April 9, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The Atlantic 10 has named Temple senior midfielder Stephanie Markunas as its lacrosse player of the week, junior defender Kelsey Palmer of Massachusetts as its defensive player of the week and Richmond freshman midfielder Emily Doyle as its Rookie of the Week. The awards were announced Monday for matches played during the week of April 2 -April 8, 2012.
Markunas recorded her fourth hat trick of the season with three goals in a 14-13 losing effort to No.18 Princeton. She also tallied two assists against the nationally-ranked Tigers. Markunas then scored a goal and three assists in a 13-9 conference win over La Salle. In all, she recorded nine total points for the week with four goals and five assists. The Ridley Park, Pa., native led all players with six draw controls in the La Salle win, finishing with eight total draws for the week. Markunas also had three total ground balls and a caused turnover against La Salle.
Palmer was a key component of a UMass defense that allowed just four goals, a season-low in a 19-4 conference win over Saint Joseph’s. A Hillsborough, N.J. native, Palmer had two caused turnovers and scooped two groundballs to anchor the Minutewomen’s strong defensive effort.
Doyle scored five points in Richmond’s only game of the week, a narrow 18-17 A-10 win over George Washington. A native of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., Doyle scored a first-half goal and an assist, and then had three crucial second-half assists. All three second-half assists helped the Spiders maintain a lead through the second half, resulting in the one-goal win.