PHILDELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania women's lacrosse team relied heavily on goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson last week in a pair of games, and her efforts were recognized by the Ivy League with its Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Ferguson made 23 saves over the course of two games, and boasted a .575 save percentage for the week as No. 14 Penn went 1-1 in a loss at No. 1 Maryland and a win over Dartmouth.
Ferguson made a career high 15 saves against the Terrapins in College Park, limiting the defending national champions to 12 goals -- the second-fewest Maryland has scored all season.
On Saturday, she made eight saves as the Quakers improved to 2-0 in the Ivy League with a 10-5 win over Dartmouth. Ferguson made seven of her eight saves in the second half -- including three on Big Green free positions.
Through eight games this season, Ferguson leads the Ivy League in both goals-against average (7.24) and save percentage (.513). Her save percentage is No. 6 nationally, while her goals-against average ranks No. 11 among all goalkeepers.
Ferguson is the sixth weekly award winner for the Quakers this season, and the third player to earn Defensive Player of the Week. Her selection marks the second consecutive Defensive Player of the Week award winner for the Red and Blue.
Penn Weekly Award Winners for2015
February 23 --Megan Kelly, Defensive Player of the Week
March 2 --Nina Corcoran, Offensive Player of the Week
March 9 --Tory Bensen, Offensive Player of the Week
March 16 --Tory Bensen, Co-Offensive Player of the Week
March 16 --Meg Markham, Defensive Player of the Week
March 23 -- Lucy Ferguson, Defensive Player of the Week