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March 15, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech senior attacker Allie Emala and Duke junior goalkeeper Mollie Mackler have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet, respectively, for the period ending on Monday, March 14.
Emala led Tech to its second-ever ACC victory and first since 2008 with three goals and a team-best five points in the Hokies' lone game of the week. The senior from Baltimore, Md., was a perfect 3-for-3 as she scored on each shot she took, including tabbing the game-winner vs. No. 16 Boston College.
Mackler had a tremendous week for the Blue Devils, starting with a 10-save effort against the visiting Commodores of Vanderbilt on Wednesday. The junior from Longmeadow, Mass., stopped seven Vanderbilt shots in the second half as Duke came from behind to down the 13th-ranked Commodores, 14-12. On Saturday, Mackler posted a career-high 15 saves, holding ninth-ranked Georgetown to a season-low five goals as Duke would win 13-5. The Hoyas outshot the Blue Devils for the game, but were turned back repeatedly by Mackler, who also limited Georgetown to 1-of-7 on free position shots.
ACC Women's Lacrosse teams return to action Wednesday, March 16, as Virginia Tech travels to ACC-foe Duke for a 6 p.m. contests, and Virginia hosts William & Mary in nonconference action at 7 p.m.