Patriot League Weekly Awards

Army freshman Kim An

Oct. 4, 2010

Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Sept. 27-Oct. 3 in field hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and cross country Monday.

American had its best week of the field hockey season, knocking off No. 4 Princeton 3-2 to move to 9-2 on the season. In recognition of their 2-0 week, three of four weekly awards belong to the Eagles. Christine Fingerhuth won the Offensive Player of the Week award for her four goals, including a game-winner against Princeton. Hannah Weitzman was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Week and Lotte Van de Mierop won the Rookie of the Week. Lafayette's Meghan Cicchi was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Colgate, Bucknell and Lehigh all scored Patriot League shutouts in men's soccer last week. Bucknell won two of four weekly awards with Josh Plump being named the Offensive Player of the Week and Marc Hartmann the Goalkeeper of the Week. Lehigh's Kevin Strunk was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week and Navy's Dave Arnold earned the Rookie of the Week award.

In women's soccer, Army, Navy and Bucknell all won their Patriot League openers, with the Black Knights garnering two of four weekly awards. Kim An won another Rookie of the Week award after scoring her eighth goal of the year and teammate Julia Stallard was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Navy's Paloma Perez was named the Offensive Player of the Week and Lafayette's Lauren Smedley was named the Goalkeeper of the Week.

American volleyball posted two shutouts, including a 3-0 victory over Army to take sole possession of first place at 4-0. The Eagles were led by Magdalena Tekiel, who was named the Player of the Week. Army's Megan Wilton was tabbed as the Rookie of the Week.

In cross country, Colgate's Elise DeRoo made a splash at the rainy 37th annual Paul Short Run at Lehigh University Friday. Her school record time of 20:10 placed her second in the race and won her the Patriot League Female Runner of the Week award. Navy's Andrew Hanko had similar success, placing seventh at the Paul Short Run to win his fourth straight Male Runner of the Week award. Lehigh's freshmen had a great weekend, too, with Jimmy Miller and Jessica Kendzor winning the Rookie of the Week awards.

Patriot League Weekly Field Hockey Awards

Offensive Player of the Week
Fingerhuth receives her second consecutive and third career Offensive Player of the Week award after an outstanding weekend where she scored four combined goals in a Patriot League win over Lehigh and a 3-2 upset of No. 4 Princeton. Fingerhuth tallied two second-half goals in Saturday's 9-0 victory over the Mountain Hawks, and scored the Eagles' final two goals, including the game-winner, in the victory against the Tigers Sunday. Fingerhuth's tallies gave the Eagles a 3-0 halftime lead over Princeton before they held on for the 3-2 win. She has taken the Patriot League lead with eight goals this season, and moved into a tie for eighth in League history with 42 career goals.

Defensive Player of the Week
MEGHAN CICCHI, LAFAYETTE Sr., D/M, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Cicchi excelled on both ends of the field in a 2-1 week for the Leopards that included a 5-0 victory over Colgate to open the Patriot League schedule. She tallied two goals and an assist in the win over the Raiders, and also had an assist in a 3-0 victory over Penn on Wednesday. The Leopards only allowed one shot in each of the games to record the shutouts. Lafayette also fell at Rutgers in overtime on Sunday. Cicchi receives the Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season, and extends her Patriot League career record to nine honors.

Goalkeeper of the Week
Weitzman backstopped the Eagles to their first win over a top five opponent since 2004 as she recorded seven saves in a 3-2 triumph over No. 4 Princeton Sunday. After playing all but the last 10 minutes of a 9-0 victory over Lehigh Saturday, Weitzman held the nation's highest-scoring offense in check with the seven saves Sunday. She faced 22 shots overall and nine on goal, and helped the Eagles hold on to a 3-0 halftime lead despite being outshot 16-0 in the second half. Weitzman receives her second Goalkeeper of the Week award in the past three weeks.

Rookie of the Week
Van de Mierop scored a goal in each of the Eagles' victories over the weekend. She tallied the fifth goal of a 9-0 victory over Lehigh Saturday, and scored the first goal of the game in an eventual 3-2 upset of No. 4 Princeton Sunday. She deflected a pass off a penalty corner to give the Eagles the early lead against the Tigers. Van de Mierop earns her second Rookie of the Week award of the season.

Honorable Mentions

Dyer helped the Eagles to a shutout of Lehigh Saturday and marked the nation's top scorer, Kathleen Sharkey, in a 3-2 upset over No. 4 Princeton Sunday.

CARA LYONS, LAFAYETTE Sr., F/M, New Holland, Pa.
Lyons tallied eight points in Lafayette's three games last week, scoring three goals and two assists during a 2-1 stretch.

Weiss scored a goal in a 2-0 victory over Holy Cross Saturday, and led a Bucknell defense that gave up just one shot on goal in wins over the Crusaders and Harvard over the weekend.

