Oct. 8, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Oct. 1-7 in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, field hockey, cross country and swimming and diving.
Just three points separates first place from sixth in the men’s soccer standings after the third weekend of matches. American has a one-point edge on Lafayette for first, with a logjam trailing behind. American picked up a pair of weekly honors Monday after a see-saw win at Army. The Eagles will head to Lafayette Saturday night with the driver’s seat on the line.
Colgate and Navy emerged from the weekend in a first-place tie in women’s soccer, and the Raiders will host the Mids Friday night in a clash of the League’s top two offenses. American and Bucknell are tied for third after each won a pair of weekend matches, and the two will do battle Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg, Pa.
American, Army, Colgate and Lehigh captured League victories in volleyball last week as travel partners squared off. It was another strong performance for Molten Player of the Week Ariana Mankus, who inched closer to the League’s all-time top 10 in kills and digs. Colgate remains in first place with the Black Knights trailing close behind.
Lafayette, Bucknell and American all had weekly award winners in field hockey after posting impressive victories in Patriot League play on Saturday. The Leopards and Bison both moved to 2-0 in League action, and will square off in Easton with first place on the line on Saturday.
Holy Cross was the only team in competition in cross country, with John Cicchitti and Emily Hughes posting the best times for the Crusaders at the New England Championship on Sunday.
The first weekly honors were doled out in swimming and diving, with Navy sweeping the men’s awards. Army and Bucknell split the women’s honors. The Mids and Black Knights were impressive over the weekend in their first dual meets of the season, with both going undefeated.
Patriot League Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DALE McDONALD, AMERICAN Jr., F, Portmore, Jamaica
A week after notching the game-winner against Bucknell, McDonald came up big for the Eagles again with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s back-and-forth 3-2 win at Army. He assisted on Colin Seigfreid’s goal that knotted the game at 1-1 early in the first half, then scored his own marker in the 39th minute to put the Eagles ahead 2-1. It’s McDonald’s first Patriot League weekly honor of the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CRISTOBAL SOTO, AMERICAN Jr., D, Santiago, Chile
Soto came up from the back line to score the overtime game-winner as American outlasted Army 3-2 Saturday at West Point. His marker came just 39 seconds into extra time after taking a short pass from Chris Kuramoto on a free kick. He also had a defensive save in the first half, knocking the ball away from the goal line while Army was pressuring when the game was tied 1-1. Soto picks up his third Defensive Player of the Week nod this season.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MIKE LANSING, BUCKNELL Fr., GK, Randolph, N.J.
Lansing is named Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time this season and earns his fourth weekly honor from the League during his rookie campaign after making nine saves in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Navy. Seven of his stops came in overtime with the game on the line. Lansing had two critical stops during a Navy flurry in the final 10 seconds of the first extra frame before adding three more saves in the second overtime to preserve the tie.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
NATE ARRONSON, LAFAYETTE Fr., D, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Arronson’s first career goal came in the second half of the Leopards’ 1-0 victory at rival Lehigh Saturday night. The rookie defenseman from Bryn Mawr, Pa., scored off a free kick from about 30 yards out to put Lafayette on the board. Arronson was critical to the Leopards’ defensive success in the match as well, as he played on a back line that surrendered just four shots on goal to the Mountain Hawks. It’s the first weekly honor of Arronson’s career.
BRENDAN BURGDORF, BUCKNELL Sr., M, Westfield, N.J.
Burgdorf scored at the 18:00 mark to put Bucknell up 1-0 against Navy in a match that eventually ended in a 1-1 draw. It’s the 20th marker of his career, putting him three shy of the school’s all-time top 10.
MIKE REIDY, COLGATE Sr., M, Webster, N.Y.
Reidy scored against another Patriot League opponent, this time on a penalty kick as Colgate drew Holy Cross 1-1 Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. Reidy’s score came in the 34th minute to even up the match after the Crusaders had taken a 1-0 lead 15 minutes before.
KEVIN WRIGHT, HOLY CROSS Fr., GK, McKinney, Texas
Wright stopped a season-high eight shots as Holy Cross fought to a 1-1 draw at Colgate Saturday in League play.
