Water Polo’s Jackson Named MAAC Rookie of the Week
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EDISON, N.J. -- For a second straight season, a Virginia Military Institute women’s water polo player has earned weekly honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Freshman Caitlyn Jackson was named Rookie of the Week by the conference in an announcement made Monday evening.

In her first collegiate action, Jackson got things off on the right foot, notching six goals in her first-ever game at VMI, tying her with teammate Celine Lazzaro for a weekend-high for VMI. Her 6 goals tied her with the program’s third-most goals scored in a single game. Jackson concluded the weekend with goals in the first three games en route to VMI’s 3-1 start, the best in program history.

Jackson, who hails from GIlroy, Calif., kicked off her career with six goals against Notre Dame College during the Salem International University Tournament this past weekend. Jackson’s contributions accounted for half of VMI’s total goals in the 12-10 win. In the second game of the tournament, Jackson buried another three goals against the host school, leading VMI to an 18-4 victory over SIU.

In the first game on Sunday against Gannon University, the rookie tucked away another four goals, helping VMI rally and knock off the Knights, 14-11. Jackson’s 13 goals through the first four games of the season, second most on the team behind Lazzaro’s 14. Through the weekend, Jackson averaged 3.25 goals per game.

Jackson’s six goals against Notre Dame College rank tied for third-most single game goals. Joining Jackson at the mark of six in a game are Lazzaro and Molly Andoe, who managed the mark last season against Salem International. The program’s single-game record is seven goals, which happened twice last season.

The Keydets are back in action on Mar. 1 for a double header in Erie, Pa. VMI will take on the host of the evening, Mercyhurst University at 6 p.m., followed by a nightcap against Penn State-Behrend at 8 p.m. Both games will be held at the North East Aquatic Center in Erie.