Feb. 24, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman Melissa Kellan and junior Kai Murphy combined to form a UC Davis sweep of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse weekly awards for the period ending February 23, it was announced by the conference office Monday evening. Kellan captured both Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week honors, while Murphy garnered Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Kellan, an attacker from Vienna, Va., shot a combined 10-for-13 with a pair of assists in the Aggies' wins over George Mason and Old Dominion over the weekend. She tallied a hat trick with two assists in her collegiate debut against the Patriots on Friday, then followed that with seven goals against the Monarchs on Sunday. The latter total ranks seventh in school history, and represents the most since UC Davis freshman Katie McMahon scored nine against Colorado College in 2004. Kellan graduated from James Madison High, just across Interstate 66 from the Mason campus.
Murphy, a goalkeeper from Morristown, N.J., posted a career-high 19 saves in Sunday's victory at ODU, following a 12-save performance in Friday's season opener at Mason. For the weekend, she had 31 saves with just 12 goals against for a .689 save percentage. Murphy's saves total, highest among any MPSF player in the young 2014 season, is tied for third all-time in program history. Furthermore, the .760 save percentage in that game marks the highest rate since Hilary Harkins compiled an .846 effort (11 saves, two goals against) versus Bucknell back in 2007.
After the second week of the year, Murphy leads all Division I goalkeepers at 15.5 saves per game, while her save percentage is third behind Rutgers' Amanda Currell (.714) and Stony Brook's Frankie Caridi (.700). Kellan joins a 10-way tie for third among goals-per-game leaders at 5.00, trailing only Villanova's Kelsey Denihan (7.00) and Presbyterian's Catherine Ellis (6.00).
UC Davis takes a weekend off from competition before beginning a three-game homestand with MPSF rival California on Saturday, Mar. 8.