Feb. 13, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 6-12 in indoor track & field and men’s lacrosse Monday.
The Patriot League indoor track and field regular season came to a close over the weekend and all eight schools will travel to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., for the Indoor Championships that will begin on Friday and continue through Sunday. Five different schools claimed weekly awards in the final week, and Navy’s Jess Palacio and Bucknell’s Tom Barr each added one more weekly award to their resumes.
The 2012 Patriot League men’s lacrosse season officially began over the weekend with five teams combining for a 3-2 mark. Army was the only team in action Friday and suffered a tough 12-9 loss at home against No. 11/13 Massachusetts. Navy picked up its first win under new head coach Rick Sowell in a 14-7 decision against VMI, while Lehigh earned a 14-4 win over Saint Joseph’s and Colgate handed Mike Murphy his first head coaching victory with a 10-8 triumph against Bryant. Bucknell opened its defense of last year’s Patriot League title with a big fourth-quarter rally at home against No. 19/RV Delaware but fell 11-10 in overtime. Army hosts Wagner Wednesday in the only midweek game, while six teams hit the field Saturday, including Holy Cross and Lafayette making their first outings of the season.
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRIS PARKER, LAFAYETTE Jr., Neenah, Wis.
Parker finished sixth in the 800 with an IC4A time of 1:52.46 at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational Saturday. His time was the second-best time in the 800 in Lafayette history. This is his first Patriot League weekly award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio finished third overall and first among collegiate athletes in the mile at the Boston University Valentine Invitational. She finished with an ECAC time of 4:40.27. She wins the weekly award for a Patriot League single-season record fifth time, and it adds to her League career record (9).
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TOM BARR, BUCKNELL Sr., Ambler, Pa.
Barr placed first in the shot put (53-7¾) and second in the weight throw (57-11) at the Bucknell Winter Classic, qualifying for the IC4A Championships in both. Barr wins the weekly award for the sixth time this season, adding to his single-season Patriot League record.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
E’LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Jr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon placed first in the weight throw at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational, recording an ECAC distance of 56-6. She wins the award for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in her career. She’ll have a chance next season as a senior to match or break the career record of 12.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CLYDE WILSON, ARMY Fr., Rutland, Mass.
Wilson finished ninth in the 800 at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational, posting an IC4A time of 1:54.62, which ranks seventh among Patriot Leaguers this season and No. 1 among freshmen.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JENNIFER COMFORT, ARMY Fr., Doylestown, Pa.
Comfort wins her first and Army’s fifth Rookie of the Week award this season, placing first in the 1,000 at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational with an ECAC time of 2:55.14
EMILY ANDO, BUCKNELL So., Weston, Conn.
Ando placed first in the pole vault at the Bucknell Winter Classic with an ECAC height of 11-9¾.
ELISE BUFFINTON, LAFAYETTE So., Lewisburg, Pa.
Buffinton finished first in the pole vault at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational with an ECAC height of 11-9¾.
JESSICA KENDZOR, LEHIGH So., Somers, N.Y.
Kendzor finished first in the 800 at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational with an ECAC time of 2:12.80.
SAVANNA PLOMBON, LEHIGH Fr., Frederick, Md.
Plombon placed first in the mile run at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational with an ECAC time of 4:58.20.
PAUL NEIDHARDT, NAVY Sr., Lawrenceville, Ga
Neidhardt finished first in the pole vault at the Tiger Paw Invitational with an IC4A height of 16-0¾.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SAM JONES, NAVY So., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones opened his sophomore campaign in super fashion, collecting a career-high nine points on five goals and four assists as Navy defeated VMI Saturday afternoon by a score of 14-7 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Jones, a native of Annapolis, Md., now has 12 multiple-point games in 14 appearances and extended his scoring streak to five straight dating back to the Georgetown contest last season. Jones, who tallied his fourth career hat trick, recorded the most points by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon had 12 (4g, 8a) against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JAMES QUEENEY, COLGATE Jr., D, Reading, Mass.
Queeney collected three ground balls and one caused turnover in Saturday’s 10-8 win for the Raiders over visiting Bryant, but his biggest contributions are reflected on what didn’t show up on the score sheet for the Bulldogs. Queeney helped anchor a Raider defense that held Bryant’s top three returning scorers from a year ago to just one goal and three assists. Specifically, Queeney marked Bryant’s Travis Harrington, the team’s third-highest returning point getter from 2011 in Saturday’s lineup to zero points and no shots.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon was strong in the cage for Lehigh in its 11-4 win at Saint Joseph’s Saturday afternoon. The freshman out of Mount Sinai, N.Y., made his collegiate debut with 13 saves and a .765 save percentage, and held the Hawks scoreless for a 32:22 stretch that went from the end of the first quarter into the fourth while the Lehigh offense scored seven straight to take a 9-2 lead.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DAVID DICKSON, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Greenwich, Conn.
Dickson made his first collegiate start count for the nationally-ranked Bison, who opened with a tough 11-10 loss against No. 19/RV Delaware Saturday afternoon in overtime. Dickson logged two assists during Bucknell’s rally in the fourth quarter. Down 10-5, the Bison scored five consecutive goals, with Dickson assisting on each of the last two, setting up Chase Bailey and Todd Heritage to eventually force the extra session. Dickson also collected two ground balls in his debut.
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Jr., M, Portland, Ore.
Baum, the League’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, began his junior season in strong fashion with four goals and five points in Saturday’s 10-8 victory over Bryant. The Raiders entered the game ranked No. 19 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20 poll.
RYAN SNYDER, LEHIGH Jr., M/FOS, Reading, Pa.
Snyder, who set the Patriot League’s single-season ground ball record a year ago, tied a career high with 13 and won 14-of-19 faceoffs in Lehigh’s 11-4 win at Saint Joseph’s Saturday afternoon. Snyder also logged an assist in the fourth quarter.
TIM HENDERSON, ARMY Sr., LSM, Tully, N.Y.
The League’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year had a goal, an assist, four ground balls and one caused turnover as Army went toe-to-toe with No. 11/13 Massachusetts Friday afternoon before falling 12-9. Defensively, Henderson marked UMass All-America Anthony Biscardi and held him scoreless in Friday’s contest.