March 5, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 27 to March 4 in men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball on Monday.
A pair of players repeated as weekly award winners in baseball as Bucknell senior Bob Donato was named the Player of the Week and Army junior Chris Rowley was named the Pitcher of the Week after both helped their teams win two of three last week. Army also nabbed the Rookie of the Week award with freshman infielder Harold Earls winning the award. Several non-conference games are on tap for this including a few long road trips for Army, Holy Cross and Lehigh.
The biggest story from last week in men’s lacrosse was the sustained superb play of Lehigh, which captured a pair of victories against top-20 opponents on the road. The Mountain Hawks visited No. 19/18 Penn Tuesday night and used stellar defense in a 10-4 victory. Lehigh completed its perfect 2-0 week with a 9-8 triumph at No. 4/4 North Carolina Saturday evening, giving the Mountain Hawks their first victory over the Tar Heels since 1951. Lehigh appears in both polls Monday, moving to No. 16 in the USILA Coaches Top 20 and No. 15 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The first Patriot League contest of the season took place Saturday with Bucknell winning 14-9 at Navy thanks in part to a seven-point effort from senior Billy Eisenreich. It was also a big weekend for Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Peter Baum. The Colgate junior scored eight goals in the Raiders’ 24-14 rout of Robert Morris. Holy Cross also captured a non-League win with a 13-11 triumph at Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Patriot League women's lacrosse schedule opens with three games on Saturday, including defending champion Navy hosting Bucknell. The Mids ran their winning streak to five in a row with an 8-7 triumph at Bryant on Saturday, with junior attack Jasmine DePompeo tallying two goals and an assist and taking home the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award.
It was a light week on the schedule for Patriot League softball teams, but the slate still produced an exceptional performance. Lehigh freshman Emily Bausher tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and just one walk allowed in her team's 4-0 win over South Dakota on Sunday, and earned both the Pitcher and Rookie of the Week award for her outing.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BOB DONATO, BUCKNELL Sr., OF, Williamsport, Pa.
Donato went 6-for-13 (.462) with a double, a home run, an RBI, two walks and three runs scored in the Bison’s three-game series against Niagara over the weekend. Bucknell won two of three with Donato hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in an 11-10 win on Saturday and he went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday’s 4-3 win. He now has 21 career home runs and is two away from moving into the League’s top-10 career home run list. This is Donato’s second weekly award this season and third of his career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS ROWLEY, ARMY Jr., RHP, Duluth, Ga.
Rowley struck out 10 batters over eight innings, while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in Army’s 9-2 win over UMBC on Saturday, completing a doubleheader sweep. He retired 13 straight batters to end his outing. Rowley is now 2-0 on the season with a 1.37 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 19⅔ innings. This is his second straight Pitcher of the Week award and third career award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HAROLD EARLS, ARMY Fr., INF, Cumming, Ga.
Earls went 7-for-10 (.700) in three games against UMBC for the Black Knights, driving in four runs and scoring another four. He also had a walk and a stolen base. He helped Army win two of three games, including a 9-2 win on Saturday where Earls went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
J.T. WATKINS, ARMY Sr., C, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Watkins went 6-for-14 (.429) with a pair of doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored in three games against UMBC over the weekend. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in a 9-2 win on Saturday, and he drove in three runs in a 10-8 loss on Saturday.
DAN WEIGEL, BUCKNELL Jr., 2B, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Weigel pitched 8⅓ innings in a 4-3 win over Niagara Sunday, striking out three and walking none. He allowed three runs on eight hits while improving to 3-0 on the season.
MATT CROGLIO, HOLY CROSS Sr., P, Fayetteville, N.Y.
Croglio collected the win over North Carolina Central, allowing one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings of work Sunday. He struck out six in the Crusaders’ 7-1 win.
CHRIS SINTETOS, HOLY CROSS Sr., OF, Bethesda, Md.
Sintetos went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in Holy Cross’ 7-1 win over North Carolina Central on Sunday. He did not play in the Crusaders’ second game of the day.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Jr., M, Portland, Ore.
