Saint Joseph's, UMass, George Mason Earn Weekly #A10WLAX Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Joseph's Rebecca Lane and Holly Turner of Massachusetts have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Co-Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. George Mason goalkeeper, Melissa Semkiw was named Defensive Player of the Week while SJU's Stephanie Kelly was named Rookie of the Week. The awards are for games played Mar. 5-11.

Lane went for seven points on six goals and a helper in SJU's 1-1 week last week. Lane, a junior midfielder, scored two goals and had an assist in SJU's 16-11 loss to then #11/8 Navy on Tuesday before going off for a team-high four goals in SJU's 12-10 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Melbourne, Australia native scored two of the Hawks' final goals, including the game-tying goal to help SJU win the contest.

Turner, a senior from Pittsford, N.Y., played an all-around critical role in UMass’ come-from-behind 14-13 overtime win against Ohio State. Turner scored a pair of goals, had a season-high five assists, had four groundballs and caused three turnovers. Turner had the key assist on the overtime game-winning goal. Midway through the second half, after Ohio State had just gone back up by two, the attack caused a turnover in transition, collected the groundball and then scored to keep the game at one-goal. In the final three minutes of regulation, she set-up the goal to pull UMass back within one and then scored a game-tying goal a minute later.

Semkiw continued her stellar sophomore season with 12 saves in a 13-5 victory over William & Mary. The sophomore from Frederick, Md., allowed just two goals after halftime. She posted an outstanding .706 save percentage as the Tribe scored just five goals on 21 shots. The five goals were the fewest Mason has allowed this season. Semkiw ranks second in the league in saves (51) and third in save percentage (.560). 

Kelly notched four points on three goals and a helper in SJU's 1-1 week last week. Kelly scored twice in SJU's 16-11 loss to then #11/8 Navy on Tuesday before going for one goal and one assist in SJU's 12-10 win over Vanderbilt.

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