Patriot League Weekly Awards (4.22.13)

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April 22, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for April 15-21 in men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball and outdoor track and field.

The field of four is set for the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament after Army handed Holy Cross a 14-5 defeat Saturday evening. The Black Knights clinched the third seed with the win after Bucknell’s 13-8 victory at Colgate gave the Bison the No. 2 seed. Colgate settled for the fourth seed. After Holy Cross wraps up its season Tuesday at home against Dartmouth, the next action on the slate is the tournament with Friday’s semifinals and Sunday’s championship.

The Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament opens up with the semifinal round on Friday as fourth-seed Lafayette faces host and top-seed Navy at 5 p.m. and third-seed Holy Cross takes on second-seed American at 7:45 p.m. The winners face off on Sunday at Noon for the Patriot League Championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy secured the top seed with an 11-10 win in double overtime at American on Sunday. Jasmine DePompeo sets a Patriot League record with her sixth Offensive Player of the Week honor of the year after scoring the game-winner for the Mids.

Holy Cross and Army secured bids to the Patriot League Baseball Tournament over the weekend, and the pair will conclude the regular season at West Point with a four-game series on Saturday and Sunday. The Crusaders are 12-4 in the Patriot League, two games ahead of the Black Knights (10-6) heading into the final weekend. Navy (9-7) and Bucknell (8-8) follow, with Lehigh (5-11) and Lafayette (4-12) also still in contention for League Tournament berths.

Lehigh and Colgate sewed up the first two berths to the Patriot League Softball Tournament over the weekend. The Raiders (9-7) will host the Mountain Hawks (13-3) for four games this weekend, and Lehigh needs just one win to host the four-team field. Army (8-8), sitting just one game behind Colgate, visits Lafayette (4-12) this weekend looking for a split to clinch a tournament berth. The Leopards are still in contention, but need to sweep Army and help to get to the postseason. Bucknell (7-9) tangles with Holy Cross (7-9) in Worcester, Mass., with a League tournament berth at stake.

There is just one weekend remaining in outdoor track and field before the Patriot League Championships at Lehigh on May 3-4. Most of the Patriot League schools will spend that time at the prestigious Penn Relays which begin on Thursday.


Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAN TAYLOR, LEHIGH
So., A, Calgary, Alberta
Taylor enjoyed a career game with four goals and three assists for a single game-best seven points in Lehigh’s 14-5 win over Lafayette on Saturday night. The victory clinched the Mountain Hawks’ first perfect run through the League in the regular season, and continued their momentum entering this weekend’s League tournament starting Friday. Taylor scored the game’s first two goals in the opening 4:31 and the Mountain Hawks never looked back. He is second on the team with 45 points and tied for second with 26 goals.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRENDAN BUCKLEY, ARMY
Sr., D, Massapequa, N.Y.
Buckley’s primary responsibilities in Saturday’s 14-5 win at Holy Cross were defensive in nature. He marked the Crusaders’ top scorer in James Kennedy and held him to zero points, two shots and five turnovers. But it was also Buckley’s offensive contributions that helped as well. The close defender scored twice, both on coast-to-coast opportunities on a clear, to register the first multi-goal game of his career. The senior also finished with two groundballs and one caused turnover in the win, which helped give Army the third seed in this weekend’s Patriot League Tournament.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
SAM GRINBERG, BUCKNELL
So., GK, New York, N.Y.
Grinberg’s entry into Saturday’s game proved to be a turning point in Bucknell’s 13-8 win at Colgate. The sophomore keeper came into the contest at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter after Colgate extended its goal-scoring run to 4-0 to take a 7-5 lead. Over the last 22:07 of the game, Grinberg made six saves and allowed only one, helping Bucknell finish the contest on an 8-1 run to clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Three of Grinberg’s six stops came on shots from Peter Baum in the fourth quarter.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SEAN DOYLE, BUCKNELL
Fr., A, Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.
Doyle posted another big game in an important spot for Bucknell. The freshman attackman finished with four goals and five points as the Bison locked up the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. Doyle netted his team’s first two goals to help Bucknell jump out to a 4-1 lead. After Colgate rallied to take a 7-5 lead midway through the third quarter, Doyle dented the twine to kick off the Bison’s decisive 8-1 run. His assist came on Todd Heritage’s goal that tied the game at 8-8, and he added an insurance tally with 9:45 to play. Doyle has 25 goals and 39 points on the season.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
ALEX DALY, ARMY
Fr., FOS, New Market, Md.
Daly posted his second consecutive impressive game at the midfield line, going 15-of-19 and tying his career best for groundballs (nine) originally set last week against Navy. Daly, who has played all but one game this season, has been Army’s primary face-off specialist and has won 34-of-41 in the last two contests. He’s won nearly 57 percent of his opportunities at the X overall, and clicked at a 62-percent clip during League play.

