Oct. 15, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Oct. 8-14 in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, field hockey, cross country, and swimming and diving.
The standings have tightened in men’s soccer thanks to a pair of ties. The American-Lafayette and Bucknell-Holy Cross contests finished in 1-1 draws, while Colgate’s 1-0 overtime win at Army lifted the Raiders into a first-place tie with American. Lafayette remains a point back. Lehigh’s victory at Navy lifted the Mountain Hawks back into the postseason picture.
In a preview of what might come to pass later this season in women’s soccer, Colgate and Navy wrestled to a 1-1 tie in Hamilton, N.Y., Friday evening in a battle for first place. Jasmine Mohandesi’s game-winner lifted American into sole possession of third place ahead of Bucknell and Holy Cross. Tournament bids could be sewn up as early as this weekend with the second of two Friday-Sunday slates on tap.
Colgate completed its perfect run through the first half of the League schedule in volleyball with wins at home over American and Navy, while Army kept pace in the standings with a pair of victories. The schedule turns over for the second string of round-robin play this weekend. American, Lehigh and Navy are tied for third at 4-3.
Lafayette took control in field hockey, as the No. 14 Leopards took over sole possession of first place and clinched a berth in the Patriot League Tournament with a 2-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday. The Leopards will earn the right to host the postseason event with one win in their final two Patriot League games.
The Army-Navy Star Meet highlighted the weekend schedule in cross country, with the Mids coming away with the victory in the both the men and women’s races. Army’s Ricky Galindo and Navy’s Annie-Norah Beveridge were the individual winners, and each claimed M-F Athletic Runner of the Week awards on Monday.
It was a relatively light week in swimming and diving with just American and Holy Cross in competition. The slate picks up this weekend with five schools in the pool, including the season-opening meet for Lehigh on Friday.
Patriot League Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYLAN COLLINS, LEHIGH So., F, Bloomfield, Conn.
Collins had a hand in both Lehigh goals to spark the Mountain Hawks to a 2-1 win Saturday evening at Navy. He scored in the 12th minute to put Lehigh on the board first, and set up Ali Famili’s eventual game-winning marker in the 72nd minute to thrust the Mountain Hawks back into the picture for the Patriot League Tournament.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRANDON TURNER, LAFAYETTE Jr., D, Bayshore, N.Y.
Turner came up from the back line to score the game-tying goal to lift Lafayette to a 1-1 draw with first-place American Saturday evening in Easton, Pa. The junior from Bayshore, N.Y., was part of a Leopard defense that held the Eagles to just six shots in the match and three on goal before netting the equalizer at the 88:18 mark. American remains one point ahead of Lafayette in the standings with three League matches remaining.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
BILLY KNUTSEN, AMERICAN Jr., GK, San Francisco, Calif.
Knutsen played a pair of matches this week for American, including Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Lafayette. The junior keeper stopped four shots in Tuesday’s match with Liberty and had four more saves against the Leopards. He logged eight saves for the week, finishing with a 1.00 goals-against average. Knutsen is second in the League in GAA (1.05) and save percentage (.797).
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JORDAN LEE, ARMY Fr., F, Kailua, Hawaii
Lee tallied the game-winner as time expired to lift Army to a 2-1 win at Adelphi Tuesday. Lee scored on a feed from Parker Dixon, who found a loose ball in front of the net and tapped it to Lee for the goal at the 89:59 mark. It was Lee’s first collegiate goal.
DALE McDONALD, AMERICAN Jr., F, Portmore, Jamaica
McDonald scored in the 15th minute of American’s 1-1 draw Saturday at Lafayette. The tie helped American maintain a piece of first place in the League standings.
MIKE REIDY, COLGATE Sr., M, Webster, N.Y.
Reidy tallied his League-leading third game-winning goal of the season as Colgate edged Army 1-0 in overtime Saturday at West Point. He leads the League with seven goals and 15 points.
LUKE MELODY, HOLY CROSS Fr., M, Mansfield, Conn.
Melody’s second goal of the season helped the Crusaders tie Bucknell 1-1 over the weekend.
