Fordham, George Mason, VCU Earn #A10WSOC Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Mason's Emily Littell and VCU's Kelly Graves were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer Co-Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Fordham goalie Kelly LaMorte and Audrey Sanderson of VCU shared Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Mason's Emma van der Vorst picked up her third Rookie of the Week accolade. The awards are for games played Sept. 24-30.
Littell scored three goals in two games last week, recording the game-winner in both contests. Against George Washington, she found the back of the net for the first time this season in the 34th minute in an eventual 2-0 victory. The Leesburg, Va., midfielder then scored twice in Mason's 3-0 victory over Davidson, first opening the game with a goal in the 20th minute, then sealing the deal in the final minutes.
Graves opened the week with a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Dayton. The assist was on the first goal of the game and helped put VCU up 1-0. The goal came in the second half on a shot to the near post that extended the lead to 3-0. The Springfield, Ill., native then scored VCU's first goal of the game in the 85th minute to tie the game against Duquesne and force overtime, helping the Rams eventually win 2-1, in overtime.
LaMorte continued her stellar play in goal, extending her school record shutout streak to 416 minutes before having it broken at Davidson. The junior from Haworth, N.J., recorded four saves in the 4-1 win over the Wildcats. She then tallied her sixth shutout of the season with two saves on eight total shots at Rhode Island, becoming the first Rams' goalie to record six consecutive wins.
Sanderson, a senior goalkeeper from Nashville, Tenn., faced nine shots and had a pair of saves in a 4-0 win over Dayton to start the week. It was her fifth clean sheet of the season. She followed that up by recording four saves and faced 11 total shots, including a diving save in overtime to preserve the game, in a 2-1 win over Duquesne.
van der Vorst set a George Mason record for goals in consecutive games, scoring for the eighth straight match in the Patriots' 2-0 victory over GW. The Amsterdam, Netherlands, product also assisted on Littell's goal against the Colonials. van der Vorst then tallied an assist in Mason's 3-0 win over Davidson on Sunday.