Krause Garners America East, Synapse Sports Player of the Week Honors

Alicia Krause scored nine goals and 11 points in two wins last week.
Alicia Krause scored nine goals and 11 points in two wins last week.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMBC junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) was named America East Player of the Week for the week ending April 10, the conference announced Monday. In addition, she was named the Division I Offensive Player of the Week by Synapse Sports (formerly on Tuesday.

The America East award is the first of Krause's career and the second for a Retriever this season, as senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) garnered the first honor of the year.

Krause led the Retrievers to a pair of America East victories last week with 11 points on nine goals and two assists, and she added five draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. She was named America East Player of the Game in both contests.

Krause had a hand in UMBC's first six goals in a 10-8 win over Stony Brook on Wednesday, scoring three in a row before assisting on the fourth, the scoring the next two, both of which tied the game as the Retrievers rallied from an early three-goal deficit. The five goals were a new career high, while the six points matched her season and career best. She added three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers against the Seawolves.

Krause then scored five points on four goals and an assist – all the in the first half – to lead UMBC to a 14-13 win at Vermont on Saturday. She scored four times in the first 16:06 of action, including three straight as the Retrievers opened a 7-2 lead, and her assist at the end of the first half was the 100th point of her career. She also added three draw controls, a ground ball and a caused turnover against the Catamounts.

With the exceptional week, Krause took over the Retriever lead in goals (29), points (43) and draw controls (20), all career highs. She is also tied for tops on the team with 14 assists and ranks second with 21 ground balls and third with 10 caused turnovers. In addition, Krause ranks fourth in the America East with 3.31 points per game and sixth with 2.23 goals and 1.08 assists per contest, and she has scored a point in all 13 games this season.

The Retrievers (9-4, 3-1 AE) return to action on Wednesday, when they step out of conference play to host cross-town rival Johns Hopkins (7-5) at 6 p.m. The Blue Jays are receiving votes in the IWLCA poll.