Patriot League Weekly Awards (8.27.12)

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Mike Reidy, Colgate men's soccer
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Mike Reidy, Colgate men's soccer
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Aug. 27, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Aug. 20-26 in men's and women's soccer, volleyball and field hockey.

Six of the League's eight teams opened in men's soccer over the weekend, with defending champion Colgate starting 1-0-1, including a 1-1 draw Sunday at No. 15 St. John's. American and Army joined the Raiders in the win column, with the latter picking up a 3-0 victory at home over visiting Air Force. Bucknell started 2012 with a pair of ties at the VCU Invitational. Holy Cross and Lafayette will open with matches later this week.

Navy's 6-0 blowout of USC Upstate was the offensive highlight of the week in women's soccer, and three Mids earned weekly honors. Army picked up a victory Friday against defending Southland Conference champion Texas State, while Bucknell led early at No. 23 Rutgers before falling 2-1. While no matches were affected by Tropical Storm Isaac (unlike last year at this time with Irene), Navy's contest versus George Mason scheduled for Sunday was postponed to Monday evening because of rain.

The 2012 season is officially underway in volleyball, with seven of the eight teams picking up at least one victory over the weekend. Bucknell was the busiest with four matches at the La Salle Invitational, with the Bison earning a pair of victories. Army went 2-1 and took second at its own Black Knights Invitational, while defending champion American opened 1-1 at the D.C. Volleyball Challenge. Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy also earned weekend wins.

All six teams have opened their seasons in field hockey, with Lafayette and Bucknell registering wins on Sunday. The victors split the first set of weekly awards announced on Monday.


PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN'S SOCCER WEEKLY AWARDS

BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIKE REIDY, COLGATE
Sr., M, Webster, N.Y.
Reidy was the Raiders' prime offensive performer in helping the defending Patriot League champions open 1-0-1. He scored the overtime game-winner in Friday's 3-2 win over Binghamton, and provided the Raiders' only goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw at No. 15 St. John's. Reidy has already equaled his goal total from a season ago.

BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TOMMY JAEGER, ARMY
So., D, Centennial, Colo.
Jaeger picked up the assist on Parker Dixon's game-winning goal in the Black Knights' impressive 3-0 win over Air Force Saturday evening. The sophomore was also instrumental defensively in keeping the Falcons off the scoresheet. Air Force won 12 matches a year ago and features several returning all-conference players in its lineup.

BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
WINSTON BOLDT, ARMY
So., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Boldt was strong between the posts as Army blanked Air Force 3-0 Saturday night, giving the Black Knights their first win in a season-opener in three years. He made seven saves for his second career shutout. It was Army's first win over the Falcons since 2007.

BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MIKE LANSING, BUCKNELL
Fr., GK, Randolph, N.J.
Lansing backstopped Bucknell to a pair of 1-1 draws over the weekend at the VCU Invitational. He made nine stops in Friday's draw against the host Rams, and added five more in another tie against Butler on Sunday. The rookie from Randolph, N.J., has a .875 save percentage and a 0.82 goals-against average through the first two matches of 2012.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
ALASSANE KANE, AMERICAN
Sr., F, Macon, Ga.
Kane scored twice in the Eagles' two weekend contests, including the game-winner in Friday's season-opening 1-0 victory at Cal State Fullerton.

BILLY KNUTSEN, AMERICAN Jr., GK, San Francisco, Calif.
Knutsen made eight saves in American's 1-0 shutout victory Friday at Cal State Fullerton, and finished the week 1-1-0 with 13 stops.

PARKER DIXON, ARMY Fr., M, North Ogden, Utah
Dixon's first career goal was the game-winner for Army in its 3-0 victory Saturday over visiting Air Force.


PATRIOT LEAGUE WOMEN'S SOCCER WEEKLY AWARDS

BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PALOMA PEREZ, NAVY
Jr., F, Mobile, Ala.
Perez scored a career-best five points on a pair of goals and an assist in Navy's 6-0 triumph over visiting USC Upstate. She tallied the Mids' first goal of the game just 3:09 into the contest, and had collected all five of her points by the 15:01 mark. She leads Navy with six points through three matches.

BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JULIE SCHUMACHER, NAVY
So., D, Plantation, Fla.
Schumacher picked up an assist on Ashlynn Soellner's goal eight minutes into Navy's 6-0 rout of USC Upstate. In addition to her offensive contribution, Schumacher was one of the defensive stalwarts for the Mids. Navy held USC Upstate to just five shots total, including three on net.

BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
CARLY MCCABE, HOLY CROSS
So., GK, Barrington, R.I.
McCabe made her first start of the season a good one with a career-high 12 saves as Holy Cross drew 1-1 with Big East opponent Providence in Worcester, Mass. She finished the match with a .923 save percentage and a 0.82 goals-against average.

BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAYLIE DAVIDSON, NAVY
Fr., M, Oceanside, Calif.
Davidson came off the bench and tallied two goals and an assist for five points in Navy's 6-0 win over USC Upstate. All of her offense came in just 40 minutes of play, and they were the first points of her career. She scored back-to-back goals in the 45th and 72nd minutes, while her dish came in the 82nd minute.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
JASMINE MOHANDESI, AMERICAN
Sr., F, Vienna, Va.
Mohandesi scored twice in two games for the Eagles last week, including the game-winner in Saturday's 2-1 victory at UMBC.

