A Wildcat on each side of the ball was recognized by the Big Ten Tuesday with weekly honors after a 1-1 week for the Northwestern women's lacrosse team.
The conference recognized senior Kaleigh Craig for her big week, which culminated with a career-high six goals in Sunday's dominant victory over Rutgers. The senior won the Co-Offensive Player of the Week award. She also added 3 goals in Friday's loss to the undefeated USC Trojans.
Lauren Murray, a senior defender, was also recognized as Defensive Player of the Week, for anchoring Northwestern's defense against USC and Rutgers, securing 5 ground balls and forcing 3 turnovers. Murray also scored her first two goals of the season Sunday against Rutgers.
Craig, from Wantagh, New York, leads the team with 36 goals in all games, to go along with 8 assists, which ranks third on the team. Her goals-per-game average of 3.16 puts her seventh in the Big Ten.
With many defenses face-guarding sophomore standout Selena Lasota, Craig has had to serve as the focal point of the offense in many games, often initiating things from the top of the key. Craig, who stands 5-foot-11, is often able to shoot over defenses with her tall frame. Her speed also serves her well on the offensive end.
Craig, despite being an attacker, won last week's Defensive Player of the Week award.
Senior Taylor Cummings, a midfielder for the No. 1 and undefeated Maryland Terrapins, also was recognized as Co-Offensive Player of the Week.