Patriot League Weekly Awards

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell senior Doug Shribman
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Bucknell senior Doug Shribman
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March 7, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 28-March 6 in men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball and baseball Monday.

Doug Shribman is the Patriot League's new home run king in baseball. The Bucknell senior belted three home runs in a doubleheader Saturday to push his career total to 33, besting the former League record of 30. Shribman was named the Player of the Week, while Holy Cross' John Pedrotty won the Pitcher of the Week and Kyle Sterns won the Rookie of the Week.

It was a relatively quiet week in Patriot League softball, as Colgate and Holy Cross opened their seasons, Army and Lehigh saw action and Bucknell and Lafayette took time off to get ready for the grind of March. The Rebel Spring Games began over the weekend, starting a stretch where League teams will combine for 33 contests in the next seven days. Lehigh and Holy Cross are both on the diamond on Monday, with each playing a pair of contests in Kissimmee, Fla.

It was a wild week in men's lacrosse, and it started out with the first Patriot League contest of 2011. It wound up being a historic contest, as Lehigh's 14-10 win over Navy in Bethlehem, Pa., was the Mountain Hawks' first over the Mids since 1913, and was just the program's second all-time win in 30 tries over the Naval Academy. The week ended with Army's 11-9 victory over No. 5/6 Cornell on Saturday afternoon at West Point in a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, as the Black Knights received four goals from Offensive Player of the Week Devin Lynch and 17 saves from Goalkeeper of the Week Tom Palesky. Colgate captured a historic victory of its own on Saturday, as the Raiders' 11-7 triumph over Hobart was their first against their in-state rivals since 1964. Lafayette also posted a win last week after Tom Perini's eight-goal outburst led the Leopards to a 16-8 win at Wagner.

Army's win moved the Black Knights up to No. 12 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and 16th in the USILA rankings, while Bucknell slipped to No. 19 in the media poll. Both the Bison and Lehigh received votes in the coaches poll.

The season continues with another crucial League contest Monday night when Bucknell hosts Navy at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa., at 7:30 p.m.

Lehigh had the best showing of three Patriot League women's lacrosse teams that played against nationally ranked teams last week. The Mountain Hawks took a 6-5 lead over No. 17/14 Florida shortly after halftime, but the Gators used a 10-4 run to put the game away.

Navy fell 18-8 to No. 2/2 Northwestern, a team that is 5-0 with wins over No. 3 North Carolina, No. 7 Georgetown, No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 11 Vanderbilt. Holy Cross also played strong against No. 16/16 Boston College, falling 12-7.

Three players from the aforementioned teams were honored with Patriot League weekly awards after their performances last week.

Lehigh's Lauren Dykstra led the way with her eight goals and two assists, winning the Offensive Player of the Week award. She jumped from seventh to third on the Patriot League's all-time career goals list with 201.

Jen Eikenberg won her first and Navy's third straight Defensive Player of the Week award, and teammate Aimee Gennaro won her third weekly award and second Rookie of the Week award.

Lafayette's Ana White, who was last week's Rookie of the Week, was selected as the Midfield Player of the Week.

Patriot League play will open up in women's lacrosse this Saturday with three contests, all starting at 1 p.m. Navy will travel to Bucknell, Lehigh will host Colgate and Holy Cross will travel to American. Lafayette will be idle on the League schedule, but will play a pair of non-League games in California.


Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DOUG SHRIBMAN, BUCKNELL Sr., 1B, Marblehead, Mass.
Shribman entered the weekend tied for the Patriot League career home run record, and claimed sole possession of the mark with three home runs in the series at VMI to give him 33 for his career. It breaks the Patriot League and school record of 30 set last year by Andrew Brouse. Shribman hit all three of the home runs in Saturday's doubleheader split with the Keydets. He belted a pair while going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and adding a double in a 4-2 win, then hit another in a 7-3 loss in the nightcap. Shribman leads the Bison with six home runs and 14 RBIs, and his 118 career RBIs are within 12 of the Patriot League top 10. He has 27 home runs in the past two years and 15 in the last 20 games. Shribman earns the Patriot League Player of the Week award for the second time in his career and first since 2009.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
JOHN PEDROTTY, HOLY CROSS
Jr., P, Portsmouth, R.I.
Pedrotty earned his first victory as a starting pitcher by allowing just one run in 7.2 innings in a 5-1 win over Villanova on Saturday. He scattered five hits and two walks while striking out four in the game, recording career highs for both strikeouts and innings pitched. Pedrotty wins the Pitcher of the Week award for the first time, and is Holy Cross' first recipient of the honor since 2008.
 
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KYLE STEARNS, HOLY CROSS
Fr., 3B, Orland Park, Ill.
Stearns played a key role in Holy Cross' 5-1 win over Villanova on Saturday, bringing in the first two runs of the game with the first triple of the season for the Crusaders. His two RBIs were a single-game high for the season, and Stearns leads all Holy Cross freshmen with a .273 batting average while making three starts and four appearances at third base. He earns his first Rookie of the Week award.

HONORABLE MENTION
JONATHAN WRIGHT, NAVY
Sr., OF, Arden, N.C.
Wright batted .462 (6-for-13) with three runs, three doubles and seven RBIs in four games for the Mids last week.
 
ANDREW RUCK, LAFAYETTE So., DH, Whitby, Ontario
Ruck went 5-for-9 with three runs, three doubles and seven RBIs in Lafayette's doubleheader sweep at UMBC.
 
JOHNNY SCHOBERL, NAVY So., P, Milford, N.J.
Schoberl recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts, the most for a Navy pitcher since 2009, and allowed two runs on two hits and four walks in 6.1 innings to pick up the victory in a 9-2 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday.
 
RYAN EBNER, BUCKNELL Jr., P, Sinking Spring, Pa.
Ebner allowed just one run on three hits and six walks to pick up the win in Bucknell's 4-2 victory over VMI on Saturday.

Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CAITLIN BELANGER, HOLY CROSS
Sr., P/2B, Fall River, Mass.
Belanger started Holy Cross' season-opening game against Indiana State on the mound at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., pitching a complete game but suffering a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat. She allowed five hits and two runs, both unearned, walked one and struck out four in seven innings of work. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate. In the second game of the day, an 8-3 loss to South Dakota, Belanger went 3-for4 at the plate with a double, an RBI and a steal with two runs scored. Through two games, she's 4-for-7 at the dish and leads the Crusaders hitting .571.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
RACHEL LeCOQ, COLGATE
Fr., P, Gonzales, La.
LeCoq made three appearances in Colgate's first five games and was the pitcher of record in both of her team's victories as the Raiders opened the season at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. She pitched a pair of complete games, including a six hitter as the Raiders defeated Dartmouth 6-1. She yielded one unearned run, walked one and struck out seven against the Big Green. She tallied the win in Colgate's first victory over St. John's since 1985 when she gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out four in a 2-1 triumph over the Red Storm. In all she totaled 17 innings in three appearances, allowed two runs (one earned) and four walks while striking out 12. She's 2-0 on the season with 0.41 ERA.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA NGUYEN, ARMY
Fr., 2B, Houston, Texas
Nguyen went 3-of-6 at the plate during an abbreviated weekend for the Black Knights, who saw the final two games of their four-game set at George Washington rained out. The freshman from Houston went 2-for-3 at the plate in Saturday's first game, a close 6-5 loss at the Colonials, before she went 1-for-3 in the second game, a 6-2 loss. She collected her first career double in Saturday's second game and beat out infield hits twice to get on base during the shortened series. She was solid defensively at second base, committing zero errors in 11 opportunities.

Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEVIN LYNCH, ARMY
Jr., M, Skaneateles, N.Y.
Lynch found an opportune time to post a career-high, as he found the back of the net four times, including the tally that stood up as the game winner with 3:25 left in the third quarter, as No. 20/19 Army posted an 11-9 victory over No. 5/6 Cornell on Saturday afternoon in the Black Knights' home opener. All four of Lynch's tallies came during a 20-minute stretch that spanned the second and third quarters, including one with the extra man that tied the game at 5-5. The win helped Army move up both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media and the USILA Coaches polls on Monday.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TIM HENDERSON, ARMY
Jr., LSM, Tully, N.Y.
Henderson scooped a career-high six ground balls and caused two turnovers in Army's 11-9 upset of No. 5/6 Cornell on Saturday afternoon at West Point. He moved up to second on the team in ground balls (11) and caused turnovers (six). The junior from Tully, N.Y. marked several of Cornell's offensive threats during the course of the game.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
TOM PALESKY, ARMY
Sr., GK, Plano, Texas
Palesky posted another strong performance against a nationally-ranked team, making 17 saves and holding No. 5/6 Cornell to single digits in Army's 11-9 victory over the Big Red on Saturday at West Point. Facing 42 shots, Palesky recorded a .654 save percentage and picked up his second win of the year. He played all 60 minutes, and the best of his 17 saves was off a point-blank opportunity for Cornell with 1:11 remaining in the game.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MIKE GALIONE, LAFAYETTE
Fr., A, Ridgefield, Conn.
Galione was an offensive sparkplug for Lafayette as he set up five of the team's six goals in its narrow 7-6 loss at No. 16/14 Penn on Friday night. Galione holds the team lead with six assists and is tied for third in the Patriot League averaging 1.50 assists per contest. The five dishes is tied for the single-game high this season with Lehigh's David DiMaria.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
ADAM JOHNSTON, LEHIGH
Jr., A, Street, Md.
Johnston scored eight goals on the week, four in Tuesday's Patriot League schedule-opening 14-10 win over Navy and another four on Sunday in the 13-9 win over Detroit Mercy. Tuesday's win over the Mids was Lehigh's first since 1913.

