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Weekly women’s college honors: Penn’s Leitner, Lehigh’s Dykstra, Navy’s Gennaro (A. Carroll)

Tuesday, 8th March 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/8/11

Penn goalie Emily Leitner has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after posting nine saves as the No. 8 Quakers downed No. 3 North Carolina, 10-7, on Saturday.

Leitner was her busiest in the first half with six stops, but three point-blank saves in the final 12 minutes of the second half protected Penn’s lead as the Quakers pulled off the upset. Not content simply manning the cage, Leitner came out and forced a turnover while adding a ground ball.

This is Leitner’s first Ivy League weekly honor. She and the Quakers are back in action Wednesday afternoon at Hofstra with a 3 p.m. start.

Lehigh’s Dykstra named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week

Lehigh women’s lacrosse senior Lauren Dykstra earned her second weekly award of the season on Monday, receiving Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week to add to her Midfielder of the Week honor received last month. Dykstra finished the week with 10 points in two games behind eight goals and two assists. The Mountain Hawks (2-2) split a pair of games last week, topping Saint Joseph’s, 16-3, before falling at No. 14 Florida, 15-10.

Dykstra’s second award of the season gives her 15 for her career – Offensive (6), Rookie (5), Defensive (3) and Midfielder (1). The Tewaaraton Award candidate began on Wednesday against Saint Joseph’s by scoring a game-high five goals and adding an assist in a dominant 16-3 win over the Hawks. That marked her 16th career game with five or more goals and second within the first three games of the season. She also added two ground balls and a game-high four draw controls.

The Mendham, N.J. native then posted three goals and an assist against No. 14 nationally ranked Florida on Saturday. Dykstra became only the second player this season to record as many as four points against the Gators; the other was North Carolina’s Corey Donohoe.

Dykstra also helped Lehigh tie North Carolina for the most goals scored against Florida this season (10). Her two hat tricks for the week up her career total to 39. She now owns 201 career goals, only 41 shy of the school record. She currently leads the Mountain Hawks with 19 points behind 16 goals and three assists while she is tied for first in caused turnovers (6) and is second in draw controls (9).

Dykstra has recorded at least one point in all 56 career games, scoring a goal in 55 of them. She was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on Friday for the second straight year, and is the only Patriot League player on the elite list.

Navy’s Gennaro (Archbishop Carroll) picks up another award

Navy freshman Aimee Gennaro (Archbishop Carroll) earned her third weekly award in as many weeks by picking up the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. She helped the Mids (6-1) pick up a 16-5 win over Robert Morris after falling to No. 2 Northwestern last week (18-8).

Gennaro scored a season-high six goals in the Mids’ win over Robert Morris and also added two goals against Northwestern. Gennaro and senior Gina Hoffmire of UC Davis share the national lead for total goals (25) and Gennaro also ranks third in the country with 32 points. Gennaro has five hat tricks, five five-point games and has scored at least two goals in all seven games this season.

The left-handed sharpshooter was named the league’s offensive player of the week last Monday and earned the league’s first rookie of the week honor on Feb. 21.

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