NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Mason's Alexa McGovern and VCU's Sky Hyatt have been named Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Co-Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Massachusetts Sarah Crowley won her fourth Defensive Player of the Week, while Patriots teammate, Melissa Semkiw was named Rookie of the Week.
McGovern scored 11 goals in two home wins for the Patriots last weekend. The senior from Sykesville, Md., needed just 12 shots to score 11 goals and also tallied six draw controls. Against George Washington, she scored a career-high six goals on seven shots. Three days later against Richmond, she scored five goals on five shots. She also collected five draw controls. She currently ranks third in the conference with 40 goals, as the Patriots remain undefeated in conference play.
Hyatt totalled 11 goals and three assists last week as the Rams dropped a one-goal decision to Saint Joseph's, and defeated George Washington. The redshirt sophomore scored five goals and added three assists in VCU's hard-fought 18-17 loss at SJU, adding five draw controls, four caused turnovers and a ground ball. The Eldersburg, Md., native then helped lead the second-year VCU program to its first conference road win at George Washington, scoring a season-high six goals with four draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball.
In two wins last week, Crowley caused three turnovers, collected nine groundballs, controlled 11 draws and scored a pair of goals. In the win 25-10 over La Salle, the senior from Greenlawn, N.Y., forced a pair of turnovers, had six groundballs and controlled nine draws while also tallying the two goals. After the Explorers scored eight first half goals, she helped the defense limit La Salle to just two scores in the second half. In the 19-5 victory at St. Bonaventure, the defender had a caused turnover, three groundballs and two draw controls. She helped the defense give up just one first half goal – the fewest of any half of the season. Additionally, Crowley and the defense allowed just one free position goal on nine attempts in the two games highlighted by holding SBU to 0-for-5 on Saturday.
Semkiw continued her stellar play in goal for the Patriots during two home wins last week. She totaled 24 saves in two games, making 12 saves in each. She has now recorded 12 saves in four straight games. Against George Washington, the Frederick, Md., product made 12 saves (on 26 shots) while allowing just nine goals. She also corralled three ground balls. Against Richmond, she also made 12 saves (on 36 shots) and allowed 11 goals while causing a turnover and grabbing a ground ball. For the season, she is 6-0 in 11 games and seven starts.