March 26, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for March 19-25 in men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball on Monday.
The Patriot League baseball schedule begins on Saturday with a trio of League games, including defending champion Navy hosting the Army Black Knights, who won two of three weekly awards after the final non-League weekend slate of games. Kevin McKague, the Player of the Week, and Logan Lee, the Pitcher of the Week, helped Army win five games to improve to a League-best 15-6 overall.
In the most hotly contested men’s lacrosse game of the week, Navy went to Hamilton, N.Y., and came away with a thrilling 12-11 victory over No. 12/13 Colgate thanks to Sam Jones’ game-winning goal with 3.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Elsewhere, Army and Lehigh picked up League wins and Bucknell had a 2-0 week with a pair of dominating performances against non-League teams. Lehigh, which also went 2-0 last week, moved up to No. 7 and Bucknell inched to 16th, respectively, in both national polls Monday, while Colgate slipped to No. 17. Navy moved up to 19th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20, while the Mids are receiving votes in the USILA Top 20. Bucknell goes to No. 18/18 Penn State Tuesday evening before the Patriot League makes its season debut on CBS Sports Network Friday with a big League tilt as Lehigh visits Navy at 7 p.m. Saturday’s League games feature Army hosting Colgate and Bucknell heading to Holy Cross, while Lafayette will entertain No. 19/20 Georgetown in non-League action.
Colgate, American and Lehigh picked up wins in Patriot League women's lacrosse on Saturday, with each squad improving to 2-1 in League action with the victory. Each of the three teams had a Patriot League weekly award winner on Monday, along with Bucknell freshman Arriana Sajjad as the Rookie of the Week.
The Patriot League schedule begins in softball on Saturday, as all six teams played their final non-League weekend series in the past two days. Outstanding pitching performances were turned in by a number of players, including Lehigh junior Rebecca Bliss who earned the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award for tossing three shutouts against Penn and Harvard last week.
The outdoor track and field season is underway and Lafayette swept the first three weekly men’s awards in 2012. Army won a pair of women’s awards and Navy nabbed the other women’s award.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KEVIN MCKAGUE, ARMY Sr., 1B, RP, Fayetteville, N.C.
McKague helped Army go 5-0 last week, batting .500 (6-for-12) with five RBIs, three walks, two runs scored and a stolen base. He now has 153 career RBIs, moving into a third-place tie in the League’s all-time records. He drove in two runs and scored once in a 4-2 win over Harvard on Friday, and he drove in the game-winning run in a 1-0 win over Harvard on Saturday. McKague also posted three saves to move within one of tying the Patriot League all-time record. This is his fourth career Player of the Week award.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
LOGAN LEE, ARMY Sr., P, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Lee tossed a two-hit shutout for Army, blanking Harvard in seven innings on Sunday. He struck out three and walked one, retiring the final 12 batters of the game. Sixteen of his 21 outs came via groundouts. Lee improved to 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in 35⅓ innings, and he is second on the Black Knights with 26 strikeouts. This is his second career Pitcher of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JAMES MCCOOL, LAFAYETTE Fr., 2B/3B, Belle Harbor, N.Y.
McCool batted 5-for-14 (.357) with five RBIs and five runs scored in four games for the Leopards. He drove in three runs in a 13-9 loss to Wagner and two runs in a 9-8 11-inning loss to Penn. McCool also had a double and a walk. This is his first weekly award.
HAROLD EARLS, ARMY Fr., 3B, Cumming, Ga.
Earls batted .400 (6-for-15) in five wins last week, with four walks, a triple, a stolen base and a pair of runs scored.
BOB DONATO, BUCKNELL Sr., CF, Williamsport, Pa.
Donato batted .500 (6-for-12) with six RBIs, two runs scored, two walks, two stolen bases and a homer in four games for the Bison. He extended his hit streak to 19 games.
JOHN COLELLA, HOLY CROSS Jr., P, Herndon, Va.
Colella collected a win and a save in two outings last week, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk over 4⅓ inning of work. He pitched 2⅓ innings, retiring all seven batters he faced in a 5-3 win over Stony Brook. He closed out a 3-2 win over Boston College, earning the save with his two scoreless innings. He totaled seven strikeouts on the week.
SEAN McGRATH, LAFAYETTE Sr., P, Lyndhurst, N.J.
McGrath pitched in three games for Lafayette, collecting a save in a 3-2 win over Penn on Saturday. He also came in during a 8-8 tie to record an out to get Lafayette out of a jam against Penn on Saturday. He pitched two scoreless innings in the series opener on Friday. He totaled five strikeouts in the three games.
ANDREW SANTOMAURO, LAFAYETTE So., CF, North Caldwell, N.J.
