SOMERSET, N.J. – Sacred Heart women's lacrosse took home a pair of Northeast Conference weekly awards on Monday as junior Elizabeth Small was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week while freshman goalkeeper Shana Hecht won the NEC Rookie of the Week award, as announced by the conference office on Twitter.
Small earns her first career NEC Defensive Player of the Week award following an incredible showing across last week, including a career game in Saturday's win over UMass Lowell. Small's stellar performance came on Saturday as she matched a program record with seven caused turnovers while setting a new career-high with five ground balls and matching a season-high with three draw controls in SHU's 11-8 home win over the Riverhawks on Saturday. The junior defender added three caused turnovers, three draw controls and two ground balls against Iona on Wednesday. She leads the team in both caused turnovers (15) and draw controls (11) while ranking seventh in the nation (tops in the NEC) in caused turnovers per game (2.50). She becomes the first Pioneer to win Defensive Player of the Week honors since the 2017 season.
Hecht grabbed her second NEC Rookie of the Week award this season, recording consecutive 10-save games for the Pioneers last week. The freshman keeper stopped 10 shots in an overtime loss to Iona on Wednesday then followed that up with another 10-save game in the win over UMass Lowell. She finished the week with a .556 save percentage and is riding a three-game streak with a save percentage of at least .500.
SHU's dynamic defense duo will be back in action on Wednesday in a matchup at crosstown foe Fairfield at 3 PM.