March 28, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. -- The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for March 21-27 in men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball, baseball and outdoor track and field Monday.
The Patriot League schedule begins for all six baseball teams this weekend, and the majority of the squads will go into League play with momentum. They combined for a 15-7 record last week to improve to 52-41-1 in the month of March. Lehigh swept its four games from NJIT, while Navy took three of four from Princeton and Bucknell did the same against Longwood. Holy Cross finished 3-2-1 in its action, which included a win over Boston College.
Bucknell junior Ryan Ebner received his second straight Pitcher of the Week award, the first Bison hurler and ninth Patriot Leaguer to claim the honor consecutively. Navy's Greg Dupell earned the Player of the Week honor, with Army's Colin Briant named Rookie of the Week.
The League slate opens up on Saturday, with Lafayette at Bucknell, Holy Cross at Army and Navy at Lehigh on the schedule for the weekend. Each Patriot League series will be a four-game set with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Winter weather completely washed out last week's midweek softball games, but the sun returned for the weekend's contests. Temperatures in the Northeast were stuck in the 40s for most of the weekend, creating conditions that were a far cry from what teams had experienced during their spring trips to the south. Regardless of the cold, Patriot League teams combined for a 12-8 record over the weekend, spurred on by Lehigh's 5-1 stretch, including a four-game sweep of Niagara, and Army's 3-1 showing, which featured a twinbill sweep of Yale, its first over the Bulldogs in 31 years. Bucknell and Holy Cross also picked up victories over the weekend.
The picture is becoming a little clearer in men's lacrosse, and last week's results set up a critical contest on Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y., when Colgate (6-3, 2-0 Patriot League) hosts No. 9/9 Army (7-2, 2-0) at 1 p.m. with first place on the line. The Raiders enter the contest having defeated Navy 5-4 in Annapolis on Saturday, using a suffocating defense that held the Mids scoreless over two separate stretches of 21 and 31 minutes. The Black Knights will head to upstate New York having won six in a row, including a pair of League contests last week over Lehigh and Lafayette.
Army maintained its positioning in the top 10 of both major national rankings on Monday, as the Black Knights are ranked ninth in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media polls. Bucknell stood pat in both polls Monday, sitting in a tie for 18th by the coaches and at No. 17 in the media poll.
Lehigh and Bucknell will each host non-League games Tuesday. The Mountain Hawks will begin their regular season-concluding six-game home stand by entertaining Binghamton, while Bucknell hosts its second straight nationally-ranked opponent in No. 20 Penn State.
Five games are on the weekend docket, with Navy starting it off by visiting Georgetown Friday evening. Two League games highlight Saturday, with Holy Cross traveling to Bucknell in addition to the Colgate-Army showdown. Lafayette will visit Providence and Lehigh will host No. 20 Penn State in two non-League games, also on Saturday.
With the defending champion in women's lacrosse, the Navy Midshipmen, idle, the Colgate Raiders took control of first place with its third straight Patriot League win of 2011.
Colgate beat Holy Cross 12-8 to move to 3-0, a half-game ahead of Navy (2-0) and a full-game ahead of Lehigh (2-1) and American (2-1).
Freshman Monica White scored the game-winner for Colgate and earned the Rookie of the Week award.
Lehigh, which dealt Lafayette an 18-9 defeat, won three weekly awards. Megan Kelly was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Lauren Dykstra the Midfield Player of the Week and Leigh Ann Torcivia was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Colgate will be idle on the Patriot League slate this weekend, while Navy travels to Holy Cross with a chance to catch up to the Raiders at 3-0. Lehigh will host American in a mid-season battle for third place, while Bucknell will entertain Lafayette as the two look for their first League win of the season.
