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Patriot League Weekly Awards (10.10.11)

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Oct. 10, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Oct. 3-9 in field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, cross country and swimming and diving Monday.

American and Lafayette moved on the cusp of clinching postseason berths in Patriot League field hockey with wins over the weekend. Each team improved their record to 2-0 with the Eagles beating Holy Cross 4-0 and the Leopards knocking off Bucknell 5-3 on Saturday. Lehigh earned its first Patriot League win as Kim Eng scored late to beat Colgate 2-1. All three winning squads had student-athletes honored as Patriot League weekly award winners on Monday.

In women’s soccer, Lafayette posted a pair of one-goal wins over the weekend to stay in sole possession of first place in the League standings just shy of the midway point. The Leopards, who are eyeing their first League Tournament berth since 2001, are out to their best start in League play. The weekend was also good for Lehigh, which collected a pair of League victories and has now won three straight. Colgate and Army, who settled for a draw in the regular season last year, played to a 1-1 tie this time around with both picking up a point in the standings. Lehigh is the only team with a non-League match on the midweek schedule. The Mountain Hawks will host Princeton Wednesday at 7 p.m. League play resumes with three contests Saturday and one Sunday

In men’s soccer, two-time defending Patriot League champion Bucknell was desperate for a victory and got it in a physical and much-needed 3-2 win Saturday at Navy. Colgate, which was also seeking its first League win of the season, posted a 1-0 victory at Holy Cross in which the Raider defense did not yield a shot on goal. American remains atop the League standings following its 3-0 win over visiting Army, and Lafayette kept pace with the Eagles thanks to its 1-0 win over archrival Lehigh. Five teams will step out of League play this week, with four matches schedule for Tuesday and one on Wednesday. Lafayette’s 5 p.m. battle at Princeton Tuesday will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

In women’s volleyball, American, Army, Colgate and Lehigh posted League victories to hold onto the top four spots in the standings as the League schedule nears the halfway point. The Eagles are the hottest team in the League with seven straight victories and a 5-0 mark against League teams. Army and Colgate are tied for second at 4-1 and will play each other this weekend, while Lehigh sits in fourth at 3-2. The Mountain Hawks were victorious in a five-set match against rival Lafayette Friday to a full game ahead of fifth-place Holy Cross. The top four teams make the League Tournament in November.

In cross country, only Bucknell and Holy Cross were in action this past weekend as most teams rested after the very competitive Paul Short Run. Bucknell led the way, winning team titles on both the men’s and women’s side at the Father Bede Invitational at Saint Francis (Pa.) University. Seven teams will be in action next week as Bucknell, Colgate (women) and Lehigh travel to the Penn State National Invite, and American, Lafayette and Lehigh compete at the Leopard Invitational. The annual Army-Navy Star Meet will take place Friday with the Black Knights hosting this year’s meet.

The first swimming and diving action took place over the last two weeks, with American, Army, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Navy all participating in competition. The first showdown between League schools took place Sunday in Worcester, Mass., with Lehigh capturing a sweep of Holy Cross. Army and Navy both got off to strong starts, with both the men and women picking up victories over the weekend.


Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEANNA DICROCE, LAFAYETTE Jr., F, Doylestown, Pa.
DiCroce had a hand in the first four Lafayette goals as the Leopards beat Bucknell 5-3 for a key Patriot League win on Saturday. She scored the first two goals of the contest, both unassisted, to put Lafayette ahead 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. DiCroce assisted on Aimee Smith's goal that put Lafayette back ahead 3-2 later in the first half, and also tallied an assist on Brittany Blass' game-winning goal as Lafayette took the lead for good early in the second half. DiCroce leads the Leopards with seven goals and 17 points this season, and posted a six-point game for the second time in her career. DiCroce earns her first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award of the season and the fifth in her career, one off the League record held by Lafayette's Megan Monahan (1999-02).
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TATUM DYER, AMERICAN Sr., D, Windham, N.H.
Dyer dominated both ends of the field in American's 4-0 win at Holy Cross on Saturday, registering a career-high five points while helping the defensive unit hold the Crusaders to just three shots on goal. All of Dyer's points came in an eight-minute span of the first half as American took control. With the Eagles up 1-0, she scored off a penalty corner at the 24:26 mark to extend the advantage. Just over three minutes later, Dyer assisted on Canon Hirschler's goal that put the Eagles up 3-0. Dyer completed the run at the 32:02 mark with another score off a penalty corner. The goals were the second and third of her career, all coming in the last two games after she went without a score in her first 73 career games. The five points nearly matched Dyer's previous career total of seven. American held Holy Cross to seven shots overall, with only three in the first half. Dyer receives her second Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award this season and fifth of her career.
 
