Patriot League Weekly Awards (9.19.11)

Bucknell's Mayowa Alli

Sept. 19, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Sept. 12-18 in field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball and cross country Monday.

In field hockey, Lafayette, Colgate and Bucknell had the best weeks among Patriot League field hockey squads, with the Leopards and Raiders each going 2-1 and the Bison winning their lone contest in overtime against Lock Haven. Each team had a student-athlete honored by the Patriot League on Monday, with Lauren Dittman and Amanda DiDomizio both receiving a weekly award for Colgate.

In women's soccer, Lehigh and American rebounded from losses as both went undefeated last week. The defending Patriot League champion Mountain Hawks finally saw the offense come around in a pair of impressive road wins, 4-2 Friday at Quinnipiac at 2-0 Sunday at NJIT. Sophomore Murphee Greeley scored three of her team's six markers and was named BRINE Offensive Player of the Week, while Darby Wiegand claimed the BRINE Rookie of the Week nod for her insurance goal in Sunday's victory against the Highlanders.

American, meanwhile, picked up a 1-1 draw at home against Mount St. Mary's Friday before posting a 1-0 victory at Delaware State Sunday. A pair of Eagles earned recognition Monday, as senior Kimberly Kroll was named BRINE Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore Klare Lazor was tabbed the BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week. While two Eagles were singled out for defensive performances, junior forward Jasmine Mohandesi was strong offensively with a three-point week, giving her a team-high seven so far in 2011.

The League's two hottest teams heading into the week, Army and Navy, both suffered defeats to end their respective torrid streaks. The Black Knights hadn't lost since a 2-0 defeat at Duke to open the season nearly a month ago, a streak of seven matches, before they fell 2-1 Sunday to visiting Delaware. Navy took ACC foe Miami to double overtime Saturday before falling 2-1 to snap a four-game win streak. The Mids will try to quickly rebound when they host Monmouth Monday at 6 p.m. Army is next in action Thursday when it entertains Howard at 4 p.m.

Monday starts a very busy stretch for the League's eight teams, with 20 matches scheduled over the next eight days. Colgate is back in action Tuesday after a nine-day layoff when it hosts Dartmouth, while Bucknell returns home to entertain No. 21 Penn State.

American, Holy Cross and Lafayette will see their first action of the week Wednesday, while Lehigh returns to the pitch Friday with another road match at Saint Joseph's.

In men's soccer, Bucknell rebounded from two one-goal losses against nationally-ranked teams with a pair of road shutouts. The Bison, now 4-3-0 on the season, defeated Saint Joseph's 1-0 Friday before defeating Monmouth, ranked No. 24 by College Soccer News, 2-0 in West Long Branch, N.J., Sunday afternoon. Mayowa Alli scored twice in Sunday's match, giving him League-highs in goals (5) and points (12). He was named the BRINE Offensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week Monday.

Two of his teammates also garnered awards Monday, with Andrew Powell named BRINE Defensive Player of the Week and Tommy Caso receiving the BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week award. Caso totaled seven saves in the two shutouts, moving him into the school's all-time top five in the statistic, while Powell anchored a stingy Bison defense in front of him.

Lehigh maintained its strong play when it extended its undefeated streak to four matches with a 2-0 win Saturday against defending MAAC champion Saint Peter's. Senior Neal Melchionni scored in the 68th minute to snap a scoreless tie to lead the Mountain Hawks, while Joe Puleo's insurance marker nearly 20 minutes later iced the win. 

Colgate suffered its first loss of the season when it lost 1-0 at home to Hofstra Friday, but the Raiders rebounded with a 2-1 win over Long Island to close out the Colgate Raider Adidas Classic.

This week's schedule features four non-conference battles before League play begins Saturday. Army hits the road Tuesday to visit Bryant at 4 p.m., while Lehigh tries to make it five straight without a loss when it travels to La Salle at 7 p.m.

Bucknell returns to the road Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match at Drexel, while Navy hopes to build upon Saturday's 2-1 win over a strong UNC-Greensboro team when it visits Richmond at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday brings the first four showdowns of League play. The day starts with American hosting Colgate at noon, followed by Navy at Lafayette at 3 p.m. Bucknell entertains Lehigh at 4 p.m. in a match that could feature the League's two hottest teams, while Holy Cross visits Army at 7 p.m.

