Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/20/23
From Press Releases
In her first outing since prior to the pandemic in 2020, senior Izzy Rohr (Episcopal Academy) of the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after putting together a career performance in the season-opening victory over La Salle.
Rohr made her presence known on Saturday at Franklin Field, leading the backline with a game-high four caused turnovers to go with a team-high three ground balls. She was a critical piece on a defense that held the Explorers to just one goal, a free-position finish in the closing minutes of the game. La Salle was held to a 2.6% efficiency, scoring once on 38 possessions.
It was Rohr’s sixth game of her career, setting new single-game marks in caused turnovers and ground balls. This is her first collegiate Ivy League weekly honor.
The Quakers are back in action this Saturday, making the short trek to Baltimore for a bout with No. 16 Johns Hopkins. First draw is set for 4 p.m.
Lehigh’s Memeger, Hunt earn Patriot League honors
For the second consecutive week a Lehigh attacker has garnered the Patriot League’s Attacker of the Week award. On Monday it was junior Olivia Memeger (Strath Haven) who garnered the nod. Memeger contributed 11 points over two games last week as Lehigh defeated Saint Joseph’s and Wofford to improve to 2-1 on the young season.
Memeger led the Mountain Hawks with six points in last Wednesday’s thrilling 10-9 overtime win over Saint Joseph’s at the Ulrich Sports Complex. She finished with three goals and three assists against the Hawks, including assisting on Katia Carnevale’s game-winner just over two minutes into overtime.
Saturday, Memeger tied senior Emma Eberhardt with a team-high five points in Lehigh’s dominant 17-1 win over Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C. Both players finished with four goals and an assist. Memeger scored two of Lehigh’s first three goals, then completed her hat trick with 6:50 left in the second quarter, while later scoring in the fourth quarter to put the Mountain Hawks up 16-1.
Memeger added a groundball in each game plus a caused turnover against Saint Joseph’s. The Swarthmore, Pa., native has at least three goals in all three games so far this season and leads the Mountain Hawks with 14 points. Her 10 goals and four assists rank second on the team.
Also on Monday, junior goalie Hayley Hunt (Penn Charter) garnered honorable mention recognition. Hunt tallied 15 saves in the overtime victory over Saint Joseph’s and added eight stops with just one half of play with zero goals allowed against Wofford.
The Mountain Hawks (2-1) will host Saint Francis (Pa.) Saturday at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Opening draw is set for noon with broadcast coverage on ESPN+.
AAC Players of the Week: Temple’s Mastropietro, JMU’s Matey
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MIDFIELDER OF THE WEEK
Belle Mastropietro • Sr. • Temple • Springfield-Delco
Mastropietro had a game- and career-high eight points, with six goals and two assists, to lead Temple to a 15-6 win against George Washington in the Owls’ only game of the week. She had a hat trick in the first quarter as Temple raced to an early 6-3 lead. Mastropietro added two ground balls and a game-high six draw controls against the Colonials and leads the Owls with 11 goals, 15 points and 19 draw controls this season.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rachel Matey • Sr. • James Madison • Archbishop Carroll
Matey led a close defense that limited Virginia Tech and UConn to a combined 6.5 goals in a 2-0 week for the Dukes. She had a combined six ground balls, five caused turnovers and nine draw controls in the two games, helping to limit the Hokies to one second-half goal and holding the Huskies to 19 total shots. Matey also registered her 200th career draw control in the win against Virginia Tech, becoming the second player in program history to reach that milestone.