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Northern Arizona junior forward Paige Maling was named offensive player of the week by the Big Sky Conference, with the recognition following a Lumberjacks 4-0 win against Detroit Mercy on Sunday.

This marks the first time Maling has garnered the award. This also is the first time in two years a Lumberjacks offensive player was selected.

During her 80 minutes of action on Sunday, Maling took a total of seven shots with five being on goal. Maling scored two out of the four goals against Detroit Mercy. Both goals were within a minute and a half of each other, giving the Lumberjacks a 3-0 advantage just 30 minutes into the home match at Lumberjack Stadium.

Tatum Heeres set up Maling on her first strike with a cross into the left corner in the 26th minute. Maling's second goal came unassisted in the 28th minute.

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She now leads the Big Sky with six points and three goals.

Last season, Maling recorded three goals.  So far, she's started and played in all three matches, recording a total of 245 minutes.

Northern Arizona will be heading to California this weekend to play a pair of games. On Friday the team will take on USC at 3 p.m., and then later in the week NAU goes up against the University of the Pacific on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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