COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kirsten Donahue and Annie Carruthers each earned the final American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week honors of the season at their respective positions after leading the Buckeyes over Johns Hopkins, 19-12, in the regular-season finale last weekend. It is the first honor for both this season.
Earning Defensive Player of the Week accolades, Carruthers tallied 13 saves in the win over then-No. 20 Blue Jays. The Columbus, Ohio, native had nine in the second half alone, thwarting the Blue Jays' efforts at a late-game comeback. This is the third contest in a row Carruthers has tallied more than 10 saves and the fifth this season with double-digit stops.
Donahue picked up the Offensive Player of the Week recognition after scoring a career-high five goals in Ohio State's win over Hopkins. The junior midfielder paced the Buckeyes with a pair of scores as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead to start the contest before adding three more in the second half in the 8-2 OSU run which quickly put the game out of reach. She added a game-high five ground balls while controlling three draws and causing three turnovers.
Northwestern freshman Kat DeRonda rounded out the list of weekly award winners with the Rookie of the Week honor.
Carruthers, Donahue and the 18th-ranked Buckeyes return to action at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. CT) Thursday against host and 19th-ranked Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the ALC Tournament. They are the four-seed in the conference tourney, while the Commodores enter as the sixth-seed.
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