March 12, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for to March 5-11 in men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball on Monday.
Four Patriot League baseball teams head to Florida for games this week as the League season approaches. Army, which is one of the four traveling squads, swept a three-game series over the weekend against Sacred Heart and as a result, a pair of players won weekly awards. Senior catcher J.T. Watkins was named the Player of the Week and freshman outfielder Daniel Cortes was named the Rookie of the Week. Holy Cross junior John Colella was named the Pitcher of the Week.
Two more Patriot League contests took place Saturday in men’s lacrosse, with both road teams coming out victorious. Navy went into Easton, Pa., and won 12-7 over Lafayette, while Colgate scored a 13-9 triumph at Holy Cross. That latter victory, coupled with an 18-8 drubbing of Hobart last week, helped lift the Raiders back into both national polls. Colgate sits 17th in both the USILA Coaches Top 20 and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Thanks to two more strong defensive efforts last week, Lehigh moved up to No. 11 Monday in both polls, while two straight victories for Bucknell has found the Bison in the others receiving votes in both rankings. There are five non-League games on Tuesday’s schedule, followed by another Saturday of League play with Army visiting Lehigh, Bucknell hosting Lafayette and Holy Cross going to Navy.
Patriot League action began in women's lacrosse on Saturday, with Colgate, Navy and Holy Cross all securing a victory at home in their League openers. Colgate's Katie Sullivan and Navy's Elaina Ponchione and Loren Generi each received weekly awards from the Patriot League on Monday for their roles in the victories.
All six Patriot League softball teams head to Florida for spring break action this season, with Lehigh and Holy Cross completing their trips to the sunshine state last week. The Mountain Hawks posted a 7-3 record in the Rebel Spring Games, with Jen Colquhoun and Cassie Waggy earning Patriot League weekly awards on Monday for their strong performances.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
J.T. WATKINS, ARMY Sr., C, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Watkins was a key bat in Army’s lineup as the Black Knights swept Sacred Heart in a three-game series over the weekend. Watkins went 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored. He drove in five runs in a 6-2 win on Saturday and pushed across another two runs in Sunday’s 5-2 win. This is the first weekly award for Watkins, who is batting .354 on the season with 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
JOHN COLELLA, HOLY CROSS Jr., P, Herndon, Va.
Colella pitched in four games during the Crusaders’ trip south, collecting two saves, a win and 10 strikeouts. He recorded the save in a Holy Cross 5-1 win over Charlotte on Tuesday, pitching 3⅔ innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and striking out three. On Friday, he pitched two scoreless innings to close out a 3-0 win over Winthrop, and on Sunday, he pitched three innings in a 4-3 win over Winthrop, allowing one run on a hit and a walk. He struck out three and recorded the win. For the week, he had a 2.89 ERA in 9⅓ innings of work, holding opponents to .179 batting average. This is his first weekly award
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DANIEL CORTES, ARMY Fr., OF, Altamonte, Fla.
Cortes went 5-for-11 (.455) with six runs scored, two walks and an RBI in Army’s three-game sweep of Sacred Heart. Cortes went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in the series opener, and followed that up with a 2-for-4, three-run performance in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He closed the series on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
CHRIS ROWLEY, ARMY Jr., P, Duluth, Ga.
Rowley allowed one run over six innings in a 6-2 win against Sacred Heart on Saturday. Rowley struck out five, allowed six hits and a walk, while picking up his third win of the season.
DAN WEIGEL, BUCKNELL So., P, Lancaster, Pa.
Weigel allowed two runs — one earned — over seven innings in an 18-3 win over Georgetown Sunday. He struck out two, while allowing seven hits and a walk in his fourth win of the season.
DEREK GUSSAROFF, LAFAYETTE Jr., P, Huntington, N.Y.
Gussaroff made two appearances last week for the Leopards, starting in the Leopards 6-3 win over Rider on Tuesday and pitching the final three innings of the Leopards’ 3-3 stalemate against Fairleigh Dickinson. He got the win against Rider, striking out two over three innings. Against Fairleigh Dickinson, Gussaroff struck out six and gave up no hits or walks.
GERRY RUNYAN, BUCKNELL Sr., OF, Milton, Pa.
Runyan went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in Bucknell’s 18-3 win over Georgetown. He’s now hitting .412 on the season and seven of his 14 hits are for extra bases.
