Feb. 20, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 13-19 in men’s and women’s lacrosse and baseball on Monday.
An unseasonably warm winter has paved the way for a near seamless start of the NCAA baseball season. Army, Bucknell and Navy all had three games scheduled for the opening weekend, and only one game was canceled as the League compiled a 4-4 record. Navy, the defending Patriot League Champions, went 2-1 with a pair of players earning weekly awards. Junior starting pitcher Ben Nelson, the 2011 Patriot League Tournament MVP, was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week and freshman shortstop David Wiedeman was named the Player of the Week. Army freshmen shortstop Alex Jensen was named the Rookie of the Week as the Black Knights opened the season 1-2.
Army, Colgate and Lafayette picked up victories last week in men’s lacrosse, and those teams added weekly awards to their mantles Monday. Army’s offense erupted in Wednesday’s 24-7 victory over Wagner, scoring the most goals of any Black Knights squad since a 25-8 victory over Colgate in 1991. It was part of a 2-0 week for the Black Knights. Colgate, which was ranked No. 19 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll entering the weekend, improved to 2-0 with a 10-6 victory Saturday over Vermont. Lafayette took the field for the first time and opened with a win, taking a 10-5 triumph against visiting Providence. All seven Patriot League teams will be in action this weekend, with six playing on Saturday.
All seven teams have hit the field in women's lacrosse, with American, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy each getting in the win column early in the season. Three of the winning squads had student-athletes honored by the Patriot League on Monday, including Leigh Ann Torcivia and Alexandra Fitzpatrick from Lehigh for leading the Mountain Hawks to an 8-5 season-opening win against Marist on Saturday.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAVID WIEDEMAN, NAVY Fr., SS, Leawood, Kan.
Wiedeman batted .364 (4-for-11) last week, helping the Mids go 2-1 in a three-game series at North Carolina A&T. He started all three games totaling a team-best five RBIs and two runs scored. The freshman shortstop went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Navy’s 3-1 season-opening win on Friday and he was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in an 11-4 win on Saturday. He also went 1-for-3 in the Mids’ only setback in the series, a 7-2 loss on Saturday.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BEN NELSON, NAVY Jr., P, Winter Springs, Fla.
Nelson, the 2011 Patriot League Tournament MVP, pitched a solid season opener for the Mids, tossing 6⅔ innings of scoreless baseball, striking out six. He allowed just three hits and walked none, picking up the win. Nelson is now 12-9 as a Mid after going 6-6 in 2011. This is his second career weekly award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX JENSEN, ARMY Fr., SS, Charlotte, N.C.
Jensen, like his Army teammates, had a slow start to the season, going 0-for-6 in the Black Knights’ two losses to High Point, but in the third game of the series on Saturday, Jensen busted out with a 4-for-5 performance, driving in two runs and scoring another. He finished the week batting .364 (4-for-11). He also walked twice in the Black Knights’ 8-5 loss to High Point on Saturday.
BOB DONATO, BUCKNELL Sr., OF, Williamsport, Pa.
Donato went 3-for-7 in the Bison’s two games over the weekend, driving in three runs and scoring another. Donato was 0-for-3 in Bucknell’s 3-1 loss to La Salle on Saturday, but bounced back later in the day, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and one run scored in an 8-4 win over Niagara.
DAN WEIGEL, BUCKNELL So., P, Lancaster, Pa.
Weigel picked up the win for the Bison in their 8-4 win over Niagara on Saturday. The sophomore pitcher allowed one run — unearned — on four hits and a walk over seven innings of work. He struck out eight in the game with seven coming in the first four innings. His inning-ending punchout in the second inning stranded two runners and held Niagara to just one run in the inning.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CONOR HAYES, ARMY Sr., A, Wilmington, Del.
Hayes was an offensive spark in two victories for Army, 24-7 over Wagner on Wednesday and 14-8 against VMI Saturday, with both games at West Point. He scored five goals and had six points in the victory against the Keydets after tallying three goals and four points versus the Seahawks. He totaled 10 points on eight goals and two dishes for the week, averaging four goals and five points per game. His eight goals came on 11 shots. He put Army on the scoreboard first in both games, scoring off the opening face-off in both contests.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KEVIN GORDON, COLGATE Sr., D, Rye, N.Y.
