April 16, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for April 9-15 in men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, baseball and outdoor track and field on Monday.
Army clinched a berth into the Patriot League Baseball Tournament with its third straight four-game sweep, opening up a 12-0 record in the League play. The 12 straight wins tie a Patriot League record for consecutive League wins set by Army in 2004. The record for League wins is 19, set by Navy in 1995. Army’s pitching staff, which tossed three shutouts over the weekend, won a pair of weekly awards with Logan Lee being named the Pitcher of the Week and Alex Robinett being named the Rookie of the Week. Second-place Holy Cross, which won three of four against Navy, also nabbed a weekly award with Patrick Puentes being named the Player of the Week.
Saturday’s chain of events confirmed the four-team field for the Patriot League Tournament in men’s lacrosse, but seeding and hosting responsibilities are still up for grabs entering the last weekend of League action. The No. 1 seed is down to Colgate and Lehigh, with the former needing a victory Friday at 7 p.m. at Bucknell on CBS Sports Network to wrap up the top spot and hosting duties. A loss for Colgate coupled with a Lehigh win Saturday at Lafayette, and the Mountain Hawks will host the four-team tournament. Army and Bucknell are in the playoffs at 3-2, with the Black Knights holding an advantage because of a head-to-head victory.
Three teams posted key wins in women's lacrosse over the weekend, beginning with Navy beating American 19-6 on Friday to earn the top seed and right to host the Patriot League Tournament. Colgate and Holy Cross punched their League Tournament tickets with wins on Saturday, leaving just one open spot heading into the final weekend. Each of the winners had a student-athlete honored for their performance over the weekend.
Lehigh became the first team to clinch a spot in the Patriot League Softball Tournament, with the Mountain Hawks at 11-1 in League play and holding a two-game lead over Colgate and Army in second place. The Black Knights closed the gap with a four-game sweep at Bucknell, with April Ortenzo and Morgan Lashley honored by the Patriot League on Monday for their performance in the series.
With less than three weeks remaining in the regular season, the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams are gearing up for the Patriot League Championship in Worcester, Mass., on May 4-5. Lafayette won a pair of weekly awards, including a fourth straight Male Track Athlete of the Week award for Jerome Rudolph, who continues to lower his time in the 100 dash. Army, Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh also won weekly awards.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PATRICK PUENTES, HOLY CROSS Jr., OF, East Greenbush, N.Y.
Puentes batted 11-for-25 (.440) with four RBIs and seven runs scored as Holy Cross won three of four against Navy to keep a hold of second place in the Patriot League. He had a hit in all six of his games last week and he accounted for five runs in the Crusaders’ doubleheader sweep of Navy on Saturday. He also scored three runs in their 15-3 series finale win. This is Puentes first weekly award of his career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
LOGAN LEE, ARMY Sr., P, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Lee posted one of Army’s three shutouts against Lafayette, tossing a one-hit gem on Sunday. He struck out four and carried a perfect game into the seventh, retiring the first 19 batters in the game. Lee is 4-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.01. This is his second weekly award of the season and third of his career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX ROBINETT, ARMY Fr., P, Bend, Ore.
Robinett pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball in a 6-0 win over Lafayette on Sunday, completing the four-game sweep of the Leopards. Robinett allowed just three Leopards to reach second base. He struck out five and walked one, improving to 3-1 on the season, while lowering his ERA to 2.45.
ZACH PRICE, ARMY Sr., INF, Cantonment, Fla.
Price went 10-for-23 (.435) with four runs scored and four RBIs. He also had three walks and a stolen base for Army, which swept Lafayette in four games.
RYAN EBNER, BUCKNELL Sr., P, Sinking Spring, Pa.
Ebner pitched seven scoreless innings for the Bison in a 6-0 win over Lehigh on Sunday. It was Ebner’s first complete-game shutout since the 2011 Patriot League Tournament.
DAVID DUFFETT, BUCKNELL Sr., 3B, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Duffett batted 8-for-18 (.444) with four runs scored, three RBIs, two doubles, two triples and two walks. He helped the Bison close out their four-game series against Lehigh with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, driving in three and scoring three runs.
CORY KENT, LEHIGH Sr., P, Wilson, Pa.
