Oct. 1, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Sept. 24-30 in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country.
American, Colgate and Navy are tied atop the Patriot League standings in men’s soccer after the second weekend of League play. It’s still anybody’s race with Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lafayette tied just one point back. A pair of Leopards picked up weekly honors Monday after a 2-0 week, including Alec Golini as the BRINE Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three of his team’s four markers during the period.
Navy ran its win streak to 13 straight, the longest active streak in NCAA women’s soccer, including a 1-0 win Friday over American to claim a share of first place with Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette. The Raiders had the largest offensive output in any League match over the weekend, while the Leopards defeated rival Lehigh in consecutive years for the first time and Holy Cross posted its first win over Army since 1995.
Colgate took over sole possession of first place in volleyball after picking up a three-set win Friday at Holy Cross and a four-set triumph Saturday at Army. Caitlin Cremin and Diane Seely were big reasons for the Raiders’ perfect League weekend, with the former earning the Molten Player of the Week nod. The other school to go undefeated over the weekend was Navy, which did it the hard way with a pair of five-set come-from-behind wins.
Lafayette, Bucknell and Holy Cross opened with victories in Patriot League field hockey, with the No. 14 Leopards running their winning streak to seven games with a 4-1 triumph at preseason favorite American on Saturday. Three Lafayette players earned weekly honors for their performances in a pair of victories.
Most Patriot League cross country teams competed in the Paul Short Run on Friday at Lehigh, where Colgate's Chris Johnson placed seventh in the men's Gold Race and Navy's Annie-Norah Beveridge came in 15th on the women's side. Both earned M-F Athletic Runner of the Week awards for their performances, with Beveridge capturing a Patriot League record fourth weekly honor of the season.
Patriot League Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
ALEC GOLINI, LAFAYETTE Jr., M, Lumberton, N.J.
Golini exploded for Lafayette last week, scoring both goals in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over defending CAA champion Delaware before adding the game-winner in the Leopards’ 2-1 triumph over visiting Holy Cross Saturday in League action. Thanks to his six-point week, Golini jumped to the top of the League with 11 points, just ahead of the Navy tandem of Alex Wilson and Joseph Greenspan, who have 10 apiece.
BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
JOSH BROWN, LAFAYETTE Sr., D, Branchburg, N.J.
Brown was part of Lafayette’s defense that surrendered just two shots to Holy Cross Saturday and only a pair on goal earlier in the week to defending CAA champion Delaware, both wins. He even got into the act offensively, picking up an assist on Alec Golini’s game-winner in Tuesday’s 2-0 shutout of the Blue Hens. He then led the Leopard defense as it clamped down on the Crusaders in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at home. A two-time member of the League’s Academic Honor Roll, Brown earns his first career weekly honor.
BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
WINSTON BOLDT, ARMY So., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Boldt tied his season high with seven saves as Army salvaged a 1-1 draw with rival Navy in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Two of his stops came in overtime, including one late in the first extra frame off Navy’s Joseph Greenspan from about eight yards out. Of Boldt’s seven saves, three came from in close, including another on Greenspan in the first half. He picks up his third Goalkeeper of the Week award of the season.
BRINE Rookie of the Week
JAY SHOATES, AMERICAN Fr., D, Sterling, Va.
Shoates started both games for the Eagles last week, helping them post a 1-1 record. The freshman defender played a big role in American’s 1-0 blanking of League rival Bucknell over the weekend, including limiting the Bison’s scoring opportunities throughout the match. Shoates collects the first weekly honor of his career.
DALE McDONALD, AMERICAN Jr., F, Portmore, Jamaica
McDonald logged the game-winner as American upended Bucknell 1-0 Saturday to pull into a three-way tie for first with Colgate and Navy with four points.
MIKE REIDY, COLGATE Sr., M, Webster, N.Y.
Reidy eruped for a pair of goals and an assist for five points as Colgate overwhelmed Lehigh 5-0 in League action Saturday.
TOMMY UTTARO, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Staten Island, N.Y.
Uttaro posted four points last week, including a multiple-point effort in Tuesday’s loss at Northeastern.
Patriot League Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVY So., F, Glenmoore, Pa.
Dankanich scored in each of Navy’s three matches over the week, and picked up one assist on the way to tally seven points. She logged a goal and a helper in Monday’s 3-0 blanking of Howard, then notched the game-winner in the second half of Friday’s 1-0 win over American in the League opener. She finished the week by adding another marker in Sunday’s 5-0 blanking of Mount St. Mary’s. Dankanich was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week Monday, while her League honor is the second of her career and first of the season.
BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
JULIE SCHUMACHER, NAVY So., D, Plantation, Fla.
Schumacher started all three matches for Navy last week, with each ending in a shutout for the Mids. She logged a team-high 207 minutes on the back line while also contributing offensively with a pair of assists. She earned one helper in Monday’s 3-0 win at Howard, and added another in Sunday’s 5-0 blanking of Mount St. Mary’s. It’s her second Defensive Player of the Week award of the season.
BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
CARLY McCABE, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Barrington, R.I.
McCabe recorded her fourth shutout of the season and third in the last four outings with 12 stops in the Crusaders’ 1-0 victory over defending League champion Army Saturday in Worcester, Mass. The sophomore backstopped Holy Cross to its first victory over the Black Knights since 1995, with Army having gone 13-0-3 since. McCabe leads the League in goals-against average (0.61) and save percentage (.914). McCabe earns her second Goalkeeper of the Week nod of the fall.
BRINE Rookie of the Week
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE Fr., F, Buffalo, N.Y.
Williams tallied her seventh and eighth goals of the season, providing the Raiders with key insurance early in the second half to stave off a Bucknell rally in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. Her first marker came in the 56th minute, just five minutes after the Bison cut Colgate’s lead to 2-1. Williams added her second of the game in the 59th, with both goals assisted by Jillian Kinter. She is tied for third in the League and is the leading rookie with 21 points. It’s her third weekly honor of the season.
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter extended her point streak to nine straight games with three assists in Colgate’s 4-1 win over Bucknell Saturday in the opening of League play.
ASHLEY WALSH, COLGATE Sr., GK, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Walsh turned away six shots in the Raiders’ 4-1 win over Bucknell. She’s tallied at least five saves in three straight outings.
GINA RIGHINI, HOLY CROSS So., F, Salem, N.H.
Righini tallied her third career game-winner as Holy Cross defeated Army 1-0 Saturday in League play. It’s the Crusaders’ first victory over the Black Knights since 1995.
LAUREN SMEDLEY, LAFAYETTE Sr., GK, Hamilton, N.J.
Smedley recorded her fifth shutout of the season with four saves in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Lafayette. She’s now tied for sixth in League history with 26 career clean sheets.
Patriot League Volleyball Weekly Awards
Molten Player of the Week
CAITLIN CREMIN, COLGATE Jr., L, Naperville, Ill.
Cremin was outstanding during a 2-0 weekend for the Raiders, helping lift them into sole possession of first place at 4-0. She posted a season-high 23 digs Friday’s three-set victory at Holy Cross, while collecting three assists and two service aces. She matched the dig mark Saturday, helping lead the Raiders to a 3-1 victory at Army to move into first. Over the week in which Colgate went 2-1, Cremin averaged 4.58 digs per set across the three matches. She picks up her first weekly nod of the season.
Molten Rookie of the Week
KATIE SYLAKOWSKI, NAVY Fr., MH, Escondido, Calif.
Sylakowski broke out with a big weekend for Navy, which went 2-0 at home with a pair of five-set triumphs over Lehigh and Lafayette. The Mids trailed Lehigh by two sets in Friday’s match, and with the score tied 23-all in the third, Sylakowski dropped in back-to-back aces to give them the third set that started the rally. She finished with three aces against the Mountain Hawks and added four more Saturday against Lafayette. Her attacking was on point too, as she hit .511 with 25 kills and only two errors on 45 swings. She averaged 2.5 kills per set, and logged four total blocks for the weekend. It’s Sylakowski’s first career weekly honor.
SARA RISHELL, AMERICAN So., OH/MB, Smithsburg, Md.
Rishell averaged 4.00 kills and 1.38 blocks per set while hitting .250 for the Eagles, who went 1-1 over the weekend. She hit .455 in the three-set win over Lafayette Friday.
ZOE KREITENBERG, ARMY Fr., MB, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Kreitenberg established career-highs in kills (13) and hitting (.650) in Friday’s sweep of Bucknell. She averaged 3.29 kills per set and hit .400 for the weekend.
DIANE SEELY, COLGATE So., MB, Menlo Park, Calif.
Seely had another incredible week with 35 kills in three matches, including a career-high 16 in the win over Army to put the Raiders atop the standings at 4-0. She also was a force in front of the net with 17 total blocks, including seven against Cornell in a midweek matchup.
HANNAH GRACE STOKES, HOLY CROSS So., S, Atlanta, Ga.
Stokes posted a pair of double-doubles on the week, including a 40-assist, 10-dig effort with seven aces in Saturday’s four-set victory over visiting Bucknell.
TAYLOR POOLE, LEHIGH Sr., MB, Keller, Texas
Poole hit .375 and averaged 2.6 kills per set, which included 12 strikes and seven total blocks in Saturday’s five-set win at American.
CAROLYN EWERT, NAVY Sr., OH, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ewert averaged 3.6 kills and 1.2 digs per set and hit .253 during Navy’s perfect 2-0 weekend. She tied a career high with 20 kills in Friday’s come-from-behind win at home over Lehigh.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEANNA DiCROCE, LAFAYETTE Sr., F, Doylestown, Pa.