The majority of the Patriot League was in action over the weekend in outdoor track and field as teams begin their six-week trek toward the Patriot League Championships May 5-7 at Lafayette. Bucknell and Navy led the way winning a combined five weekly awards. Navy won three with Jess Palacio being named the Female Track Athlete of the Week, and with Zachary Duncavage and Lauren Allam winning the Rookie of the Week awards. Bucknell's Ted Heitzman and Laura Rycek won the Field Athlete of the Wee awards. After a strong indoor season, Army's Domonick Sylve picked up right where he left off with the Male Track Athlete of the Week awards.
Seven of eight schools will be competing this weekend, with three traveling to the Sam Howell Invitational and Lehigh and Lafayette competing in the Seven-Way Meet.
Patriot League Baseball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GREG DUPELL, NAVY So., 1B/3B, Tampa, Fla.
Dupell had multi-hit games in three Navy victories to lead the Mids to a series win against Princeton over the weekend. He went 6-for-11 with four runs scored and six RBIs in the three victories, belting two doubles and a triple and also stealing two bases. Dupell hit a two-run triple that ignited a six-run comeback for the Mids in an 8-7 win in Saturday's nightcap. He batted .438 for the weekend with a .688 slugging percentage. Dupell earns the Player of the Week award for the first time, and gives Navy consecutive honorees for the first time since 2008.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
RYAN EBNER, BUCKNELL Jr., P, Sinking Spring, Pa.
Ebner pitched eight shutout innings with three hits and two walks allowed in Bucknell's 11-2 win over Longwood on Saturday, running his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 21.1 in the process. He struck out four in the game and gave up just one hit in the first five innings as Bucknell built an 8-0 lead. Ebner has allowed one earned run in his last three starts, with 10 hits allowed and 14 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched in that span. Bucknell has won Ebner's last four starts. He becomes the first Bucknell hurler and ninth Patriot Leaguer to earn consecutive Pitcher of the Week awards.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
COLIN BRIANT, ARMY Fr., P, Manasquan, N.J.
Briant tossed five scoreless innings to earn his first career victory in Army's 12-0 blanking of Quinnipiac on Tuesday. He allowed just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts, setting career bests in both
innings and strikeouts. Briant earns his first Rookie of the Week award.
BRENDAN McGAHERAN, LEHIGH Sr., OF, Nazareth, Pa.
McGaheran had a home run and eight RBIs, including a career-high five in one game, in Lehigh's weekend sweep of NJIT.
NICK CIARDIELLO, HOLY CROSS Sr., OF, Edison, N.J.
Ciardiello ran his hitting streak to 17 games while batting .450 with six RBIs in six contests for the Crusaders last week.
ALEX BECHTA, LAFAYETTE Sr., OF, Ellicott City, Md.
Bechta went 5-for-10 with five RBIs, four runs scored and four doubles in Lafayette's weekend series with Penn.
LOGAN LEE, ARMY Jr., P, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Lee did not allow an earned run and gave up five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings against Stony Brook.
Patriot League Softball Weekly Awards
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CARLY POTOCK, LEHIGH Sr., OF, Longmont, Colo.
Potock hit safely in four of Lehigh's six games over the weekend, including three multiple-hit efforts, helping the Mountain Hawks post a 5-1 mark with four wins over Niagara and a Friday split at Penn. She went 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored in Friday's 12-4, five-inning win over the Quakers, then hit safely in three of Lehigh's four triumphs against Niagara on Saturday and Sunday. Her two-RBI double in Saturday's first game drove in the go-ahead runs as part of a four-run fifth inning, helping lift the Mountain Hawks to a 7-5 win over the Purple Eagles. She followed that effort with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate with a triple and run scored in Lehigh's 5-4 win in the nightcap. She went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs in the Mountain Hawks' 6-4 win in Sunday's finale. For the week, she hit .500 (8-for-16) with five RBIs, two runs scored, two triples and a double, slugged .813 and posted a .556 on-base percentage.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
SHAWNA BLEYL, ARMY Jr., P, Tucson, Ariz.