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN So., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera earned her second shutout in four games as the starting goalkeeper as American blanked Holy Cross 4-0 on Saturday. She made three saves in the contest. Dalisera has allowed only three goals in her four games as the starter and has recorded a 0.89 GAA for the season. American has a four-game winning streak since Dalisera took over as the starter in the nets. She earns the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award for the second time.
 
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
STEPH FRATONI, LEHIGH 
Fr., D, Media, Pa.
Fratoni assisted on three of Lehigh's five goals in two games over the weekend, including the game-winning tally in the Mountain Hawks' 2-1 win over Colgate on Saturday. With less than 15 minutes to play, she set up the decisive goal by Kim Eng as Lehigh earned its first Patriot League victory. Fratoni recorded an assist on Lehigh's first two goals on Sunday in a game the Mountain Hawks went on to lose 4-3 to Cornell. Fratoni has five points and five defensive saves on the season. She receives her first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award.
 
HONORABLE MENTION
KIM ENG, LEHIGH Jr., F, Morristown, N.J.
Eng scored a goal in each of Lehigh's games over the weekend, with the game-winning score with less than 15 minutes remaining in the Mountain Hawks' 2-1 win over Colgate on Saturday.
 
BRITTANY BLASS, LAFAYETTE Fr., D, Mountain Top, Pa.
Blass scored the game-winning goal early in the second half of Lafayette's 5-3 triumph at Bucknell on Saturday.
 
SIERRA SEGEAR, LEHIGH So., GK, Wilkes Barre, Pa.
Segear came up big in Lehigh's 2-1 win over Colgate on Saturday, making 11 saves to help the Mountain Hawks earn their first Patriot League win of the season.
 
MALLORY SMITH, BUCKNELL Sr., F, Schnecksville, Pa.
Smith had a goal and an assist in Bucknell's 5-3 loss to Lafayette on Saturday.


Patriot League Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards

BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LUKE JOYNER, BUCKNELL
Sr., M, Dallas, Texas
Joyner notched the first two-goal game of his career when his team needed it most, scoring his first tally off a breakaway just three minutes into the match to give the Bison the early lead at Navy before finding the back of the net on a penalty kick in the second half to break a 1-1 tie. Bucknell went on to post a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Mids to collect three critical points in the League standings. Joyner moved into second place on the team with four goals, which are also a career high.

BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ADEM GOKTURK, AMERICAN
Jr., D, Annandale, Va.
Gokturk contributed at both ends of the field for the Eagles, who moved to 3-0-0 in League play with Saturday’s 3-0 triumph versus Army. Gokturk was forced to step up defensively, as his usual playing partner Alex Tilatti was limited to just nine minutes of action. The junior from Annandale, Va., came up huge offensively, breaking a scoreless tie in the 73rd minute and adding an assist on Tyler Collins’ goal two minutes later to give the Eagles the lead. Gokturk’s three-point showing against the Black Knights was a career high. He entered the match with only two career points in 26 games.

BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
GRAHAM HEYDT, LAFAYETTE
Sr., GK, Northbrook, Ill.
Heydt made 14 saves, the most of any Patriot League goalkeeper this season and the highest number for a Leopard netminder since 1999, in his team’s 1-0 victory Saturday against rival Lehigh. He came up with a pair of saves on point-blank opportunities in the fourth minute with the game still scoreless, and put aside any Mountain Hawk attempt after Lafayette took the lead in the 10th minute. Heydt’s fifth shutout of the year lifted the Leopards into sole possession of second place in the League standings.

BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JONATHAN GRAD, BUCKNELL
Fr., M, Charlotte, N.C.
Grad enjoyed a breakout night in his second career start and contributed in some way to all three of Bucknell’s goals Saturday in its win over Navy. He logged the assist on Luke Joyner’s breakaway goal early in the first half. In the second, it was Grad who was tripped up in the box that led to Joyner’s second goal of the match on a penalty kick. Grad then notched his first collegiate goal later in the half to put Bucknell up 3-1, and it stood up as the eventual game-winner in the 3-2 final.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
MIKE REESE, COLGATE
Sr., D, Wallingford, Conn.
Reese spearheaded Colgate’s defense last week that posted shutouts of Albany and Holy Cross. In Saturday’s League match against the Crusaders, the Raider defense yielded seven total shots and none on goal.

TYLER COLLINS, AMERICAN So., D/M, Norwalk, Conn.
Collins scored in both of his team’s matches last week, posting his team’s only tally in its 2-1 loss to No. 13 Georgetown before finding the back of the net on a high floating shot from 20 yards out in the 3-0 win over Army. Collins’ four goals are second on the Eagles.

ELLIOTT McGILBRA, ARMY Fr., F, Houston, Texas
McGilbra’s first career game-winning goal helped Army complete it’s comeback from down 2-0 to defeat Hartford 3-2 in double overtime on Wednesday.


