Patriot League Weekly Awards (3.12.12)

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Colgate's Peter Baum
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Colgate's Peter Baum
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

March 19, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for March 12-18 in men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball on Monday.

In Patriot League baseball, Holy Cross had the only winning record last week going 2-1, and Army and Navy broke even at 2-2 as several League teams competed in Florida invitationals. Holy Cross and Army each nabbed weekly awards with the Crusaders’ Jordan Enos being named the Player of the Week and the Black Knights’ Alex Robinett being named the Rookie of the Week. Bucknell relief pitcher Alex Cillo was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week.

Three teams who had winning weeks in men’s lacrosse found themselves moving up the national rankings Monday. After Saturday’s 7-6 win at home over Army Saturday, Lehigh stood pat at No. 11 in the USILA Coaches Poll and inched up one spot to 10th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20. Colgate handed previously unbeaten and then-No. 13 Fairfield a 12-6 loss in Hamilton, N.Y., Saturday afternoon, and the Raiders moved up to 12th in the coaches poll and No. 13 in the media voting. Bucknell is the third Patriot League team in the rankings this week, reemerging at No. 20 in both polls after winning Tuesday at Drexel and posting a 17-6 victory Saturday over Lafayette. That win also keeps the Bison in first place in the League standings at 2-0. Another team to win twice last week was Navy, as the Mids handed Towson a 10-6 defeat and clamped down late for a 13-7 win at home Saturday over Holy Cross. Another set of big League games are on the horizon Saturday with Navy going to Colgate, Holy Cross visiting Lehigh and Lafayette hosting Army. But two Tuesday night games await as well, with 20th-ranked Bucknell hosting Robert Morris and No. 11/10 Lehigh heading to No. 17/17 Penn State.

In women's lacrosse, Navy ran its winning streak to 10 with three victories last week including an 18-7 triumph over Lafayette on Saturday to move to 2-0 in Patriot League action. American and Lehigh also won Patriot League contests on Saturday, and the three teams were joined by Holy Cross with a weekly award winner on Monday.

Patriot League softball teams completed their Florida spring break trips last week, with Army posting a 5-3 record at the Rebel Spring Games. Morgan Lashley earned the decision in all but one contest, going 5-2 with a 1.70 ERA to earn the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award. Lehigh's Jen Colquhoun and Emily Bausher also won weekly honors on Monday.


Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JORDAN ENOS, HOLY CROSS
Jr., 1B, Stockton, Calif.
Enos batted 5-for-10 (.500) in the Crusaders’ three games over the weekend, driving in four runs and scoring two more. Holy Cross went 2-1 with a pair of wins over Albany and a loss to St. John’s. Enos drove in at least one run in each game. He also had two walks and committed zero errors at first base with 23 putouts. This is the first weekly award of his career.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ALEX CILLO, BUCKNELL
Sr., P, Williamsport, Pa.
Cillo pitched seven scoreless and hitless innings of relief in three outings last week for the Bison. He retired four straight batters in a Bucknell loss to Iowa on Tuesday and he struck out four in three innings of scoreless work against Bradley on Wednesday. He pitched the final 2⅔ innings in a 10-6 win over Northwestern on Saturday to collect the save. This is his first career weekly award.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX ROBINETT, ARMY
Fr., P, Bend, Ore.
Robinett struck out 11 batters in seven innings, helping Army win 8-3 over Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday. He allowed three runs — all unearned — on six hits and no walks. Robinett now has an 0.89 ERA in 20⅓ innings of work this season. This is his first weekly award and Army’s fourth different Rookie of the Week in 2012.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
CHRIS ROWLEY, ARMY
Jr., P, Duluth, Ga.
Rowley won his fourth straight start, pitching seven strong innings in a 5-1 win over Iowa Friday. Rowley struck out two, while giving up one run on four hits and two walks.

J.T. WATKINS, ARMY Sr., C, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Watkins went 8-for-15 (.533) in four games last week. He drove in three runs and scored four. He had a double and a homer, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

TOMMY MARRA, HOLY CROSS Jr., P, Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Marra gave up five hits and two walks over eight innings in a 4-3 win over Albany Sunday. He struck out two and gave up two runs.

BRENDAN McGAHERAN, LEHIGH Sr., INF, Nazareth, Pa.
McGaheran went 13-for-28 (.464) over six games for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, recording five multiple-hit games. He also had seven runs scored, four RBIs and four stolen bases. He did the majority of the damage in a 4-for-5 performance against Iona where he scored four runs, hit a homer, drove in a pair of runs and stole three bases.

