April 2, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Following a 2-0 week in conference play, the No. 11 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team swept the BIG EAST Player of the Week awards, as sophomore Marlee Paton was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week and senior Ana Heneberry was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Paton becomes the first Greyhound to be named the league’s top attacker of the week this year, while Heneberry is the second Greyhound to be honored defensively. Senior Kellye Gallagher earned the honor on March 12.
Paton earned the award after leading the Greyhounds with 11 points on six goals and five assists in Loyola’s two games this week. The sophomore from Adelaide, Australia tied a career-high five goals and six points in a 16-8 win over Cincinnati on Friday. She followed that up with a five-point performance in a 17-11 win over previously unbeaten No. 6 Notre Dame on Sunday to earn the first BIG EAST weekly award of her career.
For the season, Paton leads the Greyhounds with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists.
Heneberry, the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, is earning her second career BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award – and first of the season – after leading Loyola’s defense through two league wins. In the win over the Irish, Heneberry held the league’s leading scorer Maggie Tamasitis (5.3 points per game) to just one goal. In addition, Heneberry scooped up two ground balls and caused a game-high three turnovers. The Timonium, Md., native also helped hold Cincinnati to just eight goals on Friday, while she scooped up two ground balls and caused four turnovers.
For the week, Heneberry totaled seven caused turnovers and four ground balls. For the season, she is ranked third in the BIG EAST with 2.20 caused turnovers per game, while she is also third on the team with 17 ground balls.
Loyola will return to action on Thursday when it heads to Louisville for a noon game.