April 6, 2009

Hauser and Wagner Win NEC Women's Lax Awards

April 6, 2009

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 6, 2009) - Sacred Heart juniors Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) and Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) took home a pair of Northeast Conference women's lacrosse weekly awards announced Monday afternoon. Hauser was named the Co-Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Quinnipiac's Katie Latonick, while Wagner earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Hauser makes it back-to-back NEC Player of the Week awards following two more outstanding offensive performances in wins over Robert Morris (15-4) and Saint Francis (PA) (16-3) last week. She scored 15 points in the two games on nine goals and six assists to eclipse the 50-point mark for the year. In Friday's win over the Colonials, Hauser finished with six goals, four assists and 10 points, all career-high marks for the junior from East Northport, NY. On Sunday, Hauser finished the day with three goals, two assists and four draw wins as Sacred Heart moved into sole possession of first place with a 4-0 league record with its win over the Red Flash. Hauser now has 27 goals and a team-best 24 assists on the year. She is currently second in the NEC with 4.25 ppg, and also ranks third in assists (2.0), fourth in draw controls (2.92) and seventh in goals (2.25).

Wagner claims NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season and third time in her career after she anchored a Sacred Heart defensive unit that allowed just seven goals in a 15-4 win over Robert Morris and 16-3 victory over Saint Francis (PA). Wagner rang up 19 saves on the week and posted a .731 save percentage for the first place Pioneers. In Friday's win versus RMU, she had 13 saves and helped keep the league's second highest scoring team without a goal for the final 41:08 of play. She kept the Red Flash off the scoreboard on Sunday for the game's first 36:15 while allowing a season-low three goals. Wagner, who hails from Aurora, CO, owns the NEC's top GAA (9.34) and save percentage (.549). She ranks sixth nationally in both categories.

The Pioneers will hit the road this week for a pair of key NEC tilts, taking on the Mount on Thursday afternoon and Monmouth on Saturday.