Oct. 22, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Oct. 15-21 in men and women’s soccer, volleyball, field hockey, and swimming and diving.
American took over sole possession of first place in men’s soccer thanks to an overtime victory against Navy, but while the Eagles are in the driver’s seat the rest of the field is wide open. All eight League squads are still eligible for the Patriot League Tournament, adding extra significance to the sixth set of games this weekend. Wins by Army and Lehigh creates just a seven-point gap between first place and eighth.
American, Colgate and Navy secured berths in the Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament over the weekend, and the fourth bid and hosting will be determined this weekend. The Mids have the inside track on hosting, while Bucknell controls its destiny for the final berth. If the Bison stumble Saturday at Navy, it will open the door for either Army or Lehigh to claim the last bid.
Colgate had a chance to become the first team to clinch a bid to the Patriot League Volleyball Tournament, but Lehigh had other ideas. Saturday’s four-set victory for the Mountain Hawks in Hamilton, N.Y., delayed what might be Colgate’s inevitable spot in the postseason, but it also tightened up the standings in the top half of the League. Five teams have separated themselves a bit in the standings, though Bucknell’s two weekend wins reinvigorated the Bison’s postseason hopes.
The Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament is almost set, with Lafayette earning the right to host as the top seed after beating Holy Cross 7-0 on Saturday while Bucknell and American also clinched berths with wins over the weekend. The winner of Saturday’s Holy Cross-Colgate game will earn the final spot in the field and a semifinal matchup with the Leopards.
There was no competition in cross country last week as teams prepare for the Patriot League Championships on Saturday at Colgate’s Harry H. Lang Course. The women’s 6K race will be held at 11 a.m., with the men’s 8K at noon.
The early leg of the 2012-13 swimming and diving season continued over the weekend with Army, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Navy in action. The Mountain Hawks were making their season debut, while Colgate and Lafayette will do the same this weekend.
Patriot League Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COLIN SEIGFREID, AMERICAN Jr., F, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Seigfreid had a hand in all three of American’s goals in Saturday’s come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win against visiting Navy. He scored the equalizer in the 18th minute to tie the match 1-1 before assisting on both of Alassane Kane’s goals later in the contest. Kane scored off Seigfreid’s well-placed corner kick in the 83rd minute to tie the match at 2-2, and Seigfreid again found Kane with a cross just 90 seconds into overtime to give American the win. It’s Seigfreid’s third weekly honor of the season, and his efforts helped keep American alone in first place.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALI FAMILI, LEHIGH So., D, Orefield, Pa.
Famili led Lehigh’s defense to a pair of shutouts on the week, both by 1-0 scores. The Mountain Hawks started by holding Yale to just three shots on goal in Tuesday’s victory over the Bulldogs. The strong defensive play continued as Famili led from the back line in the Mountain Hawks’ triumph over visiting Holy Cross on Saturday. Once again the Lehigh defense was stout, allowing just three shots on net against the Crusaders. It’s Famili’s first weekly honor of the season.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
BILLY KNUTSEN, AMERICAN Jr., GK, San Francisco, Calif.
Knutsen picks up his second straight Goalkeeper of the Week nod after leading the Eagles to a pair of victories last week, including Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win against Navy. He started the week with his fifth shutout of the season, making five saves in a 1-0 blanking of Longwood. Knutsen returned to the pitch Saturday to match his career high with eight saves, none bigger than a key stop 17 seconds into extra time to thwart a Navy opportunity. American won the match some 70 seconds later and maintained their hold on first place.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TYLER FORBES, COLGATE Fr., F/M, Manlius, N.Y.
Forbes scored both Colgate goals as the Raiders and Lafayette battled to a 2-2 draw in Hamilton, N.Y., on Saturday. The freshman from Manlius, N.Y., scored his first collegiate marker in the 19th minute to tie the match at 1-1, and added his second of the contest in the 44th minute to put the Raiders ahead 2-1. Forbes has appeared in all 16 Colgate matches this season with 11 starts.
JASON LEWIS, ARMY Jr., M, Fort Thomas, Ky.
Lewis’ first career marker was a big one, as it came with 13 seconds left in regulation to lift Army to a 2-1 win at Bucknell and kept the Black Knights in the hunt for a Patriot League Tournament bid.
KEVIN WRIGHT, HOLY CROSS Fr., GK, McKinney, Texas
Wright posted a 1-1 week for the Crusaders, making two stops in a 1-0 shutout of New Hampshire and eight more in Saturday’s loss to League foe Lehigh.
BRANDON TURNER, LAFAYETTE Jr., D, Bayshore, N.Y.