Santomauro batted .385 (5-for-13) in four games last week, with five RBIs and two runs scored. He also had three doubles, a triple and a walk.
BRENDAN McGAHERAN, LEHIGH Sr., INF, Nazareth, Pa.
McGaheran extended his hit streak to 11 games, batting .400 (8-for-20) in five games last week. He scored six runs, hit a homer, walked and stole two bases.
GREG DUPELL, NAVY Jr., 3B, Tampa, Fla.
Dupell batted .462 (6-for-13) with five RBIs, four walks, two doubles and two runs scored. He went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in Navy’s 7-5 win over Princeton on Sunday.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SAM JONES, NAVY So., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones tallied three goals, all unassisted, and two assists for five points in Navy’s 12-11 victory at No. 12/13 Colgate Saturday afternoon, lifting the Mids to 3-1 in the Patriot League and putting them in solid position for a potential League Tournament berth after missing out on the four-team field for the first time last year. Jones scored Navy’s final two goals, the second of which was the game-winner with 3.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Jones also scored with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter to give Navy an 11-10 lead, while his first tally of the day put Navy up 3-1 late in the first quarter. The Mids snapped a five-game skid in one-goal games, and was their first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since beating Johns Hopkins 9-8 in overtime on April 24, 2010.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NOONE, LEHIGH Jr., D, Jenkintown, Pa.
Noone was instrumental for the Lehigh defense in a pair of victories last week, as he totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers in victories against No. 17/17 Penn State and League foe Holy Cross. In Tuesday’s 9-5 win over the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley, Noone led a Mountain Hawk defense that held Penn State to just three goals over the final 55:24 of the game. The Nittany Lions jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Noone sparked Lehigh’s defense effort that posted a pair of scoreless streaks, one going 19:46 and the other 21:36, which enabled the Mountain Hawk offense to go to work. In Saturday’s 10-3 win over Holy Cross, Noone spearheaded a Lehigh back line that that held the Crusaders to three goals on 18 shots. Holy Cross entered the contest averaging over 10 goals on nearly 37 shots per game.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon played all but 3:47 of two Lehigh victories last week, earning a 9-5 win Tuesday at Penn State, the Mountain Hawks’ first against the Nittany Lions since 1971, and a 12-3 triumph against League opponent Holy Cross on Saturday. The rookie keeper out of Mount Sinai, N.Y., made 10 saves in the victory against then-No. 17/17 Penn State and followed it up with seven more in Saturday’s win against the Crusaders. His efforts were crucial in holding Holy Cross off the score sheet for the first 24:10 of the game and the final 22:35. Poillon’s goals-against average keeps dropping and now sits at a League-best 5.57, almost three and a half goals better than Army’s Zach Palmieri. Lehigh is 2-0 in League play for the first time since 1999, while Poillon now has four Goalkeeper of the Week nods and one Rookie of the Week award in his collection.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DAVID DICKSON, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Greenwich, Conn.
Dickson logged a career-high five assists in Bucknell’s 15-7 victory at home against Albany on Saturday, extending the Bison’s win streak to six since a season-opening three-game skid. Dickson started the week with two goals in Bucknell’s 17-10 throttling of Robert Morris on Tuesday, giving him seven points in the two victories over the seven-day period. Dickson is contributing to a Bucknell offense that has absolutely caught fire during the win streak. The Bison have scored 89 goals over their last six outings, averaging nearly 15 per game.
BILLY EISENREICH, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Chatham, N.J.
Eisenreich tied a school record with 11 points on five goals and six assists in the Bison’s 17-10 win Tuesday against Robert Morris. He finished the week with six goals and 13 points after pitching in a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 15-7 drubbing of Albany.
DAVID DiMARIA, LEHIGH Jr., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
DiMaria logged a natural hat trick en route to a seven-point afternoon in Lehigh’s 12-3 win Saturday over Holy Cross. He also had a goal and two assists for three points in Tuesday’s victory at Penn State, giving him 10 points for the week (5g, 5a).
TIM HENDERSON, ARMY Sr., LSM, Tully, N.Y.
Henderson collected six ground balls and one caused turnover and led Army’s stellar defensive effort in the Black Knights’ 10-3 win at Lafayette Saturday, improving them to 1-1 in the Patriot League entering Saturday’s showdown with Colgate.
ZACH PALMIERI, ARMY Sr., GK, Syracuse, N.Y.
Palmieri was stellar between the pipes, making eight saves while allowing a season-low three goals in Army’s 10-3 win Saturday at Lafayette. The Syracuse, N.Y., native has started all nine games this season and owns a .516 save percentage.
