Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/31/10
La Salle University’s Jill Davis (Ridley) has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week, while Explorers freshman Lauren McDermott (North Penn) was tabbed Rookie
of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Davis opened conference play with an offensive outburst this past weekend. In games against St. Bonaventure and Duquesne, Davis combined for 10 goals and one assist, while also scooping up three ground balls. Davis helped La Salle overcome a four-goal deficit with her game-winning goal against Duquesne.
On the year, she currently ranks second in the A-10 with 37 points. Davis is also ranked 12th in the nation and second in the conference with 31 goals. Receiving this week’s honor makes it the second time this season that Davis has been named the conference’s Player of the Week.
She becomes only the second Explorer to get multiple Player of the Week honors in one season. Jami Wilus (current North Penn coach) was the last to do so, back in 2001 when she was honored three times. Davis scored five goals in both games, which makes it four times in which she’s had at least that many in a game this season.
McDermott picked up her second straight A-10 Rookie of the Week award after gathering eight goals, an assist, a ground ball and five controlled draws in her first pair of conference games this past weekend.
Against St. Bonaventure, McDermott tallied a career-high five goals, including the game-winner. In that game, she combined with Jill Davis for nine of the first 10 goals of the second half. The eight goals she scored through her first two A-10 games are the most she’s scored in any two-game span this season.
When the Explorers hosted Duquesne, she helped La Salle erase a four-goal deficit and regain its lead when she provided her third goal on the day. McDermott joins classmate Melanie Sarcinello (Marple Newtown) as the only two players to be named A-10 Rookie of the Week this season.
La Salle’s count for recognitions from the A-10 currently stands at 10 for the season. With a 6-4 start to the year, the Explorers are tied with the 2005 squad for their best start in program history.
When the Explorers host the St. Joe’s Hawks on Thursday at 2 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium, Davis and McDermott will look to defend their awards while the team strives for its third win in A-10 play, which would be the most in program history.
East Stroudsburg’s Bradley (Pottstown) is PSAC Player of the Week
East Stroudsburg junior Christine Bradley (Pottstown) has been named the PSAC East Lacrosse Athlete of the Week after posting nine goals and seven assists in three wins.
Bradley helped the Warriors improve to 6-1 for the fourth time in school history as they recorded a pair of PSAC East wins last week, 20-7 over Kutztown and 16-9 at Millersville.
She was one of three Warriors, all juniors, to go over the 100-career point mark in ESU’s 19-9 win over Slippery Rock on Saturday, along with Molly O’Hara and Michelle Mangiaruga. O’Hara was the PSAC East player of the week two weeks ago and ESU has claimed two of the first four awards this season.
Bradley tied her career-high with seven points at Kutztown, with three goals and four assists. She had two goals and an assist at Millersville and recorded four goals and two assists vs. Slippery Rock.
Bradley has been named to the All-PSAC team in both of her first two years and leads the Warriors with 26 points this season, with 13 goals and a team-high 13 assists. She has 61 career goals and 40 assists, the latter ranking sixth in ESU’s record book.
An all-around midfielder, Bradley also paces the team with 26 ground balls, is tied for the team lead with 12 caused turnovers and is second with 13 draw controls.
ESU (6-1, 2-1 PSAC East) travels to undefeated West Chester (7-0, 3-0) to take on the No. 7 Golden Rams on Wednesday.