PHILADELPHIA - Senior women's lacrosse midfielder Melissa Lehmanwas named the Ivy League's Offensive Player ofthe Week in the 2008 season's first week of awards.Sophomore Ali DeLuca was named the Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week for her play, including key draw controls late in the game. Head Coach Karin Brower was honored by US Lacrosse for leading her team to victory.
Lehman netted the game-winner against then-No. 6 North Carolina andcompleted ahat trick for the game.She and the Penn offense perfectly executed Brower’s late-game strategy to wait out the clock and have the last shot. The plan worked when she netted her fifth goal of the season. Lehman added two goals in Penn's season-opening win over Drexel. She currently leads the team’s goal production, putting six of nine shots on goal while scoring on five of them.
DeLuca had a goal and an assist for Penn at UNC, but it was a pair of draws that helped seal the deal. After feeding Becca Edwards to tie the game, DeLuca won the draw, helping lead to the winning score by Lehman. DeLuca again took and won the ensuing draw, allowing her team to run out the clock.
Brower was the consensus 2007 Coach of the Year and received one weekly honor from US Lacrosse last season. Lehmanreceivedhonors from the Ivy League last season as an honorable mention All-Ivynod and one weekly honor roll selection. This week's honor is her first player of the week nod.
The Quakers travel to the West Coast this weekend to take on Stanford Sunday (March 9) and first-time opponent Cal-Berkeley Tuesday (March11).