March 29, 2010

Dove, Hilling Again Honored by Big East

from press release

– For the second consecutive week, Syracuse senior midfielder Christina Dove has earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Notre Dame rookie Ellie Hilling earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

Dove earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. She totaled 13 points, including seven goals, as well as eight draw controls in a pair of contests last week. In a 17-10 win against Rutgers on March 28, Dove had four goals and four assists, along with five draw controls. The senior also registered five points and three draw controls in a 17-10 loss against then-No. 16/11 Dartmouth on March 24. This is her third BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week award this year.

Hilling earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. The rookie totaled 17 saves, including 12 in an 11-9 conference-opening win over Louisville on March 27. Hilling had eight stops in the first half alone. Earlier in the week she had five saves in a 10-9 loss to then-No. 12/10 Vanderbilt. Hilling also scooped up three ground balls against the Commodores. For the week she recorded a 9.50 goals-against average and a .477 save percentage.

Justine Donodeo, Villanova, So., M
Totaled 14 points in a 1-1 week; had eight goals and two assists in a 18-10 win over Wagner

Emily Gibson, Loyola, Sr., M
Had five draw controls, four caused turnovers, two ground balls as well as six points, including four goals in an 18-7 win over Stony Brook

Ashby Kaestner, Georgetown, Sr., M
Totaled nine points in a 1-1 week; had five points and five draw controls in a 20-7 conference-opening win over Villanova

Stephanie Norton, Connecticut, So., GK
Had four ground balls and one caused turnover in an 11-10 win against Holy Cross

Laura Simanski, Cincinnati, So., A
Totaled 12 points, including 11 goals in a 2-1 road trip; had five points, including four goals in a 12-7 win at St. Mary's (Calif.)

TEWAARATON TROPHY WATCH LIST – Eight BIG EAST players have been named as part of the 52-player Tewaaraton Watch List. Georgetown leads the league with three nominees. The 2010 award will be presented on June 3, 2010 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Players from BIG EAST schools include: Molly Ford, Ashby Kaestner and Jordy Kirr (Georgetown); Shaylyn Blaney and Gina Scioscia (Notre Dame); Christina Dove and Liz Hogan (Syracuse) and Bergan Foley (Louisville).

CONFERENCE PLAY HEATING UP – With Connecticut and Cincinnati set to begin league play this week, every team in the BIG EAST will have recorded at least one conference game.

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