Oct. 14, 2013
Patriot League Weekly Awards - 10.14.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Oct. 7-13 in women's soccer, men's soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cross country, and swimming and diving.
Patriot League Women's Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVY Jr., F, Glenmoore, Pa.
Dankanich scored all three of her team's goals in two Patriot League victories last week at American and at Bucknell. She recorded game's only tally in the 55th minute of Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Eagles at Reeves Field for her fourth game-winner of the season. On Friday she scored both goals within two minutes of each other in the first half of the Mids' 2-0 triumph over the Bison. She has a League-best 11 goals on the season, surpassing last year's previous career high of 10, along with a League-leading 25 points. It's Dankanich's second weekly award of the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KATIE GAVALCHIN, LEHIGH Sr., D, Robbinsville, N.J.
Gavalchin becomes the first Lehigh player to pick up a weekly honor this season after helping the Mountain Hawks to a critical 2-1 victory over Loyola Maryland Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pa. The Robbinsville, N.J., native was active on the defensive side of the field with several key tackles while spearheading a back line that yielded just two corner kicks to the Greyhounds and only one in the second half despite a late push.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ELIZABETH HOERNER, NAVY Sr., GK, Lititz, Pa.
Hoerner collects her third weekly award from the Patriot League this season after posting back-to-back shutouts on the road in League play to boost the Mids to 5-0 in the standings. On Tuesday she came up with six stops to hold off American in a 1-0 victory, and stopped another six shots in Friday's 2-0 blanking at Bucknell. Hoerner has tallied seven complete clean sheets on the season, and hasn't allowed a goal in 705:52. She sits second in the League with a 0.49 goals-against average and third with a .860 save percentage.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BRENNA MASON, COLGATE Fr., GK, Webster, N.Y.
Mason earns her first career Patriot League weekly award after posting five saves and going the distance in Colgate's 1-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. The rookie came up with four key stops in the first half to help preserve a scoreless game entering the intermission. Mason improved to 5-3-0 on the season with a 0.89 goals-against average and a .821 save percentage.
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Totaled 20 saves in League matches against Navy and Army, picking up a draw in Sunday's scoreless tie at West Point.
EMMA CLARK, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, York, Maine
Scored the eventual game-winner in the 19th minute of the Terriers' 2-0 win at Lafayette on Saturday.
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE So., F, Buffalo, N.Y.
Found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to lift the Raiders to a 1-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.
DANIELLE SALANS, LEHIGH Jr., M, Needham, Mass.
Tallied a marker and was fouled in the box to set up a successful penalty kick try in Lehigh's 2-1 win over Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY Jr., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Played 152 of 180 minutes on defense during back-to-back shutout wins for Navy.
Patriot League Men's Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MONTY SANDERS, HOLY CROSS Sr., M, Temecula, Calif.
Sanders had a hand in the only two Crusader goals on the week that helped them post two League victories and move into third place in the League standings. He tallied the assist on Tommy Uttaro's pretty game-winner in the 88th minute of Holy Cross' 1-0 win at Boston University on Wednesday before netting the game-clincher in the 78th minute of the Crusaders' 1-0 triumph over Lafayette on Saturday. Sanders is tied for the team lead with eight points, and now has two game-winning goals on the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOE MEYER, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Sykesville, Md.
Meyer had one of the best games of his career on Wednesday. In his primary role at right back, Meyer held Loyola Maryland's Larry Ndjock, the NCAA's leader in goals per game entering the contest, off the score sheet completely and without a shot for 89 minutes. On the offensive side, Meyer scored the game's opening goal in the seventh minute on the No. 1 play on the Patriot League's top five last week, and added an assist on Jesse Klug's insurance marker in the 80th minute in the Bison's 2-0 win. He also had a strong defensive effort in Bucknell's 1-1 draw at American on Saturday, as the Bison back line held the Eagles to zero shots on goal and three shots total in the extra time.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
KEVIN WRIGHT, HOLY CROSS So., GK, McKinney, Texas
Wright picked up a pair of shutout wins last week, both by 1-0 finals, in critical Patriot League wins over Boston University and Lafayette. He made seven saves and faced 21 shots in Wednesday's win over the Terriers, and stopped another five in Saturday's victory against the defending League champion Leopards. The wins were Wright's first two clean sheets of the season.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TANNER VOSVICK, ARMY Fr., D, Phoenix, Md.
With each passing game it seems another Army freshman comes up with a key play to lead to a critical victory. That's the case with Vosvick, who was called upon to take a penalty kick in the 36th minute of the Black Knights' contest on Saturday at Loyola Maryland. The rookie converted the try, and his first career goal stood up as the game-winner in Army's 1-0 victory over the Greyhounds. Army is 4-0-0 in League play for the first time since 1996.
