Torcivia & Fitzpatrick earn Patriot League weekly awards
Posted: 02/20/2012 | Last updated: February 20, 2012 at 02:24 PM
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Two Lehigh women’s lacrosse players have earned Patriot League accolades for their contributions to the Mountain Hawks’ season opening win over Marist this weekend. Senior Leigh Ann Torcivia was named the Patriot League Midfielder the Week, while sophomore goalkeeper Alexandra Fitzpatrick garnered the Defensive Player of the Week award, as announced by the league office Monday.
Torcivia, a Rumson, N.J. native, scored two goals and added three assists in Saturday’s 8-5 win, nearly doubling her career total of six points (four goals, two assists), to lead Lehigh. The Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year displayed an offensive prowess in her first game at midfield after moving from the defensive line. She added a game-high four draw controls, along with a groundball and caused turnover, to round out a strong performance on both sides of the ball. Torcivia has previously been named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week three times in her career.
This marks the third time a Lehigh player has won the newly-former Midfield Player of the Week award after Lauren Dykstra earned the honor twice last season.
Fitzpatrick recorded 11 saves on 16 shots, including stopping all six she faced in the first half. The reigning First Team All-Patriot League goalkeeper held the Red Foxes scoreless for the first 35:10 of the contest. Fitzpatrick and the defense then rallied to stop a second-half comeback, limiting Marist to just five goals on the day. The 11 saves mark the Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native’s sixth-career double-digit save performance. Fitzpatrick added a caused turnover and three groundballs to earn her first-career Defensive Player of the Week award after garnering Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks last season.
Torcivia, Fitzpatrick and the rest of the Mountain Hawks will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Delaware to face the Blue Hens. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m.