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Virginia’s Reese and Vander Kolk, Syracuse’s Majorana claim honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia’s Kelly Reese and Syracuse’s Halle Majorana have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Virginia goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Reese led Virginia to wins over Richmond, 18-12, and No. 6 Penn State, 16-13. Reese opened the week with a career-high four goals on five shots to propel the Cavaliers past Richmond in their home opener. The Severna Park, Md., then improved on her career-high with five goals, including the game-winner, to lead Virginia past Penn State for its second win over a top-10 program this season. Reese had another efficient performance, converting five of seven shots on the day and adding an assist for the Cavaliers. She scored to give UVA a 13-12 lead and added the eventual game-winner to make it 14-12 on her only free position shot of the game. She also picked up a ground ball and had two draw controls in the contest.
Majorana led the Orange with seven points on three goals and a career-high tying four assists in their win against No. 5 Northwestern. The Manhasset, New York, native scored the first two goals of the game, while her third goal broke an 8-8 tie and sparked Syracuse’s 5-0 scoring run as it took control of the game.
Vander Kolk played all 120 minutes in goal in UVA’s wins over Richmond and Penn State. The sophomore goalie picked up nine saves with a team-best four ground balls against Richmond. She had two saves to help hold Richmond scoreless in the final 11 minutes of the first half when UVA went on a 4-0 run. Vander Kolk made 12 saves, nine in the first half, against 37 shots by the Nittany Lions. She held Penn State to just 4-of-11 on free position shots and had a team-high four ground balls.