March 11, 2014
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Sr., A
In a week against two nationally ranked squads in No. 20/NR Ohio State and No. 7/10 Notre Dame, Boltja scored eight goals and tallied two assists for 10 points. The senior was efficient, scoring the eight goals on just 13 shots for a 61.5 shooting percentage clip and a 76.9 shooting-on-goal percentage. Boltja continues to rank among the best in the conference and nationally, leading the BIG EAST in goals (4.29) and points per game (5.29) and standing second nationally in goals (30), fourth in goals per game, sixth in points (37), and 10th in points per game.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Meg Gulmi, Cincinnati, So., GK
Posted a .542 save percentage and 6.64 goals against average in two Bearcats victories over Winthrop and Presbyterian. She made a total of six saves, including four in the second half and one in overtime, as Cincinnati defeated the Eagles, 10-9. The sophomore followed that up with seven first-half saves to help the Bearcats build a 12-2 halftime lead, en route to a 16-6 win over the Blue Hose.
Weekly Honor Roll
Amanda Bochniak, Marquette, Fr., A
Bochniak posted three goals and a pair of assists in Marquette’s 14-10 loss to Duquesne, scoring her final goal with just under 10 minutes remaining to pull MU to within three goals, 13-10, of what once a seven-goal deficit. The freshman has 11 points in her last two games.
Jaclyn Fraum, Villanova, So., GK
Fraum started both of the Wildcats' games in a 1-1 week. In a 9-5 win over Drexel, Fraum recorded seven saves, all in the second half. She also notched two ground balls. In an 11-8 loss to Delaware, Fraum notched nine saves on the Blue Hens' 20 shots on goal.
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Sr., M
Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, So., M
Kahn scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against JMU and finished with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) against the Dukes to go along with six ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers. She also had a goal and an assist and four draw controls against New Hampshire earlier in the week.
Morissette had 12 draw controls, six ground balls, and two caused turnovers in addition to four goals against a apir of ranked opponents. Against the Fighting Irish, she helped Louisville's back line limit Notre Dame to just four goals in the first period while holding them to just six draw controls for the game. At Ohio State, she totaled two of the team's nine caused turnovers.
Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown, Jr., A
Tarzian had two goals in the Duke win including the game winner with five seconds remaining, while posting a hat trick against Stanford and adding a caused turnover against the Cardinal.