February 21, 2011

Anderson, Wood Named CAA Women's Lacrosse Co-Players of Week

from press release

CAA squads opened the season with a 3-5 record. League teams registered a 5-3 mark to open play a year ago.

Three conference teams hold a .500 or better overall mark, led by Drexel with a perfect 1-0 record. Delaware and Hofstra each split their first two contests of 2011, while George Mason and William & Mary remain in the hunt for their first win. Old Dominion, James Madison and Towson have yet to play this season.

W&M senior Maggie Anderson received the second CAA Player of the Week nod of her career this week, while Drexel's Charlotte Wood has earned her first weekly honor from the league. Freshman Amanda Norcini is the second Dragon in as many years to garner Rookie of the Week accolades.

Three CAA squads open the year ranked in the 2011 IWLCA/Under Armour Coaches Preseason Top 20 poll. JMU leads the league with a No. 9 ranking, Towson was tabbed 15th and Hofstra rounds out the top 20. W&M received votes in the poll. The Dukes (No. 10) and Tigers (No. 15) are also ranked in the latest Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media Poll released on Feb. 21.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Maggie Anderson - Wiliam & Mary
Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's, Sr., Attack

Anderson netted a career-high six goals on six shots as the Tribe came up just short in a 14-11 loss to No. 4 Duke on Sunday. Four of the senior attack's six scores, which tie for W&M's fifth-most in a single game, came in the second half when the team outscored the Blue Devils, 8-4. Anderson's stellar showing came in her first game back after missing the majority of last year with an injury.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Charlotte Wood - Drexel
Paoli, Pa./Conestoga, Jr., Attack

Wood tied a career high when she sent six shots to the back of the net on Saturday to lead the Dragons to a 14-9 season-opening victory over George Washington on the road. The junior attack, whose six goals came on only eight shots, would also add a ground ball on the day.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Amanda Norcini - Drexel
Wayne, Pa./Conestoga, Fr., Midfielder

Norcini notched her first goal and the team's first of the season within the first five minutes of play in the Drexel's win over the Colonials on Saturday. The Dragons' starting midfielder went on to add three ground balls and three caused turnovers to complete a solid collegiate opener.

TEAM NOTES

DELAWARE (1-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): The Blue Hens split their first two games of the season last week. In the team's season-opener and the first-ever women's lacrosse game played in Delaware Stadium, Delaware fell to top-ranked and defending national champion Maryland, 17-8. One of two Hens to tally hat tricks against the Terps, senior attack Ali Libertini scored a career-high four goals on four shots in the loss. Rookie Bridget Burns got her collegiate career off to a solid start with a game-high three ground balls on the afternoon. In the Hens' convincing 12-4 victory over La Salle on Saturday, senior attack Juliana Jeffers provided an early spark for the squad by netting a hat trick within the first 15 minutes of the half. Classmate Makenzie Worthington secured seven saves in the cage to give head coach Kateri Linville her first win at the helm of the Hens. Delaware returns to action when it travels to Lehigh on Saturday.

DREXEL (1-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): Drexel moved to 1-0 on the year after prevailing in a 14-9 decision over George Washington in its season-opener on Saturday. The Dragons dominated the Colonials offensively, outshooting them 37-23 with a balanced attack that saw seven different Dragons register at least one score. Junior attack Charlotte Wood led all scorers by tying a career-high with six goals on the day, while freshman midfielder Amanda Norcini recorded three ground balls to go with three caused turnovers. Next up for Drexel is a contest with cross-town rival Saint Joseph's on Wednesday.

GEORGE MASON (0-2 overall, 0-0 CAA): Mason is now 0-2 on the season after suffering a pair of setbacks to UMBC and John Hopkins. Sophomore midfielder Caitlin Formato paced the Patriots with three scores on the day, while junior midfielder Emily Ellisen chipped in two. Senior midfielder Chelsea Gamble led the team with a trio of caused turnovers and classmate Caitlin Hoffen scooped three ground balls in the 19-7 loss to the Retrievers. Mason dropped its second decision in as many games with a 19-9 defeat at the hands of John Hopkins. Ellisen led the Patriots with four points on three goals and an assist and rookie midfielder Anna Kopecka hurled three goals for her first career hat trick. The team returns to the field on Saturday when they visit ACC foe Virginia Tech.

NO. 20 HOFSTRA (1-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): After a strong second half pushed No. 19 Boston College past the Pride to open the season, Hofstra bounced back with a big road win over Oregon on Sunday. Senior attack Stephanie Rice netted a hat trick and handed out an assist and junior goalkeeper Jaclyn Pandolf posted a game-high six ground balls in the 14-9 loss to the Eagles. In the team's thrilling 12-11 overtime triumph over the Ducks, Pandolf shined between the pipes with a career-high 13 saves, including a pair in the extra session, to help the Pride even its record at 1-1 on the season. Rice added a career-best five points on three goals and two helpers during the squad's stay in Eugene. Hofstra faces its second-straight MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) opponent when it welcomes Denver to Hempstead on Friday.

NO. 9 JAMES MADISON (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): Did not compete. First game will be played at home against George Washington on Saturday, Feb. 26.

OLD DOMINION (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): Did not compete. First game will be played at Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 26.

NO. 15 TOWSON (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): Did not compete. First game will be played at UMBC on Wednesday, March 2.

WILLIAM & MARY (0-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): W&M outscored fourth-ranked Duke, 8-4, in the second half but could not close the gap in dropping a 14-11 decision to the Blue Devils. Senior attack Maggie Anderson opened the season on fire for the Tribe in her first game back in exactly a year, converting all six of her shots for a career-best six scores on the afternoon. The team's offense also received a huge spark from senior attack Ashley Holofcener, who nearly reached a single-game school record with a career-high five assists and one score in the loss. Senior midfielder and CAA preseason Co-Player of the Year Grace Golden got things going for the Tribe on both ends of the field, breaking out for three goals to go with four ground balls and three caused turnovers defensivley. W&M welcomes Richmond to Williamsburg for its home opener on Sunday.


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