TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011
Jen Cosgrove named the NLC’s “Player of the Week”
Jen Cosgrove earned the National Lacrosse Conference’s “Player of the Week” honors after scoring a combined seven goals and tallying nine points in victories over Detroit and Howard.

Cosgrove tied a season high with a four-goal effort against the Titans. The freshman attacker came off the bench to torch Detroit for six points and followed that effort with her third hat trick of the season in a victory over the Bison.

“Jen had two outstanding games and we’re so happy she’s been recognized for her efforts,” JU head coach Mindy McCord said. “All season long, Jen has been a key contributor both as a starter and a reserve and we’re excited her hard work has been rewarded.”

For the season, Cosgrove has 17 goals and 21 points despite playing as a reserve for 11 of 15 games. The first-year scorer helped the Dolphins overcome a key loss to the lineup. Morgan Derner, who leads JU with 35 goals and 45 points, missed both games because of illness. But Cosgrove led a JU attack that cracked the 20-goal mark for the third and fourth times this season.

Cosgrove became the third JU player to win the “Player of the Week” award this year, following goalie Karli Tobin and Derner. In the season’s opening week, Cosgrove also earned WomensLax.com "Rookie of the Week" honors after scoring four goals to lift JU to a season-opening 18-10 victory over Cincinnati.

The Dolphins beat the two conference foes by a combined score of 44-9, improving to 11-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play. In just its second year of the program, JU clinched the league’s regular season championship and the top-seed in the eight-team NLC.

JU will look to finish the regular season undefeated against the NLC with a road win over Presbyterian on Saturday. High Point (10-3, 4-1) is in second place with one loss, though the Dolphins hold the head-to-head advantage after beating the Panthers on March 25. The Dolphins also have a better overall record. - By Brian Bohl