Bleyl made three appearances for the Black Knights over the weekend, picking up a 2-0 record, posting a 0.00 ERA while giving up five hits in 11.1 innings of work. She started the weekend going the distance hurling a two-hitter in a 12-0 shutout of Yale. She appeared in both games on Sunday at Rider, first picking up the victory in relief in the Black Knights' 2-0 win over the Broncs. She pitched 3.1 innings in Sunday's opener, coming into the game with runners on first and second and Army clinging to a 1-0 lead. She pitched her way out of that dilemma, and had to do the same in the sixth inning, after Rider loaded the bases with two knocks and a hit batsman. She also pitched three shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks, in Army's 4-1 loss in the nightcap. Since starting the season 1-3 with a 5.24 ERA, Bleyl is 5-1 in her last six decisions and has lowered her ERA to 2.44. She has 28 career victories, moving her to sixth all-time in Army history.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY QUIGLEY, LEHIGH Fr., P, Mesa, Ariz.
Quigley was efficient on the mound for Lehigh, picking up victories in all three of her appearances over the weekend, including two starts. She went the distance in the Mountain Hawks' 12-4 win over Penn in Friday's second game, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. She pitched 3.2 innings in relief in Saturday's second game, giving up four hits and walking one to hold Niagara at bay while Lehigh rallied to post a 5-4 come-from-behind victory. She returned to the circle for Sunday's opener and went the distance on a six-hitter, giving up one earned run while tying a season-high with seven strikeouts in an 8-1 win over the Purple Eagles. For the week, Quigley pitched 15.2 innings with a 1.79 ERA, going 3-0 and holding opposing batters to a .250 average. She averaged 5.81 strikeouts per seven innings in her three appearances, and lowered her season ERA to 3.86.
APRIL ORTENZO, ARMY Fr., SS, Parkland, Fla.
Ortenzo had a monster series against Yale, going 3-for-6 at the plate with one homerun and seven RBIs as the Black Knights outscored the Bulldogs 18-1 in Saturday's doubleheader.
BRIDGET GATES, BUCKNELL So., P, Milford, Conn.
Gates went 1-1 over the weekend at the Mount St. Mary's Tournament, including hurling a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Bison closed out the weekend with a 4-0 win over the hosts. She pitched to a 1.56 ERA for the weekend, and gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out three in the weekend-closing victory.
RACHAEL DUVAL, ARMY Jr., C, Auburn, Ga.
Duval hit .333 over the weekend, including a 2-for-3 showing with a homerun, a double and three RBIs in Army's 12-0, five-inning blanking of Yale, helping the Black Knights sweep the Bulldogs for the first time since 1980.
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JEREMY BOLTUS, ARMY Sr., A, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Boltus started the week with an impressive showing Tuesday night against Lehigh, with his fourth-straight four-assist game and his second hat trick of the season to tie his season high with seven points in a 12-9 win over the Mountain Hawks in Army's League opener. He posted another strong performance in Saturday's hard-fought 7-6 win over Lafayette, posting a goal with three assists. For the week, Boltus scored four goals with seven assists for 11 points, and became the third player in Army history with 100 assists. He stands at 106 for his career, placing him sixth all-time in League annals and 11 shy of Bucknell's Austin Winter for fifth.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TIM HENDERSON, ARMY Jr., LSM, Tully, N.Y.
Henderson put forth a balanced effort for the Black Knights last week, helping the defending Patriot League champions move to 2-0 in League play and run their overall League winning streak to nine games. He picked up five ground balls on the wing and caused three turnovers in Tuesday's 12-9 win over Lehigh, helping Army control 15 of 25 faceoffs against one of the nation's best teams at the X. In Saturday's win over Lafayette, Henderson added four ground balls and another caused turnover in the tough 7-6 win over the Leopards. He also pitched in offensively, posting a career-high three points with a goal and two assists against Lehigh, and ran his goal-scoring streak to three games with a tally against Lafayette. He averaged 4.5 ground balls and 2.0 caused turnovers per game last week.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
TOM PALESKY, ARMY Sr., GK, Plano, Texas
Palesky played all 120 minutes of Army's two League victories last week, making six saves in Tuesday's 12-9 win over Lehigh and 11 stops in Saturday's 7-6 triumph over Lafayette. Palesky faced a total of 49 shots in the two games, with 32 coming on goal, and posted a .531 save percentage. He faced 10 Leopard shots in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game and stopped six, with several of them coming at close range as Army nursed one- and two-goal leads over the game's last 5:50. Saturday's contest marked the third time Palesky stopped double-digit shots in a game this season, and he maintained his lead atop the League standings in goals-against average at 6.84.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
PETER BURKE, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Walpole, Mass.
