March 29, 2004
Providence, R.I. – The awards and honors just keep on coming for the red-hot Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team this season.
Senior midfielder Meredith Simon (Flemington, N.J.) was named the BIG EAST offensive player of the week for her play in third-ranked Notre Dame’s wins over Virginia Tech (18-11) and Boston College (17-7) last week. Defensive standout Andrea Kinnik (Sr., West Chester, Pa.) was chosen the league’s co-defensive player of the week for the week ending March 28.
For Simon, this marks the second time in the month of March that she has been honored by the conference, as she was co-offensive player of the week on March 8th. This past week, Simon had eight goals and three assists for 11 points along with six ground balls and eight draw controls in Notre Dame’s two victories.
On March 26, versus Virginia Tech, Simon equaled a season-high with four goals and three assists for seven points versus the Hokies. She also added six ground balls and had three draw controls in the 18-11 win. Two days later on March 28 versus Boston College, the senior scored four goals in a 17-7 victory. She added five draw controls versus the Eagles. For the season, Simon leads the Irish in scoring with 23 goals and 10 assists for 33 points in seven games. The 11-point weekend extended her personal scoring streak to 18 games. Going back to March 25, 2003, Simon has recorded 45 goals and 17 assists for 62 points.
Senior Andrea Kinnik was selected as the BIG EAST co-defensive player of the week.
What Meredith Simon is to scoring for the Irish, Andrea Kinnik is to stopping opponents from scoring. The senior defender helped the Irish extend their record to 7-0 on the year and 2-0 in the BIG EAST last week as she recorded six ground balls, had three draw controls and caused three turnovers in the two victories. She also set up Notre Dame’s first goal in the 17-11 win over Boston College when she forced a turnover, raced the length of the field and fed Crysti Foote (So., Suffern, N.Y.) for a goal just 3:55 into Sunday’s win. Kinnik and her defense held Virginia Tech to four first-half goals and Boston College to three in the weekend games.
For the year, Kinnik leads the Irish with 22 ground balls and is second with 10 caused turnovers. Her 11 draw controls rank her third on the team in that category. She also has three goals and an assist on the season.
Simon and Kinnik along with their teammates will put an 11-game winning streak on the line on Sat., April 3 when they travel to Storrs, Conn., to face Connecticut in a 12:00 noon game.