CHANCE JONES, NAVY So., DH/C, St. George, Utah
Jones went 7-for-16 (.438) in four games last week with six RBIs and four runs scored. He drove in two runs against No. 25 Maryland on Wednesday, and he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored in the Mids’ 6-1 win over UMBC Sunday. He was a homer short of the cycle in the win.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TODD HERITAGE, BUCKNELL So., A, Cheshire, Conn.
Heritage became the second player in as many weeks to tie the Patriot League record as he scored eight goals in Bucknell’s 14-10 win Saturday over Hobart. His eight goals also tied a school record, and he finished with nine points after adding an assist. Heritage, a sophomore attackman out of Cheshire, Conn., scored five straight Bison goals in the first half, including a tally that broke a 5-5 tie and gave Bucknell the lead for good. Heritage is the second Bison in three years to score eight times in a game, joining Ryan Klipstein in 2010.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PAT KIERNAN, NAVY So., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J.
Kiernan was impressive at both ends for Navy in Saturday’s 12-7 Patriot League victory at Lafayette. In perhaps his best game in a Navy uniform, the sophomore long stick collected five ground balls and caused four turnovers to pace his team’s defense. As an added bonus, Kiernan scored two goals in transition. His first tally came early in the third quarter and was the last of a four-goal run for the Mids to take a 7-3 lead. His second came later in the fourth. Kiernan is tied for the team lead with six caused turnovers and is third with 18 ground balls despite missing two games with an injury.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon, who has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Lehigh’s stingy defense, has made saves when tested this season and that was no different last week. Poillon, who garnered his first career Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week last week, made 10 saves in Lehigh’s 6-2 win at VMI Tuesday, and made another eight stops as the Mountain Hawks topped No. 15/16 Yale 11-7 Sunday in Bethlehem, Pa. For the week, Poillon stopped 18 of 27 shots for a .667 save percentage playing all 120 minutes. His season goals-against-average dipped to 5.91, while his save percentage increased to .602.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
RYAN WALSH, COLGATE Fr., A, Wantagh, N.Y.
Walsh was strong again for Colgate, which moved up to No. 17 in both major national polls Monday. The freshman from Wantagh, N.Y., scored three goals for his second career hat trick in Tuesday’s 18-8 win over Hobart and tallied a team-high four goals in Saturday’s 13-9 victory at Holy Cross in his team’s Patriot League opener. Walsh collected a total of four ground balls and caused one turnover on the week. He’s started his collegiate career on a six-game point streak, and is second on the Raiders with 19 points on 12 markers and seven assists.
GARRETT THUL, ARMY Jr., A, Flemington, N.J.
Thul tallied a game-high four, including the 100th of his career, in Tuesday’s 9-8 win over Rutgers. He scored two more, giving him six for the week, in Saturday’s 9-8 overtime loss against Air Force. Thul is eight shy of breaking into the Patriot League’s all-time top 10 in career markers.
JOE KEARNEY, BUCKNELL Fr., M/FOS, Mahwah, N.J.
Kearney went 10-for-18 at the X with six ground balls against a Hobart team that was winning over 60 percent of its face-offs in Saturday’s 14-10 victory for Bucknell.
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Jr., M, Portland, Ore.
Baum averaged 4.5 goals, 2.5 assists and 7.0 points per game while totaling five ground balls in two Raider victories. Baum now has 89 career goals, tying him for ninth in Colgate history.
TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH So., D, Macungie, Pa.
Souders led a Lehigh defense that surrendered just two goals to VMI in Tuesday’s 6-2 win and allowed just 15 shots on goal in Sunday’s 11-7 victory over No. 15/16 Yale. The Bulldogs managed just 15 shots on goal and had been averaging over 14 goals per game entering the match.
TUCKER HULL, NAVY So., A, Charlotte, N.C.
Hull tallied his second eight-point showing of the season, scoring three goals and dishing a career-high five assists in Navy’s 12-7 victory at Lafayette Saturday in the Patriot League opener for both. He’s tallied multiple points in all five of Navy’s games this season.
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
KATIE SULLIVAN, COLGATE Sr., A, Cockeysville, Md.
Sullivan finished with six goals and five assists in two games for the Raiders last week, including a four-goal, three-assist outing as Colgate won its Patriot League opener 13-9 over Lehigh on Saturday. Sullivan had a career-high seven points in the win, scoring three of her four goals in the second half to help Colgate pull away. She also totaled two goals and two assists in a 15-10 loss to Cornell on Wednesday. Sullivan earns her first Offensive Player of the Week award from the Patriot League.