JOEY MOLACEK, ARMY Jr., M, Saugus, Calif.
Molacek scored both goals in Army's 2-1 victory Friday against Texas State in El Paso, Texas. As the Southland Conference champion, Texas State qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.

CASSIE DENGER, BUCKNELL So., M, Nazareth, Pa.
Denger scored the game-winner and assisted on the insurance marker in Bucknell's 3-1 victory Sunday over Robert Morris.

JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter sparked Colgate's 3-1 win Sunday over Marist, netting the game-winner and tallying six shots, including five on the cage.

ASHLEY BLANKS, LEHIGH So., GK, North Andover, Mass.
Blanks recorded a career-high 13 saves in Lehigh's 2-0 loss Friday to visiting Seton Hall.


PATRIOT LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGAN WILTON, ARMY
Jr., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Wilton hit .364 over 12 sets while averaging 3.42 kills per frame in Army's 2-1 showing at its own Black Knights Invitational over the weekend. She led the Black Knights in hitting and blocks in all three matches, while collecting 10 total rejections in the three matches. Army finished second in the event, while Wilton was named to the All-Tournament Team.

MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN
Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino earned her first two career starts during a 1-1 weekend for the defending champion Eagles, and finished the weekend averaging 5.67 digs per set. She tallied 15 in Friday's three-set loss to Georgetown and rebounded with 19 more in a 3-0 defeat of George Mason on Saturday. She was named to the D.C. Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
KYLANN SCHEIDT, AMERICAN
Jr., S, Knoxville, Tenn.
Scheidt contributed at all ends of the floor, averaging 9.50 assists and 2.50 digs per set while hitting .444 for the Eagles, who went 1-1 at the D.C. Volleyball Challenge over the weekend.

KEBAH EDOHO, BUCKNELL Sr., MB, Odenton, Md.
Edoho hit .299, averaged 2.29 kills per set and logged 13 total blocks as the Bison opened the season 2-2 in competition at the La Salle Invitational. She reached double figures in kills in two of the contests.

LINDSAY YOUNG, COLGATE Jr., OH, Tampa, Fla.
Young was named to the Colgate Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.72 kills and 2.36 digs per set while hitting .308 for the Raiders in three matches. She tied a career high with 20 kills in Saturday's 3-1 loss to visiting Syracuse.

DANIELLE TOWSLEE, LAFAYETTE So., MB, Woodlinville, Wash.
Towslee hit .471 with just one error on 17 swings as Lafayette opened the season Sunday with a 3-1 win over Rider.

TAYLOR POOLE, LEHIGH Sr., MB, Keller, Texas
Poole hit .444 with 14 kills and just two errors while logging five aces in Lehigh's 3-1 victory Sunday over Rider.

CAROLYN EWERT, NAVY Sr., OH, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ewert was named to the Kristen Dickmann Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the Mids in kills in all three contests. She averaged 2.83 kills and 2.00 digs per set while hitting .200 for the weekend.


PATRIOT LEAGUE FIELD HOCKEY WEEKLY AWARDS

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMILY VALEO, LAFAYETTE
Sr., MF, Norristown, Pa.
Valeo had a strong all-around effort to help Lafayette open the season with a 5-1 win over Ball State on Sunday. She contributed a goal and two assists in the game, playing a role in three of the Leopards' final four goals. Valeo, a Preseason All-Patriot League pick, is named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY BLASS, LAFAYETTE
So., MF, Mountain Top, Pa.
Blass picked up right where she left off last season, as the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Preseason All-Patriot League pick scored twice to lead Lafayette to a 5-1 win in its season opener against Ball State on Sunday. Blass gave Lafayette an early 2-0 lead with a goal less than five minutes into the contest, and tallied the final score of the game in the 53rd minute. She also helped pace a Lafayette defense that surrendered just five shots overall on the afternoon. She earns her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ERICA PERRINE, BUCKNELL
Jr., GK, Bridgewater, N.J.
Perrine had two solid efforts to start the season, making 10 saves in a 3-0 loss to No. 6 Connecticut on Saturday before stopping five shots to help the Bison to a 2-1 overtime victory at Fairfield on Sunday. Perrine recorded a .789 save percentage in the two games while playing the entirety of both in goal. The junior, who was named a second-team All-Patriot League pick last year, earns the Goalkeeper of the Week award for the third time after claiming the final two honors last season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KIERSTEN SYDNOR, BUCKNELL
Fr., F, Shippensburg, Pa.
Sydnor picked an opportune time for her first collegiate goal, scoring just 1:02 into overtime to send Bucknell to a 2-1 victory at Fairfield on Sunday. The goal gave the Bison their fifth straight overtime victory, and seventh in the last eight games dating back to 2010.

HONORABLE MENTION
ELIANA BROWN, COLGATE
So., F, Annandale, Va.
Brown had a pair of goals in Colgate's 3-2 loss to Bryant on Saturday. It was the first two-goal game in her career.

KIM ENG, LEHIGH Sr., F, Morristown, N.J.
Eng had a goal and two assists in Lehigh's 4-3 overtime loss to Ball State to open the season on Saturday.

KAT MATCHETT, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Maple Glen, Pa.
Matchett made five saves, stopping .833 percent of the shots she faced, in a 1-0 loss to Quinnipiac on Friday.