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WLAX Week 1 Report — Feb. 18

Feb 18, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

The first edition of the 2014 CAA women’s lacrosse weekly report is highlighted by the league’s award winners — James Madison’s Ali Curwin and a pair of Drexel Dragons, Amanda Norcini and Eva Winiarski.

There was plenty of offense overall during the first official weekend of play with multiple players scoring four or more goals for their respective squads…every CAA women’s lacrosse team — except Towson — opened the 2014 season this past weekend. Towson kicks off the season on Wednesday versus crosstown foe UMBC. James Madison and Drexel earned victories versus Virginia Tech and George Washington, respectively. Drexel downed GW, 12-7 to win its season opener for the seventh straight season, while the Dukes beat V-Tech, 14-11 to win their sixth straight opener.

POTW: Ali Curwin, JMU – Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland, Jr., Midfielder

 Curwin came out firing in the Dukes’ season opener versus Virginia Tech, registering four goals and two assists in a solid, 14-11 victory. The junior, who earned preseason All-CAA honors, helped ignite a critical 6-1 JMU run after her second goal of the game knotted the contest at 3-3. The run allowed the Dukes to hold on for the win, while Curwin tied a game-high with six points overall.

DPOTW: Amanda Norcini, Drexel – Wayne, Pa./Conestoga, Sr., Midfielder

Norcini might play the midfield position, but the senior showcased her defensive abilities over the weekend to help Drexel down George Washington, 12-7. She forced a team-high three turnovers and impressively picked up eight ground balls — one shy of a program record. On top of that, the Pennsylvania native added a career-high four goals and the Dragons won their opener for the seventh straight season.

ROTW: Eva Winiarski • Drexel Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West, R-Fr., Midfielder

Winiarski only took one shot in her first career college game, but the freshman made it count, as it found the back of the net to give the Dragons a 3-2 lead over George Washington. Drexel went on to win, 12-7, but Winiarski’s tally put the team ahead for good. Winiarski finished with five draw controls as well and helped her first-year head coach, Hannah Rudloff, earn her first career coaching victory.

CAA WLAX Tweet of the Week went to #Drexel from @DrexelDragons – “Congratulations to @hannahrud on her first head coaching victory today in @DrexelWLax’s season opener!”

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