PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 25, 2014) – Rutgers women’s lacrosse (2-0) redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.) was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced today.
Currell earned her first career start and victory in RU’s 6-5 win against Fairfield on Saturday, Feb. 22 and played her first-career minutes in the Scarlet Knights’ 6-3 season-opening victory over Manhattan (Feb. 18). The netminder recorded 10 stops and two ground balls, while allowing just five goals in the win over the Stags. Her 10 saves were the most for a Scarlet Knight since Lily Kalata denied 10 attempts last year against Notre Dame on March 22.
Additionally, the rookie notched a team-high five saves in her first career appearance against Manhattan and surrendered a single goal. Currell entered the contest against the Jaspers at the half and saw 30 minutes of action.
Currently, Currell leads the NCAA in save percentage with a .714 mark. She leads the BIG EAST in save percentage, saves (15) and saves per game (7.50), while tying for second in the league in goals against average (4.00). Her 15 saves on the season are a team-best.
The award marks the first league honor that RU has received since Kalata was named Defensive Player of the Week on March 11, 2013.
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