Sophomore Emma Larkin of the American University women’s lacrosse team has been selected as the Patriot League Defender of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. Larkin played a key role in AU’s 19-12 victory over Lafayette on Saturday, which moved the Eagles’ record to 3-1 in Patriot League play.
In Saturday’s win, Larkin recorded career-bests with six caused turnovers and five groundballs. The Cockeysville, Md., native has registered a combined 10 caused turnovers and eight groundballs collected in her last two games, which resulted in victories over Patriot League rivals Lehigh and Lafayette.
For the season, Larkin leads the Eagles with 27 groundballs collected and 20 caused turnovers. She has also earned 16 draw controls, and has recorded a goal and an assist.
Larkin is the first AU women’s lacrosse student-athlete to be tabbed the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week this season. The last Eagle to earn the award was Brittany Finnegan on April 21, 2008.
Larkin and the Eagles will return to action on Wednesday, April 7, when they travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy. Game time is set for 5 p.m.