Morgan Walker Earns A-10 Defensive Weekly Honor
March 26, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - After posting a career-best four caused turnovers and five groundballs, while helping hold Holy Cross to just five goals, UMass women's lacrosse sophomore Morgan Walker was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office. The win improved the Minutewomen to 8-2 on the year moving UMass up to No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and up to No. 11 in the deBeer Media Poll.
The league honor was the first for Morgan in her career and marked the fifth time this season that a UMass player has earned the weekly defensive accolade.
In addition to her caused turnovers and groundball totals, Walker was an integral part of the Minutewomen's transition defense which held Holy Cross to just 11-of-19 on clearing attempts. That transition play has been beneficial to UMass which has held opponents to just 101-of-161 in the category.
As a unit, UMass is one of the top defensive team's in the country. In this week's NCAA report, the Minutewomen are the No. 17 ranked team in scoring defense allowing 8.3 goals per game, rank sixth in caused turnovers (11.2 per game) and rank 16th in groundballs per game (19.0).
UMass will begin Atlantic 10 play on Saturday at La Salle. The Minutewomen are seeking a league-record 5th consecutive conference championship title and enter the game against the Explorers with a 20-game win streak against Atlantic 10 teams in place.
Originally slated for a Noon start, the game has been moved to an 11 AM opening draw.
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