WINSTON BOLDT, ARMY Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Tallied back-to-back five-save shutouts in two 1-0 wins over Colgate and Loyola Maryland. Saturday's win was his program record-tying ninth clean sheet of the season.
LUCAS McBRIDE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., F, Rye Brook, N.Y.
Helped the Terriers snap their six-game winless streak by collecting a long goal kick by Matt Gilbert and tallying his team's only goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over visiting Lehigh.
JOSEPH GREENSPAN, NAVY Jr., D, Westfield, N.J.
Scored on a free kick into the upper right corner in Wednesday's 1-0 win at American and stepped up to convert a penalty kick in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Colgate. Also played strong defense in two League shutouts.
GAVIN SNYDER, NAVY Sr., GK, Severna Park, Md.
Went 2-0 in net with five saves and two shutouts for the Mids to improve to 5-0 on the season. Has not allowed a goal in 446 minutes.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ABBY WATSON, BUCKNELL So., F, Medford, N.J.
Watson recorded a hat trick in Bucknell's 7-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, helping the Bison move to 4-0 in the Patriot League for the first time and clinch a spot in the League Tournament. Watson doubled her season goal total with the first multi-point game of her career, and now has six goals and two assists for the year. Watson earns her first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award, and is the third different Bucknell student-athlete to claim the honor this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GRACE WILSON, AMERICAN Jr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wilson was an anchor on defense in a strong weekend for the Eagles, who posted a 4-0 shutout of Lafayette on Saturday and held tight in a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Maryland on Sunday. American moved to 4-0 in the Patriot League and clinched a spot in the League Tournament as it limited the Leopards to one shot in the first half and three penalty corners for the game. The Eagles then kept the top-ranked Terrapins scoreless for 48 minutes and held Maryland to three goals below its nation-leading average. Wilson is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JULIA WARD, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Belfast, Maine
Ward made 26 saves and allowed just four goals in a two-day span for the Mountain Hawks, keeping Lehigh close in a 3-1 loss to Boston University on Saturday while leading the way to a 2-1 win over Lock Haven on Sunday. Ward made 17 saves against the Terriers to keep Lehigh in striking distance throughout. She stopped nine shots in the win over a solid Lock Haven team which lost for just the fourth time all season. The list of stops included a save on a breakaway with 10 minutes left to keep the score tied. Ward had a save percentage of .867 for the week and is at .764 for the season. She is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the first time.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA CASSERA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., F, Fairfield, N.J.
Cassera netted a pair of goals to lead the Terriers to a 3-1 win over Lehigh in Patriot League action on Saturday. She gave BU a 2-0 lead midway through the first half before padding the advantage to 3-0 early in the second half. Cassera leads the team with seven goals for the season. She earns her first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after previously being named Player of the Week on Sept. 3.
LIZ WILLS, BUCKNELL Jr., D, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Wills had a goal and an assist in a 7-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, and helped the Bison defense shutout the Crusaders and limit No. 8 Penn State to two goals in a shutout loss on Sunday.
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Sr., M, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery had a pair of goals in a 2-0 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
ERICA PERRINE, BUCKNELL Sr., GK, Bridgewater, N.J.
After a shutout against Holy Cross on Saturday, Perrine made 11 saves in a 2-0 loss to No. 8 Penn State on Sunday.
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Sr., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera made five saves in a 4-0 shutout of Lafayette on Saturday and three in a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Maryland on Sunday.
HALLE BIGGAR, COLGATE Sr., F, Pike, Ohio
Biggar totaled three goals in a pair of one-goal losses for the Raiders last week.
ZOEY PACHECO, LEHIGH So., M, Macungie, Pa.
Pacheco had the game-winning goal, the first of her career, with less than five minutes to play in a 2-1 win over Lock Haven on Sunday.
Patriot League Volleyball Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KRISTYNA LINDOVSKA, AMERICAN Jr., OH, Ostrava, Czech Republic
The Eagles got back to winning ways with two League wins over the weekend at Colgate and Lehigh, with Lindovska serving as a primary catalyst. The junior tallied a double-double of 15 kills and 12 digs to spark her team as American erased a 2-0 deficit and rattled off three straight frames for a 3-2 win over the Raiders on Friday in Hamilton, N.Y. She narrowly missed a double-double on Saturday with 18 kills and nine digs while hitting .417 in a four-set triumph at Lehigh. For the week, Lindovska played in nine sets and averaged 3.67 kills and 2.33 digs while hitting .338 and tallying six block assists.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA FAIRFIELD, ARMY Fr., MB, Iowa City, Iowa
Fairfield collects her second consecutive and third weekly award of the season after a dominating weekend in which she led Army to a pair of straight-set wins over League foes Lafayette and Navy. In Friday's contest against the Leopards, Fairfield scored 10 kills on 16 attempts with just two errors to hit .500 in a 3-0 win. She bettered her numbers on Saturday with 17 kills and zero errors on 24 tries to hit an incredible .708 in a sweep of Navy. Fairfield finished the week hitting .625 and averaging 4.50 kills and 1.00 digs per frame. Her hitting percentage against the Mids was the highest for any player in League matches so far this season and second highest in all contests among League student-athletes.
