March 24, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for March 17-23 in men and women's lacrosse, baseball, softball and outdoor track and field on Monday.
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JUSTIN WARD, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., A, Glen Burnie, Md.
Ward increased his national lead in assists (30) in two Loyola wins this week, posting four in both outings against Georgetown and Lafayette. In the win over the Hoyas, he assisted on four goals and scored one, and he then turned in a season-high seven points with four assists and a season-best three goals versus the Leopards. Ward has had two or more assists in all nine games the Greyhounds have played this season and needs three more assists to become the first player in program history to register 100 assists.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX SPRING, BUCKNELL So., LSM, New York, N.Y.
Spring played two terrific games at long-stick defensive midfield in Bucknell's 2-0 week. The sophomore set career highs with nine ground balls and four caused turnovers in a 13-8 mid-week win over Brown, and he had three CTs and six GBs in a 7-3 Patriot League win over Boston University. Spring was part of a defense that shut out the Terriers for the final 43 minutes of the game as the Bison flipped a 3-2 deficit into a 7-3 win.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
SAM GRINBERG, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, New York, N.Y.
Grinberg earns his second Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award following his stellar play in two Bucknell victories last week. He made 13 saves in both games, a 13-8 win over Brown and a 7-3 win over Boston University. In both contests he made eight of his 13 saves in the second half, and in the win over the Terriers, Grinberg did not yield a goal in the final 43 minutes of the game, as the Bison turned a 3-2 deficit early in the second period into a 7-3 victory.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SAM TALKO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., M/FO, Delray Beach, Fla.
Talko picked up seven groundballs and was 12-for-12 in faceoffs during the Terriers 7-3 loss at Bucknell on Saturday. The freshman from Delray Beach, Florida, also scored a goal - his second of the season - against the Bison. Talkow has won 16 straight faceoffs dating back to March 15 against Lafayette and is 36-of-49 (.735) in the last three games at the faceoff X.
BRENDON MCCANN, COLGATE Sr., A, Warrenton, Va.
McCann posted a 7-point week (six goals, one assist) to lead Raiders to strong showing against third-ranked Cornell and a victory at Navy. The senior has recorded back-to-back hat tricks and now has eight for his career.
ALEX DALY, ARMY So., F/O, New Market, Md.
Daly went 12-of-15 in the face-off x and won all four fourth-quarter face-offs to help keep Lehigh off the board in the final 15:00 and allow the Army offense to net the lone three goals of the fourth quarter in a 6-5 win. Scooped a game and season-high nine groundballs to help Black Knights knock off #17/20 Mountain Hawks.
SAM SOMERS, ARMY Jr., GK, Wilton, Conn.
Somers helped a lock-down Army defense secure a 6-5 win over nationally ranked Lehigh. The junior surrendered just one goal in the second half to hold the Mountain Hawks to its lowest scoring output of the season.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE THOMAS, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., A, Bel Air, Md.
Thomas totaled seven goals and four assists in a pair of wins for the Greyhounds last week. She started with a career-high five goals and three assists in a 16-5 triumph over Bucknell on Wednesday, then had two goals and an assist in a 12-4 victory against Lehigh on Saturday. Thomas is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time, and marks the fourth time in six weeks a Loyola student-athlete has captured the award.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JILL HORKA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., M, Westborough, Mass.
Horka came up big in a pair of close wins for the Terriers last week. She tallied two goals, two ground balls and a draw control in an 8-6 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday, and came up with two goals, an assist and two ground balls as Boston University won 9-8 at No. 14/19 Navy on Saturday to snap the Mids' 15-game Patriot League win streak. Horka scored the game-winning goal when she gave BU a 9-7 lead with 13:55 to play.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIE HART, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., D, Upperco, Md.
Hart helped lead the Terriers to the win over Navy by holding the nation's leading scorer, Loren Generi, without a point in the 9-8 victory. Hart took on the one-on-one assignment and also helped force Generi into five turnovers. That outing came after Hart picked up two ground balls and led a defense which held Holy Cross scoreless for over 32 minutes in an 8-6 win on Wednesday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE MEEGAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., GK, Timonium, Md.
Meegan made 10 saves as Boston University ended Navy's 15-game Patriot League win streak with a 9-8 win over the No. 14/19 Mids on Saturday. She held the Mids to just 2-of-10 on free-position attempts and made five saves in each period as BU won a game where it was outshot 26-15. Meegan made four saves in an 8-6 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday as she picked up the victory in both games last week. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
BECCA CHURCH, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, Madison, Conn.
Church totaled five goals and an assist in a pair of wins for the Terriers last week.
TARYN VANTHOF, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., M, Livonia, N.Y.
VanThof totaled four goals, an assist, four ground balls and 12 draw controls in a pair of wins for the Greyhounds last week.
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Jr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi had four goals and two assists in a 13-1 win over American on Wednesday.
LAURA RYAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Stirling, N.J.
Ryan combined for four goals, two assists, eight ground balls and five draw controls in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders.
JENNIE BERGLIN, COLGATE Jr., GK, Glen Head, N.Y.
