Player of the week: Morgan Graham

Graham in action on the field.  Photo Courtesy of Larry Levanti

Graham in action on the field.
Photo Courtesy of Larry Levanti.

By Gregory Patuto | Published April 6, 2017

Sophomore Morgan Graham of the women’s lacrosse team has been named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of February 27 to March 6 after a monster game in their season opener.

The Cougars opened on March 4, 2017, with a 20-4 win over SUNY Old Westbury. In this game, Graham racked up five goals and five assists for 10 total points and her first player of the week award.

The team rallied behind Graham and jumped on their opponent early scoring 13 goals in the first half to build a big lead heading into halftime. Eight of Graham’s 10 points came in that big first half and she scored her five goals on only six shot attempts.

Even after the honor, Graham was not shy about giving all the credit to her team.

“It was exciting to win player of the week but I was happier that we got the win as a team,” said Graham. “It was fun to see all the hard work we put in at practice show in our play during the game.”

In total, 20 goals were scored in this game for Kean, 16 of which were assisted. Being unselfish is something that the players pride themselves on and must continue for the rest of the season.

“One thing I think that is working really well for our team is we are being very unselfish,” said Graham. “As you can see, most of our goals are assisted from this game. In order for us to be successful, we have to keep that up.”

Kean is looking to return to the postseason this time around after a one-year hiatus. If they can achieve their goal, teamwork and hard work will be the reason.

“It was fun to see all the hard work we had put into practice show in our play during the game,” Graham said. “Personally I was happy because one of the goals for myself this season was to assist more, and 5 out of 10 of those points came from assists.”

The Cougars are off to a 5-1 start on the year and have scored double-digit goals in every game. The Cougars begin conference play on April 8 against Rutgers-Camden.

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