Patriot League Weekly Awards (4.8.13)

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April 8, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for April 1-8 in men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball and outdoor track and field.

Bucknell and Lehigh were both winners in men’s lacrosse over the weekend, clinching Patriot League Tournament berths and setting up a battle Friday in Lewisburg, Pa., with the postseason’s No. 1 seed and hosting responsibilities on the line. Holy Cross won at Lafayette to stay in the mix for the program’s first tournament bid. Another big League matchup is slated for CBS Sports Network when Army visits Navy Saturday at 2 p.m.

Navy and American qualified for spots in the Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, and the winner of their matchup on April 21 will earn the right to host the postseason event. Navy’s Jasmine DePompeo and Loren Generi and American’s Teal Harrison continued to star and once again earned Patriot League weekly honors.

After taking three out of four for the second consecutive Patriot League weekend, Holy Cross has a two-game lead in the baseball standings through two series. Patriot League Player of the Week Patrick Puentes led the way for the Crusaders at Lafayette by belting three home runs and driving in nine in a sweep of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Lehigh took over sole possession of first place in softball after taking three of four from rival Lafayette on Saturday and Sunday, and claimed a pair of weekly awards Monday. Colgate and Holy Cross are both a game behind in second place, and the Crusaders will host the Raiders next weekend in Worcester in a critical four-game series. Army lurks in fourth place having settled for its second straight weekend split.

It was rivalry weekend in outdoor track and field, with Navy sweeping Army in the Star-Meet while the Lehigh men and Lafayette women came out with victories in their dual contests. Five different schools had at least one student-athlete earn a Patriot League weekly award.


Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JAMES KENNEDY, HOLY CROSS
Sr., A, Summit, N.J.
Kennedy tallied four goals, including the game-winner with 52 seconds remaining in the contest, to lift Holy Cross to an 11-10 win at Lafayette Saturday afternoon. The victory kept alive the Crusaders’ hopes of qualifying for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in program history. Kennedy, who finished the game with six points, now has a team-best three game-winning goals on the season, five for his career and 11 career hat tricks. Holy Cross has six wins in its first 11 games for the first time since 1988.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NOONE, LEHIGH
Sr., D, Jenkintown, Pa.
Noone tallied three groundballs and three caused turnovers, including a critical one in the fourth quarter, in Lehigh’s 13-10 win over Colgate Saturday on CBS Sports Network. Noone’s biggest caused turnover of the game came in the second half of the last quarter, which led to a transition goal that put Lehigh ahead 12-9 with 6:19 remaining. The senior defender is tied for the team lead with 17 caused turnovers to go with 22 groundballs.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH
So., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon stopped 15 shots, just one shy of his career best, to backstop Lehigh to a 13-10 victory over Colgate Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa. Nine of Poillon’s saves came in the second half of a back-and-forth affair that didn’t see Lehigh break away until midway through the fourth quarter. The sophomore allowed just four goals after the intermission for a .692 save percentage in the final 30 minutes. Poillon’s goals-against average now sits at 7.84 with a .589 save percentage on the season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SEAN DOYLE, BUCKNELL
Fr., A, Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.
Doyle was held off the scoresheet for about the first 53 minutes of Saturday’s 9-8 Bucknell win at Army, but he tallied his two points when it mattered most. Just 1:19 after Chase Bailey snapped a 6-all tie, Doyle scored at the 7:34 mark of the fourth quarter to put the Bison ahead 8-6. After the Black Knights scored to pull within 8-7, Doyle picked up the assist on Todd Heritage’s game-winning goal less than a minute later. The win clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth for Bucknell and set up the Bison to potentially host the four-team playoff with a win Friday over visiting Lehigh.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
WILL MAZZONE, ARMY
Fr., A, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Netted two goals and two assists for a career-high four points in Saturday’s 9-8 loss to Bucknell.

CHASE BAILEY, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Fairfield, Conn.
Tallied three goals, all critical, in Bucknell’s 9-8 win at Army. Each of his last two broke second-half ties.

MICHAEL ORTLIEB, HOLY CROSS Fr., GK, Newport Beach, Calif.
Stopped 11 shots as Holy Cross won 11-10 at Lafayette Saturday.

KEVIN WANKE, LAFAYETTE Fr., A, Skillman, N.J.
Scored four goals with five points in the Leopards’ 11-10 loss to Holy Cross Saturday.

DANTE FANTONI, LEHIGH Sr., A, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Tied a career best with six points (3, 3) with his 18th career hat trick. Also scored his 100th career goal.


Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY
Sr., A, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo becomes the first player in Patriot League history to win five consecutive Offensive Player of the Week awards, and does it after setting more records in Navy’s two contests last week. After breaking the League’s career assists record the previous week, DePompeo broke the single-game assists (10) mark in Navy’s 19-9 win over Longwood on Wednesday. The 10 assists are tied for the second-best single-game total in NCAA history. She also added three goals to come one point away from the League’s single-game record and tie the Navy single-game mark. DePompeo surpassed the Patriot League single-season assists mark in the victory, and is now at 54 after recording four assists with three goals in a 15-5 win at Holy Cross on Saturday. The seven-point performance gave DePompeo 307 points for her career, just one away from the League record held by Lehigh’s Jill Altshuler (1993-96). DePompeo’s 98 points this season are already fifth in League history. DePompeo has scored 30 points in Navy’s last three games, and leads the nation with 7.00 points per game this season. She is the NCAA’s active leader in points and assists, where she is fifth all-time with 150. DePompeo’s five Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week awards this season tie the record of Colgate’s Shari Krasnoo (1991), and her eight career honors are one off the League record.

MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LOREN GENERI, NAVY
So., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi earns her second straight Midfield Player of the Week award after posting 11 goals and 18 draw controls in a pair of victories for the Mids. She tallied eight goals and 10 draw controls in a 19-9 triumph over Longwood on Wednesday, then had three goals and eight draw controls in a 15-5 win at Holy Cross on Saturday. She helped Navy hold a 41-11 advantage in draw controls last week, and the Mids’ 25 draw controls in the win over Longwood tied an NCAA single-game record. Generi leads the Mids with 45 goals and 74 draw controls this season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER AND ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TEAL HARRISON, AMERICAN
Fr., GK, Columbus, Ohio
After winning either the Defensive Player or Rookie of the Week honors each of the past three weeks, Harrison takes home both awards after another stellar showing on Sunday. She made 13 saves to lead the Eagles to a 16-8 victory at Lehigh that clinched a berth in the Patriot League Tournament. Eight saves came in the second half to secure the win. Harrison also made nine saves as the Eagles fell 16-4 to No. 11 Virginia on Tuesday. Harrison leads the Patriot League with 120 saves this season. She is named Defensive Player of the Week for the third straight time, and earns the Rookie of the Week honor for the second time this season. The three-straight Defensive Player of the Week honors tie for the most in League history with four other student-athletes, including Navy’s Annie Foky earlier this season.

HONORABLE MENTION
LAURA KLEIBER, LAFAYETTE
Jr., A, Far Hills, N.J.
Kleiber scored five goals in Lafayette’s 13-8 win at Bucknell on Saturday.

KATELYN MILLER, BUCKNELL Jr., M, Resiterstown, Md.
Miller had five goals, five assists, three ground balls, nine draw controls and four caused turnovers in two games last week.

KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN Sr., A, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins had six goals and two assists last week, tallying three goals and an assist in each of American’s games.

ANNIE FOKY, NAVY So., GK, Charlottesville, Va.
Foky made 10 saves in two games last week, with seven in a 15-5 win at Holy Cross on Saturday.

JENNA FROST, COLGATE So., D, Swarthmore, Pa.
Frost had a career-high three points with two goals and an assist and added two ground balls, a draw control and three caused turnovers in Colgate’s 14-2 win at Delaware State on Sunday.

JULIE McBRIEN, LEHIGH Sr., M, Pearl River, N.Y.
McBrien had five goals and three ground balls in a 16-8 loss to American on Sunday.


Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PATRICK PUENTES, HOLY CROSS
Sr., OF, East Greenbush, N.Y.
Puentes put on a show in Holy Cross’ doubleheader sweep of Lafayette on Sunday, going 7-for-8 with five runs scored, three home runs and nine RBIs in victories of 11-5 and 23-4. After a 2-for-3 effort with a home run and three RBIs in the opener, Puentes capped the series by going 5-for-5 with two home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored in the 23-4 triumph. He also went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI as the Crusaders posted a 3-0 win in the series opener on Saturday. Puentes batted .455 (10-for-22) for the week with three home runs, 11 RBIs, seven runs scored, two doubles and a triple. Puentes leads the Patriot League with six home runs for the season, three ahead of any other player. He has hit four of those round-trippers in Patriot League play to help Holy Cross get off to a 6-2 start in League action. Puentes is named Player of the Week for the first time this season and second in his career.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS ROWLEY, ARMY
Sr., P, Duluth, Ga.
Rowley pitched Army to a 1-0 win in the series opener against Lehigh on Saturday by going all seven innings and allowing six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. It was his first complete game and first shutout of the season. He helped Army stay even in a scoreless game through five innings, then pitched the final two frames after the Black Knights took the lead in the top of the sixth. Rowley is named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the first time this year and sixth in his career.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ANDREW ANDREYCHIK, BUCKNELL
Fr., P, Danville, Pa.
Andreychik pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead Bucknell to a 16-10 victory in the series finale against Navy on Sunday, giving the Bison three wins in the four-game set in Annapolis. He allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out three in his fourth-career start. The seven innings were a season high as Andreychik left with the Bison leading 16-1. He is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
TOM MARRA, HOLY CROSS
Sr., P, Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Marra pitched a seven-inning complete-game shutout in Holy Cross’ 3-0 win at Lafayette on Saturday, allowing four hits and a walk with a season-high seven strikeouts.

