Patriot League Weekly Awards

Colgate's Elise DeRoo

Sept. 20, 2010


Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Sept. 13-19 in field hockey, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball and cross country Monday.

American had a big week in field hockey, defeating two top 20 teams, and freshman Shelly Montgomery was a big part of it, earning the Offensive Player of the Week award. The Eagles' Natalie Ellenberger was named the Defensive Player of the Week and Hannah Weitzman was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Week. Colgate's Halle Biggar won the Rookie of the Week award.

American also had a great week in women's volleyball, going 3-0 led by the Offensive Player of the Week, Angelina Waterman. Army's Megan Wilton was named the Rookie of the Week.

Navy continued its early-season run to move to 4-1, led by Michael Rakoczy, who was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Lehigh's James Graf was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week, Holy Cross' Evan Polanik was named the Goalkeeper of the Week and American's Eli Dennis won the Rookie of the Week award.

In women's soccer, Colgate's Ashley Walsh collected two shutouts to win the Goalkeeper of the Week award. American's Brooke Sheppard won the Offensive Player of the Week, Lehigh's Leah Kulp won the Defensive Player of the Week award and Army's Kim An won another Rookie of the Week award.

The returning Patriot League individual champions in cross country shined over the weekend. Elise DeRoo set a school-record and won the Colgate Invitational and Andrew Hanko won the Salty Dog Invitational, as both claimed their respective Runner of the Week awards. Navy's Rachael Honrath won her third Rookie of the Week award, and Bucknell's Chris Sacks won his second. 

Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of the Week


Montgomery had an outstanding weekend to lift No. 18 American to a pair of home victories over nationally-ranked opponents. She scored her first career goal to cap a 2-0 win over No. 20 Massachusetts on Saturday, then notched both of the Eagles' tallies in a 2-1 triumph over No. 17 James Madison on Sunday. The Eagles faced a 1-0 deficit before Montgomery deflected a pass from the right corner into the net to even the score at 1-1 and beat the goalkeeper to the near post for the game-winner in the last minute of the first half. She also provided help to a defense that did not allow a field goal in the two contests. Montgomery earns the Offensive Player of the Week award for the first time.

Defensive Player of the Week


Ellenberger scored the game-winning goal in American's 2-0 win over No. 20 Massachusetts on Saturday and paced an extraordinary defensive effort as the 18th-ranked Eagles held the Minutewomen and No. 17 James Madison without a field goal in victories over the weekend. Ellenberger's tally against the Minutewomen came in the third minute and gave the Eagles all the offense they would need in large part because of stellar defense she helped lead. American shut out the Minutewomen while allowing only two shots on goal and five shots overall. The defense was even more stifling in the 2-1 win over James Madison, as the Eagles kept the Dukes without a shot other than a penalty stroke for the lone score early in the game. Ellenberger earns her first Defensive Player of the Week award.

Goalkeeper of the Week


Weitzman made the defensive effort by the Eagles pay off as she kept No. 20 Massachusetts and No. 17 James Madison off the board in two victories over the weekend. She stopped both shots she faced to record the shutout in the 2-0 win over the Minutewomen on Saturday. Weitzman played all 70 minutes against James Madison and directed a defense that did not give up a shot other than a penalty stroke goal that she did not face. She played all 140 minutes against the ranked opponents and did not give up a goal. Weitzman receives the Goalkeeper of the Week award for the first time.

Rookie of the Week

HALLE BIGGAR, COLGATE Fr., F, Pepper Pike Ohio

Biggar contributed to both of Colgate's victories last week as the Raiders won two of three games. She tallied a goal in Colgate's 5-0 win over Siena on Wednesday, then scored the game-winning overtime goal in a 2-1 triumph at St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. She also assisted in that contest to record two goals and an assist in last week's games. Biggar has won a pair of Rookie of the Week honors this season.

Honorable Mentions

LAURA DENENGA, COLGATE Sr., F, Harare, Zimbabwe

Denenga had three goals and an assist in two Colgate victories last week, scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Siena on Wednesday and notching a goal and an assist in a 2-1 overtime triumph over St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday.

CAITLIN DONNELLY Jr., F, Bethlehem, Pa.

Donnelly recorded her first career hat trick in Lehigh's 6-4 loss to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday.