Midfield Player of the Week
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE So., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White had an outstanding all-around effort as well as a flair for the dramatic to lead Lafayette to a 17-16 double overtime win against Duquesne on Saturday. She set a Patriot League single-game record with 13 draw controls, breaking her own mark of 12 from last season, and also scored the game-tying goal as time expired in the first overtime session. White finished with two goals and two assists in the game after totaling a pair of goals and an assist with three draw controls and two ground balls in a 12-11 loss at La Salle on Wednesday. White earns her second Midfield Player of the Week award of the season, and fourth in her young career.
Defensive Player of the Week
ELAINA PONCHIONE, NAVY Sr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.
Ponchione had two solid efforts in net to help Navy win each of its games last week, running its winning streak to seven. She stopped six of 10 shots on goal in an 18-8 triumph over Robert Morris on Wednesday, and made 10 saves in the Mids’ 21-11 Patriot League win against Bucknell on Saturday. Ponchione is now 5-1 for the season with an 8.94 goals against average. She earns the Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season, and claims her seventh career Defensive or Goalkeeper of the Week award from the Patriot League.
Rookie of the Week
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Fr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi had a memorable performance in her first Patriot League game, scoring four goals and adding an assist along with seven draw controls in a 21-11 win over Bucknell on Saturday. She also tallied a ground ball and caused turnover in the game. Generi contributed to both of Navy’s wins last week, tallying three goals with four draw controls in an 18-8 victory over Robert Morris on Wednesday. She wins her second Rookie of the Week honor, and third in four weeks for a Navy student-athlete.
COURTNEY MILLER, COLGATE Sr., M, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Miller had five goals and four assists in two games last week, with four goals in a 13-9 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
KATELYNN MILLER, BUCKNELL So., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Miller finished with six goals, five assists and 13 draw controls in a 1-1 week for the Bison.
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY Jr., A, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo tallied five goals and six assists in a pair of wins for the Mids last week.
TAYLOR ZEBROWSKI, HOLY CROSS Jr., A, Verona, N.Y.
Zebrowski had five goals and three assists in two games, including three goals in a 12-8 win over American Saturday.
JESSICA ROTHSTEIN, LAFAYETTE Jr., A, Narberth, Pa.
Rothstein scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, in Lafayette’s 17-16 win over Duquesne on Saturday.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JEN COLQUHOUN, LEHIGH Sr., SS, Oak Park, Calif.
Colquhoun had a strong week to lead Lehigh to a winning mark in its action at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. She batted .520 (13-for-25) with six runs, six RBIs, three doubles and three triples as the Mountain Hawks went 6-2 last week to close out a 7-3 trip. Colquhoun went 3-for-3 with a double and a two-run triple for Lehigh’s only runs in a 2-1 win over Detroit. She recorded 22 total bases and a .880 slugging percentage in the eight games. Colquhoun hit in seven of the eight games, including the final six contests, and had a trio of three-hit games. She had either a run scored or RBI in each of the eight contests. Colquhoun receives her second career Patriot League Player of the Week award.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY O’CONNELL, COLGATE Jr., P/OF/DH, Palm Harbor, Fla.
O’Connell did it all to lift Colgate to a 1-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in the first game of the FGCU Tournament on Sunday. She allowed only four hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings, and drove in the game’s only run in the top of the eighth inning. O’Connell receives her second career Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CASSIE WAGGY, LEHIGH Fr., IF, Manteca, Calif.
Waggy batted .588 (10-for-17) with three runs scored and six RBIs during Lehigh’s 6-2 week at the Rebel Spring Games. She had four multi-hit games, including a 2-for-2 effort with a run scored and four RBIs in a 12-5 win over South Dakota. She also went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI in a 6-3 triumph over Manhattan. Waggy hit safely in six of the eight games for the week. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH Fr., P/UT, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher compiled a 3-1 record last week for Lehigh, allowing only two earned runs and 14 hits with 24 strikeouts over 19.2 innings of work on the mound. She did not allow an earned run in any of her three victories.
SAM FREGENTI, HOLY CROSS Jr. DP, Mellville, N.Y.
Fregenti batted .276 with two home runs and nine RBIs for the Crusaders, and has already set the school’s record with 17 career home runs early in her junior season.