Women’s Lacrosse Duo Named PL Players of the Week
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Navy women’s lacrosse’s Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) were named Patriot League Attacker and Defender of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference office.
It is the sixth time in Collins’ career that she has earned a PL weekly accolade, and the second time this season to earn Attacker of the Week. The defensive distinction is Valenti’s first of her career and marks the third time she has earned a Patriot League weekly honor.
Collins and Valenti helped Navy to a pair of wins on the week, including a victory over No. 11 Virginia (W, 16-13) and a win over rival Army West Point (W, 20-7) to earn the first Star in women’s lacrosse history.
Collins finished the week with a team-high 11 points, scoring four goals and adding a team-best seven assists. In addition, she pulled down six draw controls and picked up four ground balls, while also causing a turnover. The senior captain opened the week against nationally-ranked Virginia, leading the team with seven points, scoring three goals while chipping in a team-high four assists. Trailing 10-9, Navy outscored Virginia 7-3 over the final 26 minutes, including four points (two goals and two assists) from Collins in that stretch, counting what proved to be the game-winning goal against the Cavaliers. Against Army, the Clarksville, Md. native scored four points on a goal and a team-best three assists. She pulled down five draws and added two ground balls. Collins’ hat trick against No. 11 Virginia was her eighth of the season and the 21st of her career.
Valenti, who picked up her first PL weekly accolade since being named Rookie of the Week twice as a plebe, finished the week with a team-best five caused turnovers and was second on the team with eight ground balls. She helped keep No. 11 Virginia to its fourth lowest goal total of the season, matching up 1v1 against some of the Cavaliers' best offensive goal scorers. The Bechtelsville, Pa. native caused two turnovers against UVA, while also picking up three ground balls. In the Star game against Army, the junior led the team with five ground balls and caused a team-high three turnovers. Valenti and the Navy defense limited the Black Knights to just seven goals on the day, including just two in the second half. She anchored the defensive unit that surrendered just one goal to Army in the final 27 minutes of play.
Navy returns to action on Wednesday, April 18, as the Midshipmen travel to Washington, D.C. for a midweek Patriot League game against American. Opening draw between the Mids and Eagles is slated for 4:00 p.m. and live stats and video will be available.