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Monday March 26, 2012Reeg, Barry Pick Up ALC Player of the Week Honors

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Junior defender Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) and freshman midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) earned two of this week’s conference honors, as Reeg was named ALC Defensive Player of the Week and Barry earned ALC Rookie of the Week. The Gators have now earned five weekly honors in 2012.

This week marks the first time in Reeg’s career that she has received a conference weekly honor, although she was named to the National Weekly Honor Roll on Mar. 28, 2011. Barry garnered the first weekly honor for the Gators this season, also being named Rookie of the Week on Feb. 20.

Reeg played two solid games this week, holding her marks to just one assist and no goals, while earning five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Reeg covered No. 10 Dartmouth’s second-leading scorer Kirsten Goldberg on Tuesday night, holding her to just two shots on goal and no points, adding a ground ball and a draw control. She then marked the nation’s second-leading scorer Alayna Markwordt at No. 15 Ohio State on Saturday, keeping her to just one assist and no shots on goal, while tallying four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Barry scored five goals, an assist, five ground balls and six draw controls against two nationally-ranked teams this week. Barry opened the week with a goal and an assist against No. 10 Dartmouth, leading the team with five draw controls and tying her personal best with four ground balls. The freshman then scored a team-high four goals at No. 15 Ohio State, adding a ground ball and a draw control, to help lead the Gators to their first conference victory of the season.

Northwestern’s Erin Fitzgerald earned the third weekly honor, ALC Offensive Player of the Week. Fitzgerald, a junior, posted back-to-back four-goal games for Northwestern this weekend, beginning with NU’s 13-6 win over No. 11 Vanderbilt in the ’Cats’ 2012 ALC opener. The Commodores cut what was a five-goal NU lead to one, 6-5, with 23 minutes to play, but Fitzgerald restored momentum for the Wildcats with back-to-back free position goals, the start of a 5-0 Northwestern run that put the game away. She was equally as clutch in the first half against Navy on Sunday, either scoring or assisting on five straight NU goals that took the game from a 2-2 tie to a 7-4 Wildcats advantage. Her five points against the Mids matched her career high.

The Gators return to action Wednesday night, when they host Fresno State in their final non-conference game of the season. Opening draw is set for 6:30 p.m.



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