March 14, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for March 7-13 in men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball and baseball Monday.
Patriot League baseball teams are enjoying fun in the sun during spring break, as Holy Cross and Lehigh just completed their stints in the South while Army, Navy, Bucknell and Lafayette are all headed for clear skies this week. Jack Laurendeau had 11 runs scored and eight RBIs in seven games for the Crusaders to earn the Patriot League Player of the Week award, while Bucknell's Trey Frahler was named Pitcher of the Week and Lehigh's Jayme Edwards took home the Rookie of the Week honor.
The 2011 season rolls on as every team in the Patriot League is taking its customary trip down South for spring break. Be it the Rebel Spring Games, where most of the teams were last week and where some are still playing, or the George Mason Tournament where Bucknell plied its craft over the weekend, each squad has traded the cold, rainy weather the Northeast has experienced of late for the warmth and sun of points below the Mason-Dixon line.
After being idle for the week, Army returns to the diamond at the Rebel Spring Games on Monday, while Bucknell makes its first appearance at the games in Florida starting Tuesday. Lafayette continues competition in the Sunshine State on Tuesday as well, while Colgate takes the short trip to DeLand, Fla., for the Stetson Hatter Roundup.
Patriot League men's lacrosse play began in earnest Saturday, with Navy improving to 1-2 on the season with an impressive 15-6 victory over visiting Lafayette, while Colgate played its first contest against a League opponent and posted a 13-3 win over Holy Cross. A three-way tie populates the top of the League standings with Lehigh, Bucknell and Colgate all sitting at 1-0, with the Mids lurking in fourth. Army has yet to play a League contest, while Holy Cross and Lafayette are both 0-1.
There was no shortage of offense as the Patriot League women's lacrosse season opened in Bethlehem, Pa., Saturday. In one of three Patriot League openers, Colgate survived a shootout with Lehigh to win 19-16 and grab the early edge on last season's runner-up. Navy, the defending champs, opened 1-0, as well, with a 17-7 win over Bucknell and American edged Holy Cross 7-5. Lafayette will open its League schedule at 1 p.m. Sunday at Navy.
Navy freshman Aimee Gennaro scored another seven goals, pushing her Patriot League-best total to 32 for the season. She won her fourth consecutive Patriot League weekly award, being named the Rookie of the Week for the third time this season and second straight. She also won the Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season. Gennaro led the nation in goals heading into the weekend.
Colgate's offense was ranked seventh in the nation prior to the weekend and is tops in the Patriot League with 16.0 goals per game, and two Raiders were honored with weekly awards. Colleen Bubnack scored seven goals and had two assists against Lehigh to be named the Offensive Player of the Week, and Courtney Miller, who had four goals and five assists, was named the Midfield Player of the Week.
American went 2-0 last week to move up into second in the standings with wins over Virginia Tech and Holy Cross. The Eagles held Virginia Tech to seven goals and Holy Cross to five, and keeper Kaska Komosinki made eight saves to collect the two wins. She was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Lafayette and Navy will compete on the West Coast during the week before traveling back for their Patriot League contest at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Leopards, who were idle in the Patriot League schedule this past week, will travel to Annapolis, Md. Prior to their League contest, each squad will play at California, and Navy will compete at Fresno State. American will travel to Colgate for a 1 p.m. contest Saturday, and Bucknell will travel to Lehigh for a 3 p.m. faceoff Saturday. Not only will Colgate battle American for one of the top spots in the League early in the season, but the Raiders will travel to No. 12/14 Florida at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Holy Cross will play two non-League games this week.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JACK LAURENDEAU, HOLY CROSS Sr., OF, Sudbury, Mass.
Laurendeau filled the box score in Holy Cross' seven games in North Carolina and Virginia last week, helping the Crusaders to a winning record on the trip. He went 11-for-29 (.379 batting average) with 11 runs scored, eight RBIs, three doubles, a triple and six steals for the Crusaders, while also walking four times to record a .471 on-base percentage. Laurendeau had three multiple-hit games, including a pair of 3-for-4 efforts. His best outing came in a 9-3 win over host VCU on Saturday, as Laurendeau went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three steals in the victory. He had four games of two runs or more and two with multiple RBIs, and totaled at least one run and one RBI in five of the seven games. Laurendeau receives the first Player of the Week award of his career.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
TREY FRAHLER, BUCKNELL Sr., P, Sinking Spring, Pa.
Frahler fired seven shutout innings as Bucknell opened its spring trip with a 5-1 win over Air Force on Sunday. He allowed just five hits and a walk while recording a season-high seven strikeouts to earn his first victory of the season. He left with a 5-0 lead and only allowed one Air Force player to reach scoring position. Frahler's 141 strikeouts are four shy of the Bucknell career top 10 list. He receives the Pitcher of the Week award for the third time in his career and first since 2009.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JAYME EDWARDS, LEHIGH Fr., P, Wellington, Fla.
