Feb. 11, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 4-10 in men’s lacrosse, swimming and diving and track and field.
Five teams opened the season over the weekend in men’s lacrosse, and four picked up victories to begin the 2013 campaign. Bucknell defeated Delaware for the first time since 1974, while Lehigh and Navy were big winners at home. Colgate earned an overtime win at Bryant, while Army fell on the road against Massachusetts. Army plays Wednesday at home, while this weekend’s slate features the openers for Holy Cross and Lafayette.
The schedule was light as swimming and diving teams finished up their last dual meets before next week’s Patriot League Championships at Bucknell. The Navy men edged local rival Johns Hopkins, while Colgate split with visiting Connecticut, with the women picking up the victory. The championships take place Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23, at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa.
Four Patriot League teams had their final weekend of competition before this weekend’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. Two women emerged with big efforts as Colgate’s Alicia Minella set the Patriot League standard in the 200-meter dash and 4 X 400m relay and Lafayette’s Elise Buffinton broke her own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 12’9 ½” that is in the top five on the ECAC performance list.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JIMMY RYAN, COLGATE Jr., M, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Ryan scored four times, but none more important that his final tally, which came 1:51 into overtime to lift the Raiders to a 14-13 victory at defending NEC champion and preseason favorite Bryant. Ryan set career highs with his four goals and five points. Colgate, ranked 10th by the USILA coaches and 11th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll entering the weekend, scored the first goal in each quarter of the game plus overtime, with Ryan accounting for three of those.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PAT KIERNAN, NAVY Jr., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J.
Kiernan finished with six groundballs and two caused turnovers in Navy’s 20-7 thumping of VMI Saturday. He led a defense that held VMI to just one goal for the first 30 minutes, and marked the Keydets’ top returning scorer from 2012 in senior Russell East, holding him scoreless while on the job. Navy’s defense held the Keydets without a goal for the first 14 minutes of the game, and then over 23 minutes that stretched across the first, second and third quarters.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH So., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
The defending Goalkeeper of the Year started off 2013 where ’12 left off, with eight saves and just one goal surrendered in No. 11/10 Lehigh’s 14-1 walloping of Saint Joseph’s Sunday in Bethlehem, Pa. Poillon made five stops in the first half to help stake the Mountain Hawks to a 5-0 lead. He played 54:41 of the contest before being spelled by freshman Steve Brodeur.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
THOMAS FLIBOTTE, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Cohasset, Mass.
Flibotte scored a pair of goals in his collegiate debut, including what stood up as the game-winner with 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to stake the 18th-ranked Bison to a 9-8 victory at Delaware, snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Blue Hens that dated back to 1974. His first goal came late in the second quarter to halt a 3-0 Delaware run and give Bucknell a 6-3 advantage at halftime. Both of Flibotte’s goals were unassisted.
JOHN GLESENER, ARMY So., A, Camillus, N.Y.
Scored a hat trick and finished with five points in Sunday’s 16-9 loss at No. 12/13 Massachusetts.
KYLE FEENEY, BUCKNELL Sr., GK, Greenwich, Conn.
Stopped 11 shots and finished with a .579 save percentage in Bucknell’s 9-8 win over the Blue Hens.
TODD HERITAGE, BUCKNELL Jr., A, Cheshire, Conn.
Opened the season with a hat trick in Bucknell’s 9-8 win at Delaware Saturday afternoon. Scored two goals 53 seconds apart during the Bison’s 5-0 run to start the game.
DAVID DiMARIA, LEHIGH Sr., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
Netted a career-high six goals, and was one shy of his career-best with seven points in Lehigh’s win over St. Joseph’s. Recorded a hat trick in each half.
RYAN SNYDER, LEHIGH Sr., FOS, Reading, Pa.
Won 14-of-17 face-offs (.824) and logged one goal with seven ground balls in Lehigh’s victory Saturday.
TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH Jr., D, Macungie, Pa.
Recorded two caused turnovers and one groundball in Lehigh’s 14-1 win over Saint Joseph’s Sunday. Anchored Lehigh’s defense that caused 10 of the Hawks’ 18 turnovers, and held them scoreless over the game’s final 26:33.
SAM JONES, NAVY Jr., A, Annapolis, Md.
