Patriot League Weekly Awards

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy freshman Aimee Gennaro
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Navy freshman Aimee Gennaro
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Feb. 28, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 21-27 in men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball Monday.

In baseball, Bucknell took two of three games against Richmond last week and as a result, the Bison swept the weekly awards. Bob Donato was named the Player of the Week, Jack Boehm was named the Pitcher of the Week and Colby Vanderbeck was named the Rookie of the Week.

In softball, Army is 4-4 after two weeks of competition and the Black Knights swept all three weekly awards. Alex Reynolds was selected as the Player of the Week, Hayley Pypes was named the Pitcher of the Week and Amanda Nguyen was named the Rookie of the Week.

The Bucknell Bison have moved into the nation’s top 20 in men’s lacrosse, jumping Army to take over the No. 17 slot in the Inside Lacrosse Media poll. Army fell to No. 20. The Black Knights, at No. 19, are still the only Patriot League team ranked in the USILA Coaches poll.

The Bison took three of four weekly awards, with Ryan Klipstein being named the Offensive Player of the Week, Alex Lyons the Defensive Player of the Week and Kyle Feeney the Goalkeeper of the Week. Lafayette’s Andrijko Andrusko was named the Rookie of the Week.

If there were any questions in women’s lacrosse to whether the Navy Midshipmen would struggle without the 2010 Patriot League leading scorer, they’ve been answered.

Navy, now 5-0, has 71 goals in five games (14.20 avg.) to lead the Patriot League, and sophomore Jasmine DePompeo and freshman Aimee Gennaro have led the way. DePompeo has scored 16 goals and nine assists to lead the Patriot League with 25 points, while Gennaro is right behind her with 24 points (17 goals, seven assists).

Gennaro, who was last week’s Rookie of the Week, was selected as this week’s Offensive Player of the Week. Teammate Claire Olechowski, a sophomore, was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Lafayette was the last team to open its season, playing two games last week and dropping both by a one-goal margin. Freshman Ana White had a strong week in the midfield for the Leopards and was named the Rookie of the Week, and American’s Emily Stankiewicz was named the Midfield Player of the Week.

The Mids will be tested this week with a contest against No. 1 Northwestern at 7 p.m. Thursday in Annapolis, Md. The Wildcats are 3-0 to start the season, winning contests against No. 10 Notre Dame (14-11), No. 3 North Carolina (7-6 in overtime) and No. 11 Vanderbilt (17-6). For Navy coach Cindy Timchal, it’s a matchup against her former team — a school that she led to the NCAA Tournament in 1983. With a win, the Mids will likely move into the national poll after receiving votes in the latest IWLCA Coaches poll.

Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BOB DONATO, BUCKNELL Jr., CF, Williamsport, Pa.
Donato homered in all three of Bucknell’s games at Richmond over the weekend as the Bison won two contests to claim the series. He led off with a solo shot in a 4-2 loss on Friday, and hit another in a 5-3 victory on Saturday. Donato went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs to help the Bison to a 4-3 victory to win the series on Sunday. Donato went 5-for-13 with three HRs and four RBIs for the week. He has homered in four consecutive games, and owns a five-game hitting streak. Donato leads the Bison with a .367 batting average, four HRs and an .800 slugging percentage for the season. He receives the Patriot Player of the Week award for the first time in his career.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
JACK BOEHM, BUCKNELL
Jr., P, Winnetka, Ill.
Boehm came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings as Bucknell rallied for a 5-3 win over Richmond on Saturday. After the Bison evened the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, Boehm entered in the bottom of the frame and pitched shutout relief the rest of the way. He allowed just three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He faced just 18 batters and did not allow more than four hitters to come to the plate in any inning. The Bison took the lead in the sixth inning, and tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. Boehm earns his first Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COLBY VANDERBECK, BUCKNELL
Fr., OF, Simsbury, Conn.
Vanderbeck made the first start of his collegiate career a memorable one, going 3-for-4 with the game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning of Bucknell’s 4-3 win at Richmond on Sunday. It was his first-career home run and three-hit game as he finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Vanderbeck made the start at designated hitter, and now receives his first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award and the first for a Bucknell student-athlete since Donato claimed the honor on March 16, 2009.
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS
NICK DRISCOLL, NAVY
Sr., 2B, Riverview, Fla.
Driscoll batted .500 (9-for-18) with a home run, two RBIs and six runs scored as Navy won two of three games over Air Force.
 