In women's volleyball, Army is on the precipice of becoming the first League team to double-digit victories after going 2-1 at the Quinnipiac/Yale Invitational in Connecticut. The Black Knights scored wins over Quinnipiac and New Hampshire before dropping a five-setter at Yale to move to 9-4 on the season. Army's play was strong all around, and the program picked up a pair of awards Monday as sophomore Megan Wilton was named Molten Player of the Week and Mary Vaccaro garnered the Molten Rookie of the Week accolade for the third time in four tries. The Black Knights received contributions from others as well, with Ariana Mankus averaging 3.36 kills per set and Rachel Willis 2.55 kills per frame to earn All-Tournament honors.

Lehigh won three straight over the weekend to capture the title at the 2011 Crosstown Tournament, which it hosted along with Lafayette. It was a coming out party for sophomore Paige Kruse, who posted several career performances en route to being named Tournament MVP. The Mountain Hawks surrendered just one set in the three weekend tilts and rebounded nicely after being swept at Rutgers earlier in the week.

Bucknell head coach Cindy Opalski became the second head coach in the League to reach a significant win milestone this season. She netted her 300th victory heading up the Bison program with Friday's 3-1 victory over Coppin State on the first night of the Bucknell Invitational.

Last week featured the first showdown between League squads, although it goes down as a non-League match. Navy defeated Holy Cross in four sets during Saturday's action at the Harvard Invitational.

Four non-League matches are on this week's schedule, with a pair set for Tuesday. Navy entertains Morgan State at 6 p.m., while Lehigh looks to make it four wins in a row in a 7 p.m. start at Saint Peter's. American visits Loyola (Md.) and Holy Cross travels to Central Connecticut Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The first matches of League play are set for this weekend, starting with four 7 p.m. tilts Friday. Bucknell heads to American, Lehigh hosts Army, Lafayette entertains Holy Cross and Colgate goes to Navy. Action continues Saturday with American hosting Colgate, Army visiting Lafayette, Holy Cross at Lehigh and Navy welcoming Bucknell.

In cross country, American and Navy faced several top teams at the Navy Invitational over the weekend, and runners from each school split the weekly awards. Navy's Cody Rome, who placed fifth at the Navy Invitational with a time of 24:32.32, won his second consecutive Male Runner of the Week award. His time in the 8K was the fastest 8K time by a Patriot League runner over the weekend. The Patriot League's fastest 6K time on the women's side was posted by American's Octavia Rinehardt, who placed fourth at Navy's Salty Dog Invitational with a time of 22:09.77. Rinehardt was named the Female Runner of the Week.

American's Ian Lutz was named the Male Rookie of the Week and Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge won her second straight Female Rookie of the Week award.

The Patriot League schedule for this weekend is very light with Lafayette and Lehigh meeting up in their annual dual meet at 6:15 p.m. Friday, and the Navy men competing at the Griak Invitational Saturday. All eight schools will be in action in two weeks when Lehigh hosts the Paul Short Run at 10 a.m. Sept. 30.

Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Dittman took over the Patriot League lead in goals and points with a strong week that included two goals and an assist in three games for the Raiders. After going scoreless with three shots in a 1-0 win over Siena on Wednesday, Dittman scored each of Colgate's goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to Lock Haven on Friday. She tallied an assist on the tying goal against St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday as Colgate went on to a 3-2 win in overtime. Dittman has four goals and two assists for the season, leading all Patriot Leaguers in goals and points (10). She earns the Offensive Player of the Week award for the first time.

Defensive Player of the Week
Sr., M/D, North Wales, Pa.
Cabrey scored a pair of goals and played a significant role for a Lafayette defense that allowed just two goals in three games last week while posting a 2-1 record. Cabrey tallied a goal in Lafayette's 4-1 win over Penn on Wednesday, and also scored the game-winner in a 2-0 win over Vermont on Sunday. She helped the Lafayette defense limit Drexel, which came in just outside the top 20, to eight shots on goal in a 1-0 loss on Friday. The Leopards allowed just 11 shots combined in the wins over Vermont and Penn. Cabrey receives her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.

Goalkeeper of the Week
Fr., GK, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
DiDomizio had a strong week in the net to help Colgate post a 2-1 record in its three contests. She started things off with four saves in a 1-0 shutout win over Siena on Wednesday. It was her second shutout of the season. DiDomizio followed that effort up with nine stops in a 3-2 overtime loss against Lock Haven on Friday and seven saves as the Raiders rallied for a 3-2 overtime win versus St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday. DiDomizio leads the Patriot League with 68 saves and stands second with a .773 save percentage. She receives the Goalkeeper of the Week award for the second time.
Rookie of the Week
Fr., M/D, Darien, Conn.
Riegel made the first goal of her collegiate career a big one, scoring 45 seconds into overtime to send Bucknell to a 2-1 victory over Lock Haven on Sunday. She scored after collecting a loose ball in front of the net. Riegel was also part of a defense that held Lock Haven scoreless for nearly 60 minutes. She receives the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award for the first time.

