February 21, 2012

ALC Dishes Weekly Awards

from press release

- The American Lacrosse Conference has announced the players of the week for the week ending February 19 with student-athletes from three different institutions picking up honors. A Buckeye is recognized for the second consecutive week as OSU's Alayna Markwordt earned Offensive Player of the Week honors while Northwestern and Florida both pick up their first weekly honor for the 2012 season. Northwestern's Taylor Thornton is the league's Defensive Player of the Week while Nora Barry from Florida is the Rookie of the Week.

With her second of four goals, senior Alayna Markwordt became the leading point scorer in Ohio State women's lacrosse history as the No. 18 Buckeyes defeated Louisville 21-7 Sunday afternoon in Ohio Stadium. She now has 247 points (151g, 96a), besting the previous mark of 243 set by Kelly Haggerty during the 2007-10 seasons. The senior captain also extended her goal-scoring streak to 26 games, while her point-scoring streak currently stands at 52-consecutive games, dating back to March 1, 2009, and the fourth game of freshman season. A candidate for the Tewaaraton Trophy, Markwordt also had three goals and four assists in the home opener vs. Robert Morris Friday, finishing the week's action with 12 points. She leads the Buckeyes 11 goals and 12 assists four games into the 2012 season.

Thornton, a junior from Dallas, Texas, spearheaded a second straight stellar defensive effort by Northwestern, this time in a 13-5 road win over No. 5 Duke on Sunday. Thornton recorded four ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers in the effort as NU held a top-10 team to six goals or fewer for the second time in a row this season. In all, the pressure created by Thornton and NU led to 15 total Duke turnovers.

Barry, a rookie from Marcellus, N.Y., registered five goals, five ground balls, eight draw controls and a caused turnover in two games this week. She had a breakout game against Jacksonville, scoring a team-high five goals, tying the school single-game record with six draw controls and earning three ground balls. She then added two ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover at UMBC.

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