BIG EAST Weekly Release in PDF for April 1, 2013
Offensive Player of the Week
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr., A
Murray earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight week after totaling 10 points, including seven goals, three draw controls and two ground balls. The junior scored five goals in a 13-12 loss at No. 4/4 Northwestern on March 30. In addition, Murray had five points, including three assists in a 17-12 win at Boston College on March 27.
Defensive Player of the Week
Meg Bell, Cincinnati, So., M
Bell was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping Cincinnati in a 16-6 win against Detroit on March 29 at home. The sophomore had a game-high six draw controls, three ground balls and a career-best three caused turnovers. Bell also scored two goals.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Katie Kiriazoglou, Cincinnati, Sr., A
Scored four goals and had an assist in a 16-6 win against Detroit at home on March 29.
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Jr., M
Totaled four points, including two goals in a 16-14 overtime win against Oregon on March 26. Kahn also had five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers in the extra-session victory.
Joanna Dalton, Loyola, Sr., A
Had three goals and three draw controls in a 13-7 win at UMBC on March 27.
Katherine Reinhard, Loyola, Jr., D
Scooped up two ground balls and had one caused turnover in Loyola's 13-7 win at UMBC on March 27.
Becca Block, Syracuse, Sr., D
Tallied nine draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers in a 1-1 week; Block helped the Orange in a 17-12 nonconference win at Boston College on March 27.
The Inside Scoop
SIX TEAMS IN WLax MEDIA POLL - Five BIG EAST teams were ranked in the top-20 of the April 1 deBeer Media Poll, while one other received votes. Notre Dame leads the charge at No. 6, while Syracuse is at No. 8 and Georgetown at No. 9. Loyola is ranked No. 15, while Rutgers is at No. 17. Connecticut are receiving votes.
CONFERENCE PLAY HEATS UP - The first full weekend of conference play is this weekend and each league team will be in action. A pair of games between ranked opponents highlight the schedule.
On Saturday, April 6, No. 8/9 Georgetown heads to No. 17/15 Loyola for a Noon, ET showdown. Last year the Greyhounds pulled out a 15-14 win on March 24, 2012 in overtime.
On Sunday, April 7, No. 5/8 Syracuse travels to No. 20/17 Rutgers for a 1 p.m. ET matchup. In their most recent matchup, Syracuse held off Rutgers for a 15-10 win on April 7, 2012.
NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS - The BIG EAST holds a robust nonconference record of 50-17 (.746 winning percentage) this season. It is the highest mark in conference history (the league added women's lacrosse in 2001). In addition, six different programs (Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Loyola, Notre Dame and Syracuse) have accounted for wins over ranked teams this year.