THOMAS SHIIBA, NAVY Fr., F, Swarthmore, Pa.
Shiiba’s first career goal came in the 38th minute of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bucknell. The Bison were up 1-0 at the time, and the match ended with a well-deserved point for both clubs.
Patriot League Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter extended her point-scoring streak to 11 straight matches with a goal in each contest as the Raiders went 2-0 with Patriot League wins over visiting Army and Holy Cross over the weekend. She tallied the game-winner in the second half of Friday’s 3-2 victory against the Black Knights, and scored the first of her team’s three markers in Sunday’s clean sheet versus the Crusaders. Kinter leads the League with 10 goals and 28 points, and earns her second Offensive Player of the Week nod this season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KIRSTEN ERIKSEN, AMERICAN So., D/M, Stamford, Conn.
Eriksen had a pair of strong performances over the weekend in leading the Eagles to back-to-back shutouts of visiting Lehigh Friday and Lafayette Sunday. Eriksen anchored an American defense that allowed just five shots on goal in Friday’s victory over the Mountain Hawks. The defense became even tougher Sunday, as the Eagles yielded only five total shots and two on goal in the 3-0 triumph over the Leopards. It’s Eriksen’s first career weekly honor from the Patriot League.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
SANDITA McDERMOTT, BUCKNELL Sr., GK, Rhinebeck, N.Y.
McDermott posted back-to-back shutouts as the Bison picked up six points during the first of two double weekends of League matches this season. She stopped five shots in Friday’s 1-0 victory over Holy Cross, and logged four more in Bucknell’s 2-0 blanking of defending League champion Army Sunday. McDermott takes over the League lead with six shutouts this season, placing her second in Bucknell single-season history. Her 13 career clean sheets are also second in Bison annals.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAYLIE DAVIDSON, NAVY Fr., M, Oceanside, Calif.
Davidson logged a pair of goals over the weekend, one in each contest, as Navy remained tied at the top of the Patriot League standings with Colgate. She tallied the Mids’ second goal in Friday’s 3-2 victory over Lafayette, but the bigger marker of the weekend came Sunday as she scored in the 99th minute of Navy’s 1-0 triumph over Lehigh in overtime. It’s Davidson’s third Rookie of the Week honor this season.
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN So., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Belanger’s first two career shutouts came at the perfect time, giving the Eagles a pair of League wins over the weekend against Lehigh and Lafayette. She made six saves in the two matches.
COURTNEY NELSON, BUCKNELL So., M, Phoenix, Ariz.
Nelson picked up an assist in Friday’s 1-0 win over Holy Cross and scored in Sunday’s 2-0 triumph over Army.
LAUREN DANDIE, BUCKNELL Fr., D, Fullerton, Calif.
Dandie played all 180 minutes at center back for the Bison over the weekend. She, along with senior Corinne Collins, anchored the Bucknell defense to a pair of shutouts against League opponents. The Bison picked up a critical six points.
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE Fr., F, Buffalo, N.Y.
Williams continued her impressive rookie campaign with three points in Friday’s 3-2 win over Army.
PAIGE ELLIOTT, LEHIGH Fr., D, Apison, Tenn.
Elliott picked up an assist on the game-winning tally in Monday’s 2-1 overtime win against Columbia. She was also strong on the back line for Lehigh in three matches last week.
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY So., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Seabrook notched the primary assist on Navy’s game-winning goal in Sunday’s 1-0 overtime win over Lehigh.
Patriot League Volleyball Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIANA MANKUS, ARMY Sr., OH, Lisle, Ill.
Mankus led all players in kills (13), digs (12) and hitting (.667) in the Black Knights’ 3-0 win over Holy Cross Saturday night at West Point. The senior committed just one error on 18 swings and averaged 4.33 kills and 4.00 digs per set. She tallied three block assists and three service aces as well. Army stayed in second place in the League at 4-1, just one match behind 5-0 Colgate. It’s Mankus’ second weekly honor of the season, with both coming in the last three weeks.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino was the defensive leader for the Eagles as they rallied from two sets down to defeat Navy 3-2 on Friday evening. She helped force the Mids into negative hitting percentages in set three, enabling the Eagles to climb within 2-1, and again in the fifth and deciding set. She finished with 19 digs in the match with three assists and a pair of aces. She also had 15 digs in a four-set win earlier in the week over Morgan State. For the week she averaged 3.78 digs per frame with five aces in the two American wins. It’s Cappellino’s third Rookie of the Week award this season.
