Final WLax Weekly Awards Announced

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

April 29, 2013 Release in PDF

Offensive Player of the Week

Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, Fr., A

Treanor earned the final BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honor after she amassed 13 points, including 11 goals in two games last week helping Syracuse secure the BIG EAST regular-season title outright. The rookie had five goals and an assist in a 19-9 win at then-No. 12/17 Loyola on April 26. Treanor had five points in the first half alone. She had career highs of seven points, including six goals in a 13-7 win at then-No. 8/7 Georgetown on April 28. Treanor ranks second on the Orange with 65 points, including 49 goals.

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Becca Block, Syracuse, Sr., D

Block was named the final BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after she anchored the Orange defense and held opponents to just 8.0 goals per game in a 2-0 week helping Syracuse secure the BIG EAST regular-season title outright. She totaled seven draw controls and four ground balls last week. The senior tied her career high with six draw controls in a 19-9 win at then-No. 12/17 Loyola on April 26. Block also scored a goal and registered an assist. In a 13-7 at then-No. 8/7 Georgetown on April 28, she had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Block also helped the Orange defense hold Georgetown scoreless for nearly 27 minutes during the win. She leads the team in ground balls (39) draw controls (62) and caused turnovers (28).

 

BIG EAST HONOR ROLL

Katie Kiriazoglou, Cincinnati, Sr., A

Totaled six points, including four goals in a 1-1 week; scored the gamewinner in a 9-8 victory over Rutgers on Senior Day on April 28. It was Cincinnati's first BIG EAST win in five years of league play.

Ashley Hunter, Georgetown, Sr., D

Anchored a defense that allowed 6.5 goals per game in a 1-1 week.

Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, Fr., M

Had seven goals, 11 draw controls and four ground balls in a 2-0 week.

Marlee Paton, Loyola, Jr., M

Had seven points, including five goals and 10 caused turnovers in a 1-1 week; scored three goals and had six caused turnovers in a 13-7 win over then-No. 17/16 UConn on April 28.

Margaret Smith, Notre Dame, Jr., M

Tallied nine caused turnovers and eight ground balls in a 1-1 week; had a team-high five ground balls in a 14-5 win against Marquette.

 

The Inside Scoop

The 2013 BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship field is set and the four seeds are confirmed as Syracuse earned the No. 1 spot. Georgetown is the No. 2 seed, Loyola is the No. 3 seed and Connecticut is the No. 4 seed.

 

The 2013 BIG EAST Championship will take place May 2 & 4 at Georgetown University. UConn and Syracuse will square off on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Loyola and Georgetown will meet later in the evening, at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET. Both semifinal games will be streamed live online at www.bigeast.tv The title game is set for 1 p.m. ET on May 4 on the CBS Sports Network.

 

The winner of the BIG EAST Championship receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship. The 2013 NCAA Championship marks the first year that the field will be comprised of 26 teams. The field will include 13 automatic qualifiers and 13 at-large bids to be announced during a selection show, Sunday, May 5. The field will be selected from 100 NCAA Division I institutions sponsoring the sport of women's lacrosse. The top eight teams will host first and second round competition with seeds one through six receiving first-round byes. The bracket will be available on www.ncaa.com at 9 p.m. ET.

 

BIG EAST Notes

• Six different programs (Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Loyola, Notre Dame and Syracuse) have accounted for wins over ranked teams this year.

 

• The BIG EAST is humming along and holds a nonconference record of a robust 50-17 (.746 winning percentage). It is the highest mark in conference history (the league added women's lacrosse in 2001).

 

BIG EAST Nonconference Success

Year      Record   Winning %

2013    58-18   .763

2012     46-31    .597

2011     50-24    .676

2010     54-25    .684

2009     50-30    .625

2008     38-33    .535

2007     40-27    .597

2006     41-27    .603

2005     40-28    .588

2004     41-31    .569

2003     40-28    .588

2002     49-25    .662

2001     38-32    .543

 

 

Five Teams In WLax Media Poll - Five BIG EAST teams were ranked in the top-18 of the April 29 deBeer Media Poll. Syracuse leads the charge at No. 5, while Georgetown is at No. 6 and Notre Dame is at No. 13. Loyola is at No. 16, while Connecticut is No. 18.

 

 

IMPRESSIVE SHOWING IN NCAA RPI - The BIG EAST has three teams ranked in the top-10 of the April 23 NCAA RPI and six in the top-20. Below are the top league teams.

NCAA RPI Ranking - April 23

Syracuse        4

Georgetown    6

Notre Dame    10

Connecticut     11

Loyola            18

Rutgers          20