Feb. 18, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 11-17 in men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and baseball.
Five squads picked up weekend victories in men's lacrosse, highlighted by Lafayette's come-from-behind overtime win at Georgetown and Lehigh's two-goal victory at Villanova. Garrett Thul paced Army to a pair of wins last week, while Colgate and Navy both improved to 2-0, the latter for the first time since 2009.
All seven teams have now opened the season in women's lacrosse, and five are in the win column. Lehigh, Lafayette and Colgate all opened their home slates with victories on Saturday, while Navy moved to 2-0 with a victory at Liberty.
Three teams have started their season in baseball, and Navy is the first in the win column after taking two out of three over the weekend at Norfolk State. The Mids claimed all three of the weekly awards handed out on Monday after their series win.
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GARRETT THUL, ARMY Sr., A, Flemington, N.J.
Thul scored in both Army victories last week, extending his goal-scoring streak to nation-leading 42 straight games. He logged career highs with seven goals and eight points in the Black Knights' 14-8 win over VMI Saturday, and scored four goals, including three in man-up situations, in Army's 14-8 victory over visiting Manhattan Wednesday. Thul, who also picked up 11 groundballs on the week, put 23 of hit 36 shots on net.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PAT KIERNAN, NAVY Jr., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J.
Kiernan was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight Monday after playing a role in all phases of Navy's 11-7 win over Detroit Friday night. He anchored a defensive unit that allowed just three goals in the first three quarters, and was part of a man-down unit that yielded just one goal in seven changes. He grabbed a career-high 11 ground balls to go with two caused turnovers, and scored a man-down goal for his ninth career marker. He covered Detroit's Mike Birney, who led the Titans with a hat trick the previous week in a loss to then-No. 19 Ohio State.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH So., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon tied a career high with 16 saves in Lehigh's 11-9 victory at Villanova, the program's first over the Wildcats on the road in 16 years. He helped hold Villanova off the board for over 16 minutes bridging the first and second quarters, allowing the Lehigh offense to tally five straight goals. He stopped 11 of 16 shots in the second half as the Mountain Hawks hung on to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2000. Poillon captures his second straight Goalkeeper of the Week nod.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
GORDON SANTRY, COLGATE Fr., GK, Chesnut Hill, Mass.
Santry collects his first Patriot League weekly award after stopping 11 shots and yielding seven goals, with only a pair coming in the second half, to backstop Colgate to a 13-7 victory at Vermont Saturday, lifting the Raiders to a 2-0 start. In only his second career start, Santry helped hold the Catamounts scoreless in five chances with the extra man.
TODD HERITAGE, BUCKNELL Jr., A, Cheshire, Conn.
Led Bucknell with four goals in Sunday's 12-11 loss at Mount St. Mary's.
BRENDON McCANN, COLGATE Jr., A, Warrenton, Va.
Scored five second-half goals, including a natural hat trick to started the second half, snapped a 5-5 tie and propelled the Raiders to Saturday's 13-7 win at Vermont.
SONNY ROUND, LAFAYETTE So., A, Summit, N.J.
Scored four times, all in the second half, to help Lafayette overcome a three-goal halftime deficit and rally for an 11-10 overtime victory at Georgetown.
DAVID DiMARIA, LEHIGH Sr., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
Tallied four points (3g, 4a) to lead Lehigh to an 11-9 win at Villanova, its first road win over the Wildcats since 1997. Had a hand in four of the team's first five goals, and assisted on Dante Fantoni's goal that put Lehigh up for good in the third quarter.
TUCKER HULL, NAVY Jr., A, Charlotte, N.C.
Netted his 10th career hat trick with three goals and three assists in Navy's 11-7 win over Detroit Friday. It was his 19th career multiple-point game.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY Jr., A, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro has scored 10 goals over Navy's first two games, tallying six in a 23-4 win over Winthrop on Feb. 10 and four in a 15-7 victory at Liberty on Saturday. She has scored a goal in 17 straight games, and the six against Winthrop were one shy of her career high. Her 10 goals have come on just 13 shots. Gennaro is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time and first since 2011.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMILY MAHER, AMERICAN Jr., M, Sellersville, Pa.
American dropped its two contests last week, but Maher was outstanding in defeat by filling the stat sheet in both games. She had two goals, a ground ball and six draw controls in a 17-13 loss at William & Mary on Wednesday and followed it up with two goals, two assists, three ground balls and five draw controls in a 15-12 loss to UMBC on Saturday. Maher earns her first Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week honor.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMILY SPECK, COLGATE Jr., D, Wayne, Pa.
Speck helped Colgate open its season with a victory by recording six ground balls and five caused turnovers in a 13-9 triumph over Vermont on Saturday. She contributed to four failed clears for the Catamounts, including three in the first half as Colgate built an 8-1 lead. Speck is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAITLIN CONCILIO, HOLY CROSS Fr., A, Ridgewood, N.J.
Concilio is tied for the team lead with three assists after Holy Cross split a pair of contests last week. She had a pair of helpers as the Crusaders opened the year with an 8-7 win over Bryant on Wednesday, then totaled a goal and an assist in a 17-8 loss to No. 20 Boston College on Saturday. Concilio is tied for second on the team with four points.
CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH So., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik had five goals and an assist to lead the Mountain Hawks to a season-opening 10-9 win over Villanova on Saturday.
AMANDA O'SULLIVAN, COLGATE Sr., M, Centreville, Md.
O'Sullivan scored five goals for the third time in her career to help the Raiders to a 13-9 win over Vermont on Saturday.
CAMMIE LINVILLE, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Princeton, N.J.
Linville totaled three goals and four ground balls in Lafayette's 12-8 victory over Marist on Saturday.
SARA HENNESSEY, HOLY CROSS Jr., A, Winchester, Mass.
Hennessey had four goals and an assist to lead the Crusaders to a season-opening 8-7 win at Bryant on Wednesday.
KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN Sr., A, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins had seven goals and two assists in the first two games of the season for the Eagles.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAVID WIEDEMAN, NAVY So., SS, Leawood, Kan.
Wiedeman went 4-for-10 with four runs scored and four RBIs to help Navy take two of three games in its opening weekend series at Norfolk State. He was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI in a 7-6 loss in game two on Friday, then capped the series by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs in Saturday's 13-1 victory. The three hits were a career high, and the three RBIs tied a single-game best. Wiedeman earns his second career Patriot League Player of the Week honor, also winning the first award of the year in 2012.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BEN NELSON, NAVY Sr., P, Winter Springs, Fla.
Nelson gave up just one earned run in seven innings to lead Navy to a 4-3 victory in its opener on Friday against Norfolk State. He scattered five hits and a walk while striking out six, and put the Spartans down in order in his final three innings of work. Nelson won his second straight opening day start and wins the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award for the third time in his career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ROBERT CURRIE, NAVY Fr., OF, Atlanta, Ga.
Currie batted .308 (4-for-13) with two runs scored and three RBIs in his first collegiate weekend to help Navy take two of three games at Norfolk State. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 4-3 win in the opener and had two RBIs in a 7-6 loss in the second game of the series. Currie had a hit in all three games of the series.
MAX KRA, BUCKNELL Fr., P/3B, Bethesda, Md.
Kra threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts, in a 6-3 loss to Richmond on Saturday.