Sheridan Named Corvias ECAC Women's Lacrosse Defender Of The Week
May 7, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - After allowing an Atlantic 10 Championship tournament record low nine goals in two games, UMass women's lacrosse defender Kelsey Sheridan was named the Corvias ECAC Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the organization on Tuesday.
Sheridan and the Minutewomen defeated Duquesne 16-3 on Friday in the semifinals and Richmond 10-6 in the championship game last Sunday. UMass claimed its sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship title and seventh overall - both Atlantic 10 records. The Minutewomen will next face Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (2 PM) at the BC Lacrosse Complex in Newton, Mass.
For the weekend, Sheridan led UMass with five groundballs and three caused turnovers. She was also key in transition play helping the Minutewomen go 22-of-23 on clearing attempts while holding their opposition to a combined 14-of-24. The UMass defense also caused 29 turnovers between the two games.
As a key part of the nation's second best defensive unit which allows just 6.11 goals per game, Sheridan leads UMass with 43 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers. She was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, the A-10 All-Tournament Team and was an A-10 All-Academic selection.
The Minutewomen enter the NCAA Tournament with an 18-1 overall record and are ranked No. 14 nationally. UMass has reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and the fifth time in the last six years.