ALI FAMILI, LEHIGH So., D, Orefield, Pa.
Famili scored the eventual game-winner in the 72nd minute to lift Lehigh to a 2-1 win at Navy Saturday in Annapolis, Md.
Patriot League Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASMINE MOHANDESI, AMERICAN Sr., F, Vienna, Va.
Mohandesi’s goal in the 24th minute stood up to lift American to a key 1-0 win at Bucknell Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. It was the Eagles’ third consecutive win in League play, lifting them into sole possession of third place with three matches to go. Mohandesi, who earns her first weekly honor of the season, has a team-best four goals and shares the team lead with nine points.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALLY PASQUARIELLO, HOLY CROSS So., D, Suffield, Conn.
Pasquariello was part of the Crusaders’ defense that held Lafayette in Saturday’s 2-1 win in Worcester, Mass. Holy Cross held the Leopards to just one shot in the first half, enabling it to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission. Pasquariello contributed offensively as well, picking up the assist on Gina Righini’s eventual game-winner in the 68th minute for her first career point. It’s Pasquariello’s first weekly honor of the season.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN So., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Belanger was stout in net with seven saves as American won 1-0 at Bucknell Saturday. She sophomore recorded her third straight shutout, and it marks the first time the Eagles have won three consecutive matches in League play since 2009. In addition, Belanger is the first Eagles keeper with three straight clean sheets since 2001.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JENNA PANEPINTO, COLGATE Fr., M, Buffalo, N.Y.
Panepinto notched her second goal of the season in the 55th minute of Colgate’s 1-1 draw at home against Navy. The tie kept both teams knotted at the top of the League standings with 10 points. Panepinto, who notches her first career weekly honor, scored for the first time since Sept. 5 against Albany. Panepinto’s twin sister Lexi was BRINE Rookie of the Week on Aug. 20.
JOEY MOLACEK, ARMY Jr., F, Saugus, Calif.
Molacek’s goal in the 77th minute snapped a 1-1 tie and stood as the game-winner in Army’s 2-1 victory Sunday over visiting Lehigh. It was the Black Knights’ first League win of the season, providing a boost for their chances at the League tournament.
ASHLEY WALSH, COLGATE Sr., GK, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Walsh was strong in net with eight saves as Colgate drew Navy 1-1 Friday night in Hamilton, N.Y. She has started all 15 matches, and has 84 stops on the season.
GINA RIGHINI, HOLY CROSS So., F, Salem, N.H.
Righini netted the game-winner in the second half as Holy Cross posted a 2-1 win over visiting Lafayette. The Crusaders are tied for fourth with Bucknell at 2-2-0 (six points).
BRITTANY FRUIN, NAVY Sr., M, McLean, Va.
Fruin’s goal off a free kick in the 71st minute lifted Navy to a 1-1 tie at Colgate in Friday night’s first-place showdown. The Mids and Raiders remain tied for first with 10 points.
Patriot League Volleyball Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MICHELLE MCCARTHY, COLGATE Sr., OH, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
McCarthy averaged 3.33 kills and 1.5 digs per set with a .235 hitting percentage as Colgate logged a pair of 3-0 sweeps over the weekend, defeating Navy Friday and American Saturday. The latter of the two wins was the 100th at Colgate for head coach Ryan Baker, becoming just the second in program history to reach that milestone. McCarthy averaged 4.00 kills per set in Friday’s win over the Mids, and hit .267 with eight kills, six digs and two blocks in Saturday’s victory against the Eagles.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ZOE KREITENBERG, ARMY Fr., MB, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Kreitenberg established a career high with six total blocks as Army swept Lehigh Friday night at West Point. She was a main contributor offensively as well, hitting .500 with 10 kills and just one error. She added seven strikes and hit .267 with four blocks in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Lafayette. For the weekend Kreitenberg posted a .394 hitting percentage with 2.83 kills and 1.67 blocks per set. It’s her first career weekly award from the Patriot League.
JULIANA CRUM, AMERICAN Jr., OH, Hacienda Heights, Calif.
Crum logged 13 kills and seven digs while hitting .440 for the Eagles in their 3-0 loss at Colgate.
