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PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Nick Dignacco threw a one-hitter in Army's 2-1 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
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Nick Dignacco threw a one-hitter in Army's 2-1 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
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April 7, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for April 1-6 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
DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH Jr., A, Calgary, Alberta
Taylor led the Lehigh offense during an 11-7 victory over No. 16/19 Colgate on Saturday. The junior registered two goals and two assists with both goals coming at crucial times. The first broke a 4-4 tie with a goal at 1:23 of the second and he followed that up with another to stretch the lead to 6-4 early in the second half. All four of Taylor's points came during the Mountain Hawks 6-1 run bridging the second through fourth quarters.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TRIPP TELESCO, LEHIGH So., D, Ridgewood, N.J.
Telesco recorded four groundballs and three caused turnovers in the Mountain Hawks' 11-7 victory over No. 16/19 Colgate on Saturday. The sophomore defenseman also held Colgate's leading scorer Ryan Walsh without a point, limiting him to only three shots on the afternoon. Led a defense that held the Raiders scoreless for a stretch of 14:39 between the third and fourth quarters.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JOHN CONNORS, NAVY So., GK, Bellmore, N.Y.
Connors anchored a defensive effort that held No. 1 Loyola University Maryland, who came into the weekend ranked 5th nationally in goals per game (13.70), to their lowest goal total of the season. Navy is one of only two teams (Army) this season to hold Loyola to single digits. A first-year starter, Connors' 14 saves in the contest marked the second most in his career (17 vs. Georgetown in '14).

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KEVIN LUX, HOLY CROSS Fr., A, Manlius, N.Y.
Lux netted his second career game-winning goal as Holy Cross pulled away for a 10-5 win over Lafayette to earn its first Patriot League win of the season. The freshman scored three goals and added an assist for a season-high four points and first career hat trick with the Crusaders.

HONORABLE MENTION

JIMBO, D'APRILE, ARMY Jr., LSM, Smithtown, N.Y.
D'Aprile recorded career highs in ground balls (5) and caused turnovers (4) in Black Knights 8-7 win over Boston University.

MICHAEL ORTLIEB, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Newport Beach, Calif.
Ortlieb made 13 saves and allowed five goals for a .722 save percentage as the Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 10-5.

JOE FLETCHER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., D, Syracuse, N.Y.
Fletcher picked up seven groundballs for Greyhounds in a double-overtime victory over Navy.

JUSTIN WARD, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., A, Glen Burnie, Md.
Ward scored one goal and added three assists as Greyhounds rallied to defeat Navy 7-6 in two overtimes. Ward's final point was an assist for the game-winning goal.

NIK MULLEN, NAVY Sr., D, Wading River, N.Y.
Mullen led defense that held Loyola to their lowest goal total of the season and also held Greyhounds Nikko Pontrello (3.7 gpg) without a point.

Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH Jr., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik tallied three goals and an assist as Lehigh dealt Boston University its first Patriot League loss with a 12-11 victory on the road in double overtime. Sukonik scored twice during a 6-0 Lehigh run that gave the Mountain Hawks a 7-3 lead, and later tallied to pull Lehigh within 10-9 with 5:22 left. Sukonik assisted on Chelsea Retaleato's goal with 3:08 left that sent the game to overtime. Sukonik notched her fifth hat trick of the season and ninth multi-goal game. She earns the first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award for a Lehigh student-athlete since 2011.

MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KATELYN MILLER, BUCKNELL Sr., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Miller led Bucknell to a pair of wins last week, including an 8-7 victory over Holy Cross that brought the Bison into the race for a Patriot League Tournament berth. She started by filling the stat sheet in a 22-8 win over Howard on Tuesday with a career-high tying six goals, two ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers in the game. Miller came up big against the Crusaders on Saturday with three goals, two assists, two ground balls, a draw control and two caused turnovers in Bucknell's victory. She is named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the second time in her career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY WOLF, LOYOLA MARYLAND So., GK, Baltimore, Md.
Wolf had a strong effort against Colgate on Saturday with eight saves as the No. 14/14 Greyhounds posted their seventh straight victory with a 10-4 triumph. Loyola also moved to 5-0 in the Patriot League to take sole possession of first place and become the first team to clinch a League Tournament berth. Wolf stopped six shots in the second half to keep the Raiders off the scoreboard in the period as Loyola scored four goals to pull away. Wolf is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KIRSTEN WILHELMSEN, LAFAYETTE Fr., M, Wallingford, Pa.
Wilhelmsen scored a career-high six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift Lafayette to its first Patriot League victory with a 15-13 triumph at American on Saturday. The six goals matched the most for a Patriot League player this season, and were the top mark for any freshman in the League. In addition to the overtime winner, Wilhelmsen had four of Lafayette's seven second-half goals as the Leopards erased a 9-6 halftime deficit to force overtime. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.

HONORABLE MENTION

ALLISON LaBEAU, LEHIGH Fr., M, Mountain Lakes, N.J.
LaBeau had four goals, including the game-winner, in Lehigh's 12-11 double overtime win at Boston University on Saturday.

