PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) was named the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Bopp, a midfielder, was instrumental in Rutgers’ 7-6 upset victory against sixth-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday, scoring a pair of goals in the game’s final 69 seconds to lead the Scarlet Knights to victory.
She scored a free-position goal with 1:09 remaining in the contest to tie the score at 6-6. Bopp then took a pass from Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) and set up in front of the goalmouth, putting it past one of the BIG EAST’s top goalies in Irish netminder Carol Dixon for the game-winner with 20 seconds remaining, sending the ND spiraling to its fourth-consecutive loss.
The goal marked Bopp’s second game-winning tally in the past three games. She scored the eventual game-deciding score in Rutgers’ 10-3 victory at Boston College on April 16. She currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 27 points on 26 goals and one assist. Bopp has scored multiple goals in each of her past four games.
Monday’s honor was Bopp’s second career league accolade. She was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 10 of last season following a standout defensive performance against No. 6 Cornell.
She is the second Scarlet Knight to receive BIG EAST weekly honors this season, joining goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL), who was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 8.
Her late-game heroics gave second-year head coach Laura Brand her second victory over a nationally ranked team in as many seasons. Rutgers knocked off No. 14 Yale, 15-12, at home on April 9 of last season.
Rutgers will host Old Dominion on Tuesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at Yurcak Field in its regular-season finale. The program will honor its three seniors – Bopp, Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ) and Cali Wojdyla (Liverpool, NY) – in a ceremony prior to the game.