Baum erupted for eight goals and a pair of assists for 10 points in Colgate’s 24-14 win at Robert Morris Saturday afternoon. The junior from Portland, Ore., scored four times during the Raiders’ 11-goal eruption in the first quarter, before scoring three more times across the end of the second quarter and start of the third to eventually put his team in front 20-7. Baum extended his point-scoring streak to 31 straight games, which ranks in the nation’s top 10, and leads the Patriot League averaging 4.25 goals per contest. He has 17 goals and four assists for 21 points.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH So., D, Macungie, Pa.
Souders spearheaded the Mountain Hawks on defense last week, helping them post two impressive victories over nationally-ranked foes. He collected four ground balls and caused one turnover in Tuesday’s 10-4 victory at No. 19/18 Penn in which the Lehigh defense caused 16 of the Quakers’ 18 turnovers. He added three more ground balls and another caused turnover in Saturday’s 9-8 victory at No. 4/4 North Carolina. Souders helped lead a Lehigh defense that held the Quakers without a goal for the first 24:56 of Tuesday’s game, extending the Mountain Hawks’ own team shutout streak to 90:14 that stretched back to the fourth quarter of the contest two weeks ago against Villanova. On Saturday, Souders and the Lehigh defense held the Tar Heels’ three top goal scorers to just one marker. The Mountain Hawks defense held UNC scoreless for 27:50, which helped Lehigh turn a 5-3 deficit into an 8-5 lead in the fourth quarter.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon finished with a .556 save percentage, facing 27 shots on goal with 15 stops and posting two victories as Lehigh defeated No. 19/18 Penn and No. 4/4 North Carolina on the road. The freshman from Mount Sinai, N.Y., came up with his biggest save of the week with just 27 seconds to go on Saturday, as he stoned Marcus Holman to preserve the Mountain Hawks’ 9-8 win over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. For the season, Poillon has a .579 save percentage while his performance against two NCAA Tournament teams from last season lowered his season goals-against average to 6.00.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
RYAN WALSH, COLGATE Fr., A, Wantagh, N.Y.
Walsh collected his first career hat trick and added three assists for six points in the Raiders’ 24-14 drubbing at Robert Morris on Saturday. The Wantagh, N.Y., native is third on the team with 11 points with five goals and six assists. He more than doubled his offensive output for the season in the 10-goal win against the Colonials.
BILLY EISENREICH, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Chatham, N.J.
Eisenreich was stellar for Bucknell, leading the Bison to their first win of the 2012 campaign and, even more importantly, grabbing that first Patriot League triumph of the season. He scored twice and added five assists to tie a career best with seven points in Bucknell’s 14-9 victory at Navy Saturday afternoon. His stats from the 2012 meeting against the Mids are the exact same ones he posted a year ago when the Bison won by one at home in overtime in the previous meeting. Eisenreich’s first goal of the day snapped a 4-4 tie early in the second quarter, giving the defending champions a lead they would not relinquish. Eisenreich has 18 points in four games this season.
DAVID DiMARIA, LEHIGH Jr., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
DiMaria scored three goals and dished six assists for nine points in Lehigh’s two victories over nationally-ranked opponents. He scored twice, including the eventual game-winner, and finished with five points in Tuesday’s 10-4 win at No. 19/18 Penn. He added a goal and three assists for four points in Saturday’s 9-8 triumph at fourth-ranked North Carolina.
GARRETT THUL, ARMY Jr., A, Flemington, N.J.
Thul recorded career hat trick No. 20 with three goals in Army’s 18-7 loss at No. 7/3 Cornell Saturday afternoon. He has goals in 29 straight games, the third-longest such streak in the nation.
RYAN SNYDER, LEHIGH Jr., Reading, Pa.
Snyder lifted his name into the conversation as one of the best face-off men in the country after going 13-of-20 in his team’s 9-8 win at No. 4/4 North Carolina Saturday night. He went up against UNC’s R.G. Kennan, who entered the contest second in the nation with a face-off percentage over 80 percent. Snyder also went 10 of 11 on face-offs in the second half of Tuesday’s 10-4 win over No. 19/18 Penn.