Turner led the Lafayette defense in its 1-0 shutout of NJIT and scored the game-tying goal in the 57th minute of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Colgate.
CIARAN NUGENT, LEHIGH Jr., GK, Dedham, Mass.
Nugent tallied six saves for the week in back-to-back 1-0 clean sheets, including Saturday’s crucial League win over Holy Cross.
Patriot League Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DARBY DUSTMAN, LEHIGH So., M, Salt Lake City, Utah
Lehigh scored three times over the weekend, and Dustman provided two of them as the Mountain Hawks posted back-to-back Patriot League victories to rocket back into the League tournament picture. Dustman scored Lehigh’s first goal in Friday’s eventual 2-1 overtime win over visiting Bucknell, as she tied the match in the 12th minute. She scored her second of the weekend just 1:06 into the second half of Sunday’s 1-0 win over first-place Colgate, giving the Raiders their first League loss of the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TARYN BOUCHER, BUCKNELL Sr., M, Cutchogue, N.Y.
Boucher was strong at both ends of the field for Bucknell, including coming up from her normal spot in the defensive midfield late to provide the Bison with the game-winner in Sunday’s 1-0 triumph at Lafayette. She led a defense that held the Leopards to six shots with just one on goal. With the game scoreless late in the second half, Bucknell pressed its defense forward with Boucher scoring on a leaping volley in the 83rd minute. The victory kept the Bison in the driver’s seat for the fourth and final bid to the Patriot League Tournament.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ANI NAHAPETIAN, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Pleasonton, Calif.
Nahapetian put together the best week of her rookie campaign thus far, picking up a pair of League victories at home over Bucknell and Colgate to give the Mountain Hawks life in the chase for a League tournament bid. She made five stops in Friday’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Bison for her first career win, and added five more in Sunday’s 1-0 clean sheet of Colgate for her first career shutout. After a week with a pair of firsts, Nahapetian picks up her first career weekly award.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE Fr., M, Buffalo, N.Y.
Williams has been one of the Patriot League’s top rookies all season and it continued last week. The Buffalo, N.Y., native tallied a goal and an assist for three points as Colgate split during its trip to the Lehigh Valley. All three of her points came in Friday’s 4-2 victory at Lafayette, keeping the Raiders in a first-place tie with Navy entering the second half of the weekend. Williams’ 27 points are the fifth-highest for a first-year player in Raider history.
JASMINE MOHANDESI, AMERICAN Sr., F, Vienna, Va.
Mohandesi’s game-winner Friday lifted American to a 1-0 triumph at Holy Cross and a berth in the Patriot League Tournament.
KIM AN, ARMY Jr., F, Oak Ridge, N.J.
An scored twice to lead the Black Knights to a 4-0 win Sunday over visiting American, keeping the defending champions alive in the race for the postseason.
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter scored twice and added an assist in Colgate’s 4-2 win Friday at Lafayette. Her 33 points are the most in the League since 2007.
ASHLYNN SOELLNER, NAVY Jr., F, Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Soellner had a hand in both Navy goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Holy Cross, lifting the Mids into sole possession of first place with one match to go.
Patriot League Volleyball Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AMANDA CLARK, LEHIGH Jr., MB, Irvine, Calif.
Clark collected the highest kill totals in both of Lehigh’s weekend contests, including 19 in Friday’s five-set loss at Bucknell and 20 as the Mountain Hawks handed first-place Colgate its first loss of the Patriot League campaign. The junior middle blocker from Irvine, Calif., averaged 4.33 kills per set, while hitting .326 and logging seven blocks on the weekend. Clark ran her streak of matches with at least 10 kills to three, while her 2.83 kills per set currently lead the Mountain Hawks. It’s her first weekly honor of the season.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino secures her fourth Rookie of the Week nod after leading the Eagles’ defensive efforts during a 3-0 week, including a perfect showing in a pair of League contests on the road. After collecting 16 digs in American’s sweep of Howard, Cappellino finished with 21 digs as the Eagles rallied for a five-set win Friday at Holy Cross. She posted another 21-dig effort a day later as American’s defense thwarted any Army rallies in a three-set sweep. Cappellino averaged 5.27 digs per set for the week, helping the Eagles narrow the gap at the top of the League standings with five matches to go.
SARA RISHELL, AMERICAN So., OH/MB, Smithsburg, Md.
Rishell hit .364 and averaged 3.73 kills per set during American’s 3-0 week. She hit .389 in Friday’s five-set win at Holy Cross.
ARIANA MANKUS, ARMY Sr., OH, Lisle, Ill.
