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    Bianco Earns First Weekly ALC Honor of 2014

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    Bridget Bianco recorded the sixth performance of 14 or more saves in program history Sunday vs. Virginia.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Bridget Bianco recorded the sixth performance of 14 or more saves in program history Sunday vs. Virginia.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 11, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern junior goalkeeper Bridget Bianco (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) received the first American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week award of the year after her stellar outing in NU's season-opening win on Sunday.

    Bianco racked up 14 saves to help the Wildcats hold off No. 8 Virginia, 13-12, at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta. Bianco's 14 saves were a career high and one shy of the Northwestern single-game record. The last NU goalie to record at least 14 saves in a game was Morgan Lathrop on April 16, 2007, in a win over Maryland.

    Bianco especially shined in the second half, registering seven saves compared to four goals allowed and making a key save with 54 seconds remaining to preserve a 12-12 tie and set up Northwestern's game-winning score.

    The weekly conference honor is the first such recognition in the career of Bianco, who was named a third-team IWLCA All-American following her first season as a starter in 2013.

    Vanderbilt's Mallory Schonk earned ALC Offensive Player of the Week honors while Florida's Sammi Burgess was named the league's Rookie of the Week.

     

     

    Northwestern is next in action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when it faces No. 5 Duke in Durham.

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