April 25, 2011 Weekly Release in PDF
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Connecticut and Syracuse have been represented in the latest BIG EAST women's lacrosse weekly awards as Huskies junior M.E. Lapham was tabbed BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and Orange senior Liz Hogan earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Lapham earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after accumulating 13 points, including 10 goals, in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. She also totaled six draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover in two games. The junior led UConn to its first BIG EAST win of the year with a season-high seven points, including five goals, against Cincinnati. In a 14-12 victory over Louisville, Lapham had six points, including five goals, and two draw controls.
Hogan earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping the Orange go 2-0 in conference play last week. She totaled 11 saves and held opponents to a 7.25 goals-against average earning a pair of wins. In an 11-10 win over Louisville, Hogan had nine saves. In a 20-3 victory against Cincinnati, the senior made two stops and helped the Orange hold a 12-1 halftime lead. She had grabbed two ground balls and caused one turnover in 31 minutes against the Bearcats.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Kaitlyn Brosco, Notre Dame, Fr., M
Totaled nine points, including eight goals (on nine shots) in a 1-1 week; tied her career-high with four goals in a 13-10 win over GU
Jackie Doherty, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Had six ground balls, six draw controls, six caused turnovers and two assists in a 1-1 week; assisted on a pair of key second-half goals in a 13-10 win against GU
Grace Gavin, Loyola, Sr., A
Tallied 10 points, including eight goals, in a 1-1 week; also had eight draw controls and moved into the top-three on the school's scoring list
Brittney Testa, Connecticut, So., GK
Recorded 19 saves in a 2-0 week; had nine saves in a 19-9 victory over Cincinnati and 10 saves in a 14-12 win over Louisville
Sophia Thomas, Georgetown, So., M
Accumulated six ground balls, five goals, four draw controls and two caused turnovers in a 1-1 week; had two goals in a 15-13 win at LOY
THE INSIDE SCOOP
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE - While three of the four teams are locked in for the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, none of the seeds have been determined. Georgetown, Loyola or Syracuse could each earn the No. 1 seed.
But being the No. 1 seed is not a clear indicator of success, as the top draw has produced just two of the four BIG EAST Championship tournament titles (Syracuse in 2008 and Georgetown in 2010).
This year's league tournament will be held May 5 & 7 at Georgetown University. All three games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network (DirecTV #613).
Notre Dame and Louisville are each vying for the No. 4 seed, and conveniently, play each other on Friday, April 29. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 2-0. Last year the Irish won 11-9 on March 27 at home. Rutgers and Connecticut also are in contention for the No. 4 seed.