NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - VCU's Molly Barcikowski was named the Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week, while Richmond's Megan Gianforte was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Also honored was Saint Joseph's Hope Anut, who earned Rookie of the Week honors. The awards are for games played Feb. 7 - Mar. 5.
A sophomore from Sykesville, Md., Barcikowski scored a game-high five goals and had three assists for VCU in its win over Central Michigan, and a tied for a game-high four goals in a victory over Gardner-Webb. VCU, in its second season as a Division I program, won back-to-back games for the first time and matched the program's win total already from last season with three, in large part to Barcikowski leading the team in scoring.
Gianforte, a rookie from Brielle, N.J., led a dominant defensive effort for the Spiders last week, allowing just 6.5 goals per game in the team's two wins. She opened the week with an eight-save performance against Old Dominion, while also collecting three ground balls and causing three Lady Monarch turnovers. She followed that up with another eight-save day on Saturday in the Spiders' 15-5 win over American. Gianforte now has 40 saves in the Spiders' four game this season, while allowing just 8.75 goals per game. She also leads the Spiders with 14 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Anhut, a Skillman, N.J. native, totaled 10 points on eight goals and two assists to go with four ground balls and two caused turnovers in last week. In a 11-10 loss to Villanova, Anhut tallied a hat-trick to go with a ground ball, draw control, and caused turnover. In Saturday's 18-17 win at California, Anhut recorded a season- and game-high five goals and season- and team-high two assists en route to a game-high seven points to lead SJU to the victory. With the Hawks trailing 7-6 midway through the first, Anhut scored back-to-back goals to equalize the score and to put the Hawks ahead; from that point, the Hawks wouldn't trail again. The freshman added three ground balls and a caused turnover and landed five of six shots on goal. For the two games, she was 10-for-12 in SOG.