March 31, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown junior midfielder Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) has been named the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Bears to wins over Marist and #20 Dartmouth last week. Vitkus had five goals in the two games, all of which came in the decisive second half of each contest, and also added an assist, while leading Brown to its first victory over Dartmouth in 10 years.
On Wednesday against Marist and with Brown trailing 6-3 at the half, Vitkus' first of the game sparked a 4-0 Bears' run to open the second half and grab a 7-6 lead. Her next goal of the game tied it at 9-9 after the Red Foxes had tied the score at 8-8 and then taken a 9-8 lead with two straight goals. Vitkus also had three ground balls, one caused turnover, and a game-high four draw controls, including the last one of the game with 52 seconds left to secure the win.
On Saturday against the Big Green, the Bears' leading scorer scored three second-half goals, as Brown pulled away from a 3-3 half-time tie to win, 8-5. Her first goal gave Brown a 5-3 lead 4:09 into the second half and the Bears never trailed in the game again. She would then score Brown's final two goals of the game, give the Bears leads of 7-4 and 8-5. In addition, Vitkus won the final draw control of the game, allowing Brown to run the clock out and hold on for the victory.
Vitkus currently ranks ninth in the Ivy League with 2.00 goals per game and third with 2.78 draw controls per game. In Ivy games only, she is third with 3.00 goals per game, fourth with 4.00 points per game, and third with 3.00 draw controls per game.
The Bears will look to continue their two-game winning streak this Saturday, April 5, when they travel to Columbia to face the Lions in a 1:00 p.m. game.