April 5, 2010
Center Valley, Pa.--While one team has already clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth, the race remains tight for the remaining tournament positions, including the top seed. Army and Lafayette enter the week tied for the top position at 2-0. Navy, which begins the week with a 4-1 Patriot League mark, is in third place, but the Mids are the only team that has secured a tournament berth. Bucknell and Lehigh are tied for the final position, with Holy Cross and Colgate still alive as well.
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Release - 4.5.10
Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
Ryan Klipstein, Bucknell Jr., M, Califon, N.J.
Klipstein was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Bison with eight goals in a pair of road victories. Klipstein logged three goals and an assist in Bucknell’s 11-9 win at Penn State on Tuesday. He notched a goal and an assist in the Bison’s decisive 4-0 run in the fourth quarter. Klipstein then ripped off five goals in Bucknell’s 11-2 Patriot League triumph at Holy Cross on Saturday.
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Lyons, Bucknell Jr., D, Owings Mills, Md.
Lyons spearheaded a pair of strong defensive performances, leading Bucknell to two road wins. He racked up five caused turnovers and four ground balls in the Bison’s 11-9 victory at Penn State, helping hold the Nittany Lions below their season scoring average. He added two more ground balls in Bucknell’s 11-2 triumph at Holy Cross. The Crusaders’ two goals were the fewest allowed by the Bucknell defense all season. It is the second time this season that Lyons has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week
Kyle Feeney, Bucknell Fr., GK, Greenwich, Conn.
Feeney picked up a pair of victories, allowing just 11 goals in two outings. He made 12 saves and allowed just two goals in the Bison’s 11-2 Patriot League triumph at Holy Cross. He also picked up the win with a seven-save effort against Penn State on Tuesday. He finished the week with a .633 save percentage. It is the first time in his career that Feeney has been named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week.
Patriot League Rookie of the Week
Dante Fantoni, Lehigh Fr., A, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Fantoni was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time this season after scoring nine points in two games. He scored a career-high five goals in Lehigh’s comeback victory over Sacred Heart, notching three goals in the second half. He scored two straight goals, including the tying tally. He also registered two goals and two assists in the Mountain Hawks’ overtime triumph at Binghamton.
Honorable Mention Performances Last Week
Jeremy Boltus, Army
Jr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Tallied five points in the Black Knights’ overtime win against Colgate. Assisted the game-winner, helping Army move to 2-0 in Patriot League play.
Patrick Campbell, Colgate
So., M, Massapequa, N.Y.
Led the Raiders with three points in Colgate’s overtime loss to Army. Notched two goals, one assist and three ground balls while also forcing a turnover.
Brian Bienemann, Lehigh
Sr., A, Chatham, N.J.
Recorded a 10-point week, helping Lehigh pick up a pair of victories. Registered four goals and two assist in the Mountain Hawks’ overtime victory at Binghamton. Added a goal in three assists in Lehigh’s 9-6 triumph over Sacred Heart.
Conor Murphy, Lehigh
So., GK, Wellesley, Mass.
Made 12 saves while allowing just six goals in his first start of the season. Tallied seven saves in the fourth quarter as the Mountain Hawks outscored the Pioneers by a 4-0 count in the final period.
Patriot League Notebook
Two At The Top
Army joined Lafayette atop the Patriot League standings on Saturday. With an overtime victory against Colgate, the Black Knights moved to 2-0 in Patriot League play. Lafayette, which has not played a Patriot League game since Mar. 20, is also 2-0. The Leopards and the Black Knights are the only two squads without a Patriot League loss.
Navy’s Patriot League record currently ranks third by winning percentage, but the Mids own the highest win total in League play. With five League games under its belt, Navy currently holds a 4-1 mark in Patriot League action. Holy Cross, which is 1-3 in League play, is the only other Patriot League team with at least four Patriot League games completed. Three squads have played three times in Patriot League competition, while two teams have played just two League contests.
In The Thick Of Things
Bucknell was picked second in the Patriot League preseason poll, but the Bison started League play with two straight losses. Bucknell quickly shot up the standings with a Patriot League victory on the Saturday. The Bison knocked off Holy Cross, moving Bucknell into a tie with Lehigh for fourth place. The top four teams at the end of the regular season advance to the Patriot League Tournament.
Mountain Hawks Soaring
Lehigh has rattled off three straight wins, including a pair of comeback victories last week. The Mountain Hawks rallied for an overtime win at Binghamton on Tuesday. Lehigh then outscored Sacred Heart by a 4-0 margin in the fourth quarter to pick up a 9-6 win on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks’ winning streak is the longest current streak and the second longest overall streak this season among League teams.
