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ALC Announces Players of the Week

Three student-athletes have been recognized for their performances for the week ending April 12 by the American Lacrosse Conference, including a pair of teammates from Ohio State. Seniors Rachel Hawes (Offensive) and Kristen Gilwee (Defensive) both earned the nod from the conference, while Northwestern’s Shannon Smith was named the ALC Rookie of the Week.

Senior goalkeeper Gilwee, the ALC Defensive Player of the Week, made 12 saves, including one in the final minute as the Buckeyes clung to a 14-13 lead, as Ohio State upset conference rival Vanderbilt in Columbus. The Hunt Valley, Md. native has a .500 save percentage on the season and has helped Ohio State move to a season-high No. 13 in the IWLCA/Under Armour weekly poll.  This is her second such honor in 2009.

Hawes, a senior, notched a career-high five goals in the upset of Vanderbilt, including three in a 5-1 run after Vanderbilt had tied the score at 9-9 midway through the second half. The Eldersburg, Md. native finished the game with five goals, two caused turnovers, two ground balls, and a draw control. This award is Hawes’ first conference player of the week honor this season. She was also named national player of the week by WomensLax.com and was selected for the womenslacrosse.com national honor roll.

Smith’s goal of the game against ALC-rival Penn State tied the game after the visitors had taken a three-goal lead; the rookie added two ground balls and had two draw controls as Northwestern went on to a 17-6 victory over the Nittany Lions.  Smith, from West Babylon, N.Y., was previously named the ALC Rookie of the Week on March 30.