April 23, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for April 16-22 in men's and women's lacrosse, softball and outdoor track and field on Monday. Due to postponements, the Patriot League will announce the weekly awards for baseball on Tuesday.
The final bit of housekeeping for the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament wrapped up Friday, while Navy rocked a national powerhouse Saturday in a game that could spark a massive reawakening in Annapolis, Md. Peter Baum's goal in the final seconds lifted Colgate to an 11-10 win over visiting Bucknell Friday, handing the Patriot League Tournament's No. 1 seed to the Raiders. They will host Bucknell again Friday at 5 p.m. in the first semifinal, while second-seeded Lehigh takes on No. 3 Army at 8 p.m. Lehigh and Army closed out League play with victories Saturday, while Navy, behind its best defensive performance of the year and an all-star showing by goalkeeper R.J. Wickham, smothered then-No. 6/7 Johns Hopkins 8-2 in front of 11,000 spectators in Annapolis, Md.
The 2012 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament begins with the semifinals on Friday, as No. 4 seed American takes on No. 1 seed and host Navy at 5 p.m., and No. 3 Holy Cross squares off with No. 2 Colgate at 7:45 p.m. The winners meet for the Patriot League Championship on Sunday at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Holy Cross, Colgate and Navy each capped the regular season with a win on Saturday, and all three schools had a student-athlete honored by the Patriot League on Monday for their performance last week.
All eight schools are scheduled to compete at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this weekend as they prep for the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will take place on May 4-5 in Worcester, Mass. Bucknell and Colgate each won a pair of weekly awards after this past weekend's events, with Bucknell's Leonard Joseph winning his second straight weekly award.
Army and Colgate joined Lehigh with berths in the Patriot League Softball Tournament, as the Black Knights swept Lafayette behind four shutouts from Pitcher of the Week Morgan Lashley over the weekend. Lashley has set a Patriot League single-season record with 27 wins on the season. Colgate and Lehigh will square off in a big doubleheader on Wednesday before the Mountain Hawks visit Army for a four-game weekend series with the right to host the postseason tournament on the line.
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PETER BAUM, COLGATE Jr., A, Portland, Ore.
Baum scored three goals, but none were bigger than his tally with 2 seconds remaining to lift Colgate to a thrilling come-from-behind 11-10 victory over visiting Bucknell Friday night. Baum, who finished with four points on the night, scored in the first quarter to tie the game at 1-1, and added his second of the contest 1:09 into the fourth during a 7-0 Colgate run that put the Raiders up 7-6. He now sits alone in third place on the Patriot League's single-season goal list with 51, and is three shy of tying Lehigh's Mark Duncan, who has 54 in 1997.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PAT KIERNAN, NAVY So., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J.
The quality of Kiernan's play at the pole has been strong all season, and that was no different Saturday at Navy shocked No. 6/7 Johns Hopkins 8-2. Kiernan picked up six ground balls and logged a pair of caused turnovers in leading the Mids' dominant defensive performance against a national powerhouse. The Navy defense stymied Hopkins in holding it off the board for the first 25:31 of the contest, and again for another 31:45 across the second, third and fourth quarters. The Mids held the Blue Jays to their lowest goal total since April 2, 1966, while the two goals were Hopkins' fewest against Navy since May 9, 1925.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
R.J. WICKHAM, NAVY Sr., GK, Penn Yan, N.Y.
While Navy's defense was fabulous in front of him, when the shots did come his way, Wickham was up to the task. The senior from Penn Yan, N.Y., made 18 saves for the second time this season in stifling No. 6/7 Johns Hopkins 8-2 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Wickham made several point-blank saves during the game, including one in the first quarter with the Mids leading 1-0. Shortly thereafter, Taylor Reynolds put Navy up 2-0, and the game's theme was set. Wickham's 18 saves ties the game high for any Patriot Leaguer this season, with seven coming in the third quarter. He becomes the first Navy keeper to post two wins over Hopkins since Dennis Wedekind in the 1960s. Wickham finishes his Navy career sixth on the academy's all-time saves list with 479.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
RYAN WALSH, COLGATE Fr., A, Wantagh, N.Y.
Walsh logged three points in the Raiders' thrilling victory Friday over Bucknell. The freshman out of Wantagh, N.Y., scored his lone goal of the game with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 9-9, snapping a 3-0 Bucknell run that put the Bison ahead by a goal. Walsh's two assists were on the bookend goals of the Raiders' 7-0 run that erased a 6-1 deficit and put the Raiders on top 8-6 in the fourth. Walsh leads all Patriot League rookies with 46 points, placing him fourth in the League among all players.
KEVIN DONOVAN JR., LEHIGH Jr., A, Bethany, Conn.
Donovan, who entered Saturday's game with three goals and one assist for his career, broke out with five goals and six points in the Mountain Hawks' 16-6 win at Lafayette. After the Leopards cut the Lehigh lead to 8-4, Donovan had a hand in five straight tallies as the Mountain Hawks pulled away.
DEREK SIPPERLY, ARMY Sr., D/FO, Massapequa, N.Y.
