ATLANTA - The SAA announced the women's lacrosse Players of the Week for matches played through February 12 and Maggie Rippeto of Rhodes captured Offensive Player of the Week while Oglethorpe's Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore won Defensive Player of the Week.
SAA Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week - Maggie Rippeto of Rhodes
Junior Maggie Rippeto (pictured at right) of Rhodes had an unbelievable opening weekend, scoring 17 points in two games with nine goals and eight assists to lead the Rhodes College Lynx to a 2-0 weekend. Rippeto opened her season with a 5 goal, 4 assist game on the road against Piedmont as Rhodes pulled away for a 20-12 victory. She followed that up with a 4 goal, 4 assist game in a blowout of Huntingdon on the road. In two games, the Lynx offense scored 45 goals. Rippeto currently leads the conference in goals, assists, and points.
SAA Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week - Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore of Oglethorpe
Freshman defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore had an excellent debut for Oglethorpe in the team's 22-3 win over Truett McConnell on Saturday. She caused 4 turnovers on the afternoon while scooping 4 ground balls. She also scored on her only shot of the contest. She's tied for first in the league with her teammate Michelle Shramek in caused turnovers after one game.
Other notable performances from around the league:
Kelsey McAnnally scored four goals as she led the Berry College women's lacrosse team to a 1-1 start to the season. In the Vikings' season opening loss to Greensboro College, McAnnally scored twice, adding six shots, four of which were on goal in the contest. Her last goal of the game came with just over a minute left to play in the second half, cutting Greensboro's lead to 8-6. McAnnally then scored another two goals in Berry's 8-7 win over Guilford on Sunday. She added a team-high two goals, as well as a game-high two assists, in the contest, ensuring the Vikings' win. McAnnally also fired off eight shots in the outing, five of which were on goal. She is also tied for second in the conference in shots, with 14. Behind McAnnally the Vikings improved to 1-1 overall, averaging seven goals per game this season, as well as 19 shots per game.
Natalie Daniel of BSC scored a game-high five goals on six shots in the Panthers 13-6 win over Point University. She also picked up 4 ground balls.
Oglethorpe freshman attacker Elena Gierok had an outstanding debut for the Stormy Petrels in Saturday's 22-3 season-opening victory over Truett McConnell. She scored 5 goals and added an assist for 6 points on the afternoon. She scored her 5 goals on 8 total shots, putting 7 of them on goal. After one game, she's tied for third in the SAA in goals and tied for fifth in shots.
Playing every minute of every game in goal for the Vikings, Ella Makin led the Berry College women's lacrosse team to a 1-1 start to their season this week. In the Vikings' 8-6 loss against Greensboro to open up their season, Makin added nine saves on 17 shots in her 60:00 minutes of work. Makin then added an additional seven saves on 14 shots in Berry's 8-7 win over Guilford on Sunday. She currently ranks second in the conference in saves (16) and save percentage (51.6), as well as fourth in both goals against (15) and goals against average (7.50). Behind Makin, the Vikings are now 1-1 as they enter conference play this weekend.
Alyssa Gentzyel of BSC helped anchor a defense that allowed just six goals. She caused two turnovers, picked up four ground balls, and had seven draw controls.
Senior defenseman Emily Teague of Rhodes finished with four ground balls and two caused turnovers over the weekend as she was a major part to the Rhodes Lynx starting the season 2-0 while out scoring their opponents 45-16.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report