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Jr., A, Portland, Ore.
Baum led Colgate with three goals and extended his point-scoring streak to 36 straight games in the Raiders’ heartbreaking 12-11 loss Saturday to visiting Navy. He remains the League leader in points (5.44) and goals (4.00) per game.
PATRICK CORBETT, LEHIGH Fr., A, Burlington, Ontario
Corbett tallied five points on the week, including a two-goal, two-assist outing against Holy Cross. He also scored in Tuesday’s win at Penn State, snapping a 3-3 tie and giving Lehigh a lead it would not relinquish.
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AMANDA O’SULLIVAN, COLGATE Jr., M, Centerville, Pa.
O’Sullivan recorded seven goals and two assists in a 1-1 week for the Raiders, and most importantly came up huge as Colgate rallied for a critical 12-11 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League action on Saturday. She scored four goals and added an assist against the Crusaders, with each score in the second half as Colgate erased a five-goal deficit. O’Sullivan scored the game-winning goal unassisted with 11 seconds to play after igniting the rally with back-to-back goals to begin the second half. O’Sulllivan has 12 goals in her last three games. She earns the Offensive Player of the Week award for the first time this season.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMILY BURTON, AMERICAN Jr., M, Catonsville, Md.
Burton had a big week to help the Eagles to a pair of victories, totaling 10 goals, two assists and 11 draw controls in wins over George Mason and Bucknell. She had six goals and an assist with six draw controls as American pulled out a 19-17 win against George Mason on Wednesday before scoring four goals with an assist and five draw controls in a 22-9 triumph over Bucknell in Patriot League play on Saturday. The goal and draw control totals against George Mason both marked career highs. Burton is named Midfield Player of the Week for the second time this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LEIGH ANN TORCIVIA, LEHIGH Sr., M, Rumson, N.J.
Torcivia excelled on both ends of the field in two games for the Mountain Hawks last week. She compiled six goals, three assists, eight ground balls and nine draw controls as Lehigh fell to Fairfield 11-8 before defeating rival Lafayette 13-10 on Saturday. Torcivia posted two goals, two assists, five ground balls and five draw controls in the loss to Fairfield, then came through with four goals, an assist, three ground balls and four draw controls in the win over the Leopards. Torcivia leads the Mountain Hawks in points and ground balls and is second in draw controls. She is named Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this year after being named Midfield Player of the Week on Feb. 20.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ARRIANA SAJJAD, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Sajjad had an outstanding two games for the Bison last week, totaling 11 goals and 11 draw controls in a 16-15 overtime win against Liberty on Wednesday and 22-9 loss to American on Saturday. Sajjad had six goals, two assists and seven draw controls as the Bison rallied for a dramatic win over Liberty. Bucknell trailed 9-0 in the first half and 9-3 at halftime before Sajjad scored all six of her goals after intermission to lead the rally. Sajjad capped her scoring with the game-winning goal with 1:29 left in overtime after rallying the Bison back with two goals and an assist in the final five minutes of regulation. She added five goals and four draw controls against American on Saturday. Sajjad is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
ADDIE GODFREY, LAFAYETTE Jr., A, Princeton, N.J.
Godfrey had nine goals and an assist in two games for the Leopards, with six goals in a 15-9 win over Monmouth on Tuesday.
LAURA RYAN, HOLY CROSS Fr., M, Stirling, N.J.
Ryan had five goals and five draw controls as Holy Cross fell to Colgate 12-11 on Saturday.
COURTNEY MILLER, COLGATE Sr., M, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Miller totaled six goals, an assist and six ground balls in two games for the Raiders last week.
KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN Jr, A, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins had six goals and four assists, and added four ground balls and four draw controls, as American beat George Mason and Bucknell last week.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MARINA NORTHUP, ARMY So., OF/DP, San Antonio, Texas
Northup batted .400 in six games for the Black Knights, helping lead the way in victories over Villanova and Fairleigh Dickinson. She went 2-for-2 as Army beat FDU 4-1 on Tuesday, and batted 3-for-3 with the only run of the game as the Black Knights topped the Wildcats 1-0 over the weekend. Northup had at least one hit in five of Army’s six games, finishing with two runs scored and two RBIs for the week. She was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs in a 5-3 loss to Rider on Sunday. Northup had a pair of doubles among her eight hits.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
REBECCA BLISS, LEHIGH Jr., P, Escondido, Calif.
