Foster is this week's Big South Offensive Player of the Week, while junior goalkeeper Widrick has been named the Defensive Player of the Week. The Lady Flames' midfielder Browne is the Big South Freshman of the Week.
For the first time in program history, Liberty women's lacrosse has swept the Big South Conference's weekly awards, as Kayla Foster, Katherine Widrick and Emily Browne have each been recognized by the league on Tuesday.
Foster, a junior attacker, is this week's Big South Offensive Player of the Week, while junior goalkeeper Widrick has been named the Defensive Player of the Week. The Lady Flames' midfielder Browne is the Big South Freshman of the Week for the first time in her career.
During the 2018 regular season, Liberty had 10 recipients of Big South weekly honors, also a program record, surpassing the previous record of six, set in 2015. Foster, Widrick and Browne's efforts helped the Lady Flames to a 2-0 week to close the regular season in earning the No. 2 seed for the upcoming 2018 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Foster is being honored as the conference's offensive player of the week for the second time in her Liberty career (Feb. 14, 2017 – first time). The junior from Sewickley, Pa., put together another strong week on the offensive end, compiling six goals, five assists, 11 points, seven draw controls and three ground balls in road victories at Radford and Campbell, last week. Last Wednesday at Radford, the attacker tallied four assists, three of which came in the second half, allowing the Lady Flames to pull away from the Highlanders and win, 19-9.
Perhaps Foster's biggest moment of the season occurred on Saturday at Campbell, where she took over the game late in lifting the Lady Flames to a 13-9 victory over the Camels. With Liberty trailing, 9-8 with 12:42 remaining, Foster and Liberty closed on a 5-0 run to emerge victorious. During that spurt, Foster scored four times. Her free-position goal at the 8:31 mark, putting Liberty ahead, 10-9, proved to be the game-winner.
Foster finished with a career-high six goals in the contest and also assisted on redshirt senior Michaela Rich's tally with 3:16 left that made it 12-9, Lady Flames. She ranks 12th in the nation in assists (37) and first on the team and 46th in the country in points (62).
Widrick has garnered Big South Defensive Player of the Week accolades now for the second time in her career (April 4, 2017 – first time). The junior from Camillus, N.Y., earned her first two starts of the season last week at Radford and Campbell and made the most of both opportunities, posting a .514 save percentage and 19 saves in two Liberty wins. Widrick made a season-high 11 saves in the 19-9 triumph over the Highlanders in 60 minutes of action.
She followed up last Wednesday's performance with a complete-game, eight-save effort at Campbell on Saturday. Widrick limited the Camels to just 2-for-9 on free-position shots. The junior is enjoying a breakout season so far, posting a 6-1 record, 7.52 goals-against-average, .548 save percentage and 91 saves in 17 contests.
Browne earns the first Big South Freshman of the Week distinction of her young career. The freshman from Naples, Fla., contributed three goals, three caused turnovers and two ground balls in last week's victories. Against Radford, she scored back-to-back goals early in the first half, staking Liberty to a 4-1 lead in the eventual 19-9 victory.
At Campbell, Browne's free-position goal evened the game at 6-6 with 1:54 to play in the first half. The midfielder also added two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the 13-9 win over the Camels. In Browne's first year with Liberty, she has nine goals, 12 caused turnovers, seven ground balls and three draw controls in 14 games.
The Lady Flames (13-4), who are having their best season in school history, will await the winner of Saturday's quarterfinal between No. 3 Winthrop and No. 6 Longwood. No. 2 seed Liberty will face the winner of that contest in the semifinals of the 2018 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship on May 4 at 7 p.m. at High Point, who is the top seed and the host site of the semifinals and May 6 title game.
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