LOGAN WINCHESTER, LEHIGH
Sr., OF, Bethlehem, Pa.
Winchester hit .538 (7-for-13) with three RBIs and two runs scored as Lehigh posted a 2-1 record last week.
 
CORY KENT, LEHIGH
Jr., P, Wilson, Pa.
Kent pitched four scoreless innings out of the bullpen as Lehigh rallied from a 7-5 deficit to beat Ohio, 8-7, on Sunday.


Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX REYNOLDS, ARMY
So., SS, Katy, Texas
Reynolds started all eight games for the Black Knights during their first two weekends of the season, helping the team jump out to a 4-4 start. Reynolds’ four-RBI game led Army to a 9-0, 5-inning victory over Texas Southern Feb. 13 as the Black Knights finished a 3-1 trek through Texas. She hit a home run and tallied two RBIs as Army opened the Lancer Leadoff Classic with a 5-3 win over Quinnipiac Feb. 19. In her team’s first eight games, Reynolds batted .308 with one homer, 11 RBIs, five runs scored and three walks.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
HAYLEY PYPES, ARMY
Fr., P, Kansas City, Mo.
Pypes is the pitcher of record in three of Army’s four victories to start the season. She surrendered three runs, all earned, on six hits in five innings of work as Army captured its first win of the season, 13-5, over Houston Baptist on Feb. 12. A day later, she hurled a two-hit, complete-game 1-0 shutout as Army won the rubber game against Houston Baptist. Her third victory of the season came in a 5-3 win over Quinnipiac to open the Lancer Leadoff Classic in Farmville, Va. She pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs and three hits while striking out six. She has a 2.25 earned-run average in 22.2 innings of work, surrendering 11 runs and 15 hits while striking out 12.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA NGUYEN, ARMY
Fr., 2B, Houston, Texas
Nguyen has started all eight of Army’s games at second base to start the season, and she holds the team lead in hits (10), runs (six) and batting average (.385). She made her collegiate debut on Feb. 12 at Houston Baptist and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of steals, then added a 3-for-4 outing in the second game of the doubleheader with the first two RBIs of her career. She went 3-for-4 from the plate in the team’s 9-0 win over Texas Southern on Feb. 13. Nguyen has 10 hits in 26 at-bats on the season with six runs scored and a pair of RBIs. She’s stolen six bases on seven chances and has made only one error in 33 attempts in the field. Nguyen is one of three Army freshmen starters on the infield.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
LIZ LUCAS, LEHIGH
So., C, Westminster, Colo.
Lucas hit .412 in Lehigh’s first five games at the ECU Pirate Clash with one double and three RBIs. She hit safely in four of the Mountain Hawks’ five contests.

LIZZY ODREN, LEHIGH Fr., 2B, Landenberg, Pa.
Odren went 4 of 8 at the plate in her team’s first five games, with a pair of multiple-hit contests. She scored her first collegiate runs in Lehigh’s 12-11, extra-inning loss to Fairfield on Sunday.

ALEX MacLEAN, BUCKNELL
So., P, Northampton, Pa.
MacLean, a sophomore, moved into 10th all-time in Bucknell history with 114 career strikeouts as the Bison competed in the Longwood Classic. She has 22 punchouts on the season in 33.2 innings and has a 2.08 ERA.

Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN KLIPSTEIN, BUCKNELL
Sr., A, Califon, N.J.
Klipstein had a hand in half of Bucknell’s goals in the Bison’s 10-8 victory over Villanova, ranked 20th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll heading into the contest. He scored four goals and added an assist for a five-point afternoon. Klipstein accounted for Bucknell’s final two goals on the day, scoring the game-winner with 8:32 left in the fourth quarter in an 8-8 tie, then adding the insurance tally seven minutes later. The senior from Califon, N.J., leads the team with five goals, three assists and eight points through the Bison’s first two games.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX LYONS, BUCKNELL
Sr., D, Owings Mills, Md.
Lyons was a critical component to Bucknell’s defensive effort in Saturday’s 10-8 victory over No. 20 Villanova. He collected seven groundballs and caused three turnovers while leading the Bison’s close defense in the win. Bucknell leapt into the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll Monday, debuting at No. 17.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
KYLE FEENEY, BUCKNELL
So., GK, Greenwich, Conn.
Feeney faced 35 Villanova shots and stopped 13 in Bucknell’s 10-8 victory over the 20th-ranked Wildcats Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg. Four of the sophomore’s saves on the day came in the fourth quarter, when Villanova sent 11 shots toward the net, with six making it on goal. Feeney improved to 2-0 on the season for the Bison and now carries a .710 save percentage on the young season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ANDRIJKO ANDRUSKO, LAFAYETTE
Fr., GK, Yardley, Pa.
Andrusko faced 34 shots and made 17 saves in Lafayette’s 12-6 victory over Binghamton Saturday to earn his first collegiate victory. Andrusko’s saves statistic was a career-high for the freshman from Yardley, Pa. He yielded six tallied on 23 shots on goal for a .739 save percentage.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
PETER BAUM, COLGATE
So, M, Portland, Ore.
Baum posted a team-high six goals and collected four groundballs as Colgate went on the road to pick up a 13-8 win on Saturday at Dartmouth. Baum’s efforts helped the Raiders avenge a 7-3 loss at home to the Big Green last season.

