NEW YORK - Columbia lacrosse junior Karlee Blank was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week conference officials announced today. Blank had 29 saves last week to help Columbia to a 2-0 week.  This marks the first Player of the Week honors for the Rye, N.Y., native.

Blank had 14 saves against Lafayette on April 13 as Columbia came away with a 13-11 victory, snapping a six-game losing streak. Blank followed that up just two days later with 15 saves against Yale as the Lions won 10-3 in their final home game of the season. Even more significant, the Ivy win was the first ever in program history on their home field. Blank surrendered a career-low three goals against the Bulldogs, helping the Lions to their first-ever win against Yale. Blank now has five games of double-digit saves on the season.

Kacie Johnson earned a spot on the honor roll after combining for six goals and six assists for 12 points in the 2-0 week. Last week Johnson was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the week for her record-setting game against Quinnipiac.

Columbia returns to action on Wednesday, April 20 when it travels to Bucknell for a 4 p.m. game.