UMass, George Mason Nab #A10WSOC Weekly Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Massachusetts sophomore Jenny Hipp was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Also honored was Hipp's teammate, Lauren Bonavita, who was named Rookie of the Week. George Mason's Morgan Symmers and Peyton Ryan of UMass shared Defensive Player of the Week honors. The awards are for games played Sept. 10-16.

Hipp, a Frankfurt, Germany, native, was a major part of the UMass offense in the Minutewomen’s 6-1 win over Eastern Michigan, as she had a hand in five of the team’s six goals. The sophomore midfielder finished the match with two goals, three assists and four shots in 55 minutes of action. Her seven points were a single-match career-best total as were her two goals and three assists. Hipp scored the opening goal of the match in the 25th minute, assisted the second in the 48th minute before scoring again just minutes later. She also tallied assists on the final two goals of the match.

Ryan, a senior from Marietta, Ga., finished the game with four saves while allowing just one goal, the first in more than 342 prior scoreless minutes of play. She faced nine shots as she went the full 90 minutes in goal. Several of Ryan’s saves were impressive including two full-stretch, diving stops. Her four saves were one shy of her season high this year. 

Symmers made three saves, including a key stop on a penalty shot in the 70th minute, to lead Mason to a 3-1 road victory at Central Florida on Thursday. Symmers, a redshirt junior from Palmyra, Va., is tied for the Atlantic 10 in wins by a goalkeeper with five.

Bonavita had her first career multi-goal game as part of UMass’ 6-1 win over Eastern Michigan on Sunday, the only match of the week for the Minutewomen. The freshman forward from Hanson, Mass., finished the match with two goals, one assist, and five shots in 46 minutes of play. Her two goals and five points were both career-best marks and extended her point streak to four straight matches (three straight with at least a goal).


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