BIG EAST WLax Weekly Release in PDF - April 22, 2013
Offensive Player of the Week
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr., A
Murray earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after she amassed 14 points, including eight goals in three games last week. The junior also had seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers. In an 11-8 win over then-No. 7/7 Notre Dame on April 19, Murray had four goals and one assist. In an 18-6 nonconference win over Marquette on April 21, she had four assists and one goal.
Defensive Player of the Week
Shannon Nee, Connecticut, Fr., GK
Nee was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Huskies hold opponents to just 5.5 goals per game in a 2-0 week. The rookie tallied 10 saves in a 10-7 win over then-No. 7/7 Notre Dame on April 21 at home. The win helped the Huskies earn their first berth in the BIG EAST Championship and close out a perfect 7-0 home record.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Morgan O'Reilly, Connecticut, Sr., M
Finished with five points in a 2-0 week; she scored four goals in a 10-7 win against then-No. 7/7 Notre Dame on April 21. The senior accounted for the gamewinner against the Irish.
Adrianne Devine, Georgetown, So., D
Helped the GU defense limit opponents just 5.0 goals per game in a 2-0 week; She had three ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control.
Annie Thomas, Loyola, So., A
Totaled 11 points in a 2-0 week; she recorded seven assists in a 16-11 win over Villanova on April 19. The seven helpers tied a school record.
Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, Fr., M
Registered six draw controls and three points in an 18-10 win over Cincinnati on April 21.
Becca Block, Syracuse, Sr., D
Helped hold three opponents to an average of just six goals per game in a 3-0 week, including a 16-4 win over then-No. 20/rv Cornell on April 16.
The Inside Scoop
FIVE Teams In WLax Media Poll - Five BIG EAST teams were ranked in the top-17 of the April 22 deBeer Media Poll. Syracuse leads the charge at No. 5, while Georgetown is at No. 7 and Notre Dame is at No. 10. Connecticut is No. 16, while Loyola is No. 17.
NONCONFERENCE SUCCESS - The BIG EAST holds a robust nonconference record of 56-17 (.767 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 of the April 8 NCAA RPI and five in the top-14. Below is the top 26.
NCAA RPI Ranking - April 8
Notre Dame 7