Nov. 5, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Oct. 29-Nov. 4 in men’s soccer, volleyball, and swimming and diving.
It came down to the final day of the regular season in men’s soccer, but when it was all said and done Bucknell, Colgate and Lafayette joined American in the Patriot League Tournament set for this weekend in Washington, D.C. No. 4 Bucknell will take on the top-seeded Eagles in Friday’s first semifinal at 11 a.m., while second seed Lafayette battles No. 3 and defending champion Colgate at 2 p.m. The semifinal winners will advance to Sunday’s championship at 1 p.m.
Colgate’s weekend sweep of Army and Holy Cross in women’s volleyball clinched the No. 1 seed and hosting duties for the Patriot League Tournament, set for Nov. 17-18. The Raiders will entertain the four-team field for the second time overall and first since 1996. American and Army also clinched postseason berths, with Lehigh and Navy now fighting for the fourth and final bid.
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc with the swimming and diving schedule over the weekend. The originally-scheduled quad meet between American, Bucknell, Lafayette and Navy was moved to the nation’s capital, and involved the Eagles, Bison and Mids. Navy swept both competitions, although there were very strong individual performances from all three teams.
Patriot League Men’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BEN WYSOCKI, LEHIGH Jr., M, Lower Makefield, Pa.
Wysocki was an integral part of Lehigh’s offensive push Saturday as the Mountain Hawks tied Army 2-2 in the regular season finale for both clubs. With his team needing a victory to clinch a berth in the Patriot League Tournament, Wysocki assisted on Lehigh’s first goal early in the second half, and netted the game-tying marker with just less than four minutes remaining in regulation. It’s Wysocki’s first weekly honor of the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
STEPHEN HAUSCHILD, AMERICAN So., D, Potomac, Md.
Hauschild spent the first 89 minutes of the game playing stellar defense for the Eagles, who held Holy Cross to just one shot on goal in Saturday’s contest. Then Hauschild contributed offensively with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation, scoring the game-winner as American completed its first undefeated conference record as the Eagles edged Holy Cross 1-0. It’s Hauschild’s first career marker, and Monday marks his first weekly award of the season.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
NATHAN McDONALD, LAFAYETTE Jr., GK, Bay Village, Ohio
McDonald made a pair of saves in Lafayette’s 1-0 overtime victory at home against Bucknell Saturday. With the win, the Leopards solidified themselves as the second seed in this weekend’s Patriot League Tournament, which will take place at American. It’s McDonald’s sixth shutout of the season and ninth of his career. He also collects his second weekly honor of the season.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DEREK VOGEL, NAVY Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.
Vogel tallies his fourth Rookie of the Week honor this season after scoring two goals and netting two assists for six points in a pair of Navy matches last week. He moved up to forward and scored twice, including the game-winner, while notching one dish in the Mids’ 3-1 victory over Howard Wednesday. He became the fifth freshman in school history and first since 1993 to tally two goals in a match. He also added an assist in the Mids’ 3-2 double-overtime defeat Saturday at home against Colgate. His five-point outing against Howard was the highest for a Mid rookie since 1978.
MICHAEL KIM, ARMY Sr., M, Gardena, Calif.
Kim had a goal and an assist in Army’s 2-2 draw Saturday with Lehigh.
RYAN GROFFIE, COLGATE Fr., M, Toms River, N.J.
Groffie netted the golden goal in double overtime to lift the Raiders to a 3-2 win at Navy in the regular-season finale.
Patriot League Volleyball Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KAYLEE FIFER, COLGATE Jr., S, Lantana, Texas
Fifer led the Raiders to a weekend sweep of League opponents Army and Holy Cross, ultimately giving Colgate hosting responsibilities for the League tournament for the first time since 1996. Fifer averaged 9.4 assists per set and tallied 18 digs in Friday’s thrilling five-set win over the Black Knights. She tallied 30 helpers and seven digs in the Raiders’ sweep of Holy Cross Saturday. She also contributed to the Raiders’ striking offense, picking up 12 kills and hitting .273 in the eight sets. It’s Fifer’s first weekly honor of the season.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAREN CAMPBELL, BUCKNELL Fr., MH, Chesapeake, Va.
