April 23, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.--The Atlantic 10 has named George Washington senior midfielder Sarah Phillips as its lacrosse Player of the Week, senior midfielder Dayna Defliese of Massachusetts as its Defensive Player of the Week and Duquesne freshman midfielder Amanda Kidder as its Rookie of the Week. The awards, the last of the 2012 season, were announced Monday for matches played during the week of April 16 - 22.
Phillips set school records while helping the Colonials clinch a berth to the A-10 Championship for the first time since 2009 and double-digit wins since the 2007 season. Against Duquesne, 15-10, the Downingtown, Pa., native tallied a game-high six points on the strength of four goals and two assists. Already the all-time career assists leader, she became GW's all-time career points leader. Phillips then tallied a season-high seven points against St. Bonaventure on four goals and three assists, to tie the GW record for most points in a single season with 79.
Defliese posted two assists, three caused turnovers, five groundballs and three draw controls, helping UMass to a 2-0 weekend with wins over La Salle and at Temple. The Garden City, N.Y., native and the UMass defense allowed just seven goals in each game. Against La Salle, she had a pair of assists and a groundball, while at Temple, Defliese had four groundballs and caused three turnovers.
Kidder filled the stat page in every category in two big Atlantic 10 wins, tallying six goals and five assists for 11 points in two wins that helped the Dukes clinch the second seed for the A-10 Championship. The Fairport, N.Y.,native also added six ground balls, six draw controls and seven caused turnovers. She scored three goals in each game and had two assists versus GW and three against Richmond.
The 2012 Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship begins Friday at the University of Richmond's Robins Stadium. No. 2 Duquesne will face No. 3 Richmond at 1:00 pm and No. 1 Massachusetts plays No. 4 George Washington at 3:30 pm. Free live video streams of both matches will be available on Atlantic10.com. The finals will be Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 pm and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.