HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates first-year Kathy Yannopoulos has been named NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week, announced Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) provided one of several starring performances for the Bobcats in their dominating 15-5 win over Wesleyan on Saturday. The rookie attacker not only led Bates with five points, on two goals and three assists, but also in ground balls (6). She also controlled four draws and caused one turnover to help the Bobcats pick up their first conference win in the talent-rich NESCAC.
In the talent-rich NESCAC, which currently boasts nine of the top 20 ranked teams in Division III, this award can be difficult to come by. It's only the third time Bates has ever boasted the NESCAC Player of the Week in women's lacrosse, in the award's 12-year existence, following Jenn Brallier '13 on March 28, 2011 and Rachel Greenwood '09 on March 12, 2007.
Yannopoulos currently ranks second on the team in points, with eight (four goals, four assists), trailing only senior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.), who is the conference leader in goals per game (4.25) and points per game (5.00). Yannopoulos also boasts a team-high 12 ground balls and is tied with senior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) and sophomore Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) for the team lead in draw controls with 10.