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Vermont's Vanessa VanderZalm and Albany's Rachel Bowles split Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Four Teams Split #AEWLAX Weekly Awards

Release: 02/24/2014
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Vanessa VanderZalm became the first Vermont player in program history to earn back-to-back America East women’s lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week honors, as the sophomore shared the honor with Albany’s Rachel Bowles as the second weekly awards of the season were announced Monday. Stony Brook goalkeeper Frankie Caridi earned her second-straight Defensive Player of the Week award and Binghamton’s Bri Arthur was tabbed Rookie of the Week. Here are the week two award winners:

Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Rachel Bowles, So., A, Albany
Cicero, N.Y.

  • Notched a career-high nine points in a, 20-13, win over NEC preseason favorite, Bryant.
  • Tallied five goals and four assists, eclipsing her assist total from 2013 in one game.
  • Also added a ground ball and two caused turnovers. Her five goals came on just seven shots.

Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Vanessa VanderZalm, So., M, Vermont
Pelham, Ontario

  • Scored the second-most goals in a single game in Vermont program history with seven in a, 20-13, win over Marist. The Red Foxes were picked second in the MAAC.
  • Added an assist for eight total points and converted on three of her four free position attempts.
  • Registered a game-high five ground balls and eight draw controls.

Defensive Player of the Week
Frankie Caridi, Sr., GK, Stony Brook
East Northport, N.Y.

  • Anchored a Stony Brook defense that posted its first-ever shutout vs. Monmouth, making one save, picking-up two ground balls and causing two turnovers.
  • Made a career-high 11 saves to keep the Seawolves within striking distance on the road against nationally ranked Notre Dame.
  • Held the Irish to just two goals in the second half and none in the final 20:55.

Rookie of the Week
Bri Arthur, Fr., A, Binghamton
Watertown, N.Y.

  • Led Binghamton with a game-high five goals while adding one assist in the Bearcats’ win over Howard.
  • Tied a Binghamton freshman record with five goals, going 3-for-3 in free position attempts.
  • Helped Binghamton to its first season-opening win in program history.

Around the League

  • Stony Brook is ranked 12th in the IWLCA poll and 14th in the media poll
  • Freshmen have accounted for 25 of Stony Brook’s 38 goals.
  • Binghamton won its first-ever season-opener in program history, 20-6, over Howard.
  • New Hampshire’s Kayleigh Hinkle, Laura McHoul and Rachael Nock are recorded points in all three games this season.
  • Vermont’s 20 goals vs. Marist were the most in a game for the Catamounts since scoring 22 against Binghamton in 2010.
  • Binghamton tied a single-game record for goals in a game with 20, last reaching the mark against Niagara in 2011.

Feb. 18 – Offensive Player of the Week: Vanessa VanderZalm, M, So., Vermont; Defensive Player of the Week: Frankie Caridi, Sr., GK, Stony Brook; Rookie of the Week: Courtney Murphy, Fr., A, Stony Brook
Feb. 24 – Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Rachel Bowles, So., A, Albany & Vanessa VanderZalm, M, So., Vermont; Defensive Player of the Week: Frankie Caridi, Sr., GK, Stony Brook; Rookie of the Week: Bri Arthur, Fr., A, Binghamton

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