HAMDEN, Conn. - Junior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) of the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team was named the Northeast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon. This is the second time this season that Kelly has been honored with the conference's weekly award for her play at the defensive end of the field. She shares the award this week with Sacred Heart goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner.
"Kaitlyn has been the catalyst for our strong defensive efforts this season," Head Coach Danie Caro said. "She has embraced the move to D-wing and has been critical to our success on the draw. She is undoubtedly the leader of our defense and her teammates are responding to her and everyone has elevated their level of play."
Kelly anchors the Bobcats' defense that ranks in the top four of the league in save percentage (.470), goals-against average (9.80) and caused turnovers (10.60). This season she leads the team with 25 ground balls and 22 draw controls, while tied for the team lead with 15 caused turnovers.
Against Monmouth on Thursday afternoon, Kelly was one of the team's best defenders in a low scoring game. She has been taking on the responsibilities of covering opponents' top offensive players throughout the entire season. Quinnipiac's low goals-against average has been in large part due to the play of Kelly in front of the net. She had three draw controls and one ground ball in the Bobcats' last second 8-7 win against the Hawks.
In the team's second win of the weekend, Kelly helped hold a potent Mount St. Mary's offense to just five goals in a 13-5 victory. She collected two draw controls, two ground balls and caused two turnovers. The win was the fifth in a row and helped improve Quinnipiac's record to 6-4 overall and 5-0 in NEC play this season.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, April 7, when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y., to take on the Wagner Seahawks. The teams are set to begin play at 4 p.m.