Kelly, McPherson Receive GNAC Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Honors

Kelly, McPherson Receive GNAC Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Honors

WINTHROP, Mass. – The Regis College women's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to 12 matches last week thanks in part to two outstanding performances, as senior Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and sophomore Brittany McPherson (Lynn, Mass.) received GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week honors, as announced Monday by the league office.

Kelly had 11 goals and three assists for 14 points to go with 17 ground balls, 10 draw controls and seven caused turnovers in a 3-0 week for the Pride. Tuesday against Thomas, she finished with four goals, one assist, seven ground balls, four draw controls, and five caused turnovers as she contributed on both ends of the field. Her first two goals came in the first 6:06 of the match, and then she added two more tallies in the second half.

The next day, she picked up two goals, two assists, and five ground balls against Albertus Magnus. On Saturday, she tied her season high with five goals to go along with five ground balls, six draw controls, and two caused turnovers against Colby-Sawyer. She has moved into a tie for sixth in the GNAC with 39 goals and has notched nine hat tricks (three or more goals) this season, seven of those coming in conference matches. 

McPherson, named Goalie of the Week for the third time within the last four weeks, stopped 25 of the 40 shots she faced (.625), allowing just 15 goals in a 3-0 week. After allowing just four goals against Thomas Tuesday, she came back the next day and made eight saves while allowing just three goals against Albertus Magnus for a .727 save percentage, her second-highest percentage of the season.

Saturday, she made a career-high 15 saves, including 11 saves in the second half to prevent Colby-Sawyer from starting a rally, as she posted a .652 save percentage. For the season, McPherson has moved up to fifth in Division III in save percentage at .560, plus she is seventh in the country in goals against average at 6.75.

Regis (12-1, 9-0 GNAC) looks to remain at the top of the conference standings when it travels to play Rivier Wednesday, April 17, for a 7 p.m. start. The Pride will close out the regular season with a home game against Johnson & Wales the following Wednesday, April 24, beginning at 6 p.m.