Mankus averaged 3.17 kills and 3.33 digs per set as Army split the weekend. Her 12 digs Saturday against American lifted her into the League’s all-time top 10.
MEGHAN WENTZEL, BUCKNELL Fr., S, San Anselmo, Calif.
Wentzel came off the bench and averaged 4.8 assists and 2.0 digs per set to help the Bison win a pair of five-set League contests over the weekend.
MICHELLE McCARTHY, COLGATE Sr., OH, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
McCarthy averaged 3.27 kills per set and hit .243 with a pair of double-digit kill performances during the Raiders’ 2-1 week.
ALEX KARIKA, NAVY Fr., S, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Karika averaged 9.83 assists per set last week, posting an 11.33 average in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Holy Cross.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AMIE PRITCHARD, BUCKNELL So., M, Rumson, N.J.
Pritchard tallied her first career hat trick to help lift Bucknell into the Patriot League Tournament with a 6-2 win over Lehigh on Saturday. The victory clinched the Bison’s fifth consecutive appearance in the postseason. All three of her goals came in the second half as the Bison built on a lead that was just 1-0 at intermission. Pritchard came into the game with two goals for the year, and is now tied for second on the team with 17 points. She is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the first time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY BLASS, LAFAYETTE So., M, Mountain Top, Pa.
Blass sets a Patriot League record with her sixth Defensive Player of the Week award after a strong performance on both ends of the field in a 7-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday which clinched the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the Leopards. She scored two goals and added an assist while also helping the Lafayette defense hold Holy Cross to no shots or penalty corners in the game. Lafayette clinches a share of the regular-season title and will host the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2002.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Jr., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera came through with 11 saves to lead the Eagles to a 4-1 win at Colgate on Saturday. She tallied four saves in the first half and seven after intermission as American held on to make the Patriot League Tournament for the 12th time in as many seasons in the League. The only goal came after she had made the initial save on a penalty corner attempt. Dalisera is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this season and fourth in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ABBY WATSON, BUCKNELL Fr., F, Medford, N.J.
Watson had an assist on a penalty corner as Bucknell took a 1-0 halftime lead on its way to a 6-2 win over Lehigh on Saturday. It was her second career assist and helped Bucknell to a victory that clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament. Watson earns her first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award, and the sixth by three different Bison freshmen this season.
DEANNA DiCROCE, LAFAYETTE Sr., F, Doylestown, Pa.
DiCroce had two goals and two assists as Lafayette clinched home-field advantage in the Patriot League Tournament with a 7-0 win at Holy Cross.
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Jr., M, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery scored a pair of goals to lead American to a 4-1 win over Colgate, locking up a spot in the Patriot League Tournament for the Eagles.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson was the only Bison double-winner on the week as he captured the 200-yard fly and 200 IM events in a tri-meet at Connecticut that also included Fordham. Bucknell bested the Rams 179-120 but settled for a split after falling 175-125 to the Huskies. Nicholson won the 200 fly by 2.47 seconds, and edged the 200 IM field by 1.92 seconds.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski went 3-for-3 in individual events in her first outing of the season as Navy handed UMBC a 164-136 loss Friday in Baltimore. Gorinski swept the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, clocking winning times of 1:05.78 and 2:22.23, respectively, in a meet against the team picked to win the America East. Navy won nine of the 12 individual events, and Gorinski was also part of the Mids’ second-place foursome in the 200 medley relay.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS NGUYEN, ARMY Sr., Cheshire, Conn.
Nguyen, the defending Patriot League Male Diver of the Championship Meet, qualified for the NCAA Zone meet in the one-meter competition after finishing first with 315.30 points as Army posted a victory over Massachusetts. He added a victory in the three-meter competition with 305.85 points, besting the field by over 35 points.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS SZEKELY, ARMY Fr., Doylestown, Pa.
Szekely logged a pair of wins in Army’s victory over Massachusetts, taking the gold in the 100 free (47.39) and the 200 free (1:42.47) while settling for runner-up in the 500 free (4:46.96).
NAT BEALE, ARMY Fr., Baltimore, Md.
Beale swept the backstroke events and captured the win in the 200 IM for the second straight meet as Army was in competition against Massachusetts. The rookie won the 100 back in 58.99, clocked a 2:07.59 to win the 200 back and took first in the 200 IM in 2:11.43.
TOM DUVALL, NAVY Fr., Durham, N.H.
Duvall was victorious in the 500 free (4:39.11) and 1,000 free (9:33.52) against UMBC, giving him six victories in six individual events thus far in 2012-13.