April 21, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- For the third time this season, Navy freshman midfielder Meg Decker has been named the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for her role in two Navy victories last week. Decker previously won the award on March 17 and April 7. It is the fourth time a Navy player has been named Rookie of the Week and the third straight week after Katrina Nietsch earned the accolade last week. All told, Navy players have won nine weekly awards handed out by the Patriot League this year.
Decker, a midfielder from Catonsville, Md., scored 11 points in wins over Robert Morris (17-14) and Lafayette (21-13) last week. She tied a career high with six goals in a mid-week victory over the Colonials. Four of her goals came in the second half, including a pair after Robert Morris had taken a 12-10 lead with 15 minutes to play. She added four draw controls and one ground balls in the victory. The win helped Navy stay undefeated at home with an 11-0 record.
Decker then scored five points in Navy's 21-13 win over Lafayette on Saturday, which sewed up Navy's first road win of the season. She tallied four goals and one assist, all in the second half, to help the Mids overcome a Lafayette surge early in the second half. After the Leopards closed to within 11-10 early in the stanza, Decker scored three goals in an eight-minute span to help push the Midshipmen cushion back to four at 16-12. She added seven draw controls and one ground ball in a fine all-around effort.
Decker enters this week's action ranked second on the team with 67 points, 54 goals and 52 draw controls. She is fourth on the squad with 13 assists. On the Patriot League leaderboard, she is third in goals, fifth in points and third in draw controls. She is third nationally among the nation's freshmen in scoring, and entering the weekend, she teamed with sophomore Erin Rawlick to reach 50 goals each, one of two duos nationally to accomplish that feat. Decker has had 12 straight games in which she has scored at least three goals.
The Mids, 12-3 overall, will head to Villanova on Tuesday night to wrap up their regular-season slate, then will travel to Washington, D.C., to take on top-seeded American in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals on Friday, beginning at 1:00 pm. The winner of the Navy-American will take on the winner of the Colgate-Lehigh contest in the finals to be played on Sunday at 1:00 pm. The winner of the finals will host an NCAA Tournament Play-In Game on either May 3 or May 4.
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