Stoothoff Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Week

Feb. 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST named Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse junior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff its BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week today and named freshman Marlee Paton to the league's honor role for the pair's work in helping the Greyhounds to a 15-8 win over No. 7 Virginia on Saturday.

Stoothoof made eight saves in the season-opening victory against a Cavaliers squad that averaged nearly 13 goals a game in 2010. The junior goalkeeper, one of three captains on the team, also picked up a team-high three ground balls and helped hold Virginia to 0-4 on free-position shots.

The award marks the first BIG EAST weekly award in Stoothoff's career. She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice in 2010.

Freshman Marlee Paton also earned recognition from the conference in a selection to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this week.

In her first collegiate start, Paton scored a game-high four goals against Virginia in the win. Paton also picked up a ground ball and tallied two draw controls.

Loyola hosts England in exhibition action on Thursday evening on 6 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex before traveling to its next regular season game at Towson on March 5.