ALEXANDRA FITZPATRICK, LEHIGH Sr., GK, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Fitzpatrick had 11 saves in Lehigh's 12-11 double OT win at Boston University.

KAITLAN MOYNIHAN, NAVY Fr., M, Bel Air, Md.
Moynihan totaled five goals and four assists in a pair of wins for the Mids last week.

LAURA KLEIBER, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Far Hills, N.J.
Kleiber had three goals in a 15-13 overtime win against American on Saturday, including the tying score in regulation and an insurance tally in the overtime period.

ANNIE THOMAS, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., A, Bel Air, Md.
Thomas had two goals and three assists in Loyola's 10-4 win over Colgate on Saturday.

ELIZABETH DUSWALT, BUCKNELL Fr., GK, Davidsonville, Md.
Duswalt had nine saves to help the Bison to an 8-7 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

ELIZABETH MORSE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., A, Needham, Mass.
Morse had seven goals in two games last week, with five in a 19-9 win over New Hampshire on Saturday.

KATE MARTINO, HOLY CROSS So., A, Summit, N.J.
Martino had three goals and two assists in an 8-7 loss to Bucknell on Saturday.

Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY GINGERELLI, BUCKNELL Jr., OF, Worcester, Mass.
Gingerelli helped the Bison stay hot by batting .471 (8-for-17) with a double, triple, two home runs, nine RBIs and five runs scored in a 4-1 week. He started off with a home run and three RBIs in a 6-1 win over Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, then had a home run and three RBIs as Bucknell opened its series with Lehigh with a 7-3 victory on Saturday. Gingerelli went 3-for-8 with three runs scored and two RBIs as Bucknell won the next two games against the Mountain Hawks to open 7-0 in the Patriot League and run off an eight-game winning streak before dropping the series finale. Gingerelli leads the Patriot League with a .384 batting average for the season and is tied for the League lead with three home runs. He is named Player of the Week for the first time.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
NICK DIGNACCO, ARMY Sr., P, Sharon, Conn.
Dignacco was brilliant in a 2-1 win over Lafayette on Saturday, going the full seven innings and allowing just an unearned run on one hit with no walks and a career-high nine strikeouts to give the Black Knights a series-opening win. Dignacco only allowed one baserunner past second base and faced just 24 hitters in the contest. He is third in the Patriot League with a 1.64 ERA for the season, and has not allowed an earned run while going the distance in his first two Patriot League starts. Dignacco is named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the first time.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KRIS LINDNER, ARMY Fr., 2B, Morehead City, N.C.
Lindner hit .438 (7-for-16) with a home run, four RBIs and six runs scored as Army won all five of its games last week, including a four-game sweep of Lafayette in Patriot League play. After going 1-for-3 with two RBIs in a 7-3 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, Lindner was 6-for-13 in the series against the Leopards with a hit in every game. He belted a solo home run to open the scoring in the third inning of an eventual 2-1 win in the series opener on Saturday, and went 4-for-8 with an RBI and five runs scored in Sunday's doubleheader sweep. Lindner did not commit an error at second base all week. He is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.

HONORABLE MENTION

ANDREW ANDREYCHIK, BUCKNELL So., P, Danville, Pa.
Andreychik allowed just one run in a seven-inning complete-game to lead Bucknell to a 9-1 win over Lehigh on Sunday. He came one out shy of his fourth straight shutout, and his scoreless inning streak went to 26.1 innings before the run in the final inning.

LUKE GILLINGHAM, NAVY So., P, Coronado, Calif.
Gillingham struck out a career-high 12 and allowed just one run in a seven-inning complete-game effort to lead Navy past Holy Cross 3-1 on Sunday.

BRETT SMITH, BUCKNELL Fr., OF, Hanover, Pa.
Smith batted .400 (6-for-15) with four runs scored and three RBIs in a 4-1 week for the Bison.

Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JESSICA CALVINI, LEHIGH So., OF, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Calvini slugged three home runs, scored five runs and drove in eight during the Mountain Hawks 3-2 week. Batted .353 (6-for-17) with four of the six hits going for extra bases (.941 slugging percentage). The sophomore outfielder was also hit by pitch twice in the series against the Terriers to contribute to a .421 on-base percentage.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE SMITH, ARMY Fr., P, Chino Hills, Calif.
Smith allowed only one unearned run over 20.1 innings in earning all three wins in Army's sweep of Colgate over the weekend. The freshman registered complete game shutouts in first (9-0) and last (5-0) game of the series and also picked up a 5-1 victory. Smith held Colgate to a .162 batting average and also helped her own cause in batting .417 with a home run and two RBI in the series.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEE RASHENSKAS, ARMY Fr., 2B, St. Anne, Ill.
Rashenskas reached base in every game of the Black Knights series sweep of Colgate to earn her fourth Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor. The freshman batted .500 (5-for-10) and also walked twice to raise her on-base percentage to .583 for the week. Rashenskas had a double, a triple, scored three runs and knocked in a pair for the series.

