NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Hannah Burnett of Massachusetts has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced Tuesday. Sharing Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors are fellow Minutewoman, Sarah Crowley, and Richmond's Megan Gianforte, while Spider teammate Sam Geiersbach was named Rookie of the Week. The awards are for the opening weekend of A-10 play, Mar. 27-Apr. 3.
Burnett, an attacker from Huntington, N.Y., notched a total of 17 points on 12 goals and five assists in the two wins last week, nearly half of her offensive production total for the season. In a 24-14 win over Saint Joseph’s, she set a new UMass single-game record with eight goals, and tied the school record with 10 points in the contest. Her eight goals came on 10 shots. That came after a four-goal, three-assist effort in the 19-8 win over VCU on Thursday. Prior to the two-game performance, the redshirt-junior had 18 goals and two assists in the previous eight games combined.
Crowley, a senior defender, finished the weekend with six caused turnovers, seven groundballs, three draw controls and an assist. In the win over Saint Joseph’s she had four caused turnovers and four groundballs while also controlling one draw. In the win over the Rams, the Greenlawn, N.Y., native forced two turnovers, collected three groundballs and hauled in two draws while adding the assist in transition. On special teams, she helped the Minutewomen kill off four-of-seven yellow card penalties while also scoring three man-down goals.
Gianforte was steady in the cage again for the Spiders, allowing just six goals per game in Richmond’s two weekend wins. The freshman allowed just four goals in a 20-4 win over Duquesne while making five saves, before stopping eight shots and allowing eight goals in Richmond’s 18-8 win at La Salle. The Brielle, N.J., product has made 91 saves this season and is allowing just 8.50 goals per game with a .517 save percentage.
Geiersbach had another standout week for Richmond, totaling seven points on six goals and an assist in Richmond’s wins over Duquesne and La Salle. The freshman scored twice and assisted on one other goal in the Spiders’ 20-4 win over the Dukes, before scoring a game-high four goals in an 18-8 win at La Salle. She also collected two ground balls and won two draw controls in the opening weekend of Atlantic 10 play.