Richmond's Brown and Ball Earn A-10 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week Accolades
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Richmond seniors Marissa Brown and Julie Ball were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday. George Mason’s Deanna Balsama was named Rookie of the Week. The awards are based off games played March 4 – 10.
Brown rewrote the Richmond record books this week, hitting career milestones in each of the Spiders’ wins. In a 12-9 win at William & Mary, the senior tallied a goal and four assists for five points, eclipsing the 200-career point milestone and moving into fifth all-time in Richmond history. She continued her dominance on Sunday, scoring twice and assisting on three more goals in the Spiders’ 20-5 win over Old Dominion. Not only did she score her 100th career goal, but Brown also set a new program record for career assists with 106, besting the previous record of 104 set back in 2015. She finished the week with 10 points, two ground balls, three caused turnovers and five draw control wins.
Ball helped Richmond to a pair of nonconference wins this week collecting three ground balls and causing three turnovers in a 12-9 win at William & Mary on Wednesday, while also winning five draw controls. She then helped the Spider defense dominate Old Dominion on Sunday in a 20-5 win, collecting four more ground balls, causing four more turnovers and winning a season-high eight draw controls. Ball leads the team this season with 21 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers, and 25 draw controls in just six games played.
Balsama scored four goals and dished out three assists in a pair of games last week. The attacker from Sewell, N.J., notched her seventh multi-goal game of the season with three goals and an assist in a 17-6 victory at Iona on Saturday. She also had two ground balls, a caused turnover, and a draw control. In a loss at No. 6 Virginia on Wednesday, she scored a goal and had two assists. She also collected four ground balls, won a draw control and caused a turnover.