Sipperly went 18-of-23 on face-offs, including 12-of-14 in the second half that propelled Army to a 15-6 win Saturday over Holy Cross. The Black Knights trailed 5-4 at the half, but dominated possession in the second 30 minutes thanks to Sipperly's efforts. He totaled 11 ground balls and also collected an assist.
JOHN GLESENER, ARMY Fr., M, Camillus, N.Y.
Glesener extended his point-scoring streak to 13 games and matched a career high with four points in Saturday's 15-6 win over Holy Cross. His three assists also tied a career high.
TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH So., D, Macungie, Pa.
Souders was part of another strong Lehigh defensive effort in Saturday's 16-6 win over rival Lafayette. The sophomore picked up a career-best five ground balls while spearheading the back line that allowed just six goals or fewer for the ninth time this season.
SAM JONES, NAVY So., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones scored three goals and assisted on a fourth, having a role in half of Navy's eight tallies in Saturday's 8-2 triumph against Johns Hopkins. It was the sixth career hat trick for the sophomore, and third of the season.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SARA HENNESSEY, HOLY CROSS So., A/M, Winchester, Mass.
Hennessey scored the game-winning goal with 36 seconds to play to lift Holy Cross to an 8-7 win over Lafayette on Saturday, clinching the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the Crusaders. She scored three goals against the Leopards and also chipped in with a strong all-around effort that included a ground ball, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. That came after Hennessey scored two goals with two ground balls, two draw controls and four caused turnovers in a 10-8 win over Central Connecticut State on Wednesday. Hennessey leads the Crusaders with 40 goals, and has scored in 14 consecutive games. She earns her second Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, and also received a Midfield Player of the Week honor in 2012.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY MILLER, COLGATE Sr., M, Chappaqua, N.Y.
After being named Offensive Player of the Week last Monday, Miller picks up her second Patriot League award in a row by taking home the Midfield Player of the Week honor. She tallied eight goals and three assists with seven ground balls and seven draw controls in a pair of wins for the Raiders. Miller started with a dominant performance against St. Bonaventure, finishing with seven goals, two assists, six ground balls and four draw controls in a 19-8 win on Wednesday. She followed it up with a goal, assist and three draw controls in a 15-8 win over Bucknell on Saturday that gave Colgate the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. Miller, who is in the Patriot League career top 10 for points, goals, assists and draw controls, concludes her career with a fourth Midfield Player of the Week award to go with three Offensive Player of the Week honors at Colgate. She joins Hennessey as the only two players this season to win both awards.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGHAN CURTIN, LAFAYETTE So., G, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Curtin did all she could in a huge game for Lafayette, making a career-high 15 saves as the Leopards fell 8-7 to Holy Cross on a goal in the final minute on Saturday. Lafayette was playing for a berth in the Patriot League Tournament. Curtin stopped 15-of-23 shots on goal (65.2 percent), with seven saves in the first half and eight after intermission to keep the Leopards close throughout. Curtin receives her first weekly award from the Patriot League.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JESS FELLOWS, NAVY Fr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Fellows scored three goals and picked up two ground balls as Navy completed an unbeaten Patriot League campaign with a 14-4 win at Lehigh on Saturday. It was her fifth hat trick of the season, and Fellows ranks third on the Mids with 42 points (30 G, 12 A). She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, taking home both the first and final awards of the year.
KATIE SULLIVAN, COLGATE Sr., A, Cockeysville, MD.
Sullivan combined for five goals and six assists in Colgate's wins over St. Bonaventure and Bucknell.
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY Jr., A, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo tallied two goals and four assists in Navy's 14-4 win at Lehigh on Saturday.
JENNA FROST, COLGATE Fr., D, Swarthmore, Pa.
Frost recorded eight ground balls and five caused turnovers in Colgate's wins over St. Bonaventure and Bucknell.
SARAH WEBER, HOLY CROSS So., G, Summit, N.J.
Weber led Holy Cross to a pair of wins last week, with nine saves in an 8-7 victory over Lafayette on Saturday.
ARRIANA SAJJAD, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Sajjad finished with three goals, two assists and five draw controls in Bucknell's 15-8 loss to Colgate on Saturday.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AMANDA NGUYEN, ARMY So., OF, Houston, Texas
Nguyen batted .625 with five runs scored and four stolen bases as Army went 5-0 last week, including a four-game sweep of Lafayette in Patriot League action. She went 10-for-16 in the five games, with a 8-of-13 clip against the Leopards. Nguyen came up huge against Lafayette in a series Army swept despite scoring eight total runs in four games. She scored four of the team's eight runs, including going 2-for-3 with the only run of the game in a 1-0 victory in Saturday's series finale. Nguyen was 3-for-3 with a run in a 2-0 win in Friday's opener, then went 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases in a 4-0 triumph in the nightcap. Nguyen is batting .393 in Patriot League play and leads Army with 15 runs scored in League action. Nguyen is named Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN LASHLEY, ARMY Fr., P, Davidson, N.C.
