BRIDGEPORT, Pa. – Sophomores Zoe Banks and Grace Thawley have both earned weekly honors from the CWPA, being named Defensive Player of the Week and Player of the Week, respectively. Both Banks and Thawley were instrumental in guiding the No. 17 Crimson to a 2-1 record this past weekend at the Harvard Invite, March 7-8, including a closely contested 16-15 victory over No. 25 Cal State East Bay. This marks the second weekly award for Banks in her career and the first for Thawley.
Goalie Zoe Banks started off the Harvard Invite with a six save performance against LIU through three quarters of play, helping hold the Sharks to only eight goals through the first half and holding them scoreless during the third quarter of play. Banks also added one assist and one steal to her stat total in the first match. Against No. 24 Marist, the Palo Alto, Calif. native recorded 10 saves, two assists and two steals and prevented the Red Foxes from getting on the board during the first OT period. Banks totaled four saves against No. 25 Cal State East Bay, while also recording one assist. So far this season, Banks has amassed 79 saves, eight assists and 11 steals.
Thawley totaled eight goals, two steals and six DKOs through three matches of play at the Harvard Invite, March 7-8. In the first match of the weekend against LIU, Thawley registered one steal and one DKO. The Santa Ana, Calif. native picked up the pace against No. 24 Marist, finding the back of the net twice, while also adding another steal and DKO to her total. The center ended the invite on a high note, scoring six goals against No. 25 Cal State East Bay, including the game-winning goal for the Crimson with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, while also drawing four DKOs. Over the course of the season, Thawley has registered 20 goals, four assists, nine steals and 17 DKOs.
The Crimson will open up conference play April 4-5, against No. 20 Princeton, Saint Francis (Pa.) and No. 7 Michigan in Princeton, N.J.