Patriot League Women's Volleyball Weekly Awards

Player of the Week


The senior from Queens, N.Y. hit on nearly 33 percent of her hitting attempts in 10 sets over the week, including a .455 percentage against Howard, helping the Eagles to a perfect 3-0 mark. She had double-digit kills in all three matches and added 15 digs in the team's 3-0 shutout of Stony Brook to give her a double-double. For the week, she averaged 3.90 kills and 2.90 digs per set.

Rookie of the Week

MEGAN WILTON, Army Fr., MB, Roseville, Calif.

During a 3-1 week for the Black Knights at their own West Point Challenge, Wilton started all four matches while playing 16 sets. She averaged 2.62 kills per set with a hitting percentage of .306. She racked up 16 kills in Army's 3-2 loss to Buffalo, and narrowly missed double-digit kills in each of the other three contests. The middle back was also strong defensively, picking up 15 total blocks (13 assisted) in the four matches.

Honorable Mentions


Mankus was named the MVP of the West Point Challenge averaging 3.62 kills and 2.75 digs per set and tallying a .254 hitting percentage. She had three double-doubles and had a weekend-high 22 kills in her team's 3-2 win over Hofstra.

ERIN FORTNER, NAVY Fr., S/RSH, Villa Hills, Ky.

Fortner played 17 sets during the week, averaging 2.53 kills, 3.82 assists and 1.71 digs per set. She remains the only student-athlete in the League to capture a triple-double this year, as her 15-kill, 14-assist, 10-dig effort against Hartford was her second of the season.

KAYLEE FIFER, COLGATE Fr., S, Lantana, Texas

Fifer posted three performances with at least 21 assists, including a 24-helper outing in Colgate's 3-2 come-from-behind win over Cornell to cap off a 2-1 week at the Raiders' own invitational.

Patriot League Men's Soccer Weekly Awards

BRINE Offensive Player of the Week

MICHAEL RAKOCZY, NAVY So., M, Cincinnati, Ohio

Rakoczy netted a pair of goals during the week, both against Delaware in the Mids' 3-1 victory over the Blue Hens. Rakoczy picked up the game-winning tally in the 62nd minute of that contest. With the performance, he becomes the first Navy player in nearly three seasons to post a two-goal performance, with the last coming off the foot of Doug DeVuono against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 21, 2007.

BRINE Defensive Player of the Week

JAMES GRAF, LEHIGH Sr., D, Schwenksville, Pa.

A senior captain, Graf anchored the Mountain Hawks' defense in Friday's 1-0 victory over Furman. The match marks two firsts, as it was Lehigh's first win over the Paladins in series history and it was the first time Furman was blanked by an opponent this year.

BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week

EVAN POLANIK, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Holliston, Mass.

Polanik earned All-Tournament honors at the Lakeside Classic, hosted by Northwestern last weekend. He finished with a 1-1 record, including a 1-0 shutout of the host Wildcats on Sunday. Polanik stopped six shots in the two games and posted a .750 save percentage in 180 minutes of action.

BRINE Rookie of the Week


Dennis had a hand in both American goals in its 2-1 victory over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon. He recorded the only assist on Mike Worden's goal to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead, then set up Alassane Kane's eventual game-winning tally. The rookie from Easton, Md. has a team-high three assists on the season.

Honorable Mentions


Kane came up big for the Eagles, posting a three-point performance in his team's 2-1 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. He picked up the secondary assist on American's first goal of the game, then netted the game-winner off an Eli Dennis corner kick. Kane has team-highs in goals (four) and points (nine), and the goal against the Orange was the first game-winner of his career.


Makowski stopped five of six shots in the Eagles' 2-1 win against Syracuse. The only tally he allowed in the game came off a penalty kick, and he made a diving save in the 63rd minute to preserve his team's one-goal advantage.

ANDREW PIANKO, LAFAYETTE Sr., GK, Indianapolis, Ind.

Pianko allowed 2 goals and stopped 12 shots in the Leopards' two matches at the Colgate Raider adidas Classic. His .857 save percentage and 0.90 goals-against average in 200 minutes earned him a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Patriot League Women's Soccer Weekly Awards

BRINE Offensive Player of the Week


Sheppard converted two game-winning goals last week, propelling the Eagles to their first victories of the season. Both of her goals game in 1-0 victories over Radford and UMBC, with the former coming in sudden victory double-overtime. She added an assist against George Washington to pick up points in all three of American's matches for a five-point overall performance.