TYLER BRONG, LEHIGH Jr., 1B/DH, Bethlehem, Pa.
Brong had the game-tying two-run home run in the seventh inning and game-winning single in the 10th to lead Lehigh to a 4-3 win over Army on Saturday, and batted .455 (10-for-22) in six games last week.

CARTER BUMGARDNER, BUCKNELL Sr., INF, Charlotte, N.C.
Bumgardner batted .409 (9-for-22) with a home run, eight RBIs and four runs scored in five games last week.

DAN GOLDSTEIN, BUCKNELL Sr., P, Huntington, N.Y.
Goldstein allowed one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in a seven-inning complete-game to lead Bucknell to a 3-1 win at Navy on Sunday.

MIKE GARZILLO, LEHIGH Fr., SS, Wind Gap, Pa.
Garzillo tied a Patriot League record with six hits in a 15-7 win over Drew on Wednesday, and batted .500 (11-for-22) with five runs scored and six RBIs last week.


Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ROSIE ROESSEL, LEHIGH
Sr., OF, Fairport, N.Y.
Roessel’s big week on the base paths propelled Lehigh to a 4-1 record on the week, including a 3-1 mark against Lafayette in Patriot League play. The senior outfielder hit safely in all five games and finished 7-for-11 (.636) at the plate and a perfect 6-for-6 in steals. Roessel drove in her first run of the season in Wednesday’s 6-3 victory over Rider and added another in Saturday’s 6-1 win against the Leopards. On Sunday she was moved to the leadoff spot and went 4-for-5 and scored five times as the Mountain Hawks won 9-1 (in five) and 5-0 over Lafayette. She’s now 15-for-15 in steals this season and batting .647 in eight League games.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BECCA BLISS, LEHIGH
Sr., P, Escondido, Calif.
Bliss picks up another Pitcher of the Week honor after going 3-0 last week, including 2-0 with a pair of complete games against Lafayette. She opened the week by hurling three shutout innings of three-hit ball in relief and earning the victory in Wednesday’s 6-3 victory over Rider. She returned to the circle to toss the first games on both Saturday and Sunday, allowing one earned run in each start and seven hits combined in logging two more victories. In all Bliss tossed 15 innings, gave up 10 hits, walked none and struck out eight. She pitched to a 0.93 earned-run average and held opposing hitters to .189 at the dish. Bliss has won 15 straight regular-season League starts and 20 in a row against League opponents including the League Tournament.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MARIEL SCHLAEFER, COLGATE
Fr., C, Brookfield, Conn.
Schlaefer collects her first weekly honor from the Patriot League after coming up with some timely hits in the Raiders’ 3-1 series win against Bucknell over the weekend. The rookie catcher went 2-for-3 in Saturday’s nightcap with a solo home run in the fourth inning that put Colgate up 2-1 in an eventual 3-2, eight-inning victory. After picking up an RBI in Sunday’s first game, Schlaefer drilled her first career grand slam as part of a seven-run fourth inning that wiped away a 4-0 deficit. The Raiders went on to an 8-5 victory. For the week she hit .363 (4-for-11) with two home runs and six RBIs while walking twice and stealing a pair of bases.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
ALEX REYNOLDS, ARMY
Sr., 2B, Katy, Texas
Batted .455 (10-for-22) on the week and .429 (6-for-14) in the series at Holy Cross. Smacked a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning to snap a 1-1 tie in a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Also scored in the fourth inning of the nightcap during a Black Knights rally.

BRAETANA ROY, ARMY Fr., P, Avondale, Ariz.
Went 2-1 in the circle with a 1.05 ERA and three complete games. Struck out 13 batters in 20 innings. Hurled a two-hit shutout against Delaware in a 7-0 triumph Wednesday.

ERIN COX, BUCKNELL So., DP/1B, La Quinta, Calif.
Started all six games and hit .400 (8-for-20) with one home run and six RBIs. Hit her first career home run in a 7-0 win at La Salle. Drove in four runs in the Colgate series. Hit safely in all six games on the week. Scored twice in the Bison’s 8-5 loss to the Raiders in Sunday’s nightcap.

HALEY FLEMING, COLGATE Jr., UT, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Hit .462 (6-for-13) and scored four times in Colgate’s 3-1 series win over Bucknell. Was plated three times in the Raiders’ doubleheader sweep Sunday.