Patriot League Women's Soccer Weekly Awards

BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JANELLE PIERSON, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Coral Springs, Fla.
From an offensive standpoint, Pierson single-handedly lifted Lafayette to a pair of important League victories last weekend. She tallied the only goal in the Leopards’ 1-0 victory over Navy Friday night before heading in the game-winner 59 seconds into overtime in Sunday’s come-from-behind 2-1 triumph against American. Pierson’s timely goals lifted Lafayette to its best start ever in Patriot League play at 3-0-0.

BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY McGUIGAN, ARMY
So., D, Boulder, Colo.
McGuigan was charged with defending one of the League’s breakout players in Colgate freshman Jenna Raepple Friday night, and the sophomore from Boulder, Colo. did not disappoint. McGuigan held the Colgate rookie without a shot in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw, with Colgate’s tally coming on a penalty kick. Raepple entered Friday’s contest leading the League in shots and tied for the League lead in points. McGuigan came up with a critical play late in the second half during a Raider flurry, in which she cleared a ball out of the box after it had bounced off the post. She was part of Army’s defense that held Bucknell scoreless in Sunday’s 1-0 victory against the Bison.

BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY BLANKS, LEHIGH
Fr., GK, North Andover, Mass.
Blanks enjoyed the best week of her career, posting three shutouts in as many games, including a pair against Patriot League opponents. After making two saves in a 1-0 overtime win over Columbia, she logged six and seven stops against American and Navy, respectively, in two more 1-0 shutouts over the weekend. Blanks’ efforts dropped her goals-against average from 1.63 to 1.18 while her save percentage improved to .787 on the season (up from .717).

BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX REISINGER, LAFAYETTE
Fr., D, San Clemente, Calif.
Reisinger tallied her second and third assists of the season in dramatic fashion, collecting the helpers on both of Janelle Pierson’s goals during Lafayette’s 2-0 weekend against League opponents. In Sunday’s 2-1 victory against American, Reisinger sent a cross into the penalty area in the first minute of extra time that Pierson headed in for the golden goal. Reisinger also recorded an assist on Pierson’s marker in Friday’s 1-0 win over Navy. The Leopards are alone atop the League standings at 3-0-0 and nine points.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
TARYN BOUCHER, BUCKNELL Jr., M, Cutchogue, N.Y.
Boucher accounted for all of the Bison offense in Friday’s 2-0 win at Holy Cross. It was the first goals of her collegiate career. She scored in the 53rd minute and added an insurance marker in the 72nd.

LAUREN SMEDLEY, LAFAYETTE Jr., GK, Hamilton, N.J.
Smedley collected both of Lafayette’s wins in net over the weekend, including an eight-save performance as the Leopards rallied for Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win against American. Friday’s shutout versus Navy was her sixth of the year and the 18th of her career.

LEAH KULP, LEHIGH Sr., M, Titusville, N.J.
Kulp logged the eventual game-winner to spark Lehigh to a 1-0 victory over American Friday night before adding an assist on Murphee Greeley’s marker in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Navy.

CAROLINE BRAWNER, COLGATE Fr., M/F, Mill Creek, Wash.
Brawner collected the game-winner as Colgate took a 2-1 win over a scrappy Holy Cross team Sunday in Worcester, Mass. The Raiders kept pace with Army, who defeated Bucknell Sunday afternoon. Colgate and the Black Knights wrestled to a 1-1 draw Friday at West Point.


Patriot League Women’s Volleyball Weekly Awards

MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
REBECCA HEATH, AMERICAN
Sr., OH, Naperville, Ill.
Heath was strong for the surging Eagles, who moved to 5-0 in League play and won their seventh straight in Thursday’s 3-0 victory at Navy. She tallied a team-high 11 kills on 21 swings with just one error to hit .476. She added seven digs in the contest for the Eagles, who maintained their position atop the League standings ahead of Army and Colgate, which are tied for second. Heath has double-digit kills in seven of her last eight matches with at least seven digs in six of those showings.

MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MARY VACCARO, ARMY
Fr., S, Orinda, Calif.
Vaccaro captures her fifth Rookie of the Week nod this year after totaling 71 assists during a 1-1 week for the Black Knights. After entering the week ranked 11th in the country in assists per set, Vaccaro maintained her healthy stat line averaging 11.83 assists per frame while tallying 17 total digs in the two matches. She logged 39 helpers and narrowly missed a double-double with nine digs in the sweep at Holy Cross. She also added four kills in the match, one shy of her career high.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
MEGAN LYNCH, HOLY CROSS
Jr., OH, Mendham, N.J.
Lynch posted incredible numbers in a pair of matches last week. She averaged 6.50 kills and 3.38 digs per set as the Crusaders fell in a five-set marathon to Bryant and dropped a 3-0 decision to visiting Army.