Berglin made 13 saves in Colgate's 16-6 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
ALEXANDRA FITZPATRICK, LEHIGH Sr., GK, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Fitzpatrick had 14 saves in Lehigh's 9-8 win over Lafayette on Wednesday.
JESSICA WOJCIECHOWSKI, AMERICAN So., A, Monkton, Md.
Wojciechowski had four goals and an assist in a 13-11 win over Old Dominion on Saturday.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PATRICK MESCHER, ARMY Sr., 1B, Versaiiles, Ohio
Mescher had a strong week as Army won four of five games to conclude its spring trip with a 7-1 record. He opened by going 5-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs in a 19-9 win over North Dakota State on Tuesday. Mescher also led Army to wins in the final two games against Harvard as he went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, in a 3-2 win on Friday and 2-for-3 with a grand slam to lead the Black Knights to a 6-4 victory on Saturday. Mescher went 9-for-21 (.429) with a home run, eight RBIs, five runs scored and three doubles in five games last week. He now leads the Patriot League with 18 RBIs this season, and is named Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ANDREW ANDREYCHIK, BUCKNELL So., P, Danville, Pa.
Andreychik pitched Bucknell to its first win over Penn State since 1998 as he went all seven innings in a 1-0 shutout of the Nittany Lions in Sunday's home opener. He scattered four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five in his outing. Andreychik pitched his second career shutout, and has 12.2 consecutive scoreless innings with no walks in his last two starts. The 2013 Patriot League Rookie of the Year is named Pitcher of the Week for the second time in his career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY CRITELLI, HOLY CROSS Fr., 3B, Holmdel, N.J.
Critelli went 8-for-15 (.533) with five runs scored, a home run and three RBIs as Holy Cross took three out of four games at Yale over the weekend. He went 4-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a 10-3 win in Saturday's nightcap, and 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI as the Crusaders earned the series victory with an 8-3 triumph in Sunday's finale. Critelli scored a run in three contests and also had an RBI in three games. Critelli ranks fifth in the Patriot League with a .365 batting average, and has reached base in 18 consecutive games. He is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
GUNNAR CARROLL, ARMY Sr., P, Louisa, Va.
Carroll allowed only an unearned run while scattering six hits and striking out six over eight innings in a 6-4 win over Harvard on Saturday.
STEPHEN MOORE, NAVY Jr., P, Roswell, Ga.
Moore allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out seven in a seven-inning complete-game 8-2 victory against Princeton on Sunday.
MIKE BURKE, LEHIGH Sr., P, Clarks Summit, Pa.
Burke allowed one run and struck out seven in a seven-inning complete-game win in a 14-1 victory against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday.
ROBERT CURRIE, NAVY So., OF, Atlanta, Ga.
Currie went 6-for-16 (.375) with three triples, four runs scored and four RBIs in five games for the Mids.
TIM McKAY, LEHIGH Jr., C, Pinellas Park, Fla.
McKay went 6-for-11 (.545) with four runs scored and two RBIs in Lehigh's three-game sweep of Mount St. Mary's.
MICHAEL McCORMICK, NAVY Fr., P, Speedway, Ind.
McCormick threw 7.1 shutout innings last week, including six to pick up the win in a 12-1 triumph over Delaware State on Wednesday.
DAVID BEDNAR, LAFAYETTE Fr., P, Valencia, Pa.
Bednar struck out eight and allowed two runs in 6.2 innings as Lafayette went on to beat Penn 4-3 in eight innings on Sunday.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN DECKER, LEHIGH So., 3B, Jamison, Pa.
Decker led the offensive attack as Mountain Hawks exploded for 37 runs in a three-game sweep of Colgate. The sophomore had at least two hits and drove in runs in all three Lehigh victories. Decker finished the week 7-for-9 at the plate with a double and home run (.778 BA), four runs scored, 11 total bases and six RBI. The reigning Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Year slugged a three-run home run in the first inning of a 5-4 game-two win over the Raiders. Decker finished the series with a 1.222 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base percentage.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CINDY CHERNESS, BUCKNELL So., P, Torrance, Calif.
Cherness appeared in all three games as Bison took two of three in a series with Army. The sophomore allowed just two hits in 6.2 innings pitched against the Black Knights, earning a win and a save. Cherness struck out the side in one inning of relief in a 7-1 loss to Army and pitched 4.1 hitless innings while earning a victory in the series finale for Bucknell. Cherness finished the series with a 0.00 ERA and held opposing batters to .087 batting average.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY YOUNAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., 3B, Chico, Calif.
Younan batted an impressive .533 (8-for-15) and played a part in nine of the Terriers' 29 runs during the Terriers 3-1 performance in the Yale Invitational. With BU leading 4-3 in the top of the fifth, Younan hit a key solo home run en route to an 8-4 win over Bryant. The freshman third baseman went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored during the 13-2 rout over Yale. In a 7-5 loss to Bryant in the final game, Younan hit a two-RBI single and scored a run to help the Terries tie the game at 5-5. Younan had a hit in each game of the invitational and slugged .800 for the week.
