Lexington, Ky. - Sophomore midfielder Courtney Pontious was named the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week and junior defender Harper Zeitz was selected as the HCLC Defensive Player of the Week in the conference's Monday releases of the player of the week awards.
Pontious, a sophomore from Caledonia, Michigan (Caledonia HS), tallied eight goals and nine points total as the Pioneers went 2-0 against HCLC competition, winning by a combined score of 45-4. Pontious matched her season-high of six goals in Wednesday’s 21-4 victory against Hanover on the road, also hauling in 5 draw controls.
In Saturday’s 24-0 shutout of Franklin, Pontious scored two goals and accumulated three points while claiming four ground balls in the process. For the week, Pontious amassed nine ground balls as the Pioneers moved to 3-0 in the HCLC.
Zeitz, a junior from Louisville, Kentucky (Eastern HS), led the Pioneers to their second shutout of the season this past week as they went 2-0 in HCLC play.
Zeitz hauled in four ground balls for the week, collected a team-high 20 draw controls, and caused five turnovers over the two games. Her defensive contributions were especially impactful in Saturday’s 24-0 shutout of Franklin College. Thanks to Zeitz’s defensive activity, Transylvania’s goalkeeper did not face a shot on Saturday as the Pioneers hounded Franklin into a 1-for-16 clearance percentage and 20 turnovers.
The player of the week award is the first of Pontious’s career and the third for Zeitz this season.
The Pioneers will be back in action on Saturday, April 20 as they travel to Crestview Hills, Kentucky for an HCLC matchup with the Thomas More University Saints. The game is set for a 12:00 p.m. start at BB&T Field.
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