REBECCA HEATH, AMERICAN Sr., OH, Naperville, Ill.
Heath hit .295 and averaged 2.89 kills and 1.78 digs per set in a pair of American victories, including a come-from-behind five-set win over Navy.
ZOE KREITENBERG, ARMY Fr., MB, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Kreitenberg started her seventh straight match and hit .429 with seven kills and just one error in Saturday’s win over Holy Cross.
DIANE SEELY, COLGATE So., MB, Menlo Park, Calif.
Seely averaged 3.0 kills per set and hit .357 with just two errors on 28 swings in Colgate’s 3-1 win over Bucknell on Thursday. She also logged five total blocks.
AMANDA CLARK, LEHIGH Jr., MB, Irvine, Calif.
Clark hit .400 with 11 kills and a single error in 25 attempts to lead Lehigh to its 3-0 win at rival Lafayette. She tallied four digs in the match and two block assists.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEANNA DiCROCE, LAFAYETTE Sr., F, Doylestown, Pa.
DiCroce receives her second consecutive Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award, and third this season, for leading the No. 13 Leopards to a pair of wins at home. She had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over Penn on Wednesday, then tallied two goals as Lafayette came back from a halftime deficit for a 6-1 win against Colgate in Patriot League play on Saturday. DiCroce has helped direct the Leopards’ eight-game winning streak as she leads the Patriot League with eight goals and 25 points. DiCroce entered the Patriot League career top 10 in goals (43, 9th) during the week, and stands sixth in all-time points (123) and fifth in assists (37) in League annals. She extends her career record to nine Offensive Player of the Week honors, three more than any other student-athlete in Patriot League history.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GINA HOFMANN, AMERICAN Sr., D, Braunschweig, Germany
Hofmann led the Eagles to a 1-1 week, including a 9-2 win at Lehigh on Saturday where she recorded a goal and a career-high three assists. Her points came on four consecutive goals in the second half as American put the game away, and Hofmann also recorded a defensive save in the victory. She led a solid defensive performance on Sunday as the Eagles fell 2-0 at No. 4 Princeton, which had been averaging 4.7 goals per game coming into the contest. Hofmann is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, and fifth in her career.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ERICA PERRINE, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, Bridgewater, N.J.
Perrine led the Bison to a pair of road wins in Massachusetts by stopping eight of nine shots she faced in victories over Holy Cross on Saturday and Harvard on Sunday. Perrine notched a save in a 4-0 win over the Crusaders on Saturday, the second shutout in as many games for the Bison in Patriot League play. She came up big in a 3-1 win at Harvard on Sunday, making seven saves as the Bison held on for the victory. Perrine is in the top 10 in Bucknell history in shutouts (4) and victories (16) and 11th in career saves (178). She is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time this season, and fifth in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAYLA SULLIVAN, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Bridgewater, N.J.
Sullivan claims her second consecutive Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after helping the Bison to a pair of wins. Her contributions included her first career assist on the eventual game-winning goal in Bucknell’s 3-1 win at Harvard on Sunday. Sullivan has tallied the first goal and assist of her career on consecutive weeks.
JACLYN ANSPACH, AMERICAN Jr., F, Severna Park, Md.
Anspach had a hat trick in American’s 9-2 win at Lehigh on Saturday.
EMILY VALEO, LAFAYETTE Sr., M/D, Norristown, Pa.
Valeo totaled two goals and three assists in two wins for the Leopards last week.
TAYLER SIEGRIST, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Madison, N.J.
Siegrist had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win at Holy Cross on Saturday, and led a defense that allowed just one goal and nine shots on goal in two games last week.
