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Women’s college honors: @LafayetteWLax’s Case (Haverford High), @LaSalleLacrosse, @DrexelWLax, @PennWomensLax

Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/26/14

Lafayette women’s lacrosse freshman Amanda Case (Haverford High) was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the League announced Tuesday afternoon. Case scored six goals for the Leopards in three games last week.

Case drew a start in her first collegiate game and made the most of it, scoring her first-career goal at Marist. The rookie scored the opening goal of the game on a free position shot at Delaware, while also picking up a pair of groundballs. The Havertown, Pa. native tallied four goals in the Leopards 16-6 win over Wagner.

La Salle’s Andrews, Antonelli earn A-10 honors

La Salle’s Claire Andrews and Gabby Antonelli earned weekly honors from the Atlantic 10 for games ending Sunday. Andrews was tabbed the A-10 Offensive Player of the Week and Antonelli earned Defensive Player of the Week in just her first week on the collegiate field.

The duo helped propel the Explorers to a 3-0 record to start the season, the first time in program history that the Explorers opened a season with three straight wins. The squad knocked off LIU Brooklyn 17-5 in a snow-postponed season opener last Monday before edging Temple 7-4 on Wednesday. They broke away late in the second half to defeat Central Connecticut State 14-8 on Saturday.

Andrews recorded two hat tricks and seven total goals last week. She recorded one goal and three assists against LIU Brooklyn along with four ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover. She drained three goals in the win at Temple, including the game winner. She added a second hat trick along with one assist at CCSU. Through the first three games of the season, she leads all Explorers with 11 points.

Antonelli earned three straight wins in goal to start her collegiate career. She made seven saves in her collegiate debut against LIU Brooklyn. She added nine saves including a few key stops late in the game to snag the win over the Owls. She finished the week with eight saves at CCSU to total 24 on the week. She recorded a scant 5.38 goals against average in her first week on the college field, and is sporting a .600 save percentage.

Drexel’s Thiele wins CAA Rookie of Week

For a second-consecutive week, Drexel had the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week. After Eva Winiarski (Downingtown West) took the award a week ago for her goal-scoring performance against George Washington, Caroline Thiele was named the league’s Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday thanks to her defensive efforts in the Dragons’ 9-5 win over Saint Joseph’s.

Thiele, a native of Glen Ridge, N.J., caused five turnovers and picked up seven ground balls in Drexel’s victory on Sunday. The ground balls were just two shy of a program record for a single game. She now has 11 ground balls on the season, tied with Amanda Norcini for the team lead. She also has six caused turnovers, second on the squad to Norcini’s nine.

Thiele, who also had a draw control against the Hawks, shares this week’s CAA Rookie of the Week award with Gabby Cha of Towson.

Penn’s Ferguson is Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of Week

Lucy Ferguson was big in the first half of Penn’s season opener against Delaware, making five saves and keeping the Quakers in the game until their offense awoke in the second stanza to defeat the Blue Hens, 11-8.

On Monday, Ferguson was named Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts. This marks the third time in her career that she has earned Ivy Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Ferguson finished with six saves in the game, but was at her best when the Red and Blue needed her in the first half. Of her five first-half saves, two came on free position attempts – the only two Delaware would attempt all game.

Ferguson, a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and a second-team All-Region honoree in 2013, was pretty much even with her 2013 goals-against average (884) on Saturday and her eight goals allowed against Delaware marked the ninth time in 18 career starts she has allowed eight or fewer goals.

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