TOM PERINI, LAFAYETTE Sr., A, Huntington, N.Y.
On the eve of being named a candidate for the 2011 Tewaaraton Award, Perini tied a Patriot League record with eight goals in a 16-8 win at Wagner last week. Perini is tied for the League lead averaging 3.00 goals per game with Colgate's Peter Baum.

PETER BAUM, COLGATE So., M, Portland, Ore.
Baum exploded for nine goals last week, collecting five in a 14-12 win over Robert Morris and four more, including the eventual game winner, in the Raiders' 11-7 victory over Hobart, their first in the series since 1964. Baum leads the team with 15 goals shares the League lead of 3.00 goals per game with Lafayette's Tom Perini.

RYAN SNYDER, LEHIGH So., M, Reading, Pa.
Snyder totaled 24 ground balls last week and went 31 of 44 on the X for the Mountain Hawks in a pair of victories, including Tuesday's 14-10 win over Navy. Snyder has 46 ground balls on the season and is on pace to challenge the NCAA record of 194 held by Geoff Snider.

SAM JONES, NAVY Fr., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones had a hand in half of Navy's offense last Tuesday, scoring four times and adding an assist in the Mids' 14-10 loss at Lehigh. His goal output tied a career best, and he also caused two turnovers. He is tied for the Patriot League lead with 3.75 points per game.

Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LAUREN DYKSTRA, LEHIGH
Sr., Midfielder, Mendham, N.J.
Dykstra scored eight goals and had two assists in two games last week, helping Lehigh improve to 2-2. She had five goals and an assists in a 16-3 win over St. Joseph's Wednesday, and she added three goals and an assist against No. 17/14 Florida Saturday. She also had six draw controls and one caused turnover.

MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE
Fr., Midfielder, Swarthmore, Pa.
White led the Leopards in the midfield with 12 draw controls and five caused turnovers. She also had six groundballs, five coming in a 14-5 loss to Monmouth. She scored twice and had an assist in Lafayette's 11-8 win over Davidson.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JEN EIKENBERG, NAVY
So., Defender, Bel Air, Md.
Eikenberg led the Mids on defense with four caused turnovers and three groundballs as Navy went 1-1 for the week. With just five goals allowed in a win over Robert Morris, Eikenberg and her defensive counterparts have held opponents to eight or less goals in six of seven games.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY
Fr., Attack, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro wins her second Rookie of the Week award and her third weekly award overall after scoring eight goals in two games for the Mids. She scored twice in Navy's 18-8 loss to No. 2 Northwestern and she had six goals in a 16-5 win at Robert Morris.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
BERNADETTE MAHER, AMERICAN
Jr., Midfielder, Richboro, Pa.
Maher scored two hat tricks in two games last week for the Eagles. She also had two caused turnovers.

COLLEEN BUBNACK, COLGATE Sr., Midfielder, Syracuse, N.Y.
Bubnack had seven goals and two assists in two losses for Colgate. She also had six draw controls and three caused turnovers.

KAT SUTTON, HOLY CROSS Jr., Midfielder, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sutton had three goals against Fairfield and two against No. 16 Boston College. She also had one draw control.

JESSICA ROTHSTEIN, LAFAYETTE So., Midfielder, Narbeth, Pa.
Rothstein scored six goals in two games for the Leopards, and had four draw controls and three groundballs.

CAITLIN MANDRIN HILL, NAVY Sr., Attack, Annapolis, Md.
Hill scored four goals and five assists in two games last week for the Mids. She had a goal and two assists against No. 2 Northwestern and three goals and three assists against Robert Morris.