Netted his seventh career hat trick with three unassisted first-half tallies in Navy’s 20-7 win over VMI.
SEAN REILLY, NAVY Fr., FOS, Summit, N.J.
Won 13-of-18 at the face-off X (.722) and accounted for all but four of the Mids’ face-off victories against the Keydets.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
TOM DUVALL, NAVY Fr., Durham, N.H.
Duvall captured a pair of victories, taking first in the 200-meter freestyle (1:53.98) and adding another win in the 400-meter free (4:06.26) as the Mids edged Johns Hopkins 130.5-129.5 last week. He was the lone Mid to win multiple individual events against the Blue Jays, and enters next week’s Patriot League Championships with nine victories in 400-meter/500-yard free races this season.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
EMMA SANTORO, COLGATE Sr., Fall River, Mass.
Santoro capped off her dual-meet showings this season with three individual wins in the Raiders’ 177-120 win over Connecticut Saturday. She swept the 100- and 200-yard breast events, winning in 1:05.83 and 2:22.63, respectively. Santoro’s third win came in the 400 IM, in which she touched the wall in 4:33.13. She was also part of Colgate’s winning 200 medley relay that started off the triumph over the Huskies.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRIS JOHNSON, COLGATE Sr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Johnson ran an IC4A-qualifying converted time of 4:06.51 in the mile at Cornell’s Kane Invitational on Saturday. He earned first place in the race with the fastest time in the Patriot League this season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALICIA MINELLA, COLGATE So., Kennett Square, Pa.
Minella set an ECAC-qualifying mark with a converted time of 25.01 in the 200-meter dash at Cornell’s Kane Invitational on Saturday, and also helped the Raiders to an ECAC converted time (3:51.85) and first-place finish in the 4 X 400 meter relay. Both marks set Patriot League standards for the season. Minella also finished sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.94. She now holds the top mark in the Patriot League in both the 200m and 400-meter runs while also carrying the standard as part of Colgate’s 4 X 400m relay team.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Jr., League City, Texas
Duncavage easily eclipsed the IC4A standard with a mark of 18.52 meters in the weight throw at the Spire Invitational on Saturday. He placed 12th in an event in which he ranks second in the Patriot League this season. He also posted a mark of 14.48 meters in the shot put over the weekend.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE Jr., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton posted the best mark in the pole vault for any Patriot Leaguer this season with a leap of 12’9 ½” at the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games on Friday. She finished in first place in the event with yet another ECAC-qualifying mark, which is also nearly a foot better than any Patriot Leaguer this season. Buffinton topped her own school record with a mark that is ranked in the top five on the ECAC performance list. It was her fourth consecutive victory in the event.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY Fr., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste wins the M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award for the second straight time and third this season after recording an IC4A-qualifying time of 21.99 in the 200-meter dash at the Spire Invitational on Saturday. It was good for a 12th-place finish in the elite section of the event, and he has been under the IC4A standard in all five of his 200m races this season. Batiste ranks third in the Patriot League in the 200m and first in the 400m this season. A Navy freshman has won the Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week honor six straight times, with Batiste claiming it three times in that stretch to tie the most in Patriot League history.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SOPHIA NNADI, BUCKNELL Fr., Columbus, Ohio
Nnadi won the shot put at the Bucknell Winter Classic on Saturday with a mark of 13.36 meters (43-10), just missing the ECAC standard and ranking second in the Patriot League this season. The mark was a career best and sixth all-time at Bucknell, and she also set a personal standard with a toss of 13.49 meters (44-3 ¼) in the weight throw.
JOHN SWEENEY, NAVY So., Euclid, Ohio
Sweeney ran an IC4A-qualifying time of 14:39.06 in the 5,000-meter run at the Spire Invitational on Saturday.
BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY Sr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne clocked a time of 9:56.95 in the 3,000-meter run at the Navy Multi-Madness to win the race by eight seconds and set another ECAC standard.
MARESSA GUYNN, NAVY Jr., Uniontown, Pa.
Guynn had an ECAC mark in the weight throw with a toss of 16.69 meters at the Navy Multi-Madness.
KEVIN KELLER, BUCKNELL So., Darien, Conn.
Keller had an IC4A-qualifying mark of 7.09 meters in the long jump at the Bucknell Winter Classic on Saturday.