HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's lacrosse junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and senior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) were named Northeast Conference Player and Co-Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league on Monday, Apr. 4.
Caroleo continued her tear this season by collecting ten total points (nine goals, one assist) over the weekend in games against Sacred Heart and Denver. She also grabbed three ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers during the weekend.
"Marissa had a great weekend for us at both ends of the field," head coach Danie Caro said. "Her shooting was great and she did a great job in transition and on defense. She's playing great and I'm very excited to see her recognized by the conference."
On Friday, Apr. 1 against Sacred Heart, the junior scored a game-high six goals en route to a convincing 14-5 victory. She also collected one ground ball and two draw controls on the afternoon. On Sunday, Apr. 3 against Denver, Caroleo added three goals and an assist in a thrilling 16-15 double overtime victory. After scoring two of Quinnipiac's first three goals of the game, she broke through for a third goal with 22 seconds remaining in the first overtime period, giving Quinnipiac the 15-14 lead. Caroleo was all over the field on Sunday, as she also collected two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers in the game.
Caroleo leads the team in points with 33 (28 goals, five assists) and in ground balls with 25. She ranks third on the squad with 19 draw controls and is tied for third with nine caused turnovers. The junior leads all NEC scorers with a 3.11 goals per game and is tied for second in the league with 3.67 points per game. She also currently ranks fifth in the NEC with a 2.78 ground balls per game average.
Kelly was the defensive anchor for the Bobcats over the weekend, as she collected eight ground balls, six caused turnovers and one draw control overall.
"Kaitlyn is 100% healthy now after an early season injury, and she is playing great," Caro said. "She was dominating on defense for us this past weekend and she played a key role in our offensive transition."
Against Sacred Heart, Kelly grabbed a team-high four ground balls and shared the team-lead with three caused turnovers. Her lock down defense held one of the Pioneers top scorers, Kaitlin Rochler, scoreless on the afternoon. The following Sunday against Denver, Kelly once again grabbed four ground balls and caused a team-high three turnovers. Matched up against the opposition's top offensive talent, Lauren Ciccomascolo, Kelly held the attacker to just two points on the afternoon.
The North Massapequa native is currently second on the team with 18 ground balls and shares the team-lead in caused turnovers with 10. She ranks fifth overall in the NEC with 1.43 caused turnovers per game.
Kelly, the reigning 2010 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, earned her season's first Defensive Player of the Week honors. She has now accumulated three Defensive Player of the Week honors in her career.
The Player of the Week selection for Caroleo was her first career.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 3 p.m. when the team travels to New York, N.Y. to face non-conference opponent Columbia.