MEGAN WILTON, ARMY Sr., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Averaged 3.33 kills and 1.00 blocks per set while hitting .455 in two League wins. Hit .524 with 14 kills in Friday's straight-sets win over Lafayette.
KAREN CAMPBELL, BUCKNELL So., MB, Chesapeake, Va.
Hit .533 (9-1-15) with six total blocks (one solo) in Bucknell's four-set win over Loyola Maryland on Friday.
RACHEL CHARLES, LEHIGH Sr., L, Farmington Hills, Mich.
Accumulated a season-high 24 digs in Saturday's four-set loss to American.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
RICH PETERS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., Bristol, England
Peters placed second at the New England Championship with a time of 24:05, which also helped the Terriers to a fourth-place finish in the 41-team field. Peters was the runner-up in the race for the second consecutive year and helped BU to a fourth-place finish for the second straight season. He wins his first Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week award.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ROSA MORIELLO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., Naugatuck, Conn.
Moriello won the New England Championship by finishing with a time of 17:13, coming in 14 seconds ahead of the closest competitor. She became the third straight Terrier to win the race while leading her team to a fourth-place finish in the 43-team field. Moriello has won her only two races of the 2013 season, and is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
G. MATT GRECO, HOLY CROSS Fr., Blue Bell, Pa.
Greco placed 106th at the New England Championship with a time of 27:03, helping the Crusaders to a 25th-place finish. He is named Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Rookie of the Week for the first time.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MARY WELSH, HOLY CROSS Fr., Manhasset, N.Y.
Welsh placed 82nd at the New England Championship with a time of 18:56. She was the top rookie finisher for the Crusaders and helped the team to a 10th-place showing. Welsh is selected as Patriot League M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the first time.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN DICKEY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Gaithersburg, Md.
Dickey's efforts helped the Terriers capture a 186-105 win at Massachusetts on Saturday. He set the pool record with a winning time of 55.62 in the 100-yard breaststroke, narrowly missing out on matching the NCAA B-cut clocking by 23-hundredths of a second and missing out on the school record by 48-hundredths. He added silver in the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.97, and was part of BU's victorious 200 medley relay (1:33.21).
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
CAITLIN CRONIN, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., Kingston, Mass.
Cronin led the Greyhounds by capturing gold in the 50- and 100-yard free races and picking up a pair of runner-up finishes during Loyola's strong showing in a quad meet over the weekend against American, Catholic and George Washington. She hit the wall in 25.01 and 53.39 to capture the 50 and 100 freestyle events, respectively, while taking second in the 200 free in 1:54.83 and second in the 200 IM in 2:11.31. She added a fourth-place showing in the 100 fly (1:00.43) to pace the Greyhounds in the unscored meet.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL BROWN, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., Timonium, Md.
In his team's first meet of the season, Brown scored 279 points to win the one-meter competition and 244.05 from the three-meter board to take second during the weekend quad meet that also featured American, Catholic and George Washington. In the three-meter competition, Brown came in second to Loyola teammate Ryan Conley.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
ELLE MIXA, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.
Mixa completes a sweep of the diving honors for the Greyhounds after she posted a pair of top-two finishes during the quad meet against American, Catholic and George Washington. The senior won the one-meter dive with 234.22 points, and settled for runner-up honors from the three-meter board with 213 points.
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN Sr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Won the 100-yard back race in the quad meet versus Loyola, George Washington and Catholic in 52.19, setting a new meet record.
JAN YBURAN, HOLY CROSS Sr., Livingston, N.J.
Paced the Crusaders with three individual wins in Holy Cross' 151-146 triumph over Fairfield. Won th e50 free in 24.94, the 100 free in 53.83 and the 100 back in 1:02.36.
MARIELLE PAVEK, HOLY CROSS Fr., Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Swept the 50 and 100 frees in 27.86 and 1:01.15, respectively, while swimming the last leg of two winning relays in the Crusaders' 159.5-135.5 loss to Fairfield.