COLLEEN AHERN, HOLY CROSS Fr., DP, Northbrook, Ill.
Went 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs, including the eventual game-winner in the Crusaders’ 7-2 win over Army Sunday. Hit .500 (5-for-10) in the series, finished with four RBIs and scored twice.

JULIA BARRETT, HOLY CROSS Jr., P, Gardner, Mass.
Went 1-1 against Army allowing just two earned runs and striking out eight. Scattered seven hits and allowed one earned run with six punchouts in the Crusaders’ 2-1 win in Sunday’s nightcap.

MORGAN DECKER, LEHIGH Fr., 3B, Jamison, Pa.
Hit .467 (7-for-15) with five RBIs and scored once on the week. Hit 6-for-11 (.545) in four League games against Lafayette, and hit safely in all five games last week.


Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards

M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL
So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica set three IC4A-qualifying times on a big weekend at the Colonial Relays. He finished second overall, and first among collegiate finishers, with a school-record time of 14.25 in the 110-meter hurdles. Lupica also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.24, and led the Bison to a first-place finish in the 4 X 100 relay by running the anchor leg to help the team finish in 41.53. 

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS
Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo had a pair of ECAC-qualifying times at the Duke Invitational over the weekend. She ran an 11.92 to finish fourth in the 100-meter dash, and a 24.19 to take seventh place in the 200-meter dash. Both marks were the best in the Patriot League during the outdoor season, and the 200-meter time set a Holy Cross school record. Okpoebo also ran on the Holy Cross 4 X 100 relay team that just missed an ECAC time with a finish of 48.10.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ZACK DUNCAVAGE, NAVY
Jr., League City, Texas
Duncavage continues to shine in the outdoor season, earning his second M-F Athlete Male Field Athlete of the Week honor this season after a strong showing in the Army-Navy Star Meet on Saturday. Duncavage won the discus with an IC4A-qualifying and school record toss of 56.44 meters, and also set IC4A marks while winning the shot put with a toss of 15.93 meters and placing fifth in the hammer throw at 53.03 meters. The discus throw is ranked 11th in the NCAA East Region and clinched the victory for the Mids while breaking his own school record. Duncavage has already won eight individual events this season.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE
Jr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena played a key role in Lafayette’s narrow 102-101 win over rival Lehigh on Saturday by placing first in both the hammer throw and shot put. Pena put up a personal-best mark of 57.52 meters in the hammer throw that set the ECAC-qualifying standard and is the best toss in the Patriot League this season. Her shot put mark of 13.02 meters is an outdoor personal best. Pena is named M-F Athletic Female Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN BATISTE, NAVY
Fr., Long Beach, Calif.
Batiste had another outstanding day in a fine freshman season by winning both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes at the Army-Navy Star Meet on Saturday. He just missed the IC4A-qualifying time with a 21.83 in the 200-meter, then hit the IC4A mark with a time of 48.21 in the 400-meter. Batiste has placed first or second in all six of his 200m and 400m races in the outdoor season. He also ran on a 4 X 100 relay team that finished in an IC4A-qualifying time of 41.49.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MEGAN GEMAR, ARMY
Fr., Walnut Creek, Calif.
Gemar hit right on the ECAC-qualifying standard in the pole vault with a leap of 3.72 meters at the Army-Navy Star Meet on Saturday. She won the event with the second-best mark in Army history and best by a Black Knight since 2011.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
MARK LEININGER, AMERICAN
Sr., Colts Neck, N.J.
Leininger took second place in the 10,000-meter run at the Colonial Relays with an IC4A-qualifying time of 29:30.97.

MITCH SIMMONDS, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Simmonds set IC4A-qualifying times in the 400-meter hurdles (53.27) and as part of the 4 X 100 relay team (41.49) at the Army-Navy Star Meet on Saturday.

BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY Sr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne won the 5,000-meter run at the Army-Navy Star Meet with an ECAC-qualifying time of 16:54.22.

LAUREN ALLAM, NAVY Jr., Pasadena, Md.
Allam won the discus at the Army-Navy Star Meet with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 47.31 meters.

RAY HOLMES, BUCKNELL Jr., Campbell, N.Y.
Holmes placed second in the triple jump at the Colonial Relays with a career-best and IC4A-qualifying mark of 15.04 meters.

MACKENZIE ARNDT, HOLY CROSS So., Merrimack, Mass.
Arndt finished in third place in the pole vault at the Duke Invitational with an ECAC-qualifying and school-record tying mark of 3.85 meters.

DEVIN SMITH, LAFAYETTE Fr., Andover, N.J.
Smith took first place in four different events to help Lafayette to a one-point win in a dual meet against rival Lehigh on Saturday, and set the school record with a time of 56.33 in the 400-meter dash.