Edwards made a pair of appearances on the mound for the Mountain Hawks last week, and allowed three runs on 8.2 innings of total work. He started in Lehigh's 6-5 loss to Bowling Green on Monday, and left with the score tied after giving up three runs on five hits while also striking out three. Edwards then pitched Lehigh to a win on Saturday against Coppin State, entering the game with a 3-2 lead and pitching 3.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed as the Mountain Hawks pulled away for a 9-2 win. Edwards earns his first Rookie of the Week award.
ALEX AZOR, NAVY Jr., OF, Miami, Fla.
Azor went 5-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs on Saturday against Central Michigan, and hit .563 in three games last week.
KEVIN McKAGUE, ARMY Sr., 1B/RP, Fayetteville, N.C.
McKague went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs and pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts in Army's 14-9 win over Ohio State on Sunday.
A.J. MILLER, LAFAYETTE Sr., C/DH, Manasquan, N.J.
Miller had a home run and six RBIs while batting .316 in five games for the Leopards last week.
BILLY GOLDMAN, LEHIGH Sr., OF, Narberth, Pa.
Goldman went 6-for-8 with two runs, three RBIs and three doubles in Lehigh's weekend sweep of Coppin State.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LIZ LUCAS, LEHIGH So., C, Westminster, Colo.
Lucas hit safely in five of Lehigh's six games last week, helping lead the Mountain Hawks to a 4-2 record during competition at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida. She finished the week going 10-for-19 at the plate with two home runs, 13 RBIs, six doubles and a pair of runs scored. She collected multiple hits and three RBIs in four of the contests. She started the week with a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, a homer and three RBIs in a 7-3 win over Detroit Mercy, and she ended the stretch going 3-for-4 at the dish with a pair of doubles and three RBIs in a five-inning, 9-1 win over Manhattan in which she drove in the game-winning runs. Lucas has 17 hits and 17 RBIs in 13 games this season.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
BRIDGET GATES, BUCKNELL So., P, Milford, Conn.
Gates made two starts last week for the Bison, posting a 1-1 record and taking a tough 1-0 loss to Binghamton despite not giving up an earned run. She tossed seven innings of five-hit ball, giving up the single run, walking two and striking out five in the loss and rebounded to give up a nearly identical line in a 4-1 win over Cornell. She pitched another seven strong innings against the Big Red, yielding five hits, one earned run, and a walk to pick up the victory. She posted a 0.50 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in the two games last week at the George Mason Tournament.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JULIA BARRETT, HOLY CROSS Fr., P, Gardner, Mass.
Barrett collected a pair of victories and a save for Holy Cross last week as the Crusaders competed at the Rebel Spring Games. She hurled a complete game in a 7-2 victory over La Salle, yielding six hits and two runs (both earned) while walking two and striking out five. Her best start of the week was a five-inning outing in an 8-0 blanking of Manhattan, in which she gave up four hits and one walk while punching out five in the shortened game. She also pitched three innings of no-hit ball to pick up the save in a 6-3 win over Wagner.
ASHLEY QUIGLEY, LEHIGH Fr., P, Mesa, Ariz.
Quigley made three appearances in the circle for the Mountain Hawks last week, including pitching a five-inning no-hitter in Lehigh's 8-0 win over Wagner. She went 2-1 on the week and held opponents to a .189 batting average. The no-hitter against the Seahawks was the program's first since Becca Bliss' outing against Army last April. Quigley also pitched a complete-game five-hitter in a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart, yielding no earned runs.
TERA VAUGHN, COLGATE Fr., OF, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Vaughn was impressive for the Raiders, leading the team in hitting with a .500 average (7-for-14) with three RBIs, a pair of doubles, a triple and a run scored in four games over the weekend. Her best outing came against Sacred Heart, where she went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Pioneers.
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JEREMY BOLTUS, ARMY Sr., A, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Boltus posted another strong week for the Black Knights, who have won three straight games and are moving up both major national polls. He started the week with his first hat trick of the season and added four assists for a season-best seven-point effort in Friday's 12-7 victory at Bryant. He followed it up on Sunday with another goal and three more dishes as the Black Knights rolled to a 14-1 win over Wagner at Michie Stadium. Boltus collected a total of four goals and eight assists for 12 points in the two games, moving him into seventh on the Academy's all-time career points list with 173. He is three assists shy of 100 for his career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MATT VERNAM, NAVY Jr., D, Shoreham, N.Y.