SAM JONES, NAVY Fr., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones scored twice and added two assists with a caused turnover in Navy’s 10-8 loss at No. 11/12 North Carolina on Friday in Chapel Hill. Jones is tied for the team lead with 10 points with a team-best seven goals and three assists. Eleven of his 15 shots this season have been on goal.

GARRETT THUL, ARMY So., A, Flemington, N.J.
Thul extended his point-scoring streak to 12 games with three goals in Sunday’s 11-9 loss at Syracuse, which entered the contest as the No. 1 team in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and second in the USILA Coaches poll. It’s Thul’s eight career hat trick.

JIM CARROLL, COLGATE Sr., M, Nesconset, N.Y.
Carroll picked up 10 groundballs and tallied an assist in Colgate’s 13-8 win at Dartmouth. He was strong on faceoffs, going 13 of 21 for the Raiders.

Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY
Fr., Attack, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro was last week’s Rookie of the Week and she continued her torrent offensive onslaught, scoring eight more goals last week, moving her total to 17 for the season. She also had three assists and four groundballs in Navy’s two wins that improved the Mids to 5-0. She has had multi-goal performances in all five of her games this season.

MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EMILY STANKIEWICZ, AMERICAN
Jr., Midfielder, Longmeadow, Mass.
Stankiewicz wins her first weekly award of the season, totaling eight groundballs, six draw controls and six caused turnovers in two games. She also scored five goals and a game-winner for American, which went 1-1 last week. Four of her draw controls and caused turnovers came in the Eagles’ 17-8 win over George Washington.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CLAIRE OLECHOWSKI, NAVY
So., Midfielder, Annapolis, Md.
Olechowski wins her first and Navy’s second Defensive Player of the Week award, helping the Mids hold its opponents to 15 goals in two games. She recorded nine groundballs and six caused turnovers in two wins. She also scored a goal.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE
Fr., Midfielder, Swarthmore, Pa.
White led the Leopards in the midfield, recording five goals, seven groundballs, eight draw controls and six caused turnovers in two one-goal losses.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN
So., Attack, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins scored six goals in two games, including five in a 17-8 win over George Washington. She also had four draw controls, two caused turnovers and a groundball. She also had an assist.

KATIE SULLIVAN, COLGATE Fr., Attack, Cockeysville, Md.
Sullivan scored five goals in Colgate’s 20-14 win over Vermont. She had the game-winner and added a groundball and a caused turnover. The five goals were a career-high and it was the seventh time she has scored multiple goals.

ANNIE BOYLAN, HOLY CROSS Sr., Midfielder, Andover, Mass.
Boylan totaled 10 groundballs, five draw controls and one caused turnover to lead Holy Cross. Eight of the groundballs came in Holy Cross’ 12-5 win over Yale. Boylan also scored three goals in the Crusaders’ two games.

ADDIE GODFREY, LAFAYETTE So., Attack, Princeton, N.J.
Godfrey scored five goals and an assist in two games for the Leopards, who lost two one-goal contests. Godfrey also had two groundballs and two draw controls.

COLLEEN BUBNACK, COLGATE Sr., Midfielder, Syracuse, N.Y.
Bubnack had six goals and three assists for the Raiders in a 20-14 win over Vermont. She also had two draw controls and one caused turnover.

KATHY YOUNG, NAVY So., Midfielder, Berwyn, Pa.
Young scored six goals and had two assists in two wins for the Mids. She also recorded four groundballs, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.