CAROLINE SMITH, ARMY Fr., P/U, Chino Hills, Calif.
Smith batted .476 for the week (10-for-21) with four RBI and two runs scored. Also appeared in seven games as a pitcher for the Black Knights, earning two wins -- including a combined three-hit shutout of Albany at the Rebel Games on Monday.
LAUREN HYNES, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., P/DH, San Diego, Calif.
Hynes batted .429 and posted a 1.91 ERA in three appearances while pitching two complete-game performances in the Terriers 3-1 week in the Yale Invitational. In a 3-2 eight-inning victory over Yale, Hynes went 2-of-4 at the plate with a triple and pitched the entire game.
CYDNEE SANDERS, BUCKNELL Jr., SS/U, Magnolia, Texas
Sanders was 5-for-9 (.556 BA), including a triple and home run, as Bucknell took two-of-three from Army. The junior also scored three runs and drove in six as Bison posted identical 7-2 wins over the Black Knights in the final two games of the series. Sanders also stole a base and finished week with a 1.111 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.
SARAH KANE, HOLY CROSS Sr., SS, Jacksonville, Fla.
Kane was 3-for-5 and drove in five runs as Holy Cross took the final two games of a three game set against Lafayette. The senior shortstop finished the week with a .429 batting average in seven plate appearances.
GENNIFER DURHAM, HOLY CROSS So., P, Abbeville, S.C.
Durham recorded her first shutout of the season with seven innings of three-hit softball in Holy Cross' 7-0 win over Lafayette on Sunday. The sophomore finished the week allowing only 10 hits and two runs in 13 innings pitched and also had a 7:1 SO:BB ratio.
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH Jr., P, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher struck out eight and allowed only one hit over five innings in the Mountain Hawks 26-1 win over Colgate on Saturday. The junior allowed a first inning home run, but then followed that with four hitless innings.
Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
STEPHEN VITALE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Randolph, N.J.
Vitale placed first in the 400-meter hurdles at the Hurricane Invitational with an IC4A qualifying time of 52.81. His time is ranked 16th in the NCAA and is the top mark in the Patriot League to date. He also placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.59.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
GEMMA ACHEAMPONG, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Waterbury, Conn.
Acheampong opened the outdoor campaign in impressive fashion with three ECAC qualifying times at the Hurricane Invitational. She finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.68 seconds, led the Terriers to the title in the 4 X 100m relay in 46.36 and helped the team finish third in the 4 X 400m relay in 3:45.79. Acheampong ranks 20th in the nation with her time in the 100m.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Sr., League City, Texas
Duncavage opened his outdoor campaign with IC4A qualifying marks in both the discus and the shot put. He won the discus at the Navy Five-Team Meet with a toss of 55.67 meters, and placed second in the shot put at 16.11 meters. Duncavage is named M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week for the fourth time in the outdoor season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON BARWISE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Orange, Conn.
Barwise matched the best mark in Division I in the high jump this season with an ECAC qualifying leap of 1.84 meters to win the event at the Hurricane Invitational. Oregon's Lauren Crockett is the only other Division I athlete to reach 1.84 meters. Barwise also placed second in the javelin with a mark of 36.72 meters.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JOSE SANTANA, ARMY Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Santana, who was named Rookie of the Meet at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships, continued his outstanding freshman campaign to open the outdoor season by setting a pair of IC4A marks over the weekend at the Shamrock Invitational. He placed fifth in the 100-meter run in a time of 10.63, and also ran on Army's 4 X 100m relay team which placed sixth in 41.94. His 100-meter time tied for the fifth-fastest in program history. Santana earns his first M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week award of the outdoor season after claiming a pair in the indoor campaign.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TORIA LEVY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Weston, Fla.
Levy placed third in both the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles and fourth as part of BU's 4 X 100m relay team at the Hurricane Invitational over the weekend. She topped the ECAC standard with a time of 14.10 in the 100m hurdles and just missed at 1:02.38 in the 400m hurdles.
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena won the hammer throw at the Wake Forest Open with an ECAC qualifying toss of 58.88 meters.
MARESSA GUYNN, NAVY Sr., Uniontown, Pa.
Guynn won both the hammer throw and discus at the Navy Spring Invitational, setting an ECAC qualifying mark in the latter event with a toss of 49.32 meters.
CHRISTOPHER KITTLE, ARMY Jr., Ladysmith, Va.
Kittle won the decathlon with a score of 6,528 at the Shamrock Invitational over the weekend.
STEPHEN SCHROEDER, NAVY Jr., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder won the 5,000-meter run at the Navy Five-Team Meet with an IC4A qualifying time of 14:30.92.
REUBEN HORACE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Warwick, R.I.
Horace won the hammer throw at the Hurricane Invitational with an IC4A qualifying toss of 58.06 meters.
ANTHONY GALANTINI, LEHIGH Fr., Archbald, Pa.
Galantini placed second in the javelin at the Philadelphia College Classic with an IC4A qualifying mark of 60.18 meters.