Bruvik tallied a goal in each of Bucknell's victories over the weekend, and has at least one point in seven straight games.


Patriot League Weekly Men's Soccer Awards

BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
The Bison went 2-0 during the week, and Plump was a catalyst in both matches. He came off the bench to tally Bucknell's game-winning goal in double overtime to defeat Drexel 2-1, which snapped the Bison's four-match losing streak. In Saturday's League opener, he scored his club's insurance goal in the 72nd minute of a 2-0 victory over Navy. Two of Plump's three goals on the year are game-winners.

BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
KEVIN STRUNK, LEHIGH Jr., D, Downingtown, Pa.
Strunk made a game-saving play for the Mountain Hawks in their tight 1-0 victory over archrival Lafayette Saturday. Four minutes after Lehigh had taken the lead in the 76th minute, Lafayette's Stephen Macurdy took a shot off a scramble in front of the Mountain Hawks' net. With Lehigh keeper Jonathan Nydell out of position, Strunk was able to make the defensive save and clear the ball out of danger to preserve his team's lead.

BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
Hartmann posted a 2-0 week for the Bison. His first victory was in his team's 2-1 double-overtime win over Drexel, where he gave up one goal and stopped three to keep his team in the game. His biggest save of the contest came on a point-blank opportunity for the Dragons with 12 seconds left in regulation to preserve the tie. Hartmann added a stop in overtime as well. He followed up that performance with two saves in his club's 2-0 shutout of Navy in Lewisburg Saturday. The Mids came into that contest averaging a League-high 2.6 goals per match.

BRINE Rookie of the Week
DAVE ARNOLD, NAVY Fr., F, Baltimore, Md.
Arnold notched two goals and four points during a 1-1 week for the Midshipmen. His offensive output came in a 4-0 victory over George Washington, as the Mids struck early in the second half against the Colonials and ran away with the contest the rest of the way. Arnold's two goals came just three minute apart in the opening stages of the second half of Wednesday night's contest, with the first one counting as the eventual game-winner. Arnold's 12 points are the most for a Navy freshman since Michael Paisant had 14 in 1997.

Honorable Mentions

JON WERTH, HOLY CROSS Sr., F, University Park, Md.
Werth notched two goals and an assist for five points for the Crusaders, including the team's game-winning goal in double overtime in a 4-3 decision against Albany.

Davin scored the game-winning goal and added an assist on the insurance tally in American's 2-0 victory over Army Saturday.

Makowski allowed one goal and made five saves during a 1-1 week for the Eagles. His victory was a 2-0 blanking of Army to move his team to 2-0 in League play.

Miller posted four saves in the Raiders' 1-0 shutout of Holy Cross Saturday afternoon. It was his fourth clean sheet of the year.


Patriot League Weekly Women's Soccer Awards

BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
PALOMA PEREZ, NAVY Fr., F, Bossier City, La.
The Midshipmen are playing some of their best soccer of the season, and last week Paloma Perez was a big reason for her team's success. She scored two goals and added two assists for six points in a pair of Navy wins. She scored the insurance goal in the Mids' 2-0 win over Colgate in both teams' League opener, then added a pair of goals and two helpers in the 6-0 shutout of Delaware State. She moved into a tie for the team lead with five goals and is third on the squad with 12 points.

BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
JULIA STALLARD, ARMY Jr., D, Colleyville, Texas
Stallard pitched in a strong defensive effort for the Black Knights as they posted back-to-back 1-0 shutouts over the weekend. She led Army's defense in Friday's Patriot League opener against Lehigh, as the Black Knights held the Mountain Hawks without a shot on goal in the first half and four for the game. She pitched in offensively as well, assisting on Lindsay Gordon's goal in the sixth minute of overtime in the victory. In Sunday's win over Penn, she anchored an Army defense that yielded only three shots on goal. 

BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
Smedley went 1-0-1 during the week with two shutouts. Her first was a 1-0 victory at Delaware St. in which she stopped seven shots. In Saturday's League opener at Holy Cross, she made eight saves to keep the Crusaders off the board in a scoreless tie. It was the fifth and sixth shutouts of the year, which gives her the most clean sheets in a season for a Leopard keeper. She now has 10 career blankings, which is the all-time best at Lafayette. 

BRINE Rookie of the Week
KIM AN, ARMY Fr., M, Oak Ridge, N.J.
An scored her eighth goal of the season and the four game-winner of her young career in Army's 1-0 victory over Penn Sunday afternoon. Her eight tallies are tied for ninth-most in Academy history for a freshman and are the most since 2002. Her goal helped spark Army to a 2-0 record for the week, as the Black Knights recorded a 1-0 victory over Lehigh Friday evening to open League competition. 

Honorable Mentions

Doherty tallied a goal and an assist in Bucknell's 3-0 defeat of American in the League opener for both clubs. 