Kent made a pair of appearances last week, recording a save in the Mountain Hawks’ win over UMES and pitching seven innings of one-run ball in their 8-1 win over Bucknell on Saturday. He held Bucknell to five hits and three walks, while striking out seven.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GARRETT THUL, ARMY Jr., A, Flemington, N.J.
In a winner-take-all contest Saturday for a Patriot League Tournament berth, Thul scored five times, including a highlight-reel over-the-shoulder tally late in the contest to lift Army to a 9-6 victory over Navy at Michie Stadium. The win put the Black Knights into the four-team playoff for the eighth straight season. Three of Thul’s markers were unassisted, while the remaining two came off helpers from John Glesener. The junior from Flemington, N.J., has scored in 36 straight games and has 23 career hat tricks, including seven this season. With 119 career goals, Thul is all alone in seventh on the League’s all-time list.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NOONE, LEHIGH Jr., D, Jenkintown, Pa.
Noone posted career-highs with six ground balls and four caused turnovers to pace the Lehigh defense in its thrilling 9-8 win over No. 18 Bucknell Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pa. Noone logged the caused turnover and ensuing ground ball with just over three minutes remaining that set up Lehigh’s final possession, which ended with Dante Fantoni’s game-winning goal with 14 seconds left. Noone marked Bucknell’s Chase Bailey, who entered the game with 24 goals and 33 points but was held to just a single goal in the game.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ZACH PALMIERI, ARMY Sr., GK, Syracuse, N.Y.
Palmieri stopped eight shots and yielded six goals to backstop Army to a 9-6 victory over Navy Saturday at Michie Stadium. The game was tied at 6-6 entering the fourth quarter, and Palmieri made two critical saves in the final 15 minutes while the Black Knight offense scored three times to secure the win. The senior, who is the full-time starter for the first time after backing up Tom Palesky for three seasons, lowered his goals-against average to 8.82 and owns a .512 save percentage on the season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon made eight saves and allowed eight goals to a Bucknell offense that was averaging nearly 12 per game in Saturday’s 9-8 victory for Lehigh over the Bison. He made five saves in the first half that kept the Mountain Hawks within 5-3 at halftime, and followed it up with two big stops in the third quarter while enabling Lehigh to rally for a 6-5 lead. Poillon has allowed just 51 goals in Lehigh’s 11 victories this season, and he remains the League leader with a 6.04 goals-against average.
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Jr., A/M, Portland, Ore.
Baum scored five times and added two assists in Colgate’s 18-7 win Saturday over Lafayette. The junior has 111 career goals and is two shy of entering the League’s all-time top 10. The Raiders clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth with the victory.
BILLY EISENREICH, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Chatham, N.J.
Eisenreich became the first player in the nation this season with 30 goals and 30 assists after posting five goals and seven points in a pair of games for the Bison last week. He scored twice and had two assists in the Bison’s heartbreaking 9-8 loss at Lehigh Saturday evening.
DANTE FANTONI, LEHIGH Sr., A, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Fantoni scored twice Saturday against Bucknell, with his second of the game coming with 14 seconds left to lift Lehigh to a thrilling 9-8 win over the Bison. He finished with three points, all of which came after halftime.
MIKE HUFFNER, BUCKNELL Jr., D, Elmira, N.Y.
Huffner finished the week with six caused turnovers and four ground balls, and was stellar in leading Bucknell’s stifling defense in an 8-3 win Tuesday over Penn. He collected four caused turnovers in the triumph against the Quakers, and added two more in Saturday’s loss at Lehigh.
KYLE FEENEY, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, Greenwich, Conn.
Feeney went 1-1 between the pipes for Bucknell, averaging 9.5 saves per game and recording a .613 save percentage during that span. He made 10 saves in Tuesday’s 8-3 win over Penn and recorded nine more Saturday against Lehigh.
BOBBY LAWRENCE, COLGATE So., D, Summit, N.J.
Lawrence picked up five ground balls and logged four caused turnovers in Colgate’s 18-7 win over Lafayette Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y.