HONORABLE MENTION

ALYSSA STROBEHN, ARMY So., C, West Valley, Utah
Strobehn batted .400 (4-for-10) with a home run and five RBI in Black Knights series sweep of Colgate.

LAUREN HYNES, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., P, San Diego, Calif.
Hynes pitched all 32.1 innings for the Terriers this week picking up a pair of wins against Lehigh and one over Connecticut.

JACEE ALMOND, BUCKNELL Fr., 2B, Concord, Calif.
Almond batted .500 (5-for-10) with three doubles and two RBI as Bison took two-of-three from Lafayette.

DANA NIELSEN, BUCKNELL So., P, Pequannock, N.J.
Nielsen allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings while earning win against Lafayette and also pitched 5.1 innings in 2-1 loss to Leopards.

COLLEEN AHERN, HOLY CROSS So., 1B, Northbrook, Ill.
Ahern batted .467 (7-for-15) for Holy Cross. The sophomore was 2-for-3 plus a walk and scored a run in Crusaders 5-4 win over Siena.

BRYN GORNICK, LAFAYETTE So., P, Villa Park, Calif.
Gornick was the winning pitcher, made a key defensive play and drove in the only two runs in Lafayette's 2-1 win over Bucknell.

EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH Jr., P, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher allowed only one hit over seven innings while striking out seven, earning the win in Lehigh's 3-0 victory over Boston University.

Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards

M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JORDAN SARTOR-FRANCIS, NAVY So., Jonesboro, Ga.
Sartor-Francis led Navy to a 124-79 win over rival Army by winning both the 100 and 200-meter dash at West Point on Saturday. He clocked IC4A qualifying times of 10.68 in the 100m and 21.32 in the 200m, which is the fastest in the Patriot League this season. Sartor-Francis earns his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Track Athlete of the Week award of the outdoor season.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
GEMMA ACHEAMPONG, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Waterbury, Conn.
Acheampong wins her second Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Track Athlete of the Week honor in the past three weeks after setting ECAC qualifying times in the 100-meter dash and 4 X 100m relay at the Florida Relays. She ran the 100m in 11.75 seconds, the top time in the Patriot League that was not wind-aided this season. The 4 X 100m relay team finished in 47.06 seconds.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JAY STELL, NAVY So., Carlsbad, N.M.
Stell earns his second consecutive Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Field Athlete of the Week award after a school-record 70.72 meter javelin toss in a 124-79 win at Army on Saturday. He broke the school mark of 70.42 set by Stan Duplaga in 1993, and also bested the record in the Army-Navy meet set at 68.26 by Army's Craig Young in 1989. The 70.72 meter throw places Stell at 12th in the nation in the javelin this season, and first in the Patriot League

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON BARWISE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Orange, Conn.
Barwise has won each of the three Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week honors in the outdoor season as she continues to rank as the top competitor in the nation in the high jump. Barwise had her best jump of the year at 1.85 meters at the Florida Relays, finishing in first place as she was the only athlete to achieve the height on her first jump. The two other athletes who achieved a 1.85m jump at the Florida Relays are the only others in the country to match Barwise at the height this season.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JUSTIN FLYNN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Flynn clocked the fastest 100-meter dash time in the Patriot League this season at 10.55 at the Florida Relays over the weekend. He also recorded another IC4A qualifying time as part of Boston University's school-record 4 X 100m relay which finished in 40.97 seconds. Flynn is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the first time in the outdoor season.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY AVERY, LEHIGH Fr., Wyanantskill, N.Y.
Avery won the high jump against Lafayette with a leap of 1.65 meters, helping Lehigh defeat the Leopards 107-96 in the women's competition. Avery picks up her first Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week award in the outdoor season after a record-tying three during the indoor campaign.

HONORABLE MENTION
JOSE SANTANA, ARMY Fr., Orlando, Fla.
Santana had IC4A qualifying times in the 100m (10.74), 200m (21.59) and 4 X 100m relay (41.58) against Navy on Saturday.

RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Sr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena recorded a mark of 59.90 meters in the hammer throw to win the event against Lehigh on Saturday, and also took first place in the shot put against the Mountain Hawks.

STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Sr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo set a school record and ECAC qualifying time of 11.76 in the 100-meter dash at the Colonial Relays over the weekend.

REUBEN HORACE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., Warwick, R.I.
Horace had an IC4A qualifying toss of 59.22 meters in the hammer throw at the Florida Relays.

JOHN POPE, AMERICAN Sr., Carlisle, Pa.
Pope finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run at the Colonial Relays with an IC4A qualifying time of 30:45.44.

BROOKE ASTOR, LEHIGH Sr., Milltown, N.J.
Astor won four events to lead Lehigh to a 107-96 win over rival Lafayette on Saturday.

BENJAMIN BEAUCHAMP, LEHIGH Sr., Spencer, N.Y.
Beauchamp won the discus against Lafayette with an IC4A qualifying toss of 50.11 meters.