PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers women’s lacrosse senior Kristin Checksfield (Collingswood, NJ) was named the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday, April 28, announced the league office.
Checksfield, RU’s all-time leader in caused turnovers (109), led the Scarlet Knights with five caused turnovers in the 14-4 win against Villanova (4/23) and three in the 9-5 win against Virginia Tech (4/21). She also added three ground balls and two draw controls in both of RU’s victories last week. The league’s 2002 defensive player of the year, she holds the Rutgers’ career and single-game (seven, vs. Hofstra 3/15) records and ranks second (41, 2002) and fourth (34, 2003) on the single-season chart.
She leads the team in caused turnovers with 34 this year and is second in the BIG EAST. Checksfield also leads the team in draw controls (20) and ground balls (35) and has collected six goals and four assists for 10 points in 2003.
Checksfield, who was last week’s defensive player of the week (April 21), shares the honor with Georgetown’s Lauryn Bernier. The Scarlet Knights tri-captain, Checksfield is the fourth RU player to win the award this season and the team’s sixth conference honor. Her award marks the third consecutive week that a Rutgers women’s lacrosse player has received a conference nod, since senior Melissa Mosey (Skaneateles, NY) and sophomore Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) won the offensive and defensive awards on April 14. Junior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY) was the first RU laxer to win defensive player-of-the-week honors March 10, 2003.
Rutgers, ranked 20th in the Brine/ IWLCA Coaches Poll (April 21), concluded its regular season with a 13-6 loss to conference-rival No. 18 Notre Dame on Sunday, April 27. The Knights finished 2003 with a 12-4 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play.