MONDAY, APRIL 04, 2011
Derner named NLC’s “Player of the Week”
Morgan Derner became just the second 30-goal scorer in JU women’s lacrosse history on Friday against a league rival. The freshman attacker added another honor to her collection, earning the National Lacrosse Conference’s “Player of the Week” award after back-to-back five-point efforts against Liberty and Longwood, respectively.

Derner registered 10 total points in leading the Dolphins (9-4, 4-0) to wins over the Flames and Lancers. In both games, Derner recorded hat tricks and added two assists, giving her a team-leading 35 goals and 45 points through her first 13 collegiate games.

“Morgan’s been a key contributor all season long and we’re excited as a team that her hard work has been recognized,” JU head coach Mindy McCord said. “She’s been a leader on and off the field and we expect her to continue to thrive in her freshman season.”

Against Longwood on Sunday, Derner fired nine shots, added two draw controls and collected a ground ball to lift the Dolphins to an 18-10 win and into sole possession of first place in the NLC. Derner is the second JU player to win “Player of the Week” honors. Sophomore goalie Karli Tobin also earned the award on March 8.

Derner already has 10 multi-point games this season and joined Cassie Campasano as the only players in team history to crack the 30-goal mark.

The Dolphins will look to stay unbeaten in NLC play when it travels to Detroit to face the Titans on Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

- By Brian Bohl