Boyce and Smedley Earn Patriot League Weekly Awards
Aug. 20, 2012
EASTON, Pa. – Following consecutive road shutouts this past weekend, Lafayette’s Kelly Boyce and Lauren Smedley have been honored by the Patriot League with its Defensive and Goalkeeper of the Week Awards, respectively.
The pair helped Lafayette hold UMBC scoreless for 110 minutes in its season-opening draw, combining to stop a UMBC attacker on a breakaway in the 74th minute to force a corner kick. Against Howard, Boyce anchored the Lafayette defense as it surrendered only two shots on goal en route to a 2-0 win. Boyce, a sophomore defender, and Smedley, Lafayette’s senior goalkeeper, were the only two players to log all 200 minutes in the team’s first two games.
“I am thrilled for Boycey,” head coach Mick Statham said. “She is our iron woman, playing 200 minutes this past weekend and successfully organizing two clean sheets.”
Smedley earns her sixth career Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week Award after posting her third consecutive regular season shutout. The two-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year lowered her career goals-against average to 0.97, which currently ranks 10th in the Patriot League record books. The Hamilton, N.J. native totaled nine saves in Lafayette’s two games, seven against UMBC, with three in overtime against the Terriers to preserve the shutout.
“Lauren looked really sharp this weekend and her performances and leadership reflected that,” Statham added. “She is very fit and extremely focused."
Lafayette completes its three-game road trip against Sacred Heart on Aug. 31.