D.J. PHEE, ARMY Jr., L, Allen, Texas
Phee entered the weekend 22nd in the country averaging 5.37 digs per set, and she surpassed that stat by averaging 5.67 per set as Army’s defensive anchor in a pair of wins. With Phee’s help, the Black Knights held Lehigh to .028 hitting and Lafayette to -.026 in the sweeps.
TAYLOR POOLE, LEHIGH Sr., MB, Keller, Texas
Poole hit .408 for the week and averaged 2.7 kills for Lehigh, which picked up a League victory Saturday at Holy Cross. She had 11 kills and three digs in that contest.
ALEX KARIKA, NAVY Fr., S, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Karika averaged 10.67 assists per set, including 12.67 per game with 38 total in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Bucknell. The Mids posted a winning record (4-3) in the first half of the League schedule for the first time since 2007.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Jr., M, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery totaled four goals and an assist to lead the Eagles to pair of home victories over the weekend. She scored both of American’s goals in a 2-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, tallying in each half as the Eagles won to move into a tie for second place in the Patriot League. Montgomery notched two goals and an assist as the Eagles posted an impressive 6-2 win over Towson on Sunday. She takes over the Patriot League lead with 11 goals on the year, and is second with 25 points. Montgomery is the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career, and first this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY BLASS, LAFAYETTE So., M, Mountain Top, Pa.
Blass directed another great weekend for the Lafayette defense, as the No. 14 Leopards shut out quality opponents on consecutive days by blanking Bucknell 2-0 on Saturday and Rutgers by the same final on Sunday. Blass helped the Leopards to a victory in the first-place showdown with the Bison as Lafayette’s defense turned aside eight penalty corners and allowed only three shots on goal. Lafayette clinched a berth in the Patriot League Tournament with the win, and moved one victory away from hosting in the postseason. Lafayette allowed only five total shots in the 2-0 win over Rutgers, the 10th in a row for the 12-1 Leopards. Blass is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, tying a record set by American’s Denise Infante in 2007.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JESSICA DEUTSCH, LAFAYETTE So., GK, Fairfield, Conn.
Deutsch made a total of six saves in a pair of shutouts for the Leopards, as No. 14 Lafayette blanked Bucknell 2-0 in Patriot League play on Saturday and recorded a 2-0 shutout of Rutgers on Sunday. She had three saves in each game, and made big plays in the second half to help Lafayette preserve leads with each of the stops coming after intermission. Deutsch is 12-1 on the season and leads the Patriot League while ranking among the best goalkeepers in the nation with a 1.06 goals against average and .754 save percentage. She is named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the fourth time this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JULIE FOSSEPREZ, AMERICAN Fr., M, Namur, Belgium
Fosseprez tallied three assists in a pair of victories for the Eagles over the weekend. She assisted on the first goal in a 2-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, then had a pair of assists in a 6-2 win over Towson on Sunday. Fosseprez also played a strong midfield to help American control time of possession in each contest. Fosseprez is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
ELIANA BROWN, COLGATE So., F, Annandale, Va.
Brown had her first career hat trick to account for all of the scoring in Colgate’s 3-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
ADRIANA LIBUTTI, COLGATE Sr., D, South Windsor, Conn.
Libutti notched four defensive saves in two games for the Raiders, including a pair in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Lehigh.
AMANDA DiDOMIZIO, COLGATE So., GK, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
DiDomizio had 10 saves and three goals allowed in two games last week, with five saves in a 3-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
JENNA SEYBERT, LAFAYETTE So., D, Lansdale, Pa.
Seybert had a goal in Lafayette’s 2-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday, and added an assist in the Leopards’ 2-0 win over Rutgers on Sunday.
KAT MATCHETT, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Maple Glen, Pa.
Matchett had 17 saves and a .773 save percentage last week, and kept Holy Cross close in its 2-0 loss at American on Saturday by making 12 saves.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
M-F ATHLETIC MALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
RICKY GALINDO, ARMY Jr., Farmington Hills, Mich.
