PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Syracuse women’s lacrosse junior Michelle Tumolo has earned the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors for Week 9, while junior teammate Becca Block has earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Tumolo earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after amassing 16 points, including six goals and 10 assists, in two wins over ranked teams. The junior tied her career highs of eight points and five assists in a 22-4 win over then-No. 10/6 Dartmouth. Tumolo also had eight points in a 22-11 win over then-No. 14/11 Georgetown. She moved into fifth place on the school-scoring list with 192 points. It is the third time Tumolo has earned the award this year and the fourth time a Syracuse player has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.
Block was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week following a 2-0 record against ranked opponents. The junior helped limit opponents to just 7.5 goals per game, had six draw controls, two ground balls, two goals and one caused turnover. In a 22-4 win over then-No. 10/6 Dartmouth, Block helped hold the Big Green to just one second-half goal. She also helped lead the team in a 22-11 win over then-No. 14/11 Georgetown with three draw controls and a goal. It is the third time Block has earned the award this year.
Justine Donodeo, Villanova, Sr., M
Had six points, including five goals in a 2-0 week.
Lily Kalata, Rutgers, Jr., GK
Made 17 saves and held opponents to an average of 8.5 goals per game in two wins; recorded a season-high 14 saves in a 16-11 win over Louisville.
Princess Livingston, Villanova, Sr., M
Helped hold opponents to just 9.0 goals per game in two wins; recorded four ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers in the wins.
Danielle Mascera, Rutgers, Sr., A
Tallied five assists in a 2-0 week; set the RU single-season assist record with 31 this year surpassing the old mark of 28 set in 1980.
Maggie Tamasitis, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Dished out a school and BIG EAST-record eight assists in a 16-9 win over UConn; also added a goal and an assist.
The INSIDE SCOOP
WINS OVER RANKED TEAMS – BIG EAST teams have totaled 13 wins over ranked teams this year. In addition, five different schools have recorded the wins, including Georgetown, Loyola, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Syracuse. Last year, the league tallied five wins against ranked opponents, while in 2010 the BIG EAST had nine wins over ranked teams.
Year Wins Over Ranked Teams NCAA Berths
2009 15 3
2010 9 3
2011 5 1
2012 13 ??
TV TIME – For the second straight year, the BIG EAST Conference is in the midst of an four-game television package on the CBS Sports Network broadcasting games throughout the regular-season. The eight tv appearances ties the highest regular-season mark in women’s lacrosse history. For the third straight year, the network also will air all three games of the BIG EAST Championship (May 3 & 5) bringing the total number of appearances to 14.