Cerasi and Glenn Earn A-10 Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Massachusetts junior Kaitlyn Cerasi was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Lacrosse Player of the Week while VCU sophomore Caroline Glenn was named Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. George Mason’s Deanna Balsama earned Rookie of the Week honors. The awards are for games played April 8-14.
Cerasi led UMass to a pair of wins this weekend at La Salle (W, 14-13) and against Richmond (13-12, OT) to keep the Minutewomen unbeaten in league play. The attack from Wantagh, N.Y., posted a team-high eight points with five goals, which included both game-winning goals, and three assists. She also had a groundball and a caused turnover in the two games. At La Salle, she scored just one goal, but it came with just three minutes left in regulation and stood as the game-winner. In the win over Richmond, a rematch of last year's A-10 Championship title game, the junior scored the game-winning goal in overtime to highlight her four goals and three assists on the afternoon. In the second half alone against the Spiders, she was clutch with a goal and all three assists with each either tying the game or putting UMass in the lead during a stanza which saw six ties and five lead changes.
Glenn had three caused turnovers, eight draw controls and six ground balls in the 16-15 overtime win against Davidson. The Sykesville, Md., native also helped limit St. Bonaventure to just five goals in VCU's 17-5 win over the Bonnies. She had three caused turnovers and two ground balls in that game.
In two wins this past weekend against Saint Joseph's and George Washington, Balsama accumulated 13 points, including 8 goals and five assists, along with 17 draw controls. In the critical game against the Hawks on Friday, the freshman from Sewell, N.J., had a season-high four assists, three goals and won a season-high 10 draw controls. On Sunday, Balsama scored a season-high tying five goals for a third time this season. She also added an assist and seven draw controls.