Honorable Mention
So., M, Hamburg, Pa.
Resh scored the game-tying goal and came up with a huge defensive play late in regulation to help Bucknell go on to a 2-1 overtime win against Lock Haven on Sunday.
SIERRA SEGEAR, LEHIGH So., GK, Wilkes Barre, Pa.
Segear had 32 saves and a .842 save percentage in three games for Lehigh. She stopped 14 shots in a 1-0 loss to St. Joseph's on Sunday.
Hawkins had the lone goal in Colgate's 1-0 win over Siena on Wednesday, and also scored the game-tying goal with less than 10 minutes to play in a 3-2 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday.

Patriot League Men's Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
So., D, Lanham, Md.
The reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Year continues to contribute for the two-time defending League champion Bison from the defensive position. Alli headed in a pair of corner kicks to account for all the scoring Bucknell needed in its 2-0 victory over nationally-ranked Monmouth Sunday afternoon. The Hawks, who were No. 24 in last week's College Soccer News poll and received votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25, suffered just their fourth home loss in the last four years. Alli now leads the League with five goals and 12 points.

BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
Sr., D, Charlton, Mass.
Playing in his second and third matches back from injury, Powell was an instrumental player in Bucknell's defense that helped produce a pair of shutouts, including Sunday's impressive 2-0 victory at Monmouth. The senior led the Bison back line in a 1-0 shutout over Saint Joseph's, holding the Hawks to nine shots. He and his teammates followed up that effort by limiting Monmouth to nine total shots and only three on goal on Sunday.

BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
Sr., GK, Phoenix, Md.
Caso totaled seven saves in a pair of matches last week for Bucknell, posting two shutouts as the Bison rebounded from a pair of one-goal losses the week before against nationally-ranked opponents. He stopped four shots in Friday's 1-0 win over Saint Joseph's and made three more saves in Sunday's 2-0 blanking of Monmouth. Both shutouts came on the road. The clean sheets were the 15th and 16th of Caso's career, moving him into fifth place on the Bison's all-time list. He is now two shy of making the Patriot League's all-time top 10 in the category.

BRINE Rookie of the Week
Fr., M, West Chester, Pa.
Dodds logged his first career marker in the 81st minute of Lafayette's 1-0 win at Drexel Wednesday night, giving the Leopards their fourth win in their first six matches this season. Dodds scored after a scrum about 8 yards out following a feed from Alec Golini.

Honorable Mentions
So., F, Carolina, R.I.
Dubee scored both of Navy's goals, including the game-winner, as the Mids defeated a strong UNC-Greensboro team 2-1 on Saturday. He logged the first marker in the sixth minute to put this team up 1-0, and added the winner in the 81st minute. Both came off headers. His output tied a Glenn Warner Facility record and it was the first multi-goal game of his career.

Omsberg led the Mountain Hawks' defense in their 2-0 victory over St. Peter's Saturday. The defending MAAC Champions managed six shots in the match.

Miller scored Colgate's first marker in its eventual 2-1 win Sunday over Long Island at the Colgate Raider Adidas Classic. He earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Patriot League Women's Soccer Weekly Awards

BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
So., F, Devon, Pa.
Greeley broke through for the first markers of her sophomore season, scoring twice in Lehigh's 4-2 win Friday at Quinnipiac and adding the eventual game-winner in Sunday's 2-0 shutout at NJIT. Friday's effort against the Bobcats was her first career multiple-goal outing. She found the back of the net in the 21st minute to put Lehigh up 2-0, and added an insurance tally at 51:40 to give her team a 4-1 lead. In Sunday's victory against the Highlanders, she entered the match at the 23:56 mark and scored less than three minutes later to give the Mountain Hawks the 1-0 lead. Greeley has taken over the team lead with three goals and seven points.

BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
Sr., D, Chatham, N.J.
Kroll anchored the Eagles' defense last week, playing all 200 minutes over a pair of matches in which her team allowed just two goals. American settled for a 1-1 double-overtime draw Friday with Mount St. Mary's before taking a 1-0 victory at Delaware State on Sunday afternoon. Kroll and her teammates held their opponents to 15 total shots, including four on Sunday against the Hornets.

BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
So., GK, Exton, Pa.
Lazor made one appearance for the Eagles last week and she made it count, stopping all three shots to come her way as American posted a 1-0 win at Delaware State Sunday afternoon. It was the second career shutout for the sophomore keeper and her third victory on the season.