NIKOLAI SIMONSON, NAVY So., OF, Edenton, N.C.
Simonson batted 8-for-16 (.500) in four games last week, driving in a pair of runs and scoring three. He walked twice, tripled and stole a base.

JOEL RINEHART, NAVY Jr., P, Kingwood, Texas
Rinehart picked up two wins in relief last week, pitching 3⅔ innings in a 9-6 win over Eastern Illinois and two innings in a 6-5 win over Northwestern. He struck out three and allowed three hits in each outing, and he gave up just one run in the 5⅔ innings of work.


Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PETER BAUM, COLGATE
Jr., A, Portland, Ore.
Baum scored seven goals and pitched in four assists for an 11-point week across two Colgate victories. On Saturday the junior from Portland, Ore., netted four goals, including the eventual game-winner, with two assists for six points as the Raiders handed No. 13/13 Fairfield its first loss of the season, 12-6. Baum’s performance Saturday followed up a three-goal, two-assist showing in Colgate’s 17-8 victory Tuesday at Binghamton. For the week, Baum averaged 3.5 goals, 2.0 assists and 5.5 points per game, while picking up four total ground balls.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BOBBY LAWRENCE, COLGATE
So., D, Summit, N.J.
Lawrence had a strong week on the back line during Colgate’s 2-0 week with wins against Binghamton Tuesday and No. 13/13 Fairfield Saturday. The sophomore picked up a pair of ground balls while holding the Bearcats’ fourth-leading scorer Brandon Planck to just two shots and no points in the Raiders’ 17-8 victory. Lawrence followed it up with six ground balls and three caused turnovers in Colgate’s 12-6 win over Fairfield while limiting the Stags’ Drew Frederico, the team’s sixth-leading point getter, to just two shots and no points in the contest.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
R.J. WICKHAM, NAVY
Sr., GK, Penn Yan, N.Y.
Wickham recorded a season-high 16 saves and stopped nearly 70 percent of the attempts on goal in Navy’s 13-7 League win over Holy Cross Saturday in Annapolis, Md. In the contest, Wickham became only the eighth player in Navy history to reach 400 saves and the first since current Navy goalkeeping coach Mickey Jarboe in 2000. The senior from Penn Yan, N.Y., started the week with nine saves and stopped 60 percent of the shots to come his way in the Mids’ 10-6 victory Tuesday at Towson. Wickham now has 411 career saves.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH
Fr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon stopped 68.4 percent of Army’s shots on goal, made 13 saves and yielded just six goals in Lehigh’s tight 7-6 victory over the Black Knights Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa. It was just Lehigh’s fourth victory in 24 all-time meetings with Army. Nine of Poillon’s 13 stops came in the first half in which Army controlled the bulk of the play, helping keep the Mountain Hawks even heading into the break.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
TUCKER HULL, NAVY
So., A, Charlotte, N.C.
Hull entered the week as the nation’s second-leading point scorer (behind Peter Baum), and his performances did not disappoint. Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season in Saturday’s 13-7 win over Holy Cross. He totaled five goals, eight assists and 13 points in two Navy wins, which includes Tuesday’s 10-6 triumph against Towson.

DANTE FANTONI, LEHIGH Jr., A, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Fantoni capped off his hat trick Saturday, but his biggest goal came with 2:53 to play to give Lehigh a 7-5 lead in an eventual 7-6 victory over Army in the League opener for both. It was Fantoni’s 12th career hat trick.

BILLY EISENREICH, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Chatham, N.J.
Eisenreich scored four times in Bucknell’s 17-6 win Saturday over Lafayette, keeping the Bison in first place in the League. He also netted a hat trick and five points in Bucknell’s 12-11 victory Tuesday at Drexel.

RYAN WALSH, COLGATE Fr., A, Wantagh, N.Y.
Walsh totaled seven goals and 10 points across Colgate’s two victories last week, including a five-goal, seven-point performance along with the eventual game-winner in the Raiders’ 17-8 drubbing of Binghamton. He scored twice with four ground balls in Saturday’s victory over 13th-ranked Fairfield.

PAT KIERNAN, NAVY So., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J.
Kiernan contributed at both ends of the field, scoring three goals and four points in two victories for the Mids. He totaled six ground balls and two caused turnovers and was part of a Navy defense that held Holy Cross scoreless for the last 10:57 of the game, enabling the Mids to expand on an 8-7 lead.

SAM GRINBERG, BUCKNELL Fr., GK, New York, N.Y.
Grinberg played the second half of Tuesday’s contest against Drexel and made 11 saves to propel Bucknell to a 12-11 win over the Dragons. It was a 7-7 game when he entered, and it was his first career victory.


Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN
Jr., A, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins had a huge week as American played a ranked opponent and then earned a critical Patriot League win in dramatic fashion over Colgate. She racked up three goals and a career-high four assists as the Eagles fell 19-11 to No. 19 Massachusetts on Tuesday. Collins tied a career-high with five goals and added an assist in American’s 19-18 win over Colgate on Saturday, and came through when it mattered most. She tied the score at 18-18 with 2:48 left to set the Eagles up to win in the final moments. She also had a career-high four ground balls in the game. Collins earns the Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season.
 
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SARA HENNESSEY, HOLY CROSS
So., M, Winchester, Mass.
Hennessey led the Crusaders to a pair of wins with eight goals last week while also filling the stat sheet with a combined three ground balls, nine draw controls and four caused turnovers in victories over Brown and Sacred Heart. She had two goals and four draw controls in an 11-10 win over Brown on Tuesday, with the second tally with 3:42 remaining serving as the game-winner. Hennessey followed that up with six goals in an 15-12 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday. It was the most goals for a Holy Cross player since Kristine Corkum scored six in an 18-11 victory versus Boston College on March 14, 2007. She also had a team-best five draw controls and three caused turnovers in a great all-around effort.
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KIERSTIN KING, NAVY
Sr., D, Upperco, Md.
King led a dominant week on defense for the Mids, as Navy allowed only 20 total goals in lopsided wins over Old Dominion, Iona and Lafayette. King organized the Navy defense as the Mids gave action to five different goalies last week. She also added a goal and two assists in the 19-5 win over Old Dominion on Wednesday, her first three-point game since playing midfield in 2009.
 
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CARLA SUKONIK, LEHIGH
Fr., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik totaled 12 goals in two victories for the Mountain Hawks last week, including eight in a 17-10 triumph over Binghamton on Wednesday. The eight goals were the most by a Lehigh player since Lauren Dykstra had eight on March 21, 2009 against American. Sukonik followed that up with four goals and an assist in a 17-9 win over Bucknell on Saturday, while also tallying seven draw controls in the game. The freshman leads the Mountain Hawks with 20 goals, 23 points and 29 draw controls for the season. She earns the Rookie of the Week award for the second time.
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS
KATHY YOUNG, NAVY
Jr., M, Berwyn, Pa.
Young totaled 12 goals, four ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers in three wins for the Mids.
 
LOREN GENERI, NAVY So., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Generi had 11 goals, three assists and 18 draw controls in three wins for the Mids last week.
 
JULIE McBRIEN, LEHIGH Jr., M, Pearl River, N.Y.
McBrien had five goals, an assist, four draw controls and four caused turnovers as Lehigh won a pair of games.

Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JEN COLQUHOUN, LEHIGH
Sr., SS, Oak Park, Calif.
Colquhoun receives her second consecutive Player of the Week honor after an impressive weekend at the Radford Invitational. She started it off with a 3-for-4 outing with a run scored in a 5-4 loss to Binghamton on Saturday. She made her hits count on Sunday, belting two-run home runs in each of Lehigh’s contests. It helped the Mountain Hawks top Binghamton 6-0, while Lehigh also fell 4-3 to Radford. Colquhoun leads Lehigh in most statistical categories, including batting average, home runs and RBIs. It is her third career Player of the Week award.
 
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY
Fr., P, Davidson, N.C.
Lashley was in the circle all week as Army put up a 5-3 record at the Rebel Spring Games. She earned the decision in all but one of the contests, going 5-2 with a 1.70 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 49.1 innings pitched. Lashley opened the week with a complete-game shutout of Akron in a 5-0 victory on Monday, and earned the win in the last four games for Army on the trip. She was especially dominant on Saturday, allowing two earned runs and striking out a career-high eight in a 5-3 eight-inning win over St. Peter’s before going the distance without allowing an earned run in a 5-3 victory over Wagner. Lashley allowed just one home run and 11 extra-base hits in her 49.1 innings of work.
 
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH
Fr., P/UT, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher continued her outstanding freshman season for the Mountain Hawks, allowing just two earned runs in 13 innings of work and posting a 1-1 record at the Radford Invitational over the weekend. She struck out six but took the loss in a 3-0 defeat against Radford on Saturday, but came back the next day with a one-hit, 15-strikeout complete-game shutout to lead the Mountain Hawks past Binghamton 6-0.
 
HONORABLE MENTION
BRIDGET GATES, BUCKNELL
Jr. P, Milford, Conn.
Gates allowed five earned runs in 20.1 innings last week, picking up her first-career save in an 8-6 triumph over Howard before throwing a complete-game shutout to beat Columbia 6-0.