Paton and Richardson Earn WLax Weekly Honors

BIG EAST WLax Release For April 15, 2013 in PDF

Offensive Player of the Week
Marlee Paton, Loyola, Jr., M
Paton had 10 points, along with eight draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers
in a 2-0 week for Loyola. The junior tallied a season-high seven points in a thrilling 14-13 overtime win at previously undefeated Notre Dame on April 12. Paton registered five goals in the win, along with six draw controls. She also scored the game-tying goal at the end of the first overtime.

Defensive Player of the Week

Kelsey Richardson, Syracuse, So., GK
Richardson was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Orange hold opponents to just 6.5 goals per game in a 2-0 week. The sophomore tallied seven saves in two wins last week, along with three ground balls and one caused turnover. Richardson had five saves in a 19-7 win against Louisville on April 12. In league play, Richardson holds a 4.75 goals-against average.


Honor Roll

Morgan O'Reilly, Connecticut, Sr., M

Finished with 11 points in a 2-0 week; had seven points, including three goals in a thrilling 12-11 OT win against Louisville on April 14.
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Jr., M
Tallied 10 points, including nine goals in an 0-2 week; tied her season high with seven points, including six goals in a 12-11 overtime loss at Connecticut on April 14.
Ellie Hilling, Notre Dame, Sr., GK
Totaled 24 saves in a 1-1 week, both one-goal games. Hilling made a season-high 14 saves in a 13-12 win over No. 8/8 Georgetown on April 14.
Katrina Martinelli, Rutgers, Jr., M
Recorded three points, including two goals in a 9-6 win over Villanova on April 13, the team's only game last week.
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr., A
Totaled 13 points, including eight goals in a 2-0 week; had seven points, including five scores in a 19-7 win over Louisville on April 12.

The Inside Scoop
NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS - The BIG EAST holds a robust nonconference record of 54-17 (.761 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.

IMPRESSIVE SHOWING IN NCAA RPI - The BIG EAST has three teams ranked in the top-10 and five in the top-14 of the first NCAA RPI rankings released on April 8. Below is the top 35.
NCAA RPI Ranking - April 8
Syracuse    3
Georgetown    5
Notre Dame    7
Rutgers    12
Connecticut    14
Loyola        26
Louisville    33