BRINE Rookie of the Week
Fr., F, Kensington, Md.
Wiegand tallied her first career marker Sunday, scoring a key insurance goal in the second half with less than 20 minutes remaining as Lehigh shut out NJIT 2-0 on the road. She tallied four shots in the match, including two on goal, and totaled six strikes for the week after logging two on Friday at Quinnipiac.

Honorable Mentions
Jr., F, Vienna, Va.
Mohandesi logged three points on the week on a goal and an assist. She scored the Eagles' only goal in Sunday's 1-0 win at Delaware State and tallied an assist on Nicole Paviglionite's marker in Friday's 1-1 draw with Mount St. Mary's.

FALLON PUPPOLO, NAVY Jr., M, Sankt Leon, Germany
Puppolo scored her first career goal when she converted a penalty kick in the 82nd minute of Saturday's contest against visiting Miami. The marker tied the match at 1-1 and sent the contest into overtime.

Denger logged her first career goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss against defending NEC champion Saint Francis (Pa.). Her tally came on a perfectly placed shot to the top-right corner from about 20 yards out.

Paviglionite's first career goal came on a gorgeous header off a cross from Jasmine Mohandesi to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in their match against Mount St. Mary's. She registered six shots last week in her team's two matches.

Patriot League Women's Volleyball Weekly Awards

Molten Player of the Week
So., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Wilton, the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Quinnipiac/Yale Invitational after hitting .355 over 14 sets in the three matches that saw Army post a 2-1 mark. Wilton drilled 13 kills and had only two errors to hit .579 in Friday's 3-1 win over Quinnipiac, and she added two more 13-kill performances on the weekend. Wilton has double-digit kills in five straight matches, and led her team with six blocks and 39 total kills during the tournament. Her .311 hitting percentage is tops in the Patriot League.

Molten Rookie of the Week
Fr., S, Orinda, Calif.
Vaccaro's impressive season continues as she posted three more double-doubles in assists and digs in action at the Quinnipiac/Yale Invitational. She averaged 10.21 assists and 3.36 digs per set for the Black Knights, who posted victories of 3-1 over Quinnipiac and 3-2 against New Hampshire. She tallied at least 44 assists in all three contests, and logged a career-high 19 digs versus Yale. Vaccaro now has double-doubles in five straight matches, while her 50 assists against New Hampshire was the fifth time this season she's hit that plateau.

Honorable Mentions
So., RS, Chicago, Ill.
Kruse hit .321 while averaging 3.50 kills per set and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Crosstown Tournament hosted by Lehigh and Lafayette. She hit a career-high .462 against Saint Francis (Pa.) and logged a career-best 19 kills in the four-set win over Princeton.

Tauscher earned All-Tournament honors for the second week in a row after garnering the nod at the Bucknell Invitational. She tallied a career-high four kills in the 3-1 victory over Coppin State and a career-best nine digs against Stony Brook. She totaled 89 assists and averaged 7.40 per frame.

Rishell was named to the All-Tournament Team at the American Volleyball Challenge after averaging nearly 12 kills per set in the three matches. She hit .287 for the week and contributed 10 blocks, nine digs and three aces.

Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards

Male Runner of the Week

CODY ROME, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Rome wins his second consecutive weekly award, placing fifth out of 102 runners at the Navy Invitational with a time of 24:32.32. Navy placed second at the meet, which included nationally ranked Louisville (No. 19) and No. 28 Eastern Kentucky.

Female Runner of the Week
Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.
Rinehardt placed fourth out of 127 runners at the Salty Dog Invitational, posting a time of 22:09.77 in the 6K race. She finished 5 seconds behind the individual champion. She helped American finish eighth out of 11 teams. This is Rinehardt's first weekly award of the season.

Male Rookie of the Week
Fr., Northampton, Conn.
Lutz placed 77th out of 102 runners at the Navy Invitational, finishing the 8K in 26:18.70. The Eagles placed fifth out of 10 teams.

Female Rookie of the Week
Fr., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge finished seventh out of 127 runners at the Salty Dog Invitational, helping the Mids place first overall out of 11 teams. She completed the 6K race in 22:21.73 to win her second straight Rookie of the Week award.

Honorable Mentions
Sr., Thomaston, Conn.
Olson finished sixth out of 102 runners at the Navy Invitational, completing the 8K in 24:36.09.

ELISE DeROO, COLGATE Sr., Newtown, Conn.
DeRoo placed 12th overall at the Colgate Invitational, finishing the 6K race in 22:11.

Byrne placed fifth out of 127 runners at the Salty Dog Invitational, finishing the race in 22:17.01. She helped her Mids finish first overall.