MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse defender Meghan Vadala has been named as the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the week, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.
Vadala was a crucial component of a defense that allowed just 10 goals in two games last week, including an 18-5 thrashing of No. 5 Rollins and a 15-5 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne. Vadala recorded six ground balls, won six draw controls, and caused five turnovers on the week.
She had five ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls in the win over Rollins, helping hold the Tars to just five goals - nine less than their season average entering the game.
Against Lenoir-Rhyne, Vadala had three draw controls, a ground ball and one caused turnover as the Moccasins extended their winning streak to 13 games, the second-best mark in program history.
Vadala's award is her first of the season, and the second of her career. She joins teammate Kendall Kerge (Offensive Player of the Week) as this week's SSC Women's Lacrosse award winners, marking the third time this year and 10th time overall that Florida Southern has swept the weekly awards.
The No. 4 Moccasins cap off their regular season on Saturday when they travel to No. 7 Limestone in a crucial NCAA South Region matchup. Florida Southern is the No.1 seed and the host for the 2017 SSC Women's Lacrosse Championship, which takes place on April 28 (semifinals) and April 30 (championship) in Lakeland.