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Early Bird 2017

Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards Announced

Release: 04/11/2017
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Courtesy: Associated Press

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - La Salle's Toni Massetti and Massachusetts' Callie Santos have been named Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Co-Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Also honored was Explorer teammate Isabel Caddick and fellow Minutewoman Sarah Crowley, who shared Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors, while George Mason's Melissa Semkiw and Richmond's Sam Geiersbach were named Co-Rookies of the Week.

Massetti, a Kennett Square, Pa., native landed six of eight shots in the back of the net while adding one ground ball and winning two draws against VCU in La Salle's 15-11 victory to open the weekend. The redshirt-junior attack then netted two goals and added one assist in a 13-11 victory over George Washington on Sunday. She also scooped up two ground balls and won one draw against the Colonials. 

The attack from Bedford, N.H., Santos had a pair of goals and an assist along with a caused turnover in the Minutewomen's 16-6 victory over Davison. In the 19-13 win over Richmond, who was previously undefeated in league play, the senior had a career-highs in goals (6) and points (7) along with two draw controls. After the Spiders had pulled within three, 14-11, midway through the second half, Santos scored three goals in 84 seconds to put UMass back up by six with 12 minutes to go. Santos picked up her assist in the Richmond game on a goal just after her three-score outburst which gave UMass a seven-goal lead to set-up the win. 

Defensively Caddick caused five turnovers on the week while picking up eight ground balls in wins against VCU and George Washington. The midfielder from Peterborough, Ontario, picked up four ground balls in the 15-11 victory over VCU while causing two turnovers and winning two draws controls. The sophomore then followed that performance with a career-high three caused turnovers against the Colonials while scooping up four ground balls. 

In the 16-6 win at Davidson, Crowley, a native of Greenlawn, N.Y., posted a pair of caused turnovers, two draw controls and a groundball. Then in the 19-13 victory against Richmond, the senior defender notched three caused turnovers, three draw controls and an assist. UMass scored directly off two of her draw wins against the Spiders and she helped the defensive unit hold Richmond to 0-for-7 on free position shots. She also helped the defensive unit hold both teams to a combined 1-for-10 on free position opportunities on the weekend as the Minutewomen improved to 4-0 in league play.

Semkiw made 24 saves in two Patriot road wins last week against Duquene and VCU. The rookie from Frederick, Md., made 12 saves and allowed only nine goals in a win at Duquesne (17-9) on Friday and followed that up with another 12 saves and just seven goals allowed in a win at VCU (19-8) on Sunday. The goalkeeper improved her record to 4-0 after making back-to-back starts, and currently has the highest save percentage (.548) in the A-10 among goalies with multiple appearances.

Geiersbach had an exceptional weekend on the offensive end, scoring 11 goals and assisting on two others to lead the Spiders with 13 total points. The freshman from West Babylon, N.Y., led the way on Friday with a career-high six goals in a 17-6 win at George Washington, before scoring five more times in a 19-13 loss at UMass. She finished with one assist in each game. Geiersbach leads Richmond and the A-10 with 39 goals this season, and is second in points with 50 in both team and league rankings. 


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