Egizi, Keane, Semkiw & Kelly Nab Weekly #A10WLAX Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Richmond's Kim Egizi has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. George Mason goalie Melissa Semkiw and Massachusets' Kasey Keane shared Co-Defensive Player of the Week accolades, while Saint Joseph's Stephanie Kelly nabbed her third Rookie of the Week nod. The awards are for games played March 26 - April 1.

Egizi, a senior attack from Westwood, Mass., had a career weekend to lead the Spiders to a perfect 2-0 start to A-10 play. She scored four goals in Thursday night’s win over crosstown rival VCU, while also collecting five ground balls, winning five draw controls and causing two turnovers. She then scored a career-high eight goals and assisted one other for a career-high nine points in Saturday’s 19-11 win at Duquesne.  Egizi also won eight draw controls on the day to hit the 200 career draw control mark, becoming just the third Spider to achieve the feat, and moved into second in program history with 207 career draws. She rounded out her impressive stat line with two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Semkiw made 23 saves in a pair of wins last week for the Patriots. The sophomore from Frederick, Md., made 11 saves in a 25-11 victory at George Washington on Thursday in the Atlantic 10 opener. She allowed just three goals over the last 39 minutes and also collected three ground balls. Then on Saturday, she made 12 saves in a 12-11 victory at La Salle. She allowed just three goals in the second half. She ranks second in the conference with 99 saves. She also ranks fourth in the A-10 in goals against average (9.15) and fifth in save percentage (.529).

Keane, also a native of Westwood, Mass., anchored the UMass defense’s best two-game effort of the season as the Minutewomen opened A-10 play with a pair of wins at Saint Joseph’s (23-13) and at home against Davidson (14-4). The defender finished the weekend with seven caused turnovers, six groundballs and a draw control. The four goals allowed to Davidson marked a season-low for the defense which also held the Wildcats scoreless in the first half. Against the Hawks, Keane caused four turnovers, collected three groundballs and controlled one draw. She followed that effort with three caused turnovers and three groundballs in the win over Davidson.

Kelly registered nine points on six goals and three assists in SJU's 1-1 week. She took six shots on the week and scored on all of them. Against UMass on Thursday, Kelly had five points on a hat trick and two helpers. The Melbourne, Australia product scored on all three shots she took for the game. Kelly dropped another hat trick and added a helper in SJU's 18-7 road win over VCU on Saturday.

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