LINDSAY YOUNG, COLGATE So., OH, Tampa, Fla.
Young averaged 4.29 kills per set and hit .348 during Colgate’s 1-1 week. She logged 16 kills against Syracuse and hit a career-high .429 in the four-set victory against Bucknell Saturday afternoon.

CAMISSA BEGHOU, LAFAYETTE Fr., RSH, Winnetka, Ill.
Beghou hit .378 with a career-best 19 kills in Lafayette’s five-set thriller against rival Lehigh.

KELLY McCADDIN, AMERICAN Fr., MB, West Caldwell, N.J.
McCaddin pitched in seven kills with a .417 hitting percentage and two aces in American’s sweep of Navy.

DIANE SEELY, COLGATE Fr., MB, Menlo Park, Calif.
Seely’s best showing of the week was an 11-kill performance while hitting .381 in Colgate’s 3-1 victory against visiting Bucknell on Saturday.


Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards

MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ROBERT YAMNICKY, BUCKNELL
Jr., Shelton, Conn.
Yamnicky finished first at the Father Bede Invitational at St. Francis (Pa.) with a time of 16:09 in the 5K. Finishing first for the second time in his career and first since the 2009 Bloomsburg Open, Yamnicky helped the Bison place first out of four teams.

FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
PAIGE SUTHERLAND, HOLY CROSS
Sr., Groveland, Mass.
Sutherland finished 18th at the New England Championships with a time of 18:24, helping the Crusaders finish seventh out of 39 teams. This is Sutherland’s first Runner of the Week award of the season and fifth of her career. She has won seven weekly awards (Runner and Rookie) in her career.

MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL McGOWAN, BUCKNELL
Fr., Ardmore, Pa.
McGowan helped the Bison place first at the Father Bede Invitational at St. Francis (Pa.) with his eighth-place finish (16:36). It was his second top-10 finish of the season.

FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BETSY EDINGER, BUCKNELL
Fr., Greenwich, N.Y.
Edinger was the top finisher on the women’s side, helping the Bison place first out of three teams at the Father Bede Invitational at St. Francis (Pa.). She finished the 5K in 19:42.


Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards

MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL
So., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson started off his sophomore campaign with a pair of first-place individual finishes in an unscored meet Oct. 1 versus UMBC. He swept the 100-, 200- and 400-yard individual medleys, and his 400 time of 3:58.75 was almost nine seconds ahead of the runner-up and four ticks shy of an NCAA B cut. His 1:53.88 in the 200 IM was 4.63 seconds ahead of second place. He was one of two Bison swimmers to win three individual events against the Retrievers.

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY
Jr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski won three individual events and was part of Navy’s first-place 200-yard medley relay foursome as the Mids handed Loyola (Md.) a 208-89 loss on the road. Gorinski won the 100 and 200 breaststroke events in 1:05.97 and 2:22.85, respectively, with a two-second margin in the latter race. Her third individual win came in the 200 IM, where her 2:14.85 clocking was nearly a full second ahead of second place. She swam the fastest breaststroke leg in the 200 medley relay, with Navy taking the race by 1.7 seconds.

MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY
So., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman scored 348.35 points from the three-meter board to give Navy first-place points in both of its meets against Loyola (Md.) and George Mason on Saturday, while his 284.75 points in the one-meter competition was good enough for first against Loyola and second versus the Patriots.

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL
Fr., Houston, Texas
Hetherington started her collegiate career by setting a school record off the one-meter board with a score of 264.68. She surpassed the previous mark by more than six points. She completed the sweep with a 252.53 from the three-meter board, the fourth-best score in Bucknell history and eight points shy of the record.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
LUKE HOFFER, NAVY
So., Chapel Hill, N.C.
Hoffer won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events as Navy opened the season Saturday with victories against Loyola (Md.) and George Mason in Baltimore, Md. He won the 100 breast by 0.76 seconds (57.93) and was 5.3 seconds ahead of the field in the 200 breast (2:04.72). Hoffer was the only Mid to win multiple events in the meet.

ALYSSA TRAN, ARMY Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif.
Tran won the 50 free (23.88) and the 100 fly (58.47) and took second in the 100 breast (1:08.56) as Army went 2-1 in its first meet of the season, posting victories against Boston College and Stony Brook.

COURTNEY VANDAMENT, NAVY Sr., Coppell, Texas
Vandament began her season with a pair of victories in a 208-89 victory over Loyola (Md.). She took first in both diving events, taking the three-meter competition with 245.85 points, 37 points ahead of the field.

ALISSA LEUNG, LEHIGH Fr., Garden City, N.Y.
Leung posted wins in the 100 back and the 200 IM and was part of Lehigh’s victorious 200 medley relay during her first collegiate outing. Lehigh defeated Patriot League rival Holy Cross 130-104 in Worcester, Mass.