NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – VCU junior Emily McNamara was named Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week, while Davidson freshman Nellie Turnage and Saint Joseph’s freshman Emily Henry were selected as Co-Rookies of the Week. Both awards are for games played from Oct. 23-29 and are the final honors of the 2017 regular season.
McNamara scored two goals and added an assist in VCU's 3-0 win over Saint Louis Friday. During the game, McNamara broke VCU's single-season record for goals with 21. The forward from Centreville, Va., leads the team with 21 goals and has helped VCU to 14 wins so far this season, the most for a VCU team since 1992. With that win on Friday, it also gave VCU six A-10 conference wins which is the most by a VCU team since joining the league.
Turnage, a forward/midfielder from Denver, Colo., played the hero card Sunday for Davidson, firing off the game-winning stroke in a tied shootout with LIU Brooklyn. After the two overtimes, the two squads went to a stroke-off, where Davidson took a 2-0 advantage before the Blackbirds evened it up. Enter Turnage, the fifth shooter for the 'Cats, who took the ball low and used her speed, pulling the ball right around the goalkeeper and pushed it into the back of the cage, handing the Wildcats their second win of the season.
Henry notched an assist in Saturday's regular season title-clinching win over Davidson. A forward from Bethlehem, Pa., she now ranks second among all Atlantic 10 rookies in goals and third in points.