Maisano A Finalist For Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Ten NCAA student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were recently tabbed as finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in the men’s lacrosse division. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Among the 10 finalists is Army senior Andrew Maisano. Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the winner. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner in late May at the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore, Maryland.
Seven On Tewaaraton Watch List
A total of seven Patriot League men’s lacrosse student-athletes were named to the 2010 watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, the sport’s premier individual accolade. Named to the initial list were Army’s Bill Henderson and Tom Palesky, Bucknell’s Austin Winter, Lafayette’s Tom Perini and Navy’s Tim Paul and Matt Vernam. Lafayette’s Stefan Bauer was added to the list last week.
Army The Black Knights won their second straight Patriot League game, knocking off Colgate in overtime. Army is one of two squads without a Patriot League loss. Junior Jeremy Boltus registered three goals and two assists, giving him 116 career points. Earlier in the week, the Black Knights dropped a 17-2 decision at No. 8/8 Hofstra. Junior Rob McCallion contributed to both of the Black Knights’ scores, notching a goal and an assist. Army was outshot by a 48-18 margin in the defeat. The Black Knights will put their unblemished Patriot League record on the line on Saturday when they travel to Bucknell.
Bucknell The Bison snapped a two-game skid and have now won two straight games. Bucknell opened the week with an 11-9 win at Penn State on Tuesday. The Bison then registered an 11-2 victory at Holy Cross. Junior Ryan Klipstein tallied eight goals and an assist during the week to pace Bucknell, giving the junior 33 points and a team-leading 28 goals. Klipstein had just 15 goals during his first two seasons combined. Holy Cross’ two goals were the fewest allowed by the Bucknell defense this season. Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Feeney made 12 saves against the Crusaders. Bucknell will aim for its second consecutive Patriot League victory when it hosts Army on Saturday.
Colgate The Raiders dropped their second consecutive overtime decision in Patriot League play, falling by an 11-10 count at Army on Saturday. Colgate has now lost six straight games. Freshman Peter Baum tallied a goal and his first career assist in the defeat. Baum, who has 18 goals this season, is one short of matching the Colgate frehsman record for single-season goals set by Brandon Corp in 2006. Colgate will return home for a Saturday meeting with Patriot League foe Lehigh.
Holy Cross The Crusaders have lost four straight games, including three consecutive Patriot League outings. Holy Cross was dealt an 11-2 defeat by Bucknell on Saturday. The Crusaders will play a pair of games this week, starting with a non-League contest against Vermont on Tuesday. Holy Cross will then host No. 16/20 Lafayette on Saturday. Junior Douglas Broussard enters the week leading the team with 12 caused turnovers and a career-best 42 ground balls. He has 106 ground balls for his career, which is the highest total by any current Crusader.
Lafayette After starting the season with six straight wins, the Leopards have dropped back-to-back contests. Lafayette was beaten, 14-12, by Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday. Two Leopards reached the 100-point plateau on Saturday. Tom Perini's first goal of the afternoon was the 100th point of his career while Matt Mersky's first-quarter goal helped the senior reach the milestone. Senior goalkeeper Vinny DePasquale made 10 saves and has tallied double digit saves in seven of Lafayette's eight contests this year. The No. 16/20 Leopards are one of two unbeaten teams in Patriot League play. Lafayette will resume League play on Saturday at Holy Cross.
Lehigh The Mountain Hawks have run off three straight wins, including a pair of comeback wins last week. Lehigh rallied for an overtime win at Binghamton on Tuesday. The Mountain Hawks then outscored Sacred Heart by a 4-0 margin in the fourth quarter to pick up a 9-6 win on Saturday. Brian Bienemann recorded a 10-point week, including a six-point effort at Binghamton. Lehigh’s winning streak is the longest current streak and the second longest overall among Patriot League teams. The Mountain Hawks will play at Colgate on Saturday.
Navy The Mids were dealt an overtime loss by No. 13/10 Georgetown, snapping Navy’s two-game winning streak. The Hoyas’ Max Seligmann scored the deciding goal 52 seconds into overtime. It was the fifth one-goal game of the season for Navy and the program-record fourth overtime contest for the Mids. Navy, which has already clinced a Patriot League Tournament berth, will play a non-League game at No. 4/5 Maryland on Saturday. The game will be carried by ESPNU.