March 28, 2011

Lehigh Women Heap Patriot League Honors

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Following a pair of dominating wins, the Lehigh women's lacrosse team was honored with three Patriot League weekly awards, as announced on Monday. Sophomore Megan Kelly was named Offensive Player of the Week, senior Lauren Dykstra garnered Midfielder of the Week and junior Leigh Ann Torcivia received Defensive Player of the Week. The Mountain Hawks are coming off two straight wins - over Temple (18-6) and Lafayette (18-9) - to improve to 6-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play.

Kelly earns her first-career weekly award after posting a career-high four goals in back-to-back games. She finished the week with nine points behind eight goals and an assist. The Mendham, N.J. native began on Thursday at Temple by tying career-highs with four goals and five points. She then posted four more at archrival Lafayette, two coming in each half. Kelly has helped anchor a strong Mountain Hawks' offense, which has averaged a league-leading 15 goals per game. Overall, they have reached double figures in all but one game while eclipsing 15 on six occasions. For the season, Kelly is fourth on the team with 30 points behind 23 goals and seven assists.

Dykstra's award is her fourth of the season and second midfield honor. She is now up to 17 career weekly awards - Offensive (7), Rookie (5), Defensive (3) and Midfielder (2). Also a Mendham native, Dykstra was outstanding at both ends of the field last week, registering nine goals, three assists, nine groundballs, four draw controls and four caused turnovers over the two games.

After two goals and two assists at Temple on Thursday, Dykstra had a monster performance at Lafayette Sunday, posting a season-high seven goals and eight points. Her first three goals came in a short span of 3:10 to give Lehigh an 8-1 advantage with 13:21 remaining. Dykstra also had a season-high six groundballs along with three draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Dykstra was one of the team's top defensive players as well, marking Temple's Karly Cohen to one point on Thursday, this after Cohen scored four goals in her previous outing against Towson. Dykstra then held Lafayette's leading scorer (Ana White) to only a single assist on Sunday.

For her season, Dykstra leads the Mountain Hawks with 54 points behind 43 goals and 11 assists. Her 4.3 goals and 5.4 points per game are good for second in the nation. She has already scored five or more goals in six games this season (and 20 in her career) while recording 43 career hat tricks. Dykstra has registered at least one point in all 62 of her career games and has scored a goal in 61 of them. She owns a 42-game goal streak overall, tops in the Patriot League and among the best in the nation.

Junior Leigh Ann Torcivia earned her third-career weekly honor after garnering Defensive Player of the Week twice last year. The junior was stellar all over the field, especially on defense where she helped spearhead a group that allowed only 15 goals in two games. Torcivia also recorded 10 groundballs and eight draw controls while causing two turnovers. Not only did she register a game-high five groundballs and five groundballs at Temple, but she also helped keep the Owls scoreless for three long stretches of 13:21, 17:44 then 13:27. Torcivia followed that up with five more groundballs and three draw controls on Sunday at Lafayette. For the season, Torcivia leads the team with 29 draw controls and is third with 20 groundballs.

Also recognized on Monday was freshman goalkeeper Alexandra Fitzpatrick, who was among the honorable mention honorees. Fitzpatrick enjoyed a sensational week, posting a .606 save percentage, including stopping 16-of-22 in Thursday's 18-6 win over Temple. The 16 saves marked the most by any Lehigh player since Kelsey Ferris made 18 on Mar. 21, 2008 against Canisius.

Lehigh returns to the Ulrich Sports Complex for a three-game homestand to wrap up its regular season home slate. The Mountain Hawks begin by hosting Patriot League rival American on Saturday in the team's Pink Zone Game in support of breast cancer awareness. Opening draw is slated for 3 p.m.

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