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April 12, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke junior midfielder Kat Thomas and Maryland sophomore midfielder Katie Schwarzmann share this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Blue Devil junior midfielder Kim Wenger was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending on Monday, April 11, all presented by Chevrolet.
Thomas, Duke's second-leading scorer on the year with 34 goals, helped Duke earn two victories last week. The junior from Latham, N.Y., registered a hat trick at 14th-ranked Boston College Saturday, scoring the Blue Devil's first goal of the afternoon and also capping a 4-0 Duke run to close out the first half. Thomas also contributed two draw controls against the Eagles. Just one day later, Thomas scored two goals, including the game-tying score with just 1:19 left to force overtime at Brown. The midfielder also chipped in four draw controls, bringing her season total to 46.
Schwarzmann netted four goals, including the game-winner, in a pivotal conference win against rival and fourth-ranked North Carolina to clinch the ACC regular season title. The midfielder from Sykesville, Md., who now leads her squad with a career-best 41 goals, scooped up a team-high three ground balls and caused a turnover to help the nation's top-ranked defense. The Tewaaraton nominee also tallied a draw control to help guide top-ranked Maryland to its 23rd consecutive victory and at least a share of the ACC regular season championship for the fifth straight season.
Earning defensive nods, Wenger was instrumental in both Duke wins last weekend, beginning at Boston College on Saturday. Wenger won three draw controls, picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers, while also marking Boston College leading scorer Kristin Igoe and limiting her to a single goal in the game. With just less than two minutes to play, Duke had just taken a two-goal lead, but the Eagles won the draw and Wenger came up with a big caused turnover to seal the victory for the Blue Devils. On Sunday, Wenger again drew a tough defensive assignment in Brown's third-leading scorer Paris Waterma, and again held her to a single goal. The Malvern, Pa., native won three draw controls, including two in the first overtime, before rifling the game-winning goal into the back of the cage in the sudden victory overtime period to win the game for the Blue Devils.
ACC Women's Lacrosse teams return to action today as Virginia Tech hosts Longwood in a nonconference 4:00 p.m. match-up. Following this weekend's league contests, ACC teams will prepare for the 2011 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship, which will be held at the WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C., April 21, 22 and 24.
For more information regarding ACC Women's Lacrosse, including the upcoming Championship, please visit www.theACC.com or http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-womens-lacrosse-championship.html.