Vernam came up with a stellar defensive effort in Navy's 15-6 win over Lafayette on Saturday in Annapolis. He held one of the Patriot League's top offensive threats in Leopard Tom Perini to zero even-strength goals (Perini's only tally was on a man-up opportunity). Perini entered the game tied for the League lead with 3.00 goals per game.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JARED MADISON, COLGATE Jr., GK, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Madison came up big when called upon, collecting nine assists and surrendering just two goals in Colgate's 13-3 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, lifting the Raiders to 1-0 in League play on the early season. The junior keeper from Lawrenceville, N.J. faced 24 shots, 11 of them on goal, posting a .818 save percentage against the Crusaders. Madison has started all six games in net for the Raiders, posting a 4-2 mark for head coach Jim Nagle's crew.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TUCKER HULL, NAVY Fr., A, Charlotte, N.C.
Hull posted the best game of his young career in Monday's 12-11 double-overtime heartbreaker at Bucknell with four goals and two assists for six points. He kept the momentum going on Saturday, helping the Mids collect their first League win of the season with three goals and four points in a 15-6 victory over visiting Lafayette. Hull is the first Mid to post a six-point game since Andy Warner did it last year against Georgetown, and he is the second Navy freshman this season to score four times in a game (Sam Jones). He totaled three ground balls for the week, including two against Bucknell, along with a caused turnover against the Bison. Hull is pacing Navy with a team-high 10 assists and is second on the team with 11 goals and 21 points.
TODD HERITAGE, BUCKNELL Fr., A, Cheshire, Conn.
Heritage collected four goals, including two game-winners, and six points in a pair of Bison wins last week. He tallied the double-overtime winner in Monday's 12-11 win over visiting Navy and recorded the game-deciding goal Saturday in an 11-9 win at Hobart.
DAVE TUCCIARONE, COLGATE Sr., M, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Tucciarone posted a strong game at midfield on Saturday in his team's 13-3 win over Holy Cross. He collected five ground balls and caused four turnovers, helping to limit any offensive flow the Crusaders attempted to generate.
BILLY EISENREICH, BUCKNELL Jr., M, Chatham, N.J.
The junior middie scored four goals and collected five assists for nine points in two Bucknell wins last week. He netted a career game with seven points (2g, 5a) in Monday's thrilling 12-11 double-overtime win over Navy.
CAMERON LAO-GOSNEY, LEHIGH Jr., M, Raymond, Maine
Lao-Gosney scored a pair of goals against both No. 16/13 Ohio State on Tuesday and at No. 18/18 Yale on Saturday, as the Mountain Hawks faced nationally-ranked opponents in back-to-back games. He finished the week with four goals and five points, and accounted for just shy of one-third of the team's tallies on the week.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COLLEEN BUBNACK, COLGATE Sr., Midfielder, Syracuse, N.Y.
Bubnack earns her first weekly award of the season after scoring seven goals and two assists in a 19-16 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League opener Saturday. Four of her goals, including the eventual game-winner, came during a 5-1 stretch that put Colgate up 17-11 midway through the season half. She also had three draw controls.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY MILLER, COLGATE Jr., Midfielder, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Miller earns her first weekly award of the season with her five draw controls and one caused turnover in a three-goal win over Lehigh, 19-16 Saturday. She also had five goals and four assists from her midfield position.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KASKA KOMOSINKI, AMERICAN Jr., Goalkeeper, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Komosinki went 2-0 in goal for the Eagles last week, stopping three shots in an 18-7 win over Virginia Tech and five in a 7-5 win over Holy Cross in the Patriot League opener Saturday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY Fr., Attack, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro wins her third Rookie of the Week award and her fourth consecutive weekly award overall after scoring seven goals in the Mids in their Patriot League opening 17-7 win over Bucknell Saturday. Gennaro also had an assist in the win. She leads the Patriot League in goals with 32.
KAT SUTTON, HOLY CROSS Jr., Midfielder, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sutton scored two goals in each of Holy Cross' two losses last week, pushing her goal streak to 36 games, which is the second longest streak in the nation. She also had two caused turnovers, a draw control and a groundball.
LAUREN DYKSTRA, LEHIGH Sr., Midfielder, Mendham, N.J.
Dykstra scored six goals and had two assists as the Mountain Hawks went 1-1 last week. She added five draw controls, three groundballs and two caused turnovers. She now has 207 career goals.
ALLISON THOMAS, LEHIGH Sr., Midfielder, Strafford, Pa.
Thomas had six goals, an assist, eight draw controls, four caused turnovers and four groundballs in two games last week for the Mountain Hawks. She had a hat trick in each game and scored the game-winner in Lehigh's non-League win over Siena.
CAITLIN MANDRIN HILL, NAVY Sr., Attack, Annapolis, Md.
Hill had five assists in Navy's 17-7 win over Bucknell to push her career total to 81, which ranks fifth in Patriot League history. She also hit a personal milestone with 10 draw controls.
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY So., Attack, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo scored six goals and had an assist in the Mids' 17-7 win over Bucknell in the Patriot League opener Saturday.