Sept. 11, 2013
ECAC Football Players of the Week | ECAC Field Hockey Players of the Week | ECAC Volleyball Players of the Week
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- The first set of weekly awards from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) came out on Tuesday, and four Patriot Leaguers took home an honor for their performance last week.
Patriot League players grabbed the top two ECAC FCS weekly honors as Lehigh senior wide receiver Lee Kurfis was named Offensive Player of the Week and Fordham junior linebacker Victor DiFusco claimed the Co-Defensive Player of the Week award. American senior goalkeeper Ashley Dalisera was selected as the ECAC Field Hockey Division I Player of the Week, while junior middle blocker/right side hitter Kelly McCaddin earned ECAC Volleyball Division I Co-Player of the Week honors.
Kurfis notched seven receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns to lead a dramatic Lehigh comeback for a 51-44 double overtime win against Central Connecticut on Saturday. He came up huge in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Mountain Hawks rallied from a 37-17 deficit with just over 10 minutes to play. Kurfis caught a 62-yard touchdown that cut Lehigh's margin to 37-31, and then notched a career-long 77-yard reception that set up the game-tying touchdown later in the fourth quarter. He also hauled in a 25-yard touchdown reception on Lehigh's opening play in the first overtime to tie the score at 44-44 and send the contest to a second OT. Kurfis had four receptions for 202 yards and the two scores in the second half and overtime. The 222 receiving yards set a Goodman Stadium record and were the fifth-best single-game total in school history. The yardage total was the highest for a Patriot League player since 2009 and the 12th-best in League annals.
DiFusco played a key role in Fordham's 27-24 upset of No. 8/11 Villanova on Saturday by recording seven tackles, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble in the contest. The tackle total was a career high that included six solo stops. DiFusco played a role in two of the five turnovers, all fumbles, that Fordham forced in the game. The Rams beat a top 10 FCS team at home for the first time, and were the first Patriot League team to beat a non-League ranked opponent since 2011.
Dalisera totaled seven saves in a 2-0 shutout of James Madison on Friday, then helped lead an Eagle defense that allowed only one shot in a 7-1 victory over Longwood on Sunday. Six of her seven stops against the Dukes came in the second half to preserve the shutout, and she also stopped a penalty stroke attempt. Dalisera leads the Patriot League with a 1.00 goals against average and .840 save percentage for the season.
McCaddin was named the MVP of the Sacred Heart Invitational Tournament with three stellar outings to help keep American unbeaten this season. Her best match of the weekend came Saturday when she logged 14 kills, six total blocks and hit .571 in a four-set win over Manhattan. In the Eagles’ second match of the day, a 3-0 sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore, McCaddin drilled 11 more kills with five blocks and hit .409. For the week McCaddin averaged 3.00 kills and 1.30 blocks per set, and tallied 30 total kills with just five errors on 51 swings to hit .490.
To see all of the fall weekly award winners, visit ECACsports.com