NORTHBOROUGH, Mass.- Salisbury University women's lacrosse senior attacker Julie Talbert and senior defender Carrie Hesen were named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Players of the Week on Tuesday. Talbert earned national offensive honors while Hesen was selected as the best defender of the week in the nation.
In the pair of Sea Gull wins in Final Four weekend, Talbert led the attack with five points in two games on two goals and three assists while also causing three turnovers. In the semifinal win against then-No. 8 Denison, Talbert dished out a season-high three assists in the 20-10 victory to advance to the national championship game. In the title game, Talbert scored two goals to help the Sea Gulls capture its fourth championship title.
Fellow senior Hesen had two strong performances on the defensive side of the ball in the Final Four games. She collected four ground balls, five draw controls and caused three turnovers. Hesen paced the defense by recording three ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers against the Big Red. In the national championship game against Tufts, Hesen won two draw controls and picked up a ground ball for the Sea Gulls.
Hesen and Talbert join fellow senior Alexis Strobel and junior Mary Claire Hisle with IWLCA weekly honors this season after Strobel won IWLCA Offensive Player of the Week on March 23 and Hisle won IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week on May 18.
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