Holmes And Sikalis Named UMass Co-Athletes Of The Week

Tyler Holmes

Tyler Holmes

Nov. 8, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Football co-captain and Field Hockey freshman Alexa Sikalis have been named UMass Co-Athletes of the Week after their performances last week, as announced by the Athletic Department on Monday. Holmes returned two interceptions for touchdowns to lead the football team to a 39-24 win over Maine last weekend and Sikalis netted an insurance goal to help the field hockey team capture its 12th Atlantic 10 Championship.

Holmes became the first Minuteman in school history to return two interceptions for scores, and just the third player to return two picks for touchdowns in a career. Holmes (Blacksburg, Va.), also made six tackles against the Black Bears, four of them solo effects.

In addition, Holmes was named the National Defensive Player of the Week and National Linebacker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards on Sunday and garnered his second-straight and third CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honor this season.

Sikalis (Acton, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season with 5:39 left in regulation to put the Minutewomen up 2-0 in the Atlantic 10 Championship game against Lock Haven. Sikalis scored her first career goal in a 4-0 win against Saint Louis on October 9. The Minutewomen will host Stanford in the NCAA Play-in game on Tuesday afternoon at Garber Field.




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