - Two teams get a taste of conference play this weekend as Villanova welcomes No. 15/17 Georgetown to campus on March 3 at noon. Last year the Hoyas won 17-12 in Washington, D.C.
The rest of the league begins conference play on March 24.