Boltja, Nee Earn BIG EAST Weekly Awards

Nikkie Boltja, Louisville

Nikkie Boltja, Louisville

March 25, 2014

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Sr., A
In Wednesday’s 18-14 victory at Vanderbilt, Boltja registered six goals along with two assists for a game-best eight points. She netted four of her goals in the first, while her two second-half goals helped Louisville maintain its lead. It was the seventh time this season the senior has totaled at least three goals in a game.

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Shannon Nee, Connecticut, So., GK
Nee earned the recognition for the second consecutive week after making seven saves and adding one ground ball in UConn’s 8-7 win over Fairfield on Saturday. The seven goals allowed tied a season low for Nee and helped the Huskies push their winning streak to four games. The Connecticut goalkeeper has started every game for UConn this season, boasting a 10.09 goals against average. She’s made 58 saves on 164 shots faced and has 17 grounds balls this year, good for the second-highest total on the team.

Weekly Honor Roll
Amanda Bochniak, Marquette, Fr., A
Bochniak led the Golden Eagles to a 1-1 week with a 13-6 victory over Winthrop and a 12-5 defeat at the hands of No. 6/10 Notre Dame. She posted a team-high three points (two goals and an assist) against the Fighting Irish on Wednesday and recorded her second hat trick of the season with three goals and an assist versus Winthrop.

Kacey Pippitt, Connecticut, Sr., M
Pippitt scored two goals and recorded four draw controls against Fairfield. She also had an assist against the Stags, and has scored six goals in her last two contests.

Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, So., M
Morissette totaled two ground balls and had 10 draw controls against the Commodores. Her 7.89 draw controls per game ranks first in the BIG EAST and third nationally, while she boasts the No. 11 position in the league in ground balls per game.  



Lauren Sbrilli, Rutgers, Jr., M
Sbrilli led Rutgers to a thrilling come-from-behind, 10-9, win over Cornell Saturday afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y., netting a team-high four scores to tie her career high. The midfielder was particularly efficient on the day, recording her four goals on seven shots. 

Taylor Young, Cincinnati, Sr., M
Young scored four goals on all four shots she took against Detroit. The senior also picked up a pair of ground balls and caused a turnover as the Bearcats ran their winning streak to five games.