April 26 2016
It marks the second time that both Clarke and Spoljaric have been crowned Athletes of the Week in the 2015-16 school year.
Clarke earned her third top-three finish of the season at the Ithaca College Invitational, held on Saturday and Sunday at the Country Club of Ithaca. She paced the Soaring Eagles in the highly-competitive field with a second-place finish. In the first round of action, the second-year talent shot a 10-over 82, putting her in a two-way tie for second place. She broke the tie on day two, carding an 11-over 83 for a two-day total of 165 to finish five strokes off the pace of Ithaca's Indiana Jones, who claimed individual medalist honors.
The Churchville, New York, native finished among the top-three for the fifth time in her two-year career at Elmira. Earlier this season, Clarke placed third at the Empire 8 Conference Tournament, earning her Empire 8 All-Conference First Team accolades and EC Athlete of the Week.
The Soaring Eagles will conclude the 2015-16 slate in a dual meet against Keuka College on Saturday, April 30th.
Spoljaric solidified her place as one of the best women's lacrosse players in Elmira College history, becoming the program's all-time leader in goals scored. In the two-game week, she registered a combined 13 points on 10 goals and three assists, while she also collected 10 draw controls, eight ground balls, and two caused turnovers.
The Saugerties, New York, native tied the record with a five-goal outing against Nazareth College on April 22nd. She also won six draw controls, hauled in five ground balls and caused one turnover against the Golden Flyers. On Sunday against Alfred University, Spoljaric claimed sole possession of first place all-time with another five-goal performance. She also tied her season best with two helpers in the 13-7 victory over the Saxons.
Not only did Spoljaric claim Elmira's goal-scoring record, but her 13-point week put her in prime position to etch her name atop several other categories. With 62 points and 53 goals on the season, she needs three more in each category to tie the single-season program records. In her career, the fourth-year standout became just the second player in Elmira history to surpass the 200-point plateau, and with 202 points, she needs only eight more to equal the all-time record, held by Katya Outwater '07 (210).