Galindo became the first Black Knight since 2008 to place first overall at the Army-Navy Star Meet with a time of 24:38.56 at the 8K in Annapolis. He held off Navy’s top finisher by two seconds to win the individual title, becoming the first individual champion from the losing team since 2007. Galindo has earned Army’s top time in all five races this season. He is Army’s first M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week since 2008.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE RUNNER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE-NORAH BEVERIDGE, NAVY So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Beveridge extends her Patriot League record with her fifth M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week award of the season, and her fourth in a row in a week where she was in competition. Beveridge led Navy to a 20-40 win over rival Army in the Star Meet in Annapolis by running a course record time of 21:13.9 in the 6K. Beveridge was 24 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and shattered the previous course record of 21:45 set by American’s Keira Carlstrom in 2004.
M-F ATHLETIC MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
STEVE SCHROEDER, NAVY Fr., Monticello, Ill.
Schroeder claims his third M-F Athletic Rookie of the Week award of the year after finishing fifth in the Star Meet against rival Army with a time of 24:48.06 on the 8K course. He was Navy’s fourth finisher, and helped the Mids to a 20-43 victory over the rival Black Knights. He sets a Patriot League record with his third Rookie of the Week honor of the season.
M-F ATHLETIC FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA BRACKETT, COLGATE Fr., Weston, Mass.
Brackett placed eighth in the Leopard Invitational with a time of 21:36.63 on the 6K course, helping the Raiders to a third-place finish in the 13-team field. She was the top Patriot League finisher in a field that also included American and host Lafayette. Brackett recorded her third top-10 finish of the season, and is named M-F Athletic Female Rookie of the Week for the third time to tie a League record also held by Army’s Jillian Busby (2009) and Navy’s Rachael Honrath (2010).
TYLER MUELLER, LEHIGH Jr., Pottstown, Pa.
Mueller placed 54th out of 272 runners in a strong field at the NCAA Pre-Nationals. He finished the 8K in a time of 24:05.0, 26 seconds faster than his previous best.
MARK ALLEN, AMERICAN Sr., Miami, Fla.
Allen placed second at the Leopard Invitational with a time of 25:06.99 in the 8K race. He helped the Eagles defend their team title in the race.
CAROLINE TOLLI, BUCKNELL Sr., Lockport, N.Y.
Tolli placed 13th of 243 runners at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, finishing the 6K race in a time of 21:47.6.
MEGAN KEENE, COLGATE So., Darien, Conn.
Keene came in 10th place at the Leopard Invitational with a time of 21:45.74 in the 6K race.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN Jr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Balance broke the meet record in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke as American took on Catholic and George Washington in the annual tri-meet over the weekend. He finished with three first-place showings overall. He clocked a 1:56.98 in the 200 IM and touched the wall first in 51.86 in the 100 back. His third win of the meet came in the 100 fly (52.56).
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
GRACE IBRAHIM, AMERICAN So., Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Ibrahim posted American’s lone first-place finish with her win in the 200 fly in 2:20.79, taking the top spot by nearly two seconds. She concluded the two-day competition with four finishes in the top 10 and three in the top six, including a third-place time in the 100 breast (1:10.52) and a sixth-place clocking in the 100 fly (1:03.99).
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
NICK VIDETTI, HOLY CROSS Jr., Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Videtti won the one-meter dive with 227.40 points and took third from the three-meter board with 204.30 points as Holy Cross went head-to-head with Fairfield in the Crusaders’ first dual meet of the 2012-13 season. Videtti’s showing from the one-meter was a personal best, improving his previous mark by over 12 points.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
JAN YBURAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., Livington, N.J.
Yburan tallied two individual wins in the 100 and 200 backstrokes (55.96 and 2:03.37) to pace Holy Cross in Saturday’s meet against Fairfield. He was also part of the Crusaders’ victorious 400 medley relay.
KATELYN DESROSIERS, HOLY CROSS Sr., Gorham, Maine
Desrosiers had a pair of runner-up showings for Holy Cross, taking second in the 200 free and 200 IM. She was the top individual performer for the Crusaders against Fairfield.