DAVID DICKSON, BUCKNELL So., M, Greenwich, Conn.
Netted four assists, all coming during Bucknell’s game-closing 8-1 run, in Saturday’s 13-8 win at Colgate that gave the Bison the tournament’s No. 2 seed. His 42 assists this season are a new Bucknell record, edging Chris Cara’s old mark of 40 set in 2004.

TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH Jr., D, Macungie, Pa.
Logged three groundballs and was a big part of Lehigh’s defensive effort in Saturday’s 14-5 win over Lafayette. Marked Sonny Round and held him to no goals in settled situations and one overall.

TRIPP TELESCO, LEHIGH Fr., D, Ridgewood, N.J.
Tallied two caused turnovers and one groundball in Lehigh’s victory over Lafayette. Helped the defense hold the Leopards to just two goals at even strength.


Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY
Sr., A, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo adds another notch to her record-setting season with her sixth Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award this season and ninth in her career. The six single-season honors are the most in Patriot League history, while the nine career awards tie Lehigh’s Lauren Dykstra (2008-11) for the highest mark. DePompeo had seven goals and two assists in Navy’s two contests last week, but it was her flair for the dramatic that was even more impressive. DePompeo scored two game-winning goals in double overtime in a three-day span, with the second giving Navy the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament when she tallied 41 seconds into the period for an 11-10 win at American on Sunday. DePompeo also scored 36 seconds into double overtime of a 13-12 win at home against Jacksonville on Friday as Navy enters the postseason with a 16-1 record. She had four goals and two assists in Friday’s victory, and three goals in the win over the Eagles. DePompeo is the Patriot League career record-holder in points and assists. She has already set the single-season assists mark this year with 61, and her 114 points are just five away from the League’s single-season mark set by Lehigh’s Jill Altshuler in 1996.

MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LOREN GENERI, NAVY
So., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi helped Navy to a pair of double-overtime victories by totaling six goals, four assists, two ground balls and 15 draw controls in the two contests. She had two goals, three assists, two ground balls and nine draw controls in a 13-12 win over Jacksonville on Friday, then totaled four goals, an assist and six draw controls in an 11-10 victory at American on Sunday that gave Navy the top seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. She assisted on both of the game-winning overtime goals scored by Jasmine DePompeo, and also scored in the first overtime against American. Generi leads the Patriot League with 55 goals and 96 draw controls, and is named Midfield Player of the Week for the third time this season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SARAH WEBER, HOLY CROSS
Jr., GK, Summit, N.J.
Weber allowed just six goals in each of her two starts last week to lead the Crusaders to a pair of victories. She made 11 saves in an 11-6 win over Central Connecticut on Wednesday, then tallied five saves in a 14-6 triumph over Lehigh on Friday that gave Holy Cross the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Weber has 18 career wins, ranking fourth all-time in program history. She is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this year and second in her career.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAITLIN CONCILIO, HOLY CROSS
Fr., A, Ridgewood, N.J.
Concilio had two goals and two assists in a pair of wins for the Crusaders last week. She tallied two goals and an assist in an 11-6 win over Central Connecticut on Wednesday, then had an assist with a ground ball in a 14-6 victory over Lehigh on Friday. Concilio also totaled a pair of caused turnovers for the week. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

HONORABLE MENTION
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE
Jr., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White had four goals, an assist, six ground balls and 13 draw controls in two games last week.

KATELYN MILLER, BUCKNELL Jr., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Miller had seven goals, three assists, four ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers in two games for the Bison last week.

LAURA KLEIBER, LAFAYETTE Jr., A, Far Hills, N.J.
Kleiber had five goals in two games last week, and totaled three goals, four ground balls and three draw controls in Lafayette’s 9-7 win at Colgate on Saturday that clinched a berth in the Patriot League Tournament.

