CENTER VALLEY, Pa. –
Junior Jenn DeLongis
of the Lafayette field hockey team was awarded the first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award of her career, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
DeLongis has had a breakout year in the midfield for the Maroon and White in her junior season, adding her first career goal this week to six assists on the season, tops on the team in that category. She's appeared in all 15 games for the Leopards, starting in five this fall.
This past week, she played a part in both of Lafayette's goals in a 2-1 victory over a Penn team ranked 20th
at the time in the NCAA RPI rankings. She assisted on the opening goal for the Maroon and White and deflected a long shot into the back of the cage midway through the second half for the game-winner. Then, in a crucial conference tilt with Holy Cross, she assisted on the second Leopards tally of the day in a 3-2 victory.
Classmate and co-captain Lisa van der Geest
also was honored by the Patriot League on Monday with an honorable mention laurel. Van der Geest picked up a goal and an assist while anchoring the defense and continuing to provide offensive production from the back line through her use on attack penalty corners.
Monday marks the fourth week this season the Leopards have been honored with a player of the week award. Most recently, freshman Molly McAndrew
was the league's Rookie of the Week on Oct. 8.
Lafayette returns to Rappolt Field for the final time in 2018 on Saturday, hosting American for Senior Day at noon.