April 16, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Massachusetts junior Katie Ferris its Lacrosse Player of the Week, and Duquesne junior Kristen Gregory the Defensive Player of the Week. La Salle freshman Katelyn Fay and Saint Joseph's freshman Emily Bowers were named the league's Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards were announced Tuesday for games played from Apr. 8-14.
Ferris recorded nine points in a pair of wins against Temple and at Saint Joseph's to give UMass sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10. She totaled seven goals, including the game-winner in a tight battle for first against the Owls, also adding two assists. Ferris scored all six of the Minutewomen's second half goals. She scored four straight goals, including three in a 37-second span to put UMass back in the lead with 10 minutes left in the game. Her final goal with 1:30 to go put UMass up by two after Temple tried to rally back. Ferris, who hails from Carthage, N.Y., played limited minutes at Saint Joseph's after UMass took an early lead, scoring a goal and an assist versus the Hawks.
Gregory, a goalkeeper, turned in her fourth double-digit save game of the season with 11 versus Richmond in leading the Dukes defense to a stellar week and a pair of A-10 wins. She lowered her season goals against average to 8.58 after allowing eight goals against the Spiders and just five versus George Washington. The Chester Springs, Pa., native added three saves again GW for a total of 14 saves for the week, which improved her season save percentage to .471. She faced 36 shots in the two games, playing all 60 minutes in each game.
Fay, an attacker from West Chester, Pa., scored five goals on seven shots last week, including four in a narrow loss to Saint Joseph's and one in a 14-13 win over Temple. She also recorded three ground balls and one draw control against the Hawks.
Bowers, an attacker from Newtown, Pa., scored three goals in a 13-10 SJU win over La Salle. It was the freshman's third start of her career and she scored connected on each of her three shots for a hat trick the proved to be the difference in the game. She also recorded three ground balls.