Burke's best game of the week came Saturday, as Bucknell held No. 15/16 Albany to just three second-half goals in an 11-9 victory in Lewisburg. He scored three times for his first career hat trick and added an assist for a four-point day. He tallied a critical second-quarter goal for Bucknell, as the Bison rallied to cut a three-goal deficit down to one. His assist came in the third quarter tally with the extra man, and he logged an insurance goal in the fourth. For the week, Burke scored four goals and five points with three ground balls, with two coming in Tuesday's loss to Robert Morris.
TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH Fr., D, Macungie, Pa.
Souders continued his strong defensive play, helping the Mountain Hawks yield an average of 8.5 goals per game in two League contests last week. He collected six ground balls in the two contests, including four in Saturday's 11-5 win at Holy Cross. He now boasts 15 on the season, the most of any Lehigh defensemen.
RYAN KLIPSTEIN, BUCKNELL Sr., A, Califon, N.J.
Klipstein was consistent for the Bison last week, garnering two goals and an assist for three points in each of Bucknell's two contests. In Saturday's 11-9 win over No. 15/16 Albany, he scored twice and assisted on a third goal to lead the Bison's second-quarter comeback that erased a 6-3 deficit.
GREG PERKINS, COLGATE Sr., D, Alexandria, Va.
Perkins helped the Raiders' suffocating defense in Saturday's 5-4 win at Navy. He collected three ground balls and caused a team-best two turnovers, giving the Raiders their second straight victory in Annapolis. Colgate remains the only team to beat Navy on the road since the Mids joined the Patriot League in 2004.
JOHN COLLETT, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Randolph, N.J.
Collett was stellar defensively in Saturday's 11-9 win over nationally-ranked Albany, pacing the Bison defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Bucknell surrendered just three second-half goals in the win.
DAVID DiMARIA, LEHIGH So., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
DiMaria upped his point-scoring streak to 19 games, which is 28th nationally, with a four-point effort Tuesday at Army and a pair of assists in Saturday's 11-5 win at Holy Cross.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGAN KELLY, LEHIGH So., Attack, Mendham, N.J.
Kelly wins her first weekly award, scoring eight goals in two wins for the Mountain Hawks. She had four goals and an assist in an 18-6 win over Temple Thursday and she had four goals in an 18-9 win over Lafayette Sunday. Kelly also had three groundballs and a draw control. She is fourth on the team in points with 30 (23 goals, seven assists).
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LAUREN DYKSTRA, LEHIGH Sr., Midfielder, Mendham, N.J.
Dykstra wins her fourth weekly award of the season and second Midfield Player award with her nine goals and three assists in two wins last week. She also had nine groundballs, four draw controls and four caused turnovers. Dykstra scored twice in an 18-6 win over Temple Thursday and added seven goals and an assists in an 18-9 win over Lafayette Sunday. She has scored a goal in a League-best 42 straight games.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LEIGH ANN TORCIVIA, LEHIGH Jr., Defense, Rumson, N.J.
Torcivia wins her first award of 2011 with her defensive play in two wins last week. She finished the week with 10 groundballs, eight draw controls and two caused turnovers. She also had a goal in Lehigh's 18-9 win over Lafayette Sunday. She leads the Mountain Hawks in draw controls with 29 and she is third in groundballs with 20.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MONICA WHITE, COLGATE Fr., Attack, Deer Park, N.Y.