BRINE Defensive Player of the Week

LEAH KULP, LEHIGH Jr., D, Titusville, N.J.

Culp was a significant contributor to the Mountain Hawks' defensive effort in their 2-1 overtime win over Marist on Friday. With 15 minutes remaining in regulation, Kulp made a dazzling defensive play to back up Lehigh keeper Lauren Mains, who was forced out of position during a one-on-one move by a Marist attacker. Kulp intercepted the attacker before a shot could be fired at the open net, preserving a 1-1 tie and helping force the game into extra time.

BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week

ASHLEY WALSH, COLGATE So., GK, Baldwinsville, N.Y.

The 2009 Patriot League Rookie of the Year lived up to her reputation last week, posting back-to-back shutouts in a 2-0 week for Colgate. In a pair of 2-0 blankings, she tallied 13 saves against Albany and seven against Vermont to total 20 for the week. She is currently tops in the Patriot League in total saves (63) and saves per game (seven), while her three shutouts are tied for second.

BRINE Rookie of the Week

KIM AN, ARMY Fr., M, Oak Ridge, N.J.

An continues to spearhead the Black Knight offense. She scored in both of her team's contests during the week as Army went 1-1. She has tallied goals in all six September matches and has a team-high seven goals and 15 points on the season. She tallied the only goal in Army's 1-0 win at Fairfield, which is her third game-winning score of the season.

Honorable Mentions


The League's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year tallied a goal against George Washington and anchored American's defense to back-to-back 1-0 shutouts against Radford and UMBC. The Eagles are currently sporting a shutout streak of 218:19.


Greeley scored in the opening minutes of Lehigh's 2-1 win over Marist on Friday, which extended her point-scoring streak to four matches.

HANNA MORSE, NAVY Fr., F, Auburn, Wash.

Morse posted a three-point sheet against VMI, collecting a goal and an assist in the Mids' 4-0 blanking of the Keydets.

Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards

Male Runner of the Week

ANDREW HANKO, NAVY Sr., Montville, N.J.

Hanko finished first out of 89 runners at the Salty Dog Invitational with a time of 23:55. This is Hanko's second straight weekly award for 2010 and sixth since 2009. 

Female Runner of the Week

ELISE DeROO, COLGATE Jr., Newton, Conn.

DeRoo set the new school record with her individual title at the Colgate Invitational, finishing the 6K race in 21:07. She beat her personal time of 22:24, which she ran last season. 

Male Rookie of the Week


Sacks finished ninth overall in a tri-meet with Duquesne and Pitt, running the 8K race in 25:57. He was the top freshman finisher for the second straight Bucknell meet. 

Female Rookie of the Week


Honrath won her third straight Rookie of the Week award, finishing 14th out of 100 runners at the Salty Dog Invitational with a time of 23:23. 

Honorable Mention


Fulmer led the Bison to a first-place finish in a tri-meet with Duquesne and Pitt with her individual title. She ran the 5K in 18:00. 

ED SHERIDAN, COLGATE Sr., Phillipsburg, N.J.

Sheridan placed sixth (25:38) helping the Raiders finish second at the Colgate Invitational. 

DAN ALTENAU, HOLY CROSS Jr., Eastchester, N.Y.

Altenau was the Crusaders top finisher at the National Catholic Championships, placing 20th (25:41) and leading Holy Cross to a seventh-place finish. 


Sutherland helped the Crusaders finish eighth out of 35 teams at the National Catholic Championships with her 10th-place finish (18:05). 


Kosgei placed 18th out of 207 runners at the Iona Meet of Champions, leading Lehigh to a 12th-place finish. He ran the 8K race in 25:44.9. 


Pierce was Lehigh's top finisher for the sixth straight meet, placing 10th out of 164 runners in 22:25.9. She helped Lehigh place sixth in the meet. 

JESS PALACIO, NAVY Jr., Sun Valley, Nev.

Palacio led the Mids to a third-place finish by winning the individual title at the Salty Dog Invitational, finishing in 21:48. She has taken first place at two of three events this season.