NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s junior Francesca Donato was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Lacrosse Player of the Week, while Davidson senior Rose Woolson and Saint Joseph’s sophomore Bridget Cerciello were selected as Co-Defensive Players of the Week. George Mason freshman Erin Donoghue was named the league’s Rookie of the Week. The awards, announced Tuesday, are for games played, Feb. 19-25.
Donato, an attacker, scored a game-high seven goals and dished out a game-high four assists to match an SJU single-game, program-record 11 points and lead the Hawks to an 18-11 road win over Temple. It was the first win over the city rival since 2009, and the first road win over Temple in program history. A Langhorne, Pa., product, Donato turned back a Temple rally by scoring four goals in a five-goal stretch for SJU to give the Hawks their biggest lead of the day, a seven-goal advantage at 16-9. Donato closed out her career-caliber day with her seventh goal of the game with 3:36 remaining on the scoreboard, to give the Hawks their 18th and final goal of the afternoon.
Woolson had a strong week between the pipes with 28 saves, a 62.2 save percentage and an 8.50 goals-against average versus Winthrop and William & Mary. The goalkeeper added six groundballs and two caused turnovers in the two games. She had back-to-back 14-save games, setting, then equaling a season high. Her efforts kept the scoring in both games low, allowing for a win over Winthrop and a narrow loss to William & Mary.
In her first collegiate start, midfielder Cerciello was tasked with defending Nicole Barretta, Temple's leading scorer, who entered the game ranked seventh nationally in total goals (13). Cerciello held Baretta to just one goal on three total shots for the game in a tremendous defensive effort. The Center Valley, Pa., native efforts were key in limiting the Owls’ goals in the 18-11 victory.
Donoghue began her collegiate career with five goals, six draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers in a pair of wins last week. In a season-opening win over Monmouth, she had five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers along with her first career goal. In the home-opening victory over Longwood, the midfielder from Mount Laurel, N.J., scored a career-high four goals on four shots and collected a draw control. She helped the Patriots get off to their first 2-0 start in 16 years.