Campbell played all six sets last weekend for Bucknell, and hit .370 while averaging 2.5 kills per set. She had seven kills and hit .286 in Friday’s sweep of Holy Cross, and added eight strikes on 13 swings with two errors to hit .462 in Saturday’s loss to Army. She had two blocks against Holy Cross Friday, making her the first Bison to hit 100 in a season since 2006. Later in the match teammate Kebah Edoho reached the same plateau, and the duo are the first Bison tandem to hit 100 blocks in the same season since 1995. Campell nets her second Rookie of the Week honor this fall.
SARA RISHELL, AMERICAN So., OH/MB, Smithsburg, Md.
Rishell helped American go 2-0 against League opponents last weekend by averaging 4.17 kills per set and hitting .400. She tallied 25 kills in six sets across the two contests, and also logged four total blocks and a pair of digs.
ARIANA MANKUS, ARMY Sr., OH, Lisle, Ill.
Mankus scored a career-high 30 kills in the Black Knights’ five-set loss Friday at Colgate. She hit .377 for the week while averaging 4.62 kills and 2.38 digs per set.
TAYLOR POOLE, LEHIGH Sr., MB, Keller, Texas
Poole hit .250 and averaged 2.83 kills per set in Lehigh’s 1-1 weekend against League opponents. She had 11 kills, four blocks and two digs in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Navy.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Jr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson recorded three individual race wins during the tri-meet in Washington, D.C., that also included American and Navy. He won the 200-yard breast in 2:05.21, clocked a 1:50.35 to win the 200 fly and hit the wall in 1:54.33 to capture first in the 200 IM. His three wins came by a total of 5.06 seconds, while is 200 fly time was less than three seconds short of the NCAA B-cut qualifier.
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY Sr., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski won each of her three individual races Saturday in the nation’s capital, sweeping the 100 and 200 breast events and adding another win in the 200 IM. She hit the wall in 1:05.53 to capture the 100 breast, and clocked a winning time of 2:22.43 in the 200 breast. Her victorious 200 IM time was 2:07.86. In addition, Gorinski swam the breaststroke leg of Navy’s winning 200 medley relay effort (1:48.43). She’s now won all nine of her individual races this season.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
BEN FREEDMAN, NAVY Jr., Kennewick, Wash.
Freedman won the three-meter dive in the League tri-meet with a score of 301.05 points. He took second in the one-meter competition with 280.40 points, coming in just four points behind teammate Wil Mayo.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
KIM PILKA, COLGATE Sr., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka swept the diving events in Colgate’s win over McMaster on Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. She won the three-meter with 252.83 points, and took the title from the one-meter board with 255.36 points.
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN Jr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Ballance won the 100 back in the League tri-meet (52.04) and added two top-four finishes in the 200 back and 200 IM.
EMMA LEVENDOSKI, BUCKNELL Fr., Mandeville, La.
Levendoski won the 100 back and added a runner-up showing in the 200 back as Bucknell split the tri-meet in the nation’s capital with a victory over American and a loss to Navy.
KATIE HETHERINGTON, BUCKNELL So., Houston, Texas
Hetherington won the three-meter dive in Washington, D.C., with 222.85 points, and took runner-up in the one-meter competition with 238.00 points, just .10 shy of teammate Tara Boyle for the win.
MORGAN COHARA, COLGATE Fr., Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Cohara started off Colgate’s win over Canadian school McMaster with a win in the 1,000 free (10:20.16) and finished the meet with three victories (100 back, 500 free).
TOM DUVALL, NAVY Fr., Durham, N.H.
Duvall won the 200 free (1:42.21) and 500 free (4:33.26) in the League tri-meet hosted by American. He was the lone Mid to win a pair of individual events.