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College honors: La Salle women sweep three A-10 awards for second time

Thursday, 18th March 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/18/10
From Press Releases

For the second time this season, the Atlantic 10 has announced that La Salle swept its weekly conference Honor Roll awards as senior Jill Davis (Ridley) won the Player of the Week, Rachel Baker won Defensive Player of the Week and Melanie Sarcinello (Marple Newtown) was Rookie of the Week.

Receiving the conference’s Player of the Week award is Davis. In the two weeks considered in this selection process, Davis racked up 20 points in four games. In home games against Presbyterian and Lafayette, Davis scored three goals and dished out two assists in both contests. When the team went on the road to take on Monmouth in the pouring rain this past Friday, Davis had the game of her career, recording eight points on the afternoon.

In that game, the Explorers trailed 11-7 with 3:42 remaining, but Davis came to the rescue by providing all four goals needed in order to force overtime. After providing the equalizer, it was only fitting that Davis ended the four-overtime thriller by scoring the game-winning goal.

Two days later when the Explorers returned to McCarthy Stadium to host Drexel, Davis immediately carried her scoring streak over, as she scored a goal less than two minutes into the game to get La Salle out to an early lead. When she added another goal later on, that made it the fourth straight game in which she registered a multi-goal game.

In the four games that were factored into the selection, sophomore Baker caused nine turnovers and picked up nine ground balls to register team-bests in both categories. After compiling a season-best two ground balls and three caused turnovers against Lafayette, Baker put together an even better defensive outing at Monmouth where she picked up five ground balls and forced three turnovers.

Sarcinello is looking like La Salle’s next rising star. Over the course of the last two weeks, Sarcinello scored a game-winning goal against Presbyterian and was one of four Explorers to have a multi-goal game that same game. At home against Presbyterian and Lafayette, Sarcinello was the only La Salle player to pick up three ground balls in both games. At Monmouth, Sarcinello scored back-to-back goals to give the Explorers an early 4-2 lead, which gave her nine points in the two week span.

La Salle will place its three A-10 award winners on the field of Villanova Stadium when it takes on the Wildcats tonight at 6:30.

ESU’s O’Hara (Penncrest) is PSAC East Player of the Week

East Stroudsburg University junior Molly O’Hara (Penncrest) has been named the PSAC East Lacrosse Athlete of the Week award after scoring seven goals in a pair of wins as the Warriors opened the 2010 season in North Carolina last week.

O’Hara scored four goals, including the go-ahead goal 30 seconds into the first overtime, of a 14-13 win at Queens and found the net three times in an 11-9 victory at Belmont Abbey.

O’Hara was ESU’s second-leading goal scorer last season with 35 goals and is part of an offense that returned its top eight scorers this spring. She had her fifth career game with at least four goals vs. Queens and has 73 career goals, including 16 hat tricks, two games into her junior season.



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