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Weekly college awards: Lehigh, Lafayette earn honors

Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/22/12
from Press Releases

Two Lehigh women’s lacrosse players have earned Patriot League accolades for their contributions to the Mountain Hawks’ season opening win over Marist this weekend. Senior Leigh Ann Torcivia was named the Patriot League Midfielder the Week, while sophomore goalkeeper Alexandra Fitzpatrick garnered the Defensive Player of the Week award, as announced by the league office Monday.

Torcivia, a Rumson, N.J. native, scored two goals and added three assists in Saturday’s 8-5 win, nearly doubling her career total of six points (four goals, two assists), to lead Lehigh. The Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year displayed an offensive prowess in her first game at midfield after moving from the defensive line. She added a game-high four draw controls, along with a groundball and caused turnover, to round out a strong performance on both sides of the ball. Torcivia has previously been named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week three times in her career.

This marks the third time a Lehigh player has won the newly-former Midfield Player of the Week award after Lauren Dykstra earned the honor twice last season.

Fitzpatrick recorded 11 saves on 16 shots, including stopping all six she faced in the first half. The reigning First Team All-Patriot League goalkeeper held the Red Foxes scoreless for the first 35:10 of the contest. Fitzpatrick and the defense then rallied to stop a second-half comeback, limiting Marist to just five goals on the day. The 11 saves mark the Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native’s sixth-career double-digit save performance. Fitzpatrick added a caused turnover and three groundballs to earn her first-career Defensive Player of the Week award after garnering Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks last season.

Torcivia, Fitzpatrick and the rest of the Mountain Hawks will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Delaware to face the Blue Hens. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m.

Lafayette’s Godfrey is Patriot Offensive Player of week

Lafayette junior attacker Addie Godfrey has been named the Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after her five-goal performance in Lafayette’s season opening win against Liberty.

“Addie has been the keystone of our attack the past two years,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “We are thrilled that the conference has recognized her contribution by naming her the Offensive Player of the Week. She is an integral piece of our offense, not only as our main point producer but also as the unit’s leader. She has worked exceptionally hard to continue to grow her game and we were very impressed with her performance on Saturday.”

The victory against Liberty was Lafayette’s first to start a season since the team defeated Rutgers 13-6 to start the 1996 campaign. Four of Godfrey’s tallies came in Lafayette’s dominant first half in which the Leopards scored the first eight goals of the game. She also recorded a ground ball and caused two turnovers in the game.

Godfrey, a Film & Media Studies major, earns Lafayette’s first Offensive Player of the Week award since Madalyn Booth ’08 claimed the honor three times in the 2006 season. Sophomore Ana White was also recognized as an Honorable Mention selection after her four points (2 g, 2a), three ground balls and seven draw controls.

Lafayette’s Hyatt is Patriot Goelkeeper of the Week

Lafayette sophomore goalie Jake Hyatt has been honored as the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Goalkeeper of the Week after turning away ten shots in Lafayette’s 10-5 win over Providence in Saturday’s season opener.

“Jake gave the team exactly what was needed,” head coach Terry Mangan said. “He was consistent between the pipes and strong in the clearing game. I am expecting Jake to continue to work hard and improve.”

Hyatt picked up the win in his first career appearance and start, posting a .667 save percentage in the process. A Ridgefield, Conn. native, Hyatt is majoring in Engineering.

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