DENVER – Three players of the Denver Pioneers women’s lacrosse team picked up Big East weekly honors on Monday as senior Ellie Curry was named Midfielder of the Week, senior Sam Thacker was recognized as Defender of the Week and attacker Ryan Dineen was chosen as Freshman of the Week.
The trio helped No. 3 Denver to a 2-0 week, as the Pioneers defeated the Butler Bulldogs 19-4 on Wednesday and the No. 25 Connecticut Huskies 14-9 on Saturday to improve to 13-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.
Curry totaled five points (3g/2a) in the two games while adding six ground balls and causing three turnovers. The senior had a goal, two assists and four ground balls against Butler before registering two points (1g/1a) versus UConn.
The Lutherville, Maryland, native leads the squad in assists this season with 11 and is second on the team in goals (20) and points (31-tied). She also ranks tied for fourth in ground balls (20). This is Curry’s fourth Midfielder of the Week award of the season as she was also recognized on Feb. 27, March 6 and March 20.
Thacker picks up her first Defender of the Week award of the season and the fifth of her career after combining for three ground balls, eight draw controls and six caused turnovers versus the Bulldogs and Huskies. She recorded three ground balls, two draw controls and five caused turnovers against Butler before posting a season-high six draw controls on Saturday at Connecticut.
Also from Lutherville, Maryland, the senior leads the Pioneers with 30 caused turnovers, is second with 30 ground balls and is fourth with 20 draw controls. Thacker is one of four players in the nation with at least 30 caused turnovers, 30 ground balls and 20 draw controls.
Dineen earned her second Freshman of the Week honor after a massive performance of dishing the ball, as she had an 11-point week with five goals and six assists. Dineen had a career-high eight points (2g/6a) against Butler, marking the first eight-point game of the season for the Pioneers and her six assists tying for the eighth-most in a single outing in school history. The rookie recorded her third hat trick of the season on Saturday.
The Huntingtown, Maryland, native ranks third on DU in scoring with 25 points and is tied for fourth in goals (16) and is third in assists (nine). Dineen also owns a .488 shooting percentage, .793 shots on goal percentage and is 10-for-14 on free-position attempts.
UP NEXT: Denver has another two-game week ahead as the Pioneers host the Stanford Cardinal under the lights at Peter Barton Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. MT before traveling to play Xavier on Sunday at 9 a.m. MT in the first-ever meeting between the squads.
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