TAYLOR ZEBROWSKI, HOLY CROSS Sr., A, Verona, N.J.
Zebrowski had six goals, an assist, two ground balls and three draw controls in a pair of wins for the Crusaders.

KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN Jr., A, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins had seven goals, three ground balls and two draw controls in two games for the Eagles last week.

MADISON HURWITZ, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Holland, Pa.
Hurwitz totaled four goals, five assists and two ground balls in two games for Bucknell.


Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE AHMED, HOLY CROSS
Jr., INF/P, East Longmeadow, Mass.
Ahmed batted .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, eight runs scored and an RBI as the Crusaders won all six of their contests last week. In a four-game sweep of Lehigh over the weekend, Ahmed went 7-of-12 with six runs scored, an RBI, two walks and two stolen bases. He was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI in a 9-6 victory in Saturday’s nightcap, and tossed six scoreless innings on the mound to earn the win as Holy Cross blanked Lehigh 4-0 in the series finale. Ahmed, the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, is named Player of the Week for the first time this season and second in his career.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ANDREW ANDREYCHIK, BUCKNELL
Fr., P, Danville, Pa.
Andreychik helped Bucknell salvage the finale of its four-game series with Army by tossing a nine-inning shutout to lead the Bison to a 5-0 victory. Andreychik gave up just four hits and one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts to post the first shutout by a Bison freshman since at least 1979. He has won three consecutive starts and leads the Bison with a 2.89 ERA for the season. Andreychik is named Pitcher of the Week for the first time after receiving a Rookie of the Week citation on April 8.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MITCH LEEDS, LAFAYETTE
Fr., P, Rye, N.Y.
Leeds tossed eight scoreless innings to keep Lafayette in a scoreless tie before the Leopards fell 1-0 to Navy in the ninth of Sunday’s opener. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest, and ended up allowing just three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in the eight innings of work. Leeds posted the longest outing of his career and wins his first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
CHRIS ROWLEY, ARMY
Sr., P, Duluth, Ga.
Rowley threw a seven-inning shutout, allowing four hits and no walks with four strikeouts, to lead the Black Knights to a 7-0 win in the series opener against Bucknell on Saturday.

MARK McCANTS, ARMY So., DH, Flower Mound, Texas
McCants went .375 (6-for-16) with a run scored and three RBIs in Army’s weekend series with Bucknell.

JOHN COLELLA, HOLY CROSS Sr., P, Herndon, Va.
Colella saved three of Holy Cross’ four wins over Lehigh, pitching five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and just two hits allowed in the series.

LUKE GILLINGHAM, NAVY Fr., P, Coronado, Calif.
Gillingham allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings of Navy’s 7-2 win in the series finale against Lafayette on Sunday.


Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards

PLAYER AND ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MORGAN DECKER, LEHIGH
Fr., 3B, Jamison, Pa.
Decker continued her remarkable rookie season by hitting 6-for-13 (.462) last week and reaching base safely in all six contests. She opened the week by going 2-for-2 with two home runs and five RBI in a 9-2 drubbing at Princeton before adding a 1-for-2 showing with a walk in the 1-0 victory in the nightcap against the Tigers. She went 3-for-9 at the plate in four games against Holy Cross, including a 2-for-3 outing with a double and a home run and three runs driven in in Sunday’s 8-0 game one win over the Crusaders. For the week Decker had three homers and eight RBI and walked seven times. She logged a .650 on base percentage and slugged 1.231.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BECCA BLISS, LEHIGH Sr., P, Escondido, Calif.
Bliss earns her third Pitcher of the Week nod from the League this season after posting a 3-0 record, all being dominant complete-game two-hit shutouts. In what was her first blanking of the season, Bliss went the distance with two strikeouts and just one walk while facing 24 hitters as Lehigh completed a doubleheader sweep of Princeton with a 1-0 win in Wednesday’s nightcap. Hurling the opening games of both weekend League twinbills against Holy Cross, Bliss struck out seven and 11 batters, respectively, while walking none in both starts. She finished the week with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings and holding opposing hitters to just .094 at the plate.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
ALEX REYNOLDS, ARMY
Sr., 2B, Katy, Texas
Drove in six runs last week to take over as Army’s career leader in RBI with 122. Hit .278 overall and .286 in the four-game series against Bucknell. Also hit two home runs.

MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY So., P, Davidson, N.C.
Tossed 31 innings from the circle and posting a 0.45 earned-run average with a 3-0 record. Logged two complete-game wins over Bucknell, including going the distance in Sunday’s 1-0 11-inning victory. Posted a 0.81 WHIP on 14 hits and 11 walks allowed.

KRISTEN ZAHN, BUCKNELL So., OF/C, Readington, N.J.
Hit .333 (7-for-21) with one home run and six RBI. Went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI triple in Sunday’s 4-0 win at Army in game two.

CINDY CHERNESS, BUCKNELL Fr., P, Torrance, Calif.
Tossed 11.2 innings of relief last week, picking up her first career save in Bucknell’s 4-0 win at Army on Sunday. Pitched to a 0.60 ERA last week, dropping the stat for the season to 1.99.

EMILY JARVIS, HOLY CROSS Fr., CF, Hopkinton, Mass.
Hit .278 for the week with a  pair of stolen bases.


Patriot League Track and Field Weekly Awards

M-F ATHLETIC MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL
So., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica set a school record with a time of 13.96 in the 110-meter hurdles at the Bucknell Team Challenge. The mark easily eclipsed the IC4A-qualifying time as Lupica became the first Bison to run under 14 seconds in the event. He also won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.11, and anchored a 4 X 100 relay team that finished second in a time of 42.54.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
BRIGID BYRNE, NAVY
Sr., Vienna, Va.
Byrne ran an ECAC-qualifying time of 34:51.23 in the 10,000-meter run at the Mt. Sac Relay, placing sixth in the Olympic Development Elite section of the race. Her time broke the school record and is the top mark in the Patriot League this season by nearly a minute and a half. It is also the 26th-best mark in the NCAA East Region this year.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LUKE WEBSTER, BUCKNELL
Sr., Pataskala, Ohio
Webster broke his own school record with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 52.50 meters in the discus at the Bucknell Team Challenge. He also threw a season-best 49.09 meters in the hammer, and narrowly missed an IC4A mark in the shot put with a toss of 15.58 meters.


M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TERONDA BROWN, NAVY
Jr., Angleton, Texas
Brown won the shot put at the McDaniel Twilight Invitational with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 14.47 meters, which also broke a school outdoor record. It is the top mark in the Patriot League this season by nearly four feet. She was also the runner-up in both the hammer and the discus.

M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JAY STELL, NAVY
Fr., Carlsbad, N.M.
Stell had another outstanding effort in the javelin with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 62.26 meters at the Tom Jones Memorial at the University of Florida. He won by nearly 20 feet to claim a victory in the event for the fourth time in five competitions this spring, and is ranked No. 1 in the Patriot League and No. 17 in the East Region of the event this season.

M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ELIZABETH PROVOST, HOLY CROSS
Fr., Adams, Mass.
Provost won the discus with a toss of 38.41 meters to help Holy Cross to a team title at its home invitational over the weekend. The mark was a season-best, and Provost also put up her top distances in the shot put (11.98 meters) and hammer throw (39.77 meters). Her marks in the shot put and discus were team season-bests.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
MARK CASTELLI, ARMY
Sr., Carmel, N.Y.
Castelli ran an IC4A-qualifying time of 9:00.25 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The time ranks sixth all-time at Army and first in the Patriot League this year.

KIM NAGOTKO, BUCKNELL So., Mahwah, N.J.
Nagotko set school records and hit ECAC-qualifying times in the 100 (12.05) and 200-meter (24.59) dash races at the Bucknell Team Challenge.

RACHEL PENA, LAFAYETTE Jr., Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Pena won the hammer throw at the Greyhound Invitational with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 56.10 meters.

RYAN KOCHERT, NAVY Jr., Moreland Hills, Ohio
Kochert finished first in the pole vault at the Tom Jones Memorial with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 5.10 meters, the top height in the Patriot League this season.

CHRIS JOHNSON, COLGATE Sr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Johnson ran an IC4A-qualifying time of 14:24.63 in the 5,000-meter run at the Larry Ellis Invitational, finishing ninth out of 129 competitors in the race.

ABBY MONAGHAN, BUCKNELL Sr., La Plata, Md.
Monaghan set an ECAC standard in the discus with a toss of 45.84 meters at the Bucknell Team Challenge.

STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS Jr., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo won both the 100 and 200-meter dash races at the Holy Cross Invitational, with an ECAC-qualifying time of 12.00 in the 100-meter event.