Gordon led the Raiders’ defensive effort in their 10-6 victory Saturday over Vermont. The senior from Rye, N.Y., picked up seven ground balls to help Colgate transition from defense to offense in the win against the Catamounts. The Raiders are now 2-0 on the season.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JAKE HYATT, LAFAYETTE So., GK, Ridgefield, Conn.
In his first collegiate start and appearance, Hyatt came up big for the Leopards with 10 saves in a 10-5 victory over Providence in the season opener Saturday afternoon in Easton, Pa. Hyatt posted a .667 save percentage and earned the first victory of his career, giving Lafayette a good start to its 2012 campaign.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JOHN GLESENER, ARMY Fr., M, Camillus, N.Y.
Glesener, who has played big minutes on Army’s first midfield line, tallied points in both victories last week. He scored twice and added an assist in Wednesday’s victory against Wagner, and added two dishes in Saturday’s triumph versus VMI. His three assists in the two games was the high mark for any Army player last week, and he finished with five points.
BILLY EISENREICH, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Chatham, N.J.
Eisenreich tallied six points on three goals and three assists, with five of those points coming in the second half, as Bucknell fell 11-9 Saturday at No. 11/13 Massachusetts. He also pitched in a pair of ground balls.
JARED MADISON, COLGATE Sr., GK, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Madison made 10 saves and posted a .625 save percentage in the Raiders’ 10-6 victory over Vermont Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. He also had one ground ball and one caused turnover in the match.
WILL HEFFERNAN, LAFAYETTE Sr., A, Malvern, Pa.
Heffernan had career-highs in goals (four) and points (five) to lead Lafayette to its 10-5 win Saturday over visiting Providence.
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ADDIE GODFREY, LAFAYETTE Jr., A, Princeton, N.J.
Godfrey led Lafayette to a 15-3 season-opening win over Liberty on Saturday by scoring five goals, with four in the first half as the Leopards tallied the first eight goals of the contest. Godfrey also recorded a ground ball and had two caused turnovers in the game. Godfrey earns the first Offensive Player of the Week award for a Lafayette student-athlete since 2006.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LEIGH ANN TORCIVIA, LEHIGH Sr., M, Rumson, N.J.
Torcivia had a strong game both offensively and defensively to help lead Lehigh to an 8-5 win over Marist in its season opener on Saturday. She tallied two goals and three assists, setting career highs in both categories in her first game in the midfield after previously serving as a defender. Both of her goals came in the first half as Lehigh built a 6-0 advantage at the break. The Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year also tallied a game-high four draw controls, half of Lehigh’s total, and added a caused turnover. She earns the Midfield Player of the Week award for the first time after three Defensive Player of the Week honors in the past two seasons.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEXANDRA FITZPATRICK, LEHIGH So., GK, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Fitzpatrick came up huge with 11 saves to push Lehigh to an 8-5 win over Marist on Saturday. She stopped all six shots she faced in the first half as Lehigh opened up a 6-0 lead at intermission. The 11 saves marked her sixth-career double-digit performance, and Fitzpatrick stopped nearly 70 percent of the shots she faced on the afternoon. She also added a caused turnover and three ground balls in the game. Fitzpatrick receives her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JESS FELLOWS, NAVY Fr., M, Vienna, Va.
Fellows had a breakout performance in her third collegiate game, netting six goals and an assist as Navy posted a 20-4 win over Longwood on Saturday. She had three goals in the first half as Navy built an 8-3 lead, and added three more after intermission as the Mids pulled away. The six goals and seven points are each the most in a single game for a Patriot League player this season.
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE So., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White did a little of everything with two goals, two assists, three ground balls and seven draw controls in Lafayette’s 15-3 victory against Liberty.
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY So., A, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro has opened the season with nine goals in Navy’s first three games, and tallied seven goals and three assists as the Mids beat both William & Mary and Longwood last week.
LAUREN SCHOENBERGER, AMERICAN Sr., A, Penfield, N.Y.
Schoenberger had three goals and three assists as American opened the season with a 12-6 win over Davidson Saturday.
KATHY YOUNG, NAVY Jr., M, Berwyn, Pa.
Young had four goals and an assist in Navy’s 20-4 win over Longwood, while also adding three ground balls and five draw controls in the game.
COURTNEY MILLER, COLGATE Sr., M, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Miller has seven goals in Colgate’s first two games while also totaling five ground balls in the contests.