Lashley had another brilliant week, pitching five shutouts and tossing 35 scoreless innings on the mound to lead Army to wins in low-scoring contests at home. With the five victories, Lashley has set a Patriot League single-season record with 27 wins on the year to go with her League single-season marks for appearances (45), starts (40) and innings (254.0). She allowed just 19 hits and six walks while striking out 25 in her outings. Lashley pitched the Black Knights to a weekend sweep of Lafayette by keeping the Leopards off the scoreboard for all 28 innings in the series. She pitched six-hitters in 2-0 and 4-0 victories on Friday, then tossed a one-hitter and a four-hitter as Army swept the Leopards in a pair of 1-0 decisions on Saturday. Lashley held opponents to a .162 batting average in the five games. She has won 10 consecutive games, including nine in a row in Patriot League action. Lashley has a 13-2 record with a 1.46 ERA in Patriot League play. She is named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week for the second straight time, and third this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
EMILY BAUSHER, LEHIGH Fr., P/OF, New Egypt, N.J.
Bausher extends her Patriot League record with a sixth Rookie of the Week award after pitching Lehigh to a pair of wins last week. She did not allow an earned run in 10 innings while giving up six hits and a walk and striking out 13 in victories over Princeton and Colgate. Bausher scattered five hits and an unearned run while striking out five in a 3-1 win over Princeton on Wednesday. She was outstanding in Lehigh's 10-0 five-inning win over Colgate on Saturday, giving up just one hit while striking out eight in the shutout victory. Bausher is 15-9 with a Patriot League-leading 1.52 ERA for the season, and has a 6-1 record and sparkling 0.39 ERA in League games. She also went 1-for-5 at the plate with a triple, RBI and two runs scored last week.
BRIDGET GATES, BUCKNELL Jr., P, Milford, Conn.
Gates tossed 15 shutout innings, with just five hits and a walk allowed, and picked up a two wins and a save in three appearances for Bucknell against Holy Cross over the weekend.
LAURA SANDFORD, BUCKNELL Jr. 2B, New Egypt, N.J.
Sandford was 8-for-15 with a run scored and two RBIs as Bucknell took three of four from Holy Cross over the weekend.
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
EVANS KOSGEI, LEHIGH Sr., Moiben, Ga.
Kosgei finished eighth in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Memorial, posting an IC4A time of 8:52.41. His time set a new school record and could be good enough for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. This is Kosgei's first outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA BURNS, COLGATE Sr., Seattle, Wash.
Burns finished seventh in the 5,000 at the Larry Ellis Invitational, recording an ECAC time of 16:36.57, which was the second fastest time in the 5,000 in school history. This is Burns' first outdoor weekly award.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph finished first in the hammer at the Bucknell Team Challenge, posting an IC4A distance on 204-5, which is a personal best. Joseph also finished ninth in the discus (154-10). This is Joseph's second straight outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LAUREN ALLAM, NAVY So., Pasadena, Md.
Allam posted several top five performances at a pair of events, including individual titles in the discus at the Larry Ellis Invite (157-3) and McDaniel Invite (143-9). Both distances were ECAC qualifiers. Allam also finished second in the shot put (41-6), fourth in the hammer (128-10) and fourth in the javelin (101-8) at the McDaniel Invite.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Fr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica finished first and posted IC4A times in both the 110 hurdles (14.70) and 400 relay (41.97) at the Bucknell Team Challenge. This is his first outdoor weekly award after winning a pair of awards during the indoor season.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALICIA MINELLA, COLGATE Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.
Minella finished first in the 200 and the 400 at the Greyhound Invitational on Saturday. Her time of 24.74 seconds matched an ECAC qualifying mark. She finished the 400 in 56.02 seconds, narrowly missing a second ECAC time.
ROBERT ARENT, BUCKNELL Sr., New Providence, N.J.
Arent finished first in the 110 hurdles (14.85) and 400 (48.25), both IC4A times, at the Bucknell Team Challenge.
HANA CASALNOVA, BUCKNELL So., Grove City, Pa.
Casalnova finished first in the 800 with an ECAC time of 2:10.70 at the Bucknell Team Challenge.
KAT FOLGER, BUCKNELL Sr., Groton, Mass.
Folger finished second in the javelin at the Bucknell Team Challenge with an ECAC distance of 156-6.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS So., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo finished first in a pair of events, including an ECAC time of 12.06 seconds in the 100 dash. She also won the 200 (24.92).
REBECCA DUHAMEL, LEHIGH So., Wenatchee, Wash.
Duhamel finished first in the discus at the Greyhound Invite with an ECAC distance of 148-11.
JESSICA KENDZOR, LEHIGH So., Somers, N.Y.
Kendzor finished 10th in the 800 with an ECAC time of 2:09.38 at the Larry Ellis Invite. She also finished third in the 400 (56.79) at the Greyhound Invite.
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio finished ninth overall and fifth among collegians in the 1,500 with an ECAC time of 4:20.87 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
CODY ROME, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Rome finished fourth in the 5,000 at the Larry Ellis Invite with an IC4A time of 14:01.36.