Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/11/16
From Press Release
For a third-consecutive week, Drexel was recognized by the Colonial Athletic Association with a weekly award, and this time two Dragons were honored as Emily Duffey took home the Player of the Week while Eva Winiarski was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Duffey posted a total of nine points last week, leading the Dragons to a pair of victories over Monmouth and Villanova. She opened the week with a goal and three assists in Wednesday’s 11-5 win over Monmouth. Following that up, Duffey posted a career-high five points on four goals and one assist as the Dragons came from behind to edge Villanova on Saturday, 9-8.
All five of her points came in the second half as Duffey led the charge back from a 6-2 halftime deficit. She scored her four goals – which matched a career high – in the span of 10:33, with the last one proving to be the eventual game-winner in Drexel’s third straight victory.
Duffey is currently tied for fourth in the CAA with an average of 2.33 goals per game, and leads the team with 14 goals through the first six games. That matches her total from the entire 2015 season, and her 18 points, second on this year’s squad, leaves her three shy of her 2015 final tally.
Winiarski piled up seven draw controls, five caused turnovers and three ground balls in the two Dragons victories, with the bulk of that work coming in the stifling defensive effort against Monmouth. Drexel held the Hawks to just one goal over the game’s last 38:00 as Winiarski matched a career high set in the Dragons’ season-opening victory over American with the six draw controls, and set a new personal best with five caused turnovers.
Winiarski came up with three ground balls in the win over Monmouth, the second-highest total of her career. She is averaging 2.50 draws per game in 2016, which is currently the fourth-highest total in the CAA.
Duffey and Winiarski’s awards follow up a Player of the Week nod for Nadia Pelham-Lacey last week, and a Defensive Player of the Week recognition for Carlee Ries on Feb. 23.