White scored three goals, including the game-winner, in the Raiders' 12-8 win over Holy Cross Saturday. She also had a groundball, a draw control and a caused turnover in the win. White has posted two hat tricks this season and she has scored in six of the Raiders' nine games.
PAIGE LIN, AMERICAN Jr., Midfielder, Palo Alto, Calif.
Lin scored four goals and had an assist in the Eagles' 20-11 win over Bucknell Saturday. She also won 9-of-16 faceoffs and had four draw controls.
COLLEEN BUBNACK, COLGATE Sr., Attack, Syracuse, N.Y.
Bubnack scored three goals and had three assists in the Raiders' 12-8 win over Holy Cross, pushing Colgate out to a 3-0 start in the Patriot League. She has scored in 17 straight games and has totaled 32 through nine games this season.
ALEXANDRA FITZPATRICK, LEHIGH Fr., Goalkeeper, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Fitzpatrick made 20 saves in two wins for the Mountain Hawks, posting a .606 save percentage. She stopped 16-of-22 shots in an 18-6 win over Temple Thursday and 4-of-11 shots in an 18-9 win Sunday.
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE Fr., Midfielder, Swarthmore, Pa.
White had a strong week in the midfield with eight draw controls, eight caused turnovers and six groundballs. She also had a goal and three assists.
Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
DOMONICK SYLVE, ARMY Sr., Long Beach, Calif.
Sylve won two events over the weekend, taking first in the 100-meter dash (11.20 seconds) and the 110-meter hurdles (14.18). His time in the 110 hurdles qualified him for the IC4A Championships.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Jr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio helped Navy finish first out of three teams at the Navy Invitational, winning the 1,500 with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:28.05. It is the 12th best time in the NCAA East region and fifth fastest time in school history.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TED HEITZMAN, BUCKNELL Jr., Elysburg, Pa.
Heitzman took first place in the javelin at the Towson Invitational with an IC4A qualifying mark of 67.63 meters (221-10). The mark ranks fourth all time at Bucknell.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LAURA RYCEK, BUCKNELL Sr., Northampton, Pa.
Rycek won the javelin (47.20 meters) and finished third in the shot put (12.35) at the Towson Invitational. Her mark in the javelin qualified her for the ECAC Championships. She is just the second Bison in school history to surpass 150 feet in the javelin.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ZACHARY DUNCAVAGE, NAVY Fr., League City, Texas
Duncavage hit IC4A-qualifying marks in all three of his discus competitions thus far in 2011, including his season-best toss at the Point Loma Open (52.32 meters). He finished second in the event at the Point Loma Open, while taking first at the Point Loma Invite and the Navy Invite. He also competed in the shot put with a second- and fourth-place finish.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LAUREN ALLAM, NAVY Fr., Pasadena, Md.
Allam won the discus at the Navy Invitational with a toss of 46.31, besting an ECAC-qualifying mark. She also placed fourth in the shot put (12.52) and fifth in the hammer (34.95).
MARK ALLEN, AMERICAN So., Miami, Fla.
Allen placed first in the 5,000 at the Navy Invitational with an IC4A qualifying time of 14:33.48.
ERIN KOCH, AMERICAN Sr., Perkasie, Pa.
Koch placed first in the 800 with time of 2:10.78, marking the second fastest time in American University history. It also eclipsed an ECAC qualifying standard.
NICHOLAS PORTER, NAVY Sr., Orleans, Ind.
Porter helped the Mids place first at the Navy Invitational with his first-place finish in the hammer. He was a runner-up in the event at both the Point Loma Open and Point Loma Invite, and with his longest toss of the season (55.65 meters), he won the event and qualified for the IC4A Championships.
AMANDA PHELPS, NAVY Jr., Oceanside, Calif.
Phelps won two events at the Navy Invitational and finished fourth in another. Phelps was first in the hammer (53.92 meters) and the shot put (13.37), and she was fourth in the discus (36.12). Her mark in the hammer qualified her for the ECAC Championships.