Joyal and McCaffrey are the first pairing in program history to be named Big South Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week in the same week.
Liberty women's lacrosse players Jenna Joyal and Brianna McCaffrey have been recognized by the Big South Conference. Joyal is the Big South Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while McCaffrey is the Big South Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
The weekly awards recognitions are the first of both players' careers. The duo is the first pairing in program history to be named Big South Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week in the same week.
Joyal helped lead Liberty to a 2-0 week with eight goals in two games against ECU and Robert Morris. Last Wednesday at East Carolina, the sophomore set a new career high with four goals on just five shots. The Connecticut native also scooped up a ground ball, won a draw control and recorded a caused turnover in the Lady Flames' 15-4 victory over the Pirates.
In Sunday's home-opening 14-9 victory against Robert Morris, Joyal matched her career high with four more goals on six shots. With Liberty trailing, 3-2, she scored consecutive goals in the first half and added another marker late in the half, which helped the Lady Flames take a 7-5 lead into intermission. Joyal's final goal with 25:08 remaining capped off a 3-0 run and put the hosts ahead, 10-5, a deficit the RMU Colonials could not overcome. The sophomore was 2-of-2 on free-position shots in the contest.
McCaffrey made her presence felt all over the field last week in the two victories which helped the Lady Flames improve to 3-1, the best start in school history. In the victory at ECU, she tallied an assist, two ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers despite being one of the primary focuses of the Pirates' defense.
In front on the home crowd on Sunday against RMU, McCaffrey once again stuffed the stat sheet with two goals (both after halftime), two assists (both in the second half), five draw controls, three caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls. McCaffrey's goals in the second half extended the Liberty lead to four (9-5 and 11-7) each time, keeping the lead out of reach for the Colonials. The Florida native's presence on defense helped force 22 RMU turnovers in the game.
The Lady Flames are set for two road contests this week, starting with a Wednesday matchup at Old Dominion (1-1) at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Liberty will travel to Richmond (2-1) for a bout with the Spiders. Game time is pegged for 1 p.m.
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