EDISON, N.J. -- For the second time in 2013, Virginia Military Institute women’s water polo standout Caitlyn Jackson has earned Rookie of the Week honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The weekly awards were announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.
This marks the second time Jackson has earned the weekly honor after she was tabbed on Feb. 12, following the first weekend of water polo action. Jackson, who is native to Gilroy, Calif., is the first VMI women’s water polo player to earn multiple weekly honors from the MAAC.
Jackson had one of her finest weekends of her rookie campaign, tucking away nine goals, including a six-goal effort against Siena College to lead VMI into its first-ever overtime game. Jackson accounted for over half of VMI’s total offense in that game. She averaged three goals a game over the weekend while extending her scoring streak to a personal best eight games, averaging two and a half goals per game in that span.
The 5-10 center defender is just 10 goals shy of the program’s single-season scoring record for a freshman. She will look to best the mark of 64, set by Mackenzie Perkins last season, over the course of the five remaining games on the schedule.
Siena’s Lea Allen was named Offensive Player of the week while Marist College’s Rebecca Thomas collected Defensive Player of the Week plaudits.VMI wraps up MAAC play this weekend when it heads to New York. On Saturday, the Keydets take on two-time defending champion Marist College at 11:30 a.m. and St. Francis Brooklyn at 2:30 p.m. Those games will be held at St. Francis Brooklyn in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Sunday’s games will be across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island as VMI takes on host Wagner College at noon and Iona College at 3 p.m.