Weekly Release for Feb. 18, 2013 in PDF
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Jr., A
Boltja was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after she totaled eight points, including seven goals in a 2-0 week. The junior had three goals in a season-opening win over Canisius on Feb. 10. Boltja also recorded four goals and an assist in a 12-11 win over then-No. 13/20 Ohio State on Feb. 16. It was the first win over a ranked team by a league member this year.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Stephanie Peragallo, Fr., D
Peragallo was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Irish in a 12-10 comeback win at Stanford on Feb. 16. The rookie had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Peragallo also fueled a rally as the Irish trailed 7-2 at halftime, but held Stanford to just three goals in the second half.
Courtney Curtis, Cincinnati, Fr., M
Had six points, including five goals in a 13-8 win over Coastal Carolina on Feb. 15. The last Cincinnati freshman to score five goals was Katie Liberatore on March 7, 2010 vs. Duquesne.
Kelyn Freedman, Georgetown, Jr., M
Registered four points, including three goals in a 16-12 win at Delaware on Feb. 16. She also had two draw controls.
Molly Wolf, Loyola, Fr., GK
Made 11 saves in her collegiate debut against then-No. 8/11 Virginia on Feb. 16. She also had three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Katrina Martinelli, Rutgers, Jr., M
Tallied eight points, including five goals in a 15-5 win over Manhattan on Feb. 10. She entered the game with 11 points in her career and nearly doubled it.
Jackie Froccaro, Villanova, So., A
Scored five of the team’s nine goals in a 10-9 loss at Lehigh on Feb. 16. Her five goals were a career high.
The Inside Scoop
HERE WE GO – Eight of the nine league teams have gotten their seasons underway. Five teams played their season-openers this past weekend (Feb. 15-16). BIG EAST teams are a combined 7-3 to begin the season for a .700 win percentage.
EARLY AND OFTEN – Syracuse began the year with a 21-8 win at Jacksonville on Jan. 13. It was the first Division I game of the year.
BEARCATS WIN SEASON-OPENER – New Cincinnati head coach Gina Oliver got her first win as the Bearcats topped Coastal Carolina 13-8 on Feb. 15 in Conway, S.C. The Bearcats led 8-4 at the half and never looked back.
LOUISVILLE FLYING HIGH – The Cardinals have gotten off to a quick start winning each of their first two games this season. One of the wins came against a ranked team, No. 13/20 Ohio State. It was Louisville’s fourth win in program history against a ranked opponent. Last year, Louisville totaled three wins overall.