DiCroce earns her second Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, and extends her Patriot League career record to eight, after totaling two goals and two assists in a pair of wins for the No. 14 Leopards last week. She tallied an assist in a 3-1 win over Rider on Tuesday, and then came through with two goals and an assist as the Leopards opened Patriot League play with a 4-1 win at preseason favorite American on Saturday. DiCroce had a hand in the first three goals against the Eagles, scoring the first tally to put Lafayette up 1-0, assisting on the eventual game-winner and then adding insurance as the Leopards went up 3-0 less than 15 minutes into the game. She is tied for the Patriot League lead with 18 points on the season and is second with eight assists.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY BLASS, LAFAYETTE So., M/D, Mountain Top, Pa.
Blass led the way in two more strong efforts for the Lafayette defense as the No. 14 Leopards held a pair of solid opponents to just one goal apiece last week. She was a big part of a defensive corner unit that faced 12 corners and did not allow a goal in a 3-1 win over Rider on Tuesday. The Lafayette defense permitted just one shot on goal in a 4-1 win over American on Saturday. Blass is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the third straight time, and fourth this season.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JESSICA DEUTSCH, LAFAYETTE So., GK, Fairfield, Conn.
Deutsch is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the second straight time, and third this season, after allowing just one goal per game in two Lafayette wins last week. She came up big with four saves and led a defensive unit that shut down 12 corner attempts in a 3-1 win over Rider on Tuesday. Deutsch also directed the defense in a 4-1 win over American on Saturday, making an end line sliding stop in the second half to turn away an attack. Deutsch leads the Patriot League with a 1.19 goals against average and .744 save percentage for the year.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAYLA SULLIVAN, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Bridgewater, N.J.
Sullivan scored her first two career goals last week for the Bison. She tallied her first marker in a 7-0 win over Colgate on Saturday, then evened the score at 2-2 on Sunday against Rutgers in a game the Bison went on to lose 4-3 in overtime. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
CARLY GRIMAUDO, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, Hopewell Junction, N.J.
Grimaudo scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Holy Cross' 5-4 overtime victory at Lehigh on Saturday.
ERICA PERRINE, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, Bridgewater, N.J.
Perrine had three saves a 7-0 shutout of Colgate on Saturday, and stopped eight shots in a 4-3 overtime loss at Rutgers on Sunday.
LEIGH HILLMAN, BUCKNELL Jr., F, Dallas, Pa.
Hillman had two goals in a 7-0 win over Colgate on Saturday, then added another in a 4-3 overtime loss at Rutgers on Sunday.
STEPHANIE BURRY, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Louisville, Ky.
Burry allowed just one goal in the second half against Lafayette after coming on in relief, and stopped four shots in a 2-1 win over Monmouth on Sunday.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS JOHNSON, COLGATE Sr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Johnson was the top Patriot League finisher at the Paul Short Run on Friday at Lehigh, placing seventh in the Gold Race with a time of 24:20 in the 8K. The 2011 Patriot League individual champion wins the M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge sets a Patriot League record with her fourth M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award of the season, and the third consecutive. She finished 15th out of 360 runners in the Gold Race at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on Friday, helping the Mids to a 10th-place finish in the strong 40-team field. She ran the 6K in a time of 20:25, and has been Navy's top finisher in four of five meets this season.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
PETER SCHWARZENBERG, LEHIGH Fr., Kingwood, W.Va.
Schwarzenberg ran the men's 8K Open at the Paul Short Run on Friday, and his time of 25:44 put him among the best freshmen in any race for the day. Schwarzenberg placed 16th out of 394 competitors in the race, giving him the 21st-best time of all freshmen across all races and the sixth-best among the Lehigh contingent. He is named M-F Athletic Rookie of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KELLEY ROBINSON, NAVY Fr., Nederland, Colo.
Robinson placed 67th out of 360 competitors at the Paul Short Run with a time of 21:44 in the 6K Gold Race. She was Navy's third finisher, and the fourth out of all Patriot League runners. Robinson is named M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the second straight time.
CHRIS GALVIN, NAVY Sr., Austin, Texas
Galvin finished 42nd with a time of 24:27 at the Notre Dame Invitational in field that included 11 ranked teams.
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Jr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller placed 19th in the Gold Race at the Paul Short Run with a time of 24:31. He led Lehigh to a ninth-place finish in the race, the best for the Mountain Hawks in a decade.
JOHN POPE, AMERICAN Jr., Carlisle, Pa.
Pope placed second at the George Mason Invitaitonal with a time of 25:03.6 in the 7800 meter run.
DEANNA GODBY, BUCKNELL Fr., Cleveland, Ohio
Godbe earned her first career win by running 19:41 in a 5K at the St. Francis (Pa.) Father Bede Invitational on Saturday.