Bliss had three complete-game shutouts, tossing 21 scoreless innings for the week, to lead Lehigh to three close wins over Ivy League opponents. She allowed just nine hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in the 21 innings of work, and did not give up more than four hits in any of her three starts. Bliss scattered four hits with two strikeouts in a 2-0 shutout of Penn on Wednesday as the Mountain Hawks swept the Quakers. She pitched brilliantly to lead the Mountain Hawks to two wins against Harvard over the weekend. Bliss allowed two hits with four strikeouts in a 1-0 blanking of the Crimson on Saturday, and gave up three hits with two strikeouts in a 2-0 shutout of Harvard on Sunday. Bliss allowed only a .132 batting average for the week. She has 10 career shutouts, and all four of her victories this season have come via shutout.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH Fr., P/UT, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher earns her third Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor for another outstanding stretch in her freshman season. She gave up just four runs and 13 hits in 23 innings of work last week, which included a one-hit, eight-strikeout shutout in a 2-0 win over Penn on Wednesday. Bausher pitched well in a pair of losses against Harvard over the weekend, going the distance in a 3-1 defeat on Saturday while tossing nine innings in a hard-luck 1-0 loss on Sunday. Bausher also had 19 strikeouts for the week, and posted a 1.22 ERA while holding opponents to a .165 batting average in the three games. Bausher has three shutouts and leads Lehigh with a 1.46 ERA for the season.
MELISSA ROBINSON, LAFAYETTE So., P, Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert
Robinson tossed 9.2 scoreless innings in picking both of Lafayette’s victories in a sweep of Manhattan on Saturday. She tossed a three-hit complete-game shutout to lead the Leopards to a 3-0 win in the opener.
MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY Fr., P, Davidson, N.C.
Lashley allowed just six earned runs in 34 innings on the mound last week, including a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over Villanova on Saturday.
JULIE FERNANDEZ, LEHIGH Sr., 1B, Moorpark, Calif.
Fernandez batted .421 with three RBIs during a 4-2 week for the Mountain Hawks against Penn and Harvard.
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JEROME RUDOLPH, LAFAYETTE Sr., Lithonia, Ga.
Rudolph finished seventh in the 100-meter dash at the Shamrock Invitational in Conway, S.C., with an IC4A time of 10.60 seconds. This is Rudolph’s first career outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY Jr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne finished first in the 5,000 at the Navy Invitational with a time of 17:25.07, falling short of the ECAC time. This is her first outdoor weekly award.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRIS LUNA, LAFAYETTE So., Wood Ridge, N.J.
Luna placed fourth in the javelin at the Shamrock Invitational in Conway, S.C., besting an IC4A standard with a distance of 212-3. This is Luna’s first outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESSICA WAGGONER, ARMY So., Minden, Nev.
Waggoner posted a pair of ECAC-qualifying distances in the discus in consecutive meets for the Black Knights. On March 16, she placed fifth with a toss of 152-4 at the Bulls Invitational, and on Saturday, she placed second at UVA with a distance of 145-0. This is her first outdoor weekly award.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KEVIN SEERY, LAFAYETTE Fr., Hanover Park, N.J.
Seery placed fifth in the javelin at the Shamrock Invitational in Conway, S.C., meeting an IC4A standard with a distance of 200-7. This is his first outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LISA JUNTA, ARMY Fr., Springfield, Va.
Junta finished first out of six runners in the 5,000 in a meet at UVA Saturday. She finished with an ECAC time of 17:15.97. She also finished 10th out of 61 runners at the Bulls Invitational on March 16. This is her first outdoor weekly award after winning three indoor Rookie of the Week awards.
TOM WAGNER, ARMY Sr., Clinton, N.Y.
Wagner met an IC4A mark with a height of 6-8¼, finishing first in the high jump at the Virginia Team Swashbuckle on Saturday.
CHASE BRADFORD, HOLY CROSS Sr., West Bridgewater, Mass.
Bradford placed second in the javelin with an IC4A toss of 193-11 at the Husky Spring Open.
E’LANA LEMON, LEHIGH Jr., West Orange, N.J.
Lemon finished first in the hammer throw with an ECAC distance of 175-10 at the Big 5 Invite.
LAUREN ALLAM, NAVY So., Pasadena, Md.
Allam placed first in the discus at the Navy Invitational with an ECAC distance of 142-7. She also placed fourth in the shot put (40-10½).
CODY ROME, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Rome finished first in the 5,000 with an IC4A time of 14:25.58 at the Navy Five-Team Meet.
MILES SNELGROVE, NAVY Jr., Lebanon, Conn.
Snelgrove posted back-to-back first-place finishes in the javelin with an IC4A distance of 208-5 at the Point Loma Open and an IC4A distance of 203-6 at the Navy Meet.
MARK VETERE, NAVY Fr., Andover, Md.
Vetere placed first in the pole vault at the Navy Five Team Meet with an IC4A distance of 15-9.