GAINESVILLE, Fla. â€“ Floridaâ€™s Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) has been named the American Lacrosse Conferenceâ€™s Defensive Player of the Week for games played from April 4-April 10. This is Meagherâ€™s first Defensive Player of the Week honor, the first ALC Weekly honor of her career and Floridaâ€™s sixth ALC Weekly honor of the season. This is the first time in program history that the Gators have had an ALC Weekly honor for five straight weeks.
Meagher had her best game in a Gator uniform against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, saving a career-high 13 shots, good for second in program history. The second half was where the goalkeeper shined, saving 10 shots in the second stanza, a program best for saves in a single half.
Every time Johns Hopkins would start to find their rhythm, Meagher came up big. If a Florida defender missed her mark, Meagher was there to make up for it and get the save. Her play was critical in the win.
The American Lacrosse Conference also recognized two student-athletes for their play last week as three different institutions earned honors for the fifth consecutive week. Both Ohio Stateâ€™s Brittney Zerhusen
(Offensive) and Northwesternâ€™s Alyssa Leonard (Rookie) earned their second honors of the season.
The No. 6 Gators return to action this Thursday for the home finale against No. 2 Northwestern. Opening draw is set for 6:30 p.m. and the winner will receive the No. 1 seed in the ALC Tournament, as both teams are undefeated in conference play.
American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week Honors in Florida History
Week 2: Brittany Dashiell, Co-Rookie of the Week Week 3: Ashley Bruns, Rookie of the Week Week 5: Ashley Bruns, Rookie of the Week Week 7: Sam Farrell, Defensive Player of the Week; Ashley Bruns, Rookie of the Week
Week 1: Kitty Cullen, Offensive Player of the Week Week 4: Sam Farrell, Defensive Player of the Week Week 5: Ashley Bruns, Offensive Player of the Week (also National Player of the Week by WomensLax.com, National Offensive Player of the Week by WomensLacrosse.com) Week 6: Kitty Cullen, Offensive Player of the Week Week 7: Kitty Cullen, Offensive Player of the Week (also National Offensive Player of the Week by WomensLacrosse.com) Week 8: Mikey Meagher, Defensive Player of the Week