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY MILLER, COLGATE Sr., M, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Miller had a dominant performance to help put Colgate into the Patriot League Tournament, scoring seven goals with two assists in a 13-11 win at Lafayette on Saturday. She set career highs for goals and points in the contest, and scored four straight times to bring Colgate from an 8-6 deficit to a 10-9 lead in the second half. Miller assisted on Katie Sullivan’s go-ahead goal with 12:56 left that put Colgate up 11-10, and scored the eventual game-winner when she gave the Raiders a 12-10 lead with 9:46 to go. Miller also had three draw controls in the game. She began the week with four goals in a 13-5 loss to Canisius on Tuesday. Miller entered the Patriot League career top 10 in goals (155) and points (224) during the week to add to record book positions in assists (69) and draw controls (191). She is named Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career to go with three Midfield Player of the Week honors.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE So., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White had another strong all-around week to win the Midfield Player of the Week award for the third consecutive time and fifth this season. She totaled five goals, an assist, six ground balls and 19 draw controls as the Leopards fell to Columbia on Wednesday and Colgate on Saturday. White had 10 draw controls against the Raiders, her second double-digit effort this season and the fourth of her career. White has set a Patriot League single-season record with 109 draw controls, and leads the nation with 6.81 draw controls per game. She has 198 career draw controls, putting the sophomore just 20 away from the Patriot League record. White wins her seventh career Midfield Player of the Week award, four more than any other student-athlete in the award’s two-year history. White is the first to win the honor in three consecutive weeks.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SARAH WEBER, HOLY CROSS So., G, Summit, N.J.
Weber had two outstanding games in goal, including 10 saves in a 10-7 win over Lehigh on Saturday that clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth for the Crusaders. She stopped .588 percent of the shots against the Mountain Hawks as Holy Cross built an early lead and held on in the second half. That performance came after making a career-high 16 saves with a .615 save percentage in a 10-4 loss to Harvard on Wednesday. Weber also led the team with three ground balls in that game. She allowed an 8.50 goals against average while recording a .605 save percentage in the two games. Weber wins her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Fr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi filled the stat sheet with seven goals, three ground balls and eight draw controls as Navy clinched the outright regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a 19-6 win over American on Friday evening. She set career highs for goals and points, and her seven goals were ony shy of the Navy record and set the school’s freshman mark. Generi now has 96 draw controls for the season, good for third in Patriot League history. She earns the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award for the fourth time, just one off the League record.
SARA HENNESSEY, HOLY CROSS So., M, Winchester, Mass.
Hennessey scored five goals in two games last week, including the game-winner in a 10-7 triumph over Lehigh on Saturday.
ADDIE GODFREY, LAFAYETTE Jr., A, Princeton, N.J.
Godfrey had seven goals, two assists and eight draw controls in two games last week, including a five-goal, one-assist effort in a 13-11 loss to Colgate on Saturday.
JENNA FROST, COLGATE Fr., D, Swarthmore, Pa.
Frost tallied seven ground balls and six caused turnovers in two games for the Raiders last week.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
APRIL ORTENZO, ARMY So., SS, Parkland, Fla.
Orentzo has hit safely in nine consecutive at-bats, tied for the 10th-longest streak in NCAA history, and batted .688 over the weekend as Army swept four games from Bucknell. Ortenzo went 11-for-16 with six runs scored, three doubles, three RBIs and two stolen bases as the Black Knights improved to 9-3 in the Patriot League and into a tie for second place in the standings. Ortenzo was 8-for-8 with five runs scored and two RBIs in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep, adding to a hit in her final at-bat on Saturday to build the streak of nine consecutive hits. Ortenzo wins the Patriot League Player of the Week award for the first time in her career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY Fr., P, Davidson, N.C.
Lashley earned the win in all four of Army’s victories against Bucknell, posting a 1.67 ERA in 21 innings on the hill for the weekend. She did not give up more than two runs in any of her four outings. Lashley went the distance while allowing five hits and striking out four in a 5-1 win in the series opener on Saturday, and pitched four shutout innings with one hit allowed in an 11-0 triumph in Sunday’s opener. Lashley broke multiple Army and Patriot League single-season records over the weekend. She became the school’s all-time single-season leader in wins (22) and innings (219.0) while setting Army and Patriot League records for starts (35) and appearances (40) in a single season. Lashley earns the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award for the second time in 2012.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CASSIE WAGGY, LEHIGH Fr., IF/OF, Manteca, Calif.
