Jill Doherty named ALC Rookie of the Week

Freshman Jill Doherty was named the ALC's Rookie of the Week.

Feb. 17, 2014

On Saturday, Jill Doherty scored the first three goals of her Vanderbilt career.

Two days later, she raked in her first collegiate honor.

Doherty, a freshman midfielder, was named the American Lacrosse Conference’s Rookie of the Week on Monday. She notched a hat trick, passed out two assists and set career-highs with five points, three draw controls and two ground balls in a 20-8 win over Liberty on Saturday at the VU Lacrosse Complex.

She is the second Commodore to win a weekly honor in as many weeks. Last week, sophomore Mallory Schonk was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Doherty, a native of Reading, Mass., started the first two games. But she came off the bench against the Lady Flames and flourished.

After Liberty tied the game at 1-1, Doherty contributed on the next four goals. She assisted on consecutive goals by Alexa Kunowsky and then scored twice in less than two minutes to give the Commodores a 5-1 lead. She completed her hat trick with 21:35 left in the game when she scored unassisted for a 14-6 advantage.

Through three games, Doherty ranks second on the team in points (eight) and assists (five) and is tied for fifth with three goals.

Vanderbilt (2-1) returns to action at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a tough road tilt at defending national champ and No. 1 North Carolina.



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