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March 12, 2012

Penn's Brennan and Cornell's Helmer Receive Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

Complete Women's Lacrosse Weekly Release in pdf format

Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Cornell Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the first time since 2009, Cornell is 4-0, including a mark of 2-0 in League action. The Big Red went 2-0 last week, while holding opponents to an average of 8.5 goals per game. Senior defender Cacki Helmer (Manilus, N.Y.) was a key figure on Cornell’s defense and was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.

Penn senior attack Erin Brennan (Garden City, N.Y.) finished with 13 points in two games, including a school-record seven assists in the Quakers’ 15-7 win over Rutgers. For her efforts, Brennan was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brennan posted a career-high nine points against the Scarlet Knights. She scored twice and set a school record with seven assists, breaking the previous mark of six, set twice, most recently by Ali DeLuca on April 25, 2010. In Penn’s 14-13 overtime win over Harvard, Brennan score three goals, the first of which was the 100th of her career.

Brennan received her third-career Offensive Player of the Week award. She became the seventh Quaker to record 100 career goals and now has 102. She leads the League with 12 assists and has 72 for her career, third-best in Penn history. Brennan is also third-place in points with 174.

Brennan’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 5G, 8A, 13 Pts., 1 CT, .455 Shooting %

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In the latest NCAA statistics, Helmer leads the nation in caused turnovers and groundballs. She did nothing to give up her position in Cornell’s two wins last week, finishing with eight groundballs and four caused turnovers. She is the League-leader in both categories.

Helmer recorded a team-high four groundballs along with four draw controls and one caused turnover in the Big Red’s 15-10 win over Colgate. She then posted game-highs in groundballs (four) and caused turnovers (three) in Cornell’s Ivy-opening 19-7 win over Columbia. The Lions came into the contest averaging over 10 goals a game. Helmer earned her second career Defensive Player of the Week award and her first since 2010.

Helmer’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 8 GB, 4 DC, 1 CT

All eight teams have opened conference play and the Big Red sits atop the standings with a 2-0 Ivy record. Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton are each 1-0, while Brown is 1-1. The Big Green is the only other Ivy team that is undefeated overall, coming in with a 3-0 mark.

HONOR ROLL
Melanie Baskind, Harvard (Sr., M, Framingham, Mass.)
2 GP, 6G, 1A, 7 Pts., 4GB, 4DC, 1CT, .600 Shooting %

Caroline Crow, Yale (Sr., A, Davidsonville, Md.)
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., .500 Shooting %

Taylor Foussadier, Penn (Fr., D, Turnersville, N.J.)
2 GP, 2GB, 4DC, 2CT

Jaci Gassaway, Princeton (Jr., A, Severna Park, Md.)
1 GP, 6G, 2A, 8 Pts., 2DC, .857 Shooting %

Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth (So., GK, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 6 GA, 6.00 GAA, 9 Svs., .600 Sv. %, 4GB, 1-0

Olivia Knotts, Cornell (Sr., A, Alexandria, Va.)
2 GP, 5G, 6A, 11 Pts., 1GB, 1DC, 1.000 Shooting %

Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth (Sr., M, Wellesley, Mass.)
1 GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 3GB, 9DC, .500 Shooting %

Erin Roos, Brown (So., D, Wilmette, Ill.)
1 GP, 4GB, 1DC, 3CT

Annie Woehling, Princeton (Fr., GK, Rosemont, Pa.)
1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, 5 Svs., .385 Sv. %, 2GB, 1-0

THIS WEEK
The League teams continue non-conference play this week, including a pair of top-20 matchups. Undefeated and No. 16 Dartmouth will host No. 4 Duke on March 17 at noon, and at the same time, No. 14 Princeton will face No. 8 Virginia.

Yale and Cornell each travels to Florida to take on No. 10 Notre Dame. The Bulldogs will face the Fighting Irish in Delray Beach on March 13, while the Big Red will take on ND in Orlando on March 17.

On March 17 at noon, Harvard will play Johns Hopkins, which is in the receiving votes category in the IWLCA Poll.

The lone Ivy game this week is on March 17, when Yale hosts No. 9 Penn.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 13
Brown at Holy Cross 4:00 PM
Canisius at Cornell 4:00 PM
1-Yale vs. Notre Dame 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 14
Vermont at Dartmouth 3:00 PM

Saturday, March 17
Harvard at Johns Hopkins 12:00 PM
Duke at Dartmouth 12:00 PM
Virginia at Princeton 12:00 PM
*Penn at Yale 1:00 PM
Vermont at Columbia 1:00 PM
2-Notre Dame vs. Cornell 2:00 PM
 
Sunday, March 18
Quinnipiac at Brown 1:00 PM

KEY
*-Ivy League contest
1-Hilltopper Stadium, Delray Beach, Fla.
2-Orlando, Fla.