NATALIE HOJNACKI, LEHIGH Sr., F, Williamsville, N.Y.
Hojnacki scored a goal and pitched in three assists for a five-point outing in Lehigh's 6-0 victory over NJIT.

MARY FERKETIC, HOLY CROSS Sr., GK, West Hartford, Conn.
Ferketic made seven saves in Holy Cross' 0-0 tie with Lafayette Saturday in both teams' Patriot League opener.

ALEX LOSTETTER, ARMY Sr., GK, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lostetter posted her fifth shutout of the season and the 25th of her career Friday night in Army's 1-0 overtime win over Lehigh. She is tied for sixth in League history in career shutouts and is four shy of the Army record of 29 held by Anna Castellini, who is second on the all-time League list. 


Patriot League Weekly Women's Volleyball Awards

Player of the Week
Tekiel continued her outstanding season with strong performances in three matches last week. She hit .418 in a non-League win over Morgan State followed by two League victories against Army and Holy Cross. She notched her sixth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 11 digs against the Crusaders while posting a team-best .538 hitting percentage during the match. For the week, she averaged 4.75 kills and 2.88 digs per set and sits atop the standings in hitting percentage and kills per set in both League play and overall. 

Rookie of the Week
MEGAN WILTON, ARMY Fr., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Wilton earned the second Rookie of the Week nod of her career. The middle blocker from Roseville, Calif. hit .250 over a 1-1 weekend for the Black Knights, including a .333 average during the match against American. She also contributed nine total blocks, including two solos and four assisted for six against the League-leading Eagles. It marked the sixth time this season in which Wilton collected at least five blocks in a match. She added five kills and three blocks as Army took the annual "Star" match against Navy.

Honorable Mentions

Applegate provided a defensive spark during a 2-0 weekend for the Raiders, picking up 48 digs total and averaging 6.00 digs per set. The 28 she tallied in the five-set win over Lehigh was three shy of her season best.

Ffrench averaged 3.22 kills and 1.89 digs per set while hitting .214 during the week for Navy. Her best effort was a 14-kill, 7-dig performance in a 3-0 win over Coppin St.

KATIE BAUMGARTEN, BUCKNELL Jr., OH, South Pasadena, Calif.
Baumgarten averaged 3.00 kills and 2.4 digs per set as Bucknell posted a 2-0 week with victories over Lafayette and Lehigh. She posted a .265 hitting percentage, including a .360 mark in the win over the Mountain Hawks. She set career-bests with 10 kills and 14 digs against the Lehigh.


Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards

Male Runner of the Week
ANDREW HANKO, NAVY Sr., Montville, N.J.
Hanko finished seventh with a time of 24:03 in the Gold Race of Lehigh's Paul Short Run. This is Hanko's fourth straight weekly award for 2010 and eighth since 2009. He has placed in the top 15 in 10 of his last 11 races.

Female Runner of the Week
ELISE DeROO, COLGATE Jr., Newton, Conn.
DeRoo set a new school record and finished second overall in the Gold Race of the Paul Short Run with a time of 20:10 in the 6K. She finished six seconds behind No. 6 Georgetown's Emily Infeld, a five-time All-American. This is her second weekly award in 2010 and fourth since 2009. 

Male Rookie of the Week
JIMMY MILLER, LEHIGH Fr., Ijamsville, Md.
Miller was the top freshman finisher in the Gold Race of the Paul Short Run, placing 109th out of 387 runners with a time of 25:14. Miller had the seventh fastest time out of Patriot League runners at the meet. This is Miller's second weekly award.

Female Rookie of the Week
JESSICA KENDZOR, LEHIGH Fr., Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Kendzor posted the best freshman time among Patriot League schools with her new personal-best 22:17 in the Gold Race of the Paul Short Run. She finished 118th out of 367 runners. 

Honorable Mention

Brown placed 45th at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 24:44. He's been the top American finisher in two of three races this season. The meet included eight top-30 teams.

Rinehardt set a new personal record at the George Mason Invitational, placing second (21:01.6). She has finished in the top three of all three of American's events this season.

SARAH MONIZ, BUCKNELL Sr., Topsfield, Mass.
Moniz placed 48th out of 367 with a time of 21:28 in the 6K.

ED SHERIDAN, COLGATE Sr., Phillipsburg, N.J.
Sheridan set a new personal record and finished third overall in the Brown Race of the Paul Short Run with a time of 25:23. 

Pierce was Lehigh's top finisher for the eighth straight meet, placing 38th out of 367 runners in the Gold Race of the Paul Short Run. She ran the race in 21:22. 

JESS PALACIO, NAVY Jr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio led the Mids at the Great American Festival, placing first with a time of 17:35 in the 5K race. She helped Navy place first out of 11 teams. It was her third individual title.