NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Richmond's Katie Sciandra and Julie Ball have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Player and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. Spider teammate Rachel Ziemba and George Mason's Erin Donoghue shared Rookie of the Week honors. The awards are for games played April 2-8.
Sciandra had a standout weekend for the Spiders, totaling eight goals and an assist to lead the team to a 4-0 start in A-10 play. The junior from Vienna, Va., scored six goals - including four from free position - and added an assist in UR’s 16-7 win at Saint Joseph’s, then scored two goals in the opening minute and three seconds to kickstart a 14-3 win over George Washington. Sciandra leads the conference with 45 goals this season after scoring just 11 in 2017.
Ball, a native of Winnetka, Ill., led a Spider defense that allowed just 10 total goals last weekend, including three in a 14-3 win over George Washington. The junior won a career-high seven draw controls, collected a career-high seven ground balls and caused four turnovers in Friday’s 16-7 win at Saint Joseph’s, before adding one ground ball, three draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers on Sunday against GW.
Donoghue scored three goals and dished out an assist in a 14-6 victory over Duquesne on Sunday. She also won five draw controls, collected three ground balls and caused a turnover. The midfielder from Manassas, Va., also had two ground balls and three draw controls in a 10-6 loss to Davidson on Friday. Donoghue ranks third on the team in points (29) and goals (25).
Ziemba made a statement this past weekend in a pair of Spider wins, making her college debut after sitting out the Spiders’ first 10 games due to injury. The rookie from Cazenovia, N.Y., scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others in UR’s 16-7 win at Saint Joseph’s, before adding another assist in Sunday’s 14-3 win over George Washington. She also totaled three ground balls over the weekend to start her career.