NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Joseph's Sinead Brierley has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Also honored was Abbey Meehan, who was named Defensive Player of the Week, and George Mason's Erin Donoghue, who earned Rookie of the Week accolades. The awards are for games played Mar. 19-26.
Brierley, a midfielder from Oreland, Pa., scored the equalizer with 2:33 remaining in regulation then converted the eight-meter game-winner with just 15 seconds left in overtime to send the Hawks to an 11-10 win at Wagner last week. Brierley initiated the game-winning goal with a defensive play as she forced a turnover in the midst of a Seahawks clear attempt. Brierley scooped up the ground ball and eventually drew the foul to earn the eight-meter opportunity. The junior tallied her second collegiate hat trick to lead SJU in scoring and added a single-game, career-high four ground balls and single-game, career-high four caused turnovers on the defensive end.
Meehan caused six turnovers in La Salle's 16-12 road win over LIU Brooklyn last week. The fifth-year senior also scooped up four ground balls and secured three draw controls. The Arnold, Md., product leads the A-10 in caused turnovers with 23.
Donoghue scored a career-high six goals in a 16-5 victory at Old Dominion last Saturday. The six goals by the midfielder from Mount Laurel, N.J., were the second-most in a game in school history. She also won five draw controls, four ground balls and caused a turnover. She leads the team in ground balls (19) and ranks second on the team in goals (19), points (22) and draw controls (30).