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera had eight saves to help keep the Eagles close in a 2-0 loss at No. 4 Princeton on Sunday.
LEIGH HILLMAN, BUCKNELL Jr., F, Dallas, Pa.
Hillman had a goal in each of Bucknell’s victories last week, including the game-winner in a 4-0 triumph at Holy Cross on Saturday.
AMANDA DiDOMIZIO, COLGATE So., GK, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
DiDomizio recorded 15 saves in Colgate’s 6-1 loss to Lafayette on Saturday, including 10 in the first half as the Raiders took a lead into intermission.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
JOHN CICCHITTI, HOLY CROSS So., Warminster, Pa.
Cicchitti placed 21st in a field of 261 runners at the New England Championship on Sunday with a time of 24:58.82, a personal best on an 8K course. He helped Holy Cross to a 21st-place finish in the 37-team field.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
EMILY HUGHES, HOLY CROSS Jr., Milton, Mass.
Hughes finished in 27th place out of 251 runners at the New England Championship on Sunday with a time of 18:01.28 on the 5K course. She was the top finisher for Holy Cross and helped the Crusaders to a 16th-place finish out of 37 teams.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DENNIS MULDOON, HOLY CROSS Fr., Weymouth, Mass.
Muldoon was Holy Cross’ top freshman finisher at the New England Championship on Sunday with a time of 26:06.17, finishing in 118th place in the 261-runner field. It was his best career finish in an 8K.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE CARLEY, HOLY CROSS Fr., Barrington, Ill.
Carley came in 97th place out of 251 runners at the New England Championship with a time of 18:55.11 in the 5K race. She was the top freshman finisher for Holy Cross.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
ZACH INGOLD, NAVY Jr., Hornell, N.Y.
Ingold was stellar as the Mids swept George Mason and Loyola Maryland in their first outing of the 2012-13 campaign. The junior took first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events and swam the first leg of Navy’s winning 200 medley relay effort. Navy is the nine-time defending Patriot League men’s swimming and diving champion.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
NAT BEALE, ARMY Fr., Baltimore, Md.
Beale made the most of her first collegiate meet, taking first in the 100 and 200 backs and the 200 IM as Army handed defeats to Boston College, Vermont and Rowan. Her 59.23 clocking in the 100 back is 10th all-time in Army history, while her 200 back time of 2:05.71 is fourth. She also swam the leadoff leg of the Black Knights’ victorious 200 medley relay.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman’s best dive of the tri-meet against George Mason and Loyola Maryland was his effort off the three-meter board, where he scored 333.85 points to surpass the NCAA standard. He dove as an exhibition in that event with Navy having wrapped up the meet. Earlier on Freedman took first from the one-meter board with 277.55 points.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL So., Houston, Texas
Hetherington started off her sophomore year as strongly as she did her rookie campaign. She swept the one- and three-meter diving competitions Sept. 29 as the Bison hosted UMBC in an unscored meet. Hetherington posted 231.45 points in the three-meter competition, and 227.03 points from the one-meter board. It’s the fifth time in her career in which she’s swept the boards.
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN Jr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Ballance was part of a pair of first-place showings as American competed at the Potomac Relay Invitational Sept. 28. He participated in the Eagles’ winning 300 back and 400 medley relay performances.
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen began his senior season by sweeping the one- and three-meter boards as Army defeated Boston College and Rowan. He scored 317.65 points from the three-meter board, and tallied 273.75 points in the one-meter competition.
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson won the 200 and 400 IM events and was the runner-up in the 100 IM as Bucknell competed in an unscored meet against UMBC Sept. 29. He blew away the field in the 400 IM, winning by 9.47 seconds.
KATELYN DESROSIERS, HOLY CROSS Sr., Gorham, Maine
Desrosiers placed fifth out of 40 swimmers as Holy Cross opened the season Saturday at the Assumption Pentathlon in Worcester, Mass.
DANIELLE REMINGER, NAVY Sr., Wheaton, Ill.
Reminger swept the 100 and 200 free events and anchored Navy’s victorious 200 medley relay team in the Mids’ two wins over George Mason and Loyola Maryland.