April 19, 2010
Center Valley, Pa.Patriot League Tournament positions will be determined by head-to-head matchups this week. Colgate and Bucknell will meet in Lewisburg, with the winner claiming the final tournament berth. Also clashing this week will No. 20 Army and No. 19 Lafayette. The Black Knights and the Leopards are the only two squads with the ability to finish at the top of the League and host the tournament. Army and Lafayette will square off in Easton on Tuesday.
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Release - 4.19.10
Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
Jeremy Boltus, Army Jr., A, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Boltus contributed to 57 percent of Army’s goals, including the game-winner, in the Black Knight’s 7-6 win over rival Navy. Boltus notched three goals and an assist against the Midshipmen. He scored the game-winning tally with under five minutes remaining in the contest, giving Army sole possession of first place in the Patriot League. It is the first time in his career that Boltus has been named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week.
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week
Jake Clarke, Bucknell Jr., SSDM, Cos Cob, Conn.
Clarke won over 70 percent of his faceoffs and also became Bucknell’s all-time leader in ground balls as the Bison notched a 14-5 win over Lehigh. Clarke outdueled one of the Patriot League’s top faceoff men, Will Scudder, as the Bison junior went 12-for-17 at the X. He also notched six ground balls, giving him a school-record 176 for his career. It is the second time this season and the third time in his career that Clarke has received Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week
Jared Madison, Colgate So., GK, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Madison made a career-high 14 saves in Colgate’s 14-9 win over No. 16/20 Lafayette, which entered the game with the fourth-highest scoring offense in the nation. Madison has now won two straight starts, allowing just 6.50 goals per game in the Raiders’ two-game winning streak. It is the first time in his career that Madison has been tabