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Women’s college honors: Bloomsburg’s Diachynsky (Boyertown), William Smith’s Montgomery (Rancocas Valley-NJ)

Friday, 2nd April 2021

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/2/21
From Press Releases

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference office announced Bloomsburg University’s Tiffany Diachynsky as the Defensive Player of the Week.

Senior Diachynsky helped Bloomsburg to a 1-1 week as the Huskies allowed 17 combined goals to Shippensburg and fifth-ranked West Chester. In Tuesday’s 17-7 win over Shippensburg, Diachynsky totaled three ground balls and caused two turnovers in the Huskies’ ten-goal victory.

On Saturday, Diachynsky nearly lifted Bloomsburg to an upset victory over No. 5 West Chester as she finished with five caused turnover and five ground balls in the 10-8 loss to the Golden Rams. West Chester turned the ball over 25 times against the Huskies – it had turned the ball over 41 times over its first three games. Diachynsky ranks fifth in the PSAC in caused turnovers per game (2.60) and is seventh in ground balls per game (3.20). The Huskies, meanwhile, lead the conference – and are second in the country – in caused turnovers per game (15.0).

William Smith’s Montgomery (Rancocas Valley) is Defensive Player of the Week

William Smith senior defender Mekayla Montgomery (Rancocas Valley-NJ) was named the Defensive Performer of the Week by the Liberty League.

Mekayla Montgomery

Following a 2-0 weekend against Rochester, the Herons moved up one spot to No. 14 in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. William Smith opened Liberty League play on Friday, March 26, with a 14-7 win over the Yellowjackets in the Poole Family Dome. The next day, the Herons came away from Fauver Stadium with an 8-6 win in a tight defensive battle.

Montgomery led William Smith’s defensive effort against Rochester. She compiled a team-best six caused turnovers and 10 ground balls. On Friday, Montgomery had a game-high four caused turnovers and five ground balls as the Herons doubled up Rochester. The next day, she also led the team with five ground balls and added two caused turnovers.

In three games this season, Montgomery has a team-high 12 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. She now has 91 career caused turnovers which is fourth on William Smith’s all-time list, five behind No. 3 Melissa Moore ’18.
Hutchison matched his season highs of three caused turnovers and three ground balls to lead CC’s defensive effort in Friday’s 16-5 victory over Southwestern.

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