March 12, 2012
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team had a pair of Greyhounds earn player of the week honors this week. Senior Kellye Gallagher was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman Sydney Thomas was honored as the WomensLax.com National Rookie of the Week.
Loyola went 2-0 last week, picking up an upset win in overtime at No. 12 Penn State on Wednesday, knocking off the Nittany Lions, 12-10. The Greyhounds returned home to beat Baltimore-rival UMBC, 12-11, Saturday at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Gallagher was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career after amassing 12 ground balls and eight caused turnovers last week. Against Penn State, the senior had a game-high five ground balls and caused a game-high five turnovers, including causing a turnover at the beginning of overtime that set the Greyhounds up for the game-winning goal.
Gallagher also had a season-high seven ground balls in a 12-11 win over crosstown rival UMBC on March 10.
The Ridley, Pa., native leads the BIG EAST so far this season with 4.4 ground balls per game and 3.2 caused turnovers per outing. These totals would both rank in the top-five nationally in per game averages this season.
Thomas netted a career and team-high four goals in the Greyhounds’ win at Penn State on Wednesday. Thomas’ goals came at opportune times, none more than her insurance goal in overtime, which put the Greyhounds up by two, and ultimately proved to be too much for Penn State to overcome.
The freshman from Medina, Ohio capitalized on her only free position attempt in the game, and added two ground balls and a caused turnover to her totals.
Against UMBC, Thomas scored one goal and assisted another, while also adding a ground ball, draw control and two caused turnovers.
Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts Delaware at 6 p.m.