HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's lacrosse senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) has been named Northeast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday, April 9. The selection marks Martello's first of the season (and second of her career), following a week in which she allowed just eight goals on 26 shots.
"Noelle had a really strong weekend for us. She seems to be back on track after being a little shaky in net early in the season," said head coach Danie Caro. "Noelle was great stopping the ball in both games, and she also did a very good job initiating our transition after the save. When she plays well it gives the defense a lot of confidence and helps them play better too."
Martello had one of the best weekends of her career, compiling an incredible 4.34 goals against average and a .692 save percentage in games against Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris. On Thursday against Saint Francis, Martello allowed only three goals in 50:36 minutes of action, turning away a game-high nine shots during the team's 14-4 win. She followed up that performance by allowing only five goals on 14 shots in 60 minutes of action on Saturday against Robert Morris, which included two key stops in the final seven seconds to preserve the 6-5 victory.
Martello has now won four straight decisions (five overall on the season) and is leading the NEC in in-conference goals against average (5.69) and save percentage (.594).
Quinnipiac and its senior goalie return to action on Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. when it travels to face Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn.
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