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Collegiate women’s honors: Corliss, McDermott, DeLuca, McNesby, Condon, Dykstra, Ferris, Kakareka, Berger

Friday, 23rd April 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/23/10

The Atlantic 10 announced that La Salle sophomore goalkeeper Megan Corliss (Archbishop Carroll) and freshman attacker Lauren McDermott (North Penn) have been named to its Honor Roll for the week of April 19.

Corliss was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, while McDermott was tabbed Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.

The awards come one day after the Explorers defeated Massachusetts, 10-9, on the road in order to secure the second seed in the A-10 Championships this upcoming weekend.

Corliss, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the conference and 26th in the nation in goals against average, was dominant in between the pipes for the Explorers this weekend. With 13 saves, a 9.52 goals against average and a .394 save percentage, Corliss helped the Explorers go 2-0 through games agaisnt Temple and UMass on the road this weekend. At UMass, Corliss stopped six Minutewomen shots, while limiting UMass to an A-10 season-low nine goals. Sunday against the Minutewomen marked the sixth time this season that Corliss held a team under 10 goals.

McDermott picks up her third Rookie of the Week award, making her the third Explorer all-time to accomplish the feat. She joins Jill Davis (2007) and Emily Bonczek (2005) as the only La Salle Lacrosse players to gather three awards in a rookie campaign. This past weekend, McDermott had seven points, including six goals. She got the Explorers out to a 3-0 lead after she scored back-to-back goals in the opening eight minutes of the game against Temple.

At UMass, she scored four goals in another comeback effort by the Explorers. Against the Minutewomen, she gave the Explorers the lead after they trailed 3-0 to start the game. Later on, McDermott brought La Salle within a goal of UMass after the team was down 9-6. With two seconds remaining, McDermott scored the game-winning goal to give La Salle the No. 2 seed in the A-10 Championships.

With 39 points (34 goals and five assists) in her rookie season, McDermott is ranked fourth all-time at La Salle among freshman scorers.

La Salle is off until Friday when the team takes on UMass in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championships. The draw is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Holy Family’s McNesby (Archbishop Ryan) is CACC Rookie of Week

Holy Family's Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan)

Holy Family University attack Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan) was selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) women’s lacrosse rookie of the week for the third time this season on Monday.

McNesby recorded 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in four games last week for the Tigers. Holy Family went 3-1. She posted five goals in a home win against Chestnut Hill on Sunday. McNesby had four points (three goals, one assist) to help defeat Post. She recorded three points (two goals, one assist) to open the week in a win at Chestnut Hill.

McNesby is the team leader in assists (seven). She is third in goals (27), points (34), ground balls (25) and draw controls (29). Holy Family is 8-5 overall and 7-4 in the CACC.

The Tigers clinched their first ever berth in the CACC Championship Tournament on Sunday. The team closes out the regular season with a home CACC contest against Philadelphia University on Saturday, April 24 at noon.

Penn’s DeLuca is Ivy League Defensive Player of Week

Ali DeLuca was a big part of Penn shutting down Dartmouth last week in a battle between two top-ten teams with heavy Ivy implications. DeLuca’s shutdown defense paved the way for the Quakers to win, 9-6. For her efforts, DeLuca was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.

DeLuca was matched up with two of Dartmouth’s top scorers all game in Hanover on Saturday, and limited Kristen Goldberg and Hilary Smith to one combined point. DeLuca did so without committing a foul all game.

Just as important was DeLuca’s work on draw controls. She finished with five draw controls, pacing Penn to a decisive 13-4 advantage on the draw.

This is DeLuca’s second selection as an Ivy Player of the Week in 2010. She was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week March 1, and is the only player to appear as both Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week this season.

With the win, Penn improved to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League. The Quakers also became the first team to clinch a berth in the inaugural Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, gaining an inside track on the right to host the tournament as well.

