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      Kayla Herr Named PhilaFieldHockey Student-Athlete of the Week

      Kayla Herr

      Kayla Herr, '18

      Widener University junior field hockey captain Kayla Herr has been named the PhilaFieldHockey Student-Athlete of the Week, as announced by the organization.

      Herr helped the field hockey team register a 2-0 record last week by factoring into all six of the team's goals. She began the week by scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory over Drew University on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Herr followed up that performance by contributing two goals and two assists in a 4-3 overtime win against Neumann University. She most notably scored the equalizing goal with just 1:30 remaining in regulation to force overtime before setting up freshman Sam Scoma's game-winning marker in the 74th minute during the extra session.

      In addition, Herr became the first player to factor into four goals in a single game since Meghan Garvey who finished with three goals and one assist in a 5-3 triumph over Hood College on Oct. 26, 2013. Through five games, she has 13 points on five goals and three assists and has factored into eight of the team's 10 markers.

      Herr is the only junior serving as a team captain this season. She is a strong student with a cumulative grade point average above a 3.9 as a biology/pre-physical therapy major. Furthermore, Herr is part of Widener's Honors Program of General Education, serves as a team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and is a Resident Assistant (RA) on campus. She also traveled to Honduras this past summer to broaden her education and cultural understanding.

      "Kayla encompasses what it means to be a true student-athlete," said Head Coach Larissa Gillespie. "She is our leader on the field and an amazing student who has also taken advantage of experiential learning opportunities. Kayla is overall a positive role model on and off the field who is deeply involved with campus life, and she is truly deserving of this recognition."

      Herr and Widener (3-2) return to action against Delaware Valley College on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.


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