March 23, 2009

Notre Dame, Loyola Headline Big East Honorees

from press release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Notre Dame women's lacrosse junior Gina Scioscia has been named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Loyola sophomore Cara Filippelli has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. 

Scioscia totaled 14 points, including 10 assists in a week which saw the Irish go 2-0. The junior had a career-high eight points in an 18-9 conference win over Rutgers on March 17. Scioscia tied a school record with six assists in the St. Patrick's Day victory. She also totaled three ground balls and had a hand in 14 of the Irish's 38 goals last week. In the eight-point outing against the Scarlet Knights, Scioscia surpassed the 100-point plateau. She leads Notre Dame with a career-best 24 goals to go along with 20 assists totaling 44 points. For her career she has amassed 48 goals and 59 assists for 107 points.

Filippelli had seven caused turnovers, five ground balls and four draw controls in a 2-0 week for the Greyhounds. She also scored four goals and registered an assist to total five points. In a 16-9 win over then-No. 14 Cornell, the sophomore had four draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls. She also scored a goal and had an assist. In an exciting 10-9 win over then-No. 16 James Madison, Filippelli had four caused turnovers and three ground balls. She also scored three goals, including the game winner. This is the second straight week Filippelli has earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors. 

BIG EAST HONOR ROLL

Shannon Burke, Notre Dame, Senior, Midfield/Defense

Anchored a stingy Notre Dame defense that allowed just 13 goals in a pair of wins; in a 20-4 win over Cal on March 22, Burke scored a goal, caused five turnovers and collected five ground balls as the Irish held Cal to just 10 shots

Christina Dove, Syracuse, Junior, Midfield

Set a career-high with eight points, including six goals in a 19-11 win at Towson on March 17; she is tied for the team lead with 25 goals on the year

Bergan Foley, Louisville, Sophomore, Attack

Totaled nine goals and an assist in a 2-0 week for the Cardinals; Scored six goals, in a 14-8 win over Virginia Tech on March 21

Jordy Kirr, Georgetown, Sophomore, Attack

Totaled seven points, including five goals in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas; Had two goals and an assist in a 16-10 win at George Mason on March 18

Grace Gavin, Loyola, Sophomore, Midfield

Scored nine goals and had three assists to total 12 points in a 2-0 week; had seven goals in a 16-9 win over then-No. 14 Cornell on March 18

THE INSIDE SCOOP

CONFERENCE PLAY UNDERWAY - Having kicked off conference play on March 14 between Syracuse and Connecticut (the Orange won 13-8), things really heat up this weekend as every team gets into it. Louisville and Cincinnati highlight the docket with their first league games ever.
 
Notre Dame hosts Georgetown in a renewal of a rivalry that could have a major impact on the race for the BIG EAST regular-season title. The Hoyas lead the all-time series 9-3, but have lost the last two regular-season meetings. Georgetown has avenged the losses however, with wins in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.

LOYOLA OFF AND RUNNING - Having started off the year 6-1, Loyola is off to its best start since 2004 when the team went 12-1. That squad finished 14-4 and advanced to the NCAA Championship. It also is the best start for the Greyhounds since joining the BIG EAST in 2006. Loyola is currently ranked No. 13 in the InsideLacrosse rankings.


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