April 20, 2009

Byers, Hogan Nab Big East Awards

from press release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With the final weekend of BIG EAST women's lacrosse conference play in the books, Notre Dame senior Jillian Byers has earned the final BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week award while Syracuse sophomore Liz Hogan was tabbed BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Both honorees have helped their teams to a berth in the 2009 BIG EAST Championship which kicks off this weekend in Washington, D.C.

Byers set a BIG EAST record with 12 points (seven goals and five assists) in a 20-5 win over Connecticut on April 18. The senior also had four goals in an 18-11 loss at then-No. 12 Vanderbilt on April 15 and totaled 16 points, including 11 goals for the week. In the loss to Vandy, the senior also had five draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover. In the Connecticut win, she tied a personal-best with the seven scores, while her five assists were a career high. Byers leads the league in scoring with 64 goals on the year and was one of four BIG EAST Tewaaraton Trophy finalists announced last week. This is her second Offensive Player of the Week award this year as she also earned the honor on March 9.

Hogan led the Syracuse defensive effort in a 2-0 week totaling 21 saves. In an 11-8 win over then-No. 18 Cornell on April 15, the sophomore had 10 saves, two ground balls and one caused turnover. In a 15-6 win at Rutgers on April 18, Hogan made 11 saves, grabbed two ground balls and had two caused turnovers. She allowed just two goals in the second half as the Orange pulled away and won a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title.


Bergan Foley, Louisville, Sophomore, Attack

Totaled eight goals in a 2-0 week for the Cardinals; had two scores in a 10-7 win at Cincinnati on April 15 and six goals in a 13-12 win at Loyola on April 18

Ashby Kaestner, Georgetown, Junior, Midfield

Had 11 points in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas; led the team with six draw controls and eight points, including six goals, in a 13-11 loss at Loyola on April 15

Ali Mattingly, Cincinnati, Freshman, Attack

Scored a career-high five goals in a 12-10 win against Le Moyne on April 19; in a 1-2 week she tallied nine points overall, including eight goals

Meg Steffe, Loyola, Sophomore, Goalkeeper

Amassed 24 saves in a 1-1 week; had a career-high 18 saves in a 13-11 win over GU as Loyola posted their first win over a top-10 opponent since 2004

Awehiyo Thomas, Syracuse, Senior, Attack

Registered eight points, including seven goals in a 2-0 week for the Orange; tied a career-high with four goals in an 11-8 win against Cornell on April 15



BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD SET - The 2009 BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship field has been set and host Georgetown has earned the No. 1 overall seed. The Hoyas (11-4, 6-1 BIG EAST) will face first-time entrant and No. 4 seed Louisville (9-5, 3-4 BIG EAST) on April 24 at approximately 7:45 p.m. ET. No. 2 seed Syracuse (12-3, 6-1 BIG EAST) will face No. 3 seed Notre Dame (12-4, 5-2 BIG EAST) in the other semifinal set for 5:30 p.m. The winners will face off for the league's tournament championship on April 26 at 1 p.m., and an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The game will be televised live on the CBS College Sports Network.


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