Wilhelmsen Again Named PL Attacker of the Week
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Senior Kirsten Wilhelmsen of the Lafayette women’s lacrosse team was named the Patriot League Attacker of the Week for the second straight week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.
Wilhelmsen has been one of the best players in the country during the first half of her senior season, leading the nation in scoring at 4.38 goals per game. The senior beat that average in the lone game this week, opening Patriot League play with a five-goal, one-assist effort in the 15-11 win over Army. She also added seven draw controls and three caused turnovers, making an impact in all areas of the field for the Maroon and White.
“Kirsten did an excellent job on Saturday keeping a young group of attackers composed in a tightly-contested game with Army,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “She stepped up at all the right times, not only in terms of stats with points, draw controls and caused turnovers, but also keeping everyone focused on the game plan. She made everyone around her better, a characteristic of a superior offensive leader.”
Wilhelmsen, a co-captain for this year’s team, is the leader of an offense that ranks ninth nationally, scoring 15.13 goals per contest. The Wallingford, Pa. native was a Preseason All-Patriot League selection and leads the league with her third Attacker of the Week award this season.
With her six points on Saturday, Wilhelmsen also became the eighth player in program history to eclipse the 200-point mark for her career. Of her 201 points, 171 have come from the scoring column, sitting sixth in program history in scoring and on pace to become just the third Lafayette player ever with 200 career goals.
The Leopards currently sit at 6-2 on the season, their best start since 2013, the last year the team made the Patriot League Tournament. Lafayette looks for its seventh win when it goes out of conference on Wednesday for a battle with Villanova at Fisher Stadium at 7 p.m.