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Women's lacrosse National Player of the Week (May 2): Jillian Petito, Mount St. Mary's

Jillian Petito, Mount St. Mary’s, junior

Ocean City, goalie

Petito led the Mountaineers to the biggest upset of the season in the Northeast Conference on Sunday. She made 14 saves to lead a stifling defensive performance against Bryant, which owns the NEC’s top scoring offense, for a 12-6 victory. The Bulldogs, who average 15.1 goals per game, took a 6-4 lead with 2:22 left in the first half before the Mountaineers shut them out the rest of the way. Petito posted a .700 save percentage in the game against the defending NEC champions. The win gave the Mountaineers (10-6) their first 10-win season since 2007, the last time they won the NEC regular season. They will be the fourth seed for the tournament and face a rematch with Bryant in Thursday’s semifinals. Petito, a Stephen Decatur graduate, also made six saves and had three caused turnovers in a 16-5 win over Central Connecticut on Friday. Her .561 save percentage ranks second in the nation and her 8.51 goals-against average is fourth.

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