Gilbert, Ariz. -- Laurel Nicks' stellar week in the cage led the University of Lynchburg goalkeeper to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's Division III defensive player of the week honor, the NFHCA office announced Wednesday.
The junior from Yorktown racked up six saves in the Hornets' 2-0 week that consisted of two shutouts over Randolph-Macon and the No. 12-ranked Captains of Christopher Newport.
The Lynchburg defense held the Yellow Jackets' offense at bay in the 2-0 shutout of RMC on Friday night. All six of the goalkeeper's saves came in the 1-0 victory over CNU on Sunday, including a diving save to preserve the Hornets' lead. It was her third career shutout and second in three days. The win over CNU evened the all-time series between the two Division III powerhouses at 9-9 and was Lynchburg's first victory since 2015.
Lynchburg's field hockey team is now 8-3 on the 2019 campaign and has earned a spot at No. 20 in the NFHCA national rankings heading into their second Old Dominion Athletic Conference game Wednesday when they take on the Maroons of Roanoke College.
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