March 21, 2011
Providence, R.I. - Loyola senior midfielder Meg Decker (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy HS) has been named the BIG EAST Conference's Offensive Player of the Week it was announced today by the league office. This is the first time in Decker's career that she has been recognized by the conference with a weekly award.
In helping the Greyhounds to a pair of wins last week to remain unbeaten through six games, Decker scored nine points on six goals and three assists. She added three draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. In the 14-13 win at Delaware, she matched her career-best with six points, scoring four goals while adding two assists. She followed that with two goals and an assist in the 11-7 win over nationally ranked James Madison.
The offensive spurt has her second on the team in points (17), second in assists (five) and third in goals (12). She also leads the team in draw controls (18) and is tied for third in caused turnovers (seven).
This is the fourth time in five weeks that Loyola has had representation with a conference weekly award. Junior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff has three Defensive Player of the Week awards and last week senior midfielder Grace Gavin joined her as the Offensive Player of the Week honoree for a Loyola sweep. This week, Louisville senior Emily Dashiell was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
Loyola (6-0) remained No. 5 in the deBeer media poll released Monday. An announcement on the coaches poll is expected later in the day. The Greyhounds return to action Wednesday when they travel to UMBC to play the Retrievers at 6:30 p.m. before hosting Denver on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex.