Patriot League Weekly Awards

Navy catcher Jeff Bland

March 21, 2011



Center Valley, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for March 14-20 in men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball Monday.

Patriot League baseball teams continued their strong play in March with a 15-12 combined record last week to bring the mark for the month to 39-32. Army, Bucknell and Navy all finished their spring trips to Florida with winning records, with the Mids going 5-2 during last week's contests. Navy was rewarded with two individual awards on Monday, with Jeff Bland earning Player of the Week honors after batting .500 in six games and Taylor Cato named Rookie of the Week for his performance both at the plate and on the mound. Bucknell's Ryan Ebner took home the Pitcher of the Week award for his seven shutout innings in a win over Butler on Wednesday.

The spring break portion of the softball schedule concluded for most teams last week, and the upcoming seven days features a few Patriot League teams finally playing on the friendly confines of their home diamonds. Army posted an impressive 6-2 record last week during competition at the Rebel Spring Games, improving its record to 10-8 on the season. Colgate sits a shade below .500 at 8-9, but the Raiders have been carried by a pair of freshmen in Tera Vaughn and Rachel LeCoq, who were both honored with weekly awards on Monday.

Holy Cross is the first League team to host a game, as the Crusaders welcome Central Connecticut to Worcester, Mass., for a doubleheader Tuesday. Army hosts Rutgers for a pair on Wednesday afternoon at West Point. Colgate continues playing neutral site games when the Raiders participate in the Delaware State Tournament over the weekend, while Lehigh comes home to Bethlehem, Pa., to host Niagara for four games over two days beginning Saturday. Bucknell will take part in the Mount St. Mary’s Tournament this weekend, while Lafayette has a road contest at Rider on Wednesday and will visit Manhattan over the weekend.

Lauren Dykstra turned up the heat in women’s lacrosse last week. The Lehigh senior scored 12 goals and three assists in two games for the Mountain Hawks, including six goals and two assists in a 19-2 win over Bucknell Saturday. Colgate also won Saturday, defeating American 15-12 to move to 2-0 in the Patriot League, while Navy did the same with its 17-7 win over Lafayette Sunday.

Dykstra was named the Offensive Player of the Week and Colgate’s Courtney Miller was named the Midfield Player of the Week. Navy took the final two weekly awards with Kierstin King being named the Defensive Player of the Week and Aimee Gennaro winning her fourth Rookie of the Week award.

Lehigh and Lafayette will highlight the trio of League games this weekend with the Leopards hosting the Mountain Hawks at 1 p.m. Sunday. American will entertain Bucknell at 1 p.m. Saturday and Colgate will travel to Holy Cross at 4 p.m. Saturday. Navy will be idle this week as it prepares for a matchup against No. 16/16  William & Mary on March 29.   Colgate will face No. 15/17 Albany at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
JEFF BLAND, NAVY Sr., C, Basking Ridge, N.J.
Bland had a key role in a 5-2 week for the Mids, playing in six games and batting .500 (9-for-18) with five runs, nine RBIs, four doubles and a triple. He finished with an .833 slugging percentage and also walked four times to record a .640 on-base percentage. Bland had at least one RBI in five of the six games he played, and scored a run in four of the contests. He had a 5-for-5 effort with two runs, four RBIs and two doubles in a 15-7 win over Yale on Saturday. Bland wins his first Patriot League Player of the Week award.
Pitcher of the Week
Jr., P, Sinking Spring, Pa.
Ebner tossed seven shutout innings as Bucknell cruised to a 14-0 win over Butler on Wednesday. He scattered just four hits and four walks while striking out seven to pick up his second win of the year. Ebner has allowed just one earned run over 14 innings in his last two starts. He receives the Pitcher of the Week award for the first time, and is the third different Bucknell hurler honored this season.
Rookie of the Week
Fr., OF/P, Senoia, Ga.
Cato excelled with his bat and his arm in an outstanding overall week for the Mids. He batted .455 (10-for-22) with five runs and six RBIs in six games at the plate, notching four multiple-hit contests and four games with at least one run. Cato also led Navy to an 8-5 victory over Jacksonville State, an NCAA Tournament participant last year, by allowing two earned runs while striking out six in 5.1 innings on the mound. He retired the first 10 hitters and scattered four hits and three walks in the outing. Cato wins his first Rookie of the Week award.
Honorable Mention
Sr., 1B, Gainesville, Ga.
Henshaw batted .438 and drove in nine runs in a 3-1 week for the Black Knights in Florida.
So., P, Duluth, Ga.
Rowley allowed just one earned run and struck out seven in eight innings of work in Army’s 5-2 win over Northwestern.
Jr., P, Wilson, Pa.
Kent pitched five scoreless innings and picked up both a win and a save in Lehigh’s weekend series against Iona.

Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
Fr., CF, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Vaughn was excellent for the Raiders, who went 4-2 last week in competition at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida. Her best showing of the week came in Colgate’s 6-5 win over Manhattan, in which she went 4 for 5 at the plate, drove in four runs, scored once and stole a base. She recorded multiple hits in four of six contests on the week, collecting a pair of knocks along with 3 RBIs in a 4-2 win over Green Bay, three hits in a 6-5 loss to Youngstown State and a pair in a 6-1 win over Rider. Vaughn batted .500 (14 of 28) for the week with three runs scored, one double, three stolen bases and 10 RBIs. Currently riding a six-game hitting streak during which she’s batting .565, Vaughn leads the Raiders in batting average (.431), hits (25), RBIs (14) and stolen bases (five). She’s hitting .581 (18 for 31) with runners on base.

Fr., P, Gonzales, La.
LeCoq put together another strong week for the Raiders in garnering her second straight weekly award. She posted a 3-1 record in five appearances, including an eight-inning effort of seven-hit ball in which she yielded just one earned run and struck out eight in a 2-1 win over Stetson. She pitched a complete game four-hitter in a 6-1 win over Rider, giving up the one earned run and two walks while striking out 12. For the week, she pitched 30.2 innings with a 1.60 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 31 strikeouts. LeCoq has a 6-3 mark and a 1.45 ERA for Colgate, while leading the team in innings pitched (62.2), strikeouts (59) and complete games (six).

Fr., SS, Parkland, Fla.
Ortenzo was solid at the plate for the Army, helping her team post a 6-2 record last week at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida. She hit safely in six of eight contests and hit .370 during the stretch with two doubles, eight runs scored and seven RBIs. The freshman from Parkland, Fla., posted an on-base percentage of .452 and slugged .519 while only committing one error in the field. She went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, a run scored and a pair of RBIs in Army’s five-inning 8-0 win over St. Peter’s on Wednesday, the second straight game in which she drove in a pair of runners. She was also instrumental in Army’s come-from-behind 7-4 win over Siena, where she scored twice, including the tie-breaking run in a three-run sixth for the Black Knights. Hitting second in the Army lineup, Ortenzo is second on the team among the regulars hitting .306 and leads the squad with 13 runs scored while sitting second in hits (19), doubles (five), RBIs (15), steals (six) and total bases (26).

Fr., P, Kansas City, Mo.
Pipes went 2-1 with a save in four appearances for the Black Knights, including giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out four in Army’s 8-0 five-inning victory over St. Peter’s. She pitched 17.2 innings last week with a 0.40 ERA.

REBECCA BLISS, LEHIGH So., P, Escondido, Calif.
Bliss recorded the second no-hitter of the season in as many weeks for Lehigh, tossing seven innings of one-run ball with two walks and a pair of strikeouts in the Mountain Hawks’ 3-1 win over St. John’s at the JMU Days Inn Invitational. She went 2-0 on the week in three appearances, including capturing the decision in Lehigh’s 9-5 win over Binghamton.

ALEX REYNOLDS, ARMY So., 2B, Katy, Texas
Reynolds hit .345 last week with 10 RBIs and slugged .586 hitting in the No. 3 spot in the order for the Black Knights. She recorded three RBIs in a 10-3 win over Rider and again in an 8-0 shutout of St. Peter’s. Reynolds is one of three Black Knights hitting .300 or better on the season, and her 22 RBIs on the year are just five shy of breaking into the program’s single-season top-10 list.

CARLY FIERO, LAFAYETTE Jr., OF, Mount Vernon, Wash.
Fiero hit .440 last week for the Leopards and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Seton Hall Pirate Classic after hitting .417 in five games in South Orange, N.J. She recorded multiple hits in four of eight games last week, going 11 of 25 at the plate with five RBIs, three doubles and three runs scored.

Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
 Sr., M, Corning, N.Y.
Warner was instrumental in the Mids' 2-0 week, posting a team-best 11 points over the two games, including two goals and six assists in Tuesday's 14-11 win over visiting Towson, a team that went on to upset Stony Brook later in the week. Warner's six assists were a career high, and he became the first Mid with that many dishes since Jon Birsner in 2006. It was Navy's first eight-point performance since Birsner's eight assists against Colgate in 2005. Warner now has points in 20 straight games, which is tied for the 20th-longest streak in the country. 

 So., M, Reading, Pa.
Snyder collected nine ground balls and was excellent at the faceoff X, going 13 of 15 (87 percent) in Lehigh's 17-4 win over Presbyterian on Saturday. His play at the X enabled Lehigh to dominate possession, which limited the Blue Hose's offensive opportunities throughout the game. With nine against Presbyterian, Snyder is now up to 60 ground balls on the year, 42 ahead of anybody else on the team. He is still on pace to possibly post a top-10 tally in ground balls in a single season in NCAA history. Following Saturday, Snyder has won 69.5 percent (91 of 131) of his faceoff opportunities this season.

