Former Raiders earn collegiate honors

Jacqlyn Poss
Jacqlyn Poss
Lexi Slattery
Lexi Slattery

A pair of Roseville Area High School graduates recently earned player of the week honors. Jacqlyn Poss and Lexi Slattery were recognized last week for contributions to their respective teams.

Jacqlyn Poss

Poss, a junior on the University of Denver women's basketball team, was named the Summit League Player of the Week on Jan. 11. It was the first player-of-the-week honor in her collegiate career.

In victories over North Dakota State and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Poss put up 35 points to earn the award.

"This is a really special honor for Jacqlyn," DU head coach Kerry Cremeans said in a release. "She had an incredible week of leading our team to two victories. She is so unselfish, always giving to others. Our staff and our team are very excited that she is being recognized for her play as well as what she brings to our program every day."

The week began with Denver beating NDSU 64-53 on Jan. 7. Poss scored 17 points to go along with two assists and two steals. 

Two days later against IPFW, Poss led all scorers with 18 points as the Pioneers pulled out a 53-50 victory in overtime. Poss hit nine field goals, which was a career high, and grabbed four rebounds while playing all 45 minutes.

Through 17 games, Poss leads the team in playing time at 35.1 minutes per game. She is third on the Pioneers at 10.2 points per game and is second in steals and assists.

Denver is 4-13 overall, 2-2 in Summit League games and began last week tied for fifth in the nine-team league. The top eight teams in the conference participate in the league tournament in early March in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Poss is one of two Minnesotans on the DU roster. The other, Jordyn Alt, also played high school basketball in the Suburban East Conference at Cretin-Derham Hall. Poss is a business major and also pursuing a minor in mathematics.

Lexi Slattery

Slattery, a senior on the St. Cloud State University women's hockey team, was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association defensive player of the week following the Huskies' tie and win over Minnesota State-Mankato on Jan. 8-9.

Slattery contributed on both ends of the ice against the Mavericks. She scored St. Cloud State's only goal in a 1-1 tie on Jan. 8 and dished out a pair of assists in the Huskies' 4-3, overtime win the next day.

In the OT victory, Slattery's first assist led to the goal that tied the score at 2-2. Her second assist helped set up the game-winner, which came with only 53 seconds left in the extra session.

On the defensive end, Slattery blocked four shots and finished the weekend with a plus/minus rating of +1. This was Slattery's second defensive player-of-the-week honor this season.

For the season, Slattery, who played two seasons at Providence College in Rhode Island before transferring to St. Cloud State, has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. She is majoring in business economics with a minor in psychology.

The tie and win improved St. Cloud's overall record to 10-8-2 and made the Huskies 6-8-2 in the WCHA. The Huskies entered last weekend's series against Ohio State in fifth place in the conference standings.

—Brian Meyers

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