Waggy went 8-for-17 with two doubles and six RBIs in a 4-2 week for Lehigh that included wins in three of four games against Holy Cross in a Patriot League weekend series. Waggy hit safely in five consecutive games to close the week, beginning with a 3-for-4 effort with three RBIs as Lehigh beat Hofstra 7-6 to split a doubleheader Wednesday and snap the Pride’s 17-game winning streak. Waggy was 5-of-11 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBIs as Lehigh won three of four games against Holy Cross over the weekend. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
EMMIE DOLFI, COLGATE Jr., 1B, Pleasant Valley, N.Y.
Dolfi batted .500 with two home runs, eight RBIs and three runs scored in Colgate’s weekend split with Lafayette.
LAUREN MURPHY, LAFAYETTE So., OF, Boxborough, Mass./Acton-Boxborough Regional
Murphy hit .400 with two home runs and six RBIs in six games for the Leopards. She hit the game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in Sunday’s opener as the Leopards went on to win 3-2 in 10 innings.
JEN COLQUHOUN, LEHIGH Sr., SS, Oak Park, Calif.
Colquhoun batted .526 with a home run, five RBIs and six runs scored in a 4-2 week for the Mountain Hawks.
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JEROME RUDOLPH, LAFAYETTE Sr., Lithonia, Ga.
Rudolph wins his fourth straight weekly award in outdoor track with another career-best time in the 100, lowering the season’s best time around the League to 10.39 seconds, which was another IC4A qualifying time. He finished first at the Moravian College Coach Pollard Invitational in the event.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LAUREN KELLY, LAFAYETTE So., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Kelly posted an ECAC time of 36:21.72 in the 10,000 at the Bison Outdoor Classic. She finished 12th in the race, winning her first weekly award in outdoor track.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph finished second in the hammer at the Bison Outdoor Classic with a career-best and IC4A distance of 200-1, which was the fourth-best mark in program history. Joseph also finished ninth in the discus (154-10).
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESSICA WAGGONER, ARMY So., Minden, Nev.
Waggoner placed first in the discus at the Army 5-Way Meet with an ECAC distance of 153-3, which ranks second in the Patriot League this season and eighth among all ECAC qualifiers. This is Waggoner’s second weekly award in outdoor track this season.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JUSTIN MAHONEY, LEHIGH Fr., North Baldwin, N.Y.
Mahoney placed second in the 400 dash at the Moravian College Coach Pollard Invitational, finishing with a time of 48.60 seconds, just short of an IC4A-qualifying mark. He was part of the IC4A-qualifying 400 relay team (42.03).
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MEGAN KEANE, COLGATE Fr., Darien, Conn.
Keane finished in 19th place in the 1,500 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, posting a time of 4:36.65, which was a new Colgate freshman record. It also ranks fourth in the Patriot League this season.
JOSH OLSEN, AMERICAN Sr., Thomaston, Conn.
Olsen finished first in the 5,000 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, posting an IC4A time of 14:22.60.
JORDAN DONALDSON, BUCKNELL Sr., Saxton, Pa.
Donaldson placed fifth in the 800 with an IC4A time of 1:50.96 at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
EMILY LIGGETT, BUCKNELL Sr., Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Liggett finished fifth in the 5,000 with an ECAC time of 17:05.91 at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
TAYLER SIEGRIST, BUCKNELL Jr., Madison, N.J.
Siegrist finished third in the javelin with an ECAC distance of 141-8 at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
CHELSEA BURNS, COLGATE Sr., Seattle, Wash.
Burns finished ninth in the 1,500 at the Bison Outdoor Classic with an ECAC time of 4:28.13, which ranks second in the League this year.
REBECCA DUHAMEL, LEHIGH So., Wenatchee, Wash.
Duhamel finished first in a pair of events, including an ECAC distance of 139-5 in the discus. She also placed first in the shot put (43-0¼).
MILES SNELGROVE, NAVY Jr., Lebanon, Conn.
Snelgrove finished first in the javelin with an IC4A distance of 215-11 at the Kent Taylor/Joe Hilton Invitational.
DOMINIC DELLA PELLE, NAVY Sr., Kennett Square, Pa.
Della Pelle posted an IC4A time of 3:47.69 in the 1,500, finishing fifth at the Kent Taylor/Joe Hilton Invitational.