 Sr., GK, Plano, Texas
Palesky was strong in net again for the Black Knights, making eight saves and allowing just four goals in their 12-4 win Saturday at Rutgers. Palesky faced 21 shots from the Scarlet Knights and posted a .667 save percentage. He also accounted for three ground balls and two caused turnovers as Army won its fourth in a row. Three of his saves came in the fourth quarter, stymieing any chance at a Rutgers rally.

 Fr., A, Ellicott City, Md.
Chaires scored a career-high three goals, all with the extra man, in Navy's 8-3 win at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon in Worcester. The rookie from Ellicott City, Md., became the first Mid with three or more extra-man goals since Adam Borcz collected three at Penn State during the 2001 campaign. He tallied another goal during an extra-man opportunity in Navy's 14-11 win over Towson earlier in the week. Chaires now has six goals with the man advantage this season, the highest on the team.

 Sr., A, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Boltus recorded six points (2g, 4a), including the 100th assist of his career, in Saturday's 12-4 smothering of Rutgers. He became just the third in Army history with 100 assists, and three of his four dishes came in the first half as the Black Knights built a 9-3 lead at the break.

LOGAN WEST, NAVY Jr., FOS, Berlin, Md.
West went 19 of 29 at the X against Towson and 11 of 14 in Saturday's League victory at Holy Cross, helping the Mids improve to 4-4 on the year and 2-2 against Patriot League teams. West went 30 of 43 (69.8 percent) during the week, helping the Mids gain possession and in turn lower their goals-against average by nearly a full tally after the two wins.

TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH Fr., D, Macungie, Pa.
Souders was stellar at close defense for the Mountain Hawks in their 17-4 win over Presbyterian on Saturday, holding the Blue Hose to a season-low four goals and scoreless over the final 37:33. Souders also recorded a caused turnover in the 13-goal win.

PETER BAUM, COLGATE So., M, Portland, Ore.
Baum scored five goals and six points on the week, including four goals and an assist in Saturday's 11-9 win over Fairfield. Baum added four ground balls on the week, all coming in the win over the Stags.

Eisenreich came up big when it mattered most, assisting on the game-tying goal and netting the game-winner in Bucknell's 7-6 win over Hartford on Wednesday. The junior middie added a hat trick in Saturday's 11-8 win at Lafayette, giving the Bison their second League win of the season.

Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
Sr., Midfielder, Mendham, N.J.
Dykstra scored 12 goals to move into second place on the Patriot League’s all-time goals list. Dykstra, who also had three assists last week, now has 219 goals and needs just 23 more goals to tie the all-time record of 242 set by Lehigh’s Jill Altshuler (1996). Dykstra scored six in a 13-12 loss to Fairfield Wednesday and another six in the Mountain Hawks’ 19-2 win over Bucknell Saturday. Dykstra has now scored in 40 consecutive games, the second longest active streak in the NCAA behind Loyola of Maryland’s Grace Gavin.

Jr., Midfielder, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Miller earns her second straight weekly award of the season, scoring seven goals and two assists in two games for the Raiders. She also had eight draw controls and one caused turnover. She scored four goals and two assists in Colgate’s big League win over American. She also had three goals and six draw controls against No. 10 Florida.

Jr., Defense, Upperco, Md.
King anchored the Mids defense that held opponents to 6.50 goals per game in its two wins last week. She had seven groundballs, two caused turnovers and one draw control. She also had a season-high four groundballs against Lafayette, helping the Mids improve to 2-0 in the Patriot League.

Fr., Attack, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro wins her fourth Rookie of the Week award and her fifth consecutive weekly award overall after scoring seven goals and three assists in there games for the Mids. She leads the Patriot League and the nation in goals with 39.

Sr., Midfielder, Longmeadow, Mass.
O’Leary scored five goals and had three assists as the Crusaders went 1-1 last week in non-League games. She also had eight ground balls, five draw controls and five caused turnovers.

ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE Fr., Midfielder, Swarthmore, Pa.
White scored five goals and had two assists in two losses for the Leopards. She also had 17 draw controls, seven groundballs and three caused turnovers. She moved onto the NCAA’s leaderboard tied for third in draw controls in a single game with her 12 in a 17-7 loss to Navy Sunday.

ALLISON THOMAS, LEHIGH Sr., Midfielder, Strafford, Pa.
Thomas scored five goals and had two assists for the Mountain Hawks, who went 1-1 last week, including a 19-2 win over Bucknell Saturday. Thomas also had six groundballs, seven draw controls and one caused turnover.

JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY So., Attack, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo scored nine goals and had eight assists in three games for the Mids, who went 2-1. She also had five draw controls, four groundballs and one caused turnover.