JOHN HANNAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Manhasset, N.Y.
Hannan tallied five goals on the week, including four in Sunday’s 13-11 win at Jacksonville. At 2-2, Holy Cross has its best record through four games since starting 3-1 in 2008.
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY Jr., A, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo had an outstanding all-around effort to lead Navy to an 8-7 win at Bryant on Saturday. She tallied two goals and an assist, including the game-winner with 6:57 to play as Navy rallied for the win. DePompeo also recorded three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control in the contest. She has scored a point in 17 straight contests, and the Tewaaraton Award candidate has 80 career goals. DePompeo leads the Patriot League with 23 points for the season, scoring 12 goals and a League-high 11 assists. She is named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMILY BURTON, AMERICAN Jr., M, Catonsville, Md.
Burton played two strong games as the Eagles split contests against Richmond and Old Dominion last week. She tallied a career-high five goals against the Spiders on Wednesday, including four unassisted, as the Eagles came up just short in a 12-11 defeat. Burton again led the Eagle offense on Saturday by notching two goals and two assists in a 16-10 win over Old Dominion. She also totaled three draw controls and a caused turnover in the game. Burton has 13 goals and three assists for the season, and leads the Patriot League in both goals and points per game. She receives her first Midfield Player of the Week award.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JULIE McBRIEN, LEHIGH Jr., M, Pearl River, N.Y.
McBrien helped Lehigh to an 11-9 win over Robert Morris on Saturday by contributing in all phases of the game. She totaled three caused turnovers and two draw controls to go with a goal and two assists as Lehigh came away with the victory. McBrien had two caused turnovers, two ground balls, a draw control and an assist in a 14-5 loss to Temple on Thursday. The junior earns her first weekly award from the Patriot League.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH Fr., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik had a big day in Lehigh’s 11-9 win over Robert Morris on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals and adding two ground balls and six draw controls to help the Mountain Hawks to the victory. The six draw controls tied the top mark for a Lehigh player in the last six seasons. The goals came consecutively after Robert Morris had trimmed Lehigh’s lead to 5-4. Sukonik also had an assist in a 14-5 loss to Temple on Thursday. She earns her first Rookie of the Week honor.
KATHY YOUNG, NAVY Jr., M, Berwyn, Pa.
Young tallied three goals, three ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers in Navy’s 8-7 win at Bryant on Saturday.
KELLY DRAPER, LEHIGH Sr., A, Ocean Port, N.J.
Draper finished with five goals and an assist in two games for the Mountain Hawks.
KATELYNN MILLER, BUCKNELL So., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Miller tied a school record with six caused turnovers and also added three ground balls and two draw controls in a 15-7 loss to George Washington on Saturday.
KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN Jr., A, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins had three goals and three assists as American split home games with Richmond and Old Dominion.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEXIS AuBUCHON, ARMY Sr., 1B, Trinity, Fla.
AuBuchon batted .455 with two runs scored and an RBI to help Army to a 2-2 week. She was 2-for-2 with two runs scored an an RBI in a 7-2 win over Buffalo on Friday, and also went 2-for-2 with a double against Stony Brook on Sunday. She had a nine-game hitting streak until taking an 0-for-3 against Siena on Saturday. AuBuchon is batting .394 for the season and leads Army with 13 hits. AuBuchon wins the Player of the Week honor for the first time.
PITCHER AND ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH Fr., P, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and only one walk allowed in Lehigh’s 4-0 victory over South Dakota on Sunday. She faced just two batters over the minimum, with one runner reaching via error in addition to the walk. Bausher earned her first collegiate win, and the 12 strikeouts are a single-game for Lehigh in 2012. She is named both Pitcher and Rookie of the Week for the first time.
MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY Fr., P, Davidson, N.C.
Lashley allowed five earned runs in 15 innings of work over three games, with a 1-1 record that included a complete-game three-hitter in a 7-2 win over Buffalo on Friday.