April 15, 2014
BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Sr., A
Boltja led the offensive effort for the Cardinals, who outscored their opponents 31-15 in a 2-0 weekend. The senior registered four goals on six shots and an assist against Temple on Friday afternoon before exploding for a six-goal, two-assist showing against Villanova in Sunday’s weekend finale. The senior entered the week ranked third nationally in goals per game and jumped to No. 2 following her 10-goal week for a 4.0 goals per game average. Boltja’s eight points against the Wildcats is third-most in Louisville single-game history and is tied for the 2014 BIG EAST single-game high.
BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Stephanie McNamara, Louisville, Fr., D
McNamara was tasked with marking two of the top offensive threats in the BIG EAST last week in Temple’s Jaymie Tabor and Villanova’s Chelsey Henderson, holding both without a point. The freshman held Tabor scoreless for the first time this season and Henderson just the second time in 2014 and first since Feb. 26 against nationally ranked Navy. Without goals from two of their main contributors, McNamara and the Louisville defense held Villanova and Temple below their season scoring averages in a pair of Cardinal wins last weekend.
BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Honor Roll
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Sr., M
Kahn recorded a combined seven caused turnovers in UConn’s games against Georgetown and Marquette. She also had three ground balls in both contests and added a trio of draw controls against the Golden Eagles.
Katherine Finkleston, Connecticut, So., M
Courtney Caputo, Georgetown, Sr., M
The sophomore scored a combined nine goals last week, putting up four against Georgetown and five against Marquette. Her final goal against the Golden Eagles made it a two-goal game, too large of a deficit for MU to overcome as the Huskies improved to 3-1 in BIG EAST play.
Caputo scored two goals against Connecticut, the second of which made it a two-goal game with under nine minutes to play, a deficit the Huskies could not overcome. She chipped in a true hat trick on Sunday at Rutgers, scoring three goals in one minute early in the second half, while adding a pair of ground balls and an assist.
Lauren Sbrili, Rutgers, R-Jr., M
Sbrilli logged a team-best seven points on seven goals in RU’s 1-1 week in BIG EAST action. She also added three draw controls, three caused turnovers and a ground ball between both contests. The redshirt junior had a banner game against Georgetown, registering five goals, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Nicole Tiernan, Temple, So., M
Tiernan scored six goals in a 1-1 week for the Owls, including four against national power Louisville on five shots. The sophomore also added three caused turnovers against the Cardinals before scoring a pair of goals against Cincinnati on Sunday.