Lizzie Colson has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after two strong performances for Maryland women’s lacrosse against Johns Hopkins and Rutgers. This is the third time Colson has won the award this season and the seventh in her career.

The redshirt senior is the only defender to take home the honor three times this season.

Colson executed as well as ever against the Blue Jays and Scarlet Knights, combining for eight caused turnovers, 12 draw controls and five ground balls while tacking on an assist in a 16-14 loss to Rutgers. She has now set a personal season-high in assists with two.

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The preseason All-American and member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List has been a force across the field for the Terps, showing out as one of the best players in the nation, leading the NCAA in caused turnovers and sitting second in ground balls.

As a captain, Colson has been at the forefront of elevating a young defensive unit for Maryland. The Terps have kept opposing defenses below double-digit goals five times in 2021.

Colson and her squad will be back in action for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament April 29, taking on either Penn State or Michigan.