Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/28/18
Albright freshman goalkeeper Terae Mason (Academy Park) was named the MAC Commonwealth women’s lacrosse defensive player of the week, announced by the conference on Monday morning.
Mason received the award behind two stellar starts in net last week as the women’s lacrosse team opened the season with home wins over Misericordia and Ursinus. In the home opener, Mason made the most out of her first collegiate start by making eight saves to help the Lions edge the Cougars 12-11.
Her finest save came on a Cougars free position attempt with 30 seconds left to help preserve the Albright lead. She followed that up on Saturday with a 15-save performance against Ursinus to lead the Lions to another one goal win, 8-7. She made a total of 23 saves in her first two collegiate starts on 42 shots going on net.
Mason was a Pansini Scholar-Athlete Weekly winner last year as chosen by Phillylacrosse.com.
Lehigh’s D’Orazio (Merion Mercy), Dickey (Conestoga) earn honors
Following a thrilling 13-12 last-second win at Columbia Saturday, graduate student Julianne D’Orazio (Merion Mercy) has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week while sophomore Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) has earned Midfielder of the Week recognition, as announced by the league on Monday. The honor marks Dickey’s second in as many ways. The Paoli, Pa. native filled up the stat sheet against the Lions, as did D’Orazio. Dickey scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds remaining while D’Orazio posted four caused turnovers to eclipse 100 in her career.
The award marks the fourth of D’Orazio’s career, also winning Defensive Player of the Week once in 2016 and Midfielder of the Week twice in 2017. A two-way player, D’Orazio played every rep on defense Saturday, helping spearhead a defensive effort which allowed just seven goals over the game’s final 51:33. D’Orazio posted a game-high four caused turnovers while also adding five groundballs, five draw controls and four goals. Her goals gave Lehigh a 1-0 lead, pulled Lehigh within 6-5, evened the score at seven and gave Lehigh a 10-9 advantage.
D’Orazio reached both the 100 caused turnover and 100 draw control plateaus on Saturday. She is Lehigh’s all-time career leader in caused turnovers (currently 102), and on Saturday, also moved into fourth place in Patriot League history in that category. D’Orazio entered the weekend third in the nation among active players in caused turnovers. For the season, D’Orazio is tied for the team lead in goals (9), is third in points (10), first in caused turnovers (8), second in draw controls (16) and tied for third in groundballs (9).
Dickey continued her strong play as well, tying career highs in goals (4) and points (5) while adding four groundballs, a caused turnover and five draw controls, tied for the team lead. Dickey’s fourth goal was the game-winning goal with 12 seconds remaining, breaking a 12-12 tie and giving the Mountain Hawks a thrilling 13-12 victory, Lehigh’s second straight one-goal thriller over Columbia. All four of Dickey’s goals were in the second half to help the Mountain Hawks come back from a 7-5 halftime deficit. As a two-way midfielder, Dickey was part of a defense that allowed just seven goals over the game’s final 51:33. For the year, Dickey is tied for the team lead in goals (9) and is second in points (12). She leads the team in draw controls (16) and is tied for the team lead in groundballs (10).
Penn State’s O’Donnell (Henderson) is Big East Offensive Player of Week
Following a 2-0 week for Penn State senior Katie O’Donnell (Henderson) has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office earlier Tuesday afternoon.
O’Donnell led the way with eight goals and a pair of assists for a 10 point week helping the Nittany Lions to a 19-8 victory over Duquesne with a pair of goals and one assist and securing a career-high six goals and seven points during a 16-11 victory over Cornell.
The senior is currently riding a 26-game goal streak and has scored multiple goals in all four games this season ranking first on the team with 14. O’Donnell’s 14 goals are also good for tied 11th in the nation and rank third in the Big Ten just a single goal behind the 15 of both Michigan’s Adriana Pendino and Northwestern’s Selena Lasota who have each played in one more game than the senior.
O’Donnell has also moved her way up the all-time goals list at Penn State where she currently ranks tied with Madison Cyr ’16 for fourth with 156 goals in her 67 games played.