Penn can clinch a share of its fourth-straight Ivy title on Wednesday at Princeton (7 p.m.) A Penn win coupled with a Dartmouth loss on Wednesday (the Big Green play Harvard at 4 p.m.) would ensure sole possession of the Ivy championship and home field for the tournament.

Marist sophomore Condon (Abington) is MAAC Offensive Player of Week

Sophomore attack Kelly Condon (Abington was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, after tallying 17 points in wins over Manhattan and Iona this past weekend. Condon has totaled 25 points on 16 goals and nine assists over the last three games, and 27 goals and 17 assists over Marist’s last seven games. This is Condon’s second Player of the Week award in three weeks.

Condon had 11 goals and six assists in Marist’s wins over Manhattan and Iona this week. The sophomore started the week by outscoring the Lady Jaspers all by herself, scoring six goals on six shots in the Red Foxes’ 18-5 win on Friday night. She added a pair of assists and two draw controls. On Sunday, Condon had nine points on five goals and four assists as Marist won at Iona 15-8. For the week, the sophomore scored her 11 goals on 12 shots on goal.

PSAC Players of the Week: Bloomsburg’s Kakareka (Spring-Ford), Lock Haven’s Berger (Springfield-M)

A pair of second-time honorees this year are this week’s PSAC Lacrosse Athletes of the Week as Bloomsburg’s Allie Kakareka and Lock Haven’s Allison Berger are the East and West Players of the Week, respectively.

Allie Kakareka, Bloomsburg

Sophomore, Attacker
Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford

Kakareka earns her second East Athlete of the Week award of the season after scoring a total of 10 goals and dishing out three assists for 13 points in a 1-1 week for Bloomsburg. She scored her 10 goals on just 12 shots, which were all on goal, and she also added two ground balls and two caused turnovers on the week. In a 20-6 win over Millersville, she scored a career-high six goals and also had three assists for a career best nine points. In a 13-10 loss to West Chester, Kakareka scored four goals on just five shots.

PSAC West Player of the Week
Allison Berger, Lock Haven

Junior, Attacker
Oreland, Pa./Springfield

Berger is the West Player of the Week for the second straight week after helping the Lady Eagles remain undefeated on the season with a 3-0 week. She recorded 10 goals and 10 assists in wins over Edinboro and IUP and in an overtime win over No. 2 C.W. Post. She also added five ground balls and a draw control on the week. In a 19-4 win over IUP last Monday, she netted four goals and two assists. She then dished out a season-high seven assists and also scored a goal in a 23-2 win over Edinboro. She wrapped up the week by scoring a game-high five goals and dishing out an assist in an 11-10 overtime win. Her goal with 1:01 remaining in regulation forced overtime and she then went on to net the game-winner as the horn sounded at the end of the first overtime period.

Lehigh’s Dykstra, Ferris honored by Patriot League

Following a week in which it snapped Albany’s nine-game win streak and handed Navy its first Patriot League loss of the season, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team was rewarded for its efforts by the league as junior Lauren Dykstra was named the Defensive Player of the Week and senior Kelsy Ferris was honored as the Goal Keeper of the Week.

Dykstra had a busy pair of games last week as she was assigned to Albany’s Kayla Best on Monday and then had the tough assignment of slowing Navy’s Erin Rawlick on Saturday. The junior captain did a terrific job in both games as she helped to snap Best’s 56-game goal scoring streak and then held Rawlick, the nation’s number-one goal scorer, scoreless in the win. Against Albany Dykstra also scored a game-high five goals, including the game-winner and she scooped up three ground balls, won a pair of draw controls and caused two turnovers. In the win over the Midshipmen Dykstra scored twice, picked up two ground balls and won three draw controls.

Ferris had a huge week in goal for Lehigh as she stopped a season best 12 shots in the win over Albany and posted a save percentage of 54.5% on 27 shots faced. The Maryland native then backed that up with a nine-save performance in the win over Navy where she registered a save percentage of 56.2% and also scooped up a season best three GBs.


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