March 30, 2009

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Rowan, Wallingford Earn Big East Honors

from press release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Syracuse women's lacrosse senior Katie Rowan has been named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Connecticut freshman Anna Wallingford has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

Rowan totaled 15 points, including nine assists and six goals in a 2-0 week for the Orange. She also had three draw controls and one caused turnover. In a 15-4 win over Louisville on March 27, the senior had a season-high six assists along with three goals. Rowan also had three goals and three assists in a 23-7 win over Cincinnati on March 29. This is her second BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, she also earned the honor on March 16.

Wallingford totaled 13 saves, one ground ball and one draw control in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. The freshman faced 27 shots against Louisville and made eight saves helping the Huskies to an 8-7 win on March 29. Wallingford also had five saves in an 11-9 win over Cincinnati on March 27. The freshman posted a .448 save percentage for the week. She is the first Connecticut player to earn BIG EAST Player of the Week honors since March 20, 2005 when Shannon Burke was named Offensive Player of the Week.

BIG EAST HONOR ROLL

Grace Gavin, Loyola, Sophomore, Midfield

Totaled 13 points, including 11 goals in a 1-2 week for the Greyhounds; led the team in scoring in each of the squads three games last week

Jacqueline Giles, Georgetown, Sophomore, Attack

Totaled six points on six goals in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas; scored four goals in a 14-12 win at Notre Dame on March 27

Liz Hogan, Syracuse, Sophomore, Goalkeeper

Totaled 11 saves in a 2-0 week; made eight saves in a 15-4 win vs. Louisville on Mar. 27 and three saves in a 23-7 win vs. Cincinnati on Mar. 29

Gina Scioscia, Notre Dame, Junior, Attack

Totaled 10 points, including nine goals in a 1-1 week; scored a career-high six goals, including five in the second half as ND rallied from a 9-7 deficit to post a 16-13 win over Loyola on March 29

Jordan Trautman, Georgetown, Senior, Defender

Totaled four ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas; Helped limit Rutgers to just five goals in a 9-5 victory on Mar. 29 

THE INSIDE SCOOP

CONNECTICUT CAN - UConn posted its first wins of the year with a pair of victories in conference play last week. Connecticut edged Cincinnati 11-9 on March 27 in Storrs, Conn., and then beat Louisville 8-7 on March 29, also at home. Close games are nothing new for first-year head coach Angela McMahon as the Huskies have had four one-goal contests this year. Overall, UConn has had eight of its 11 games decided by four goals or less. The Huskies return to action on April 3 at Loyola.

NONCONFERENCE WINS - With a bulk of the league's nonconference schedule completed, the BIG EAST currently holds a 37-24 mark against its nonconference foes (.607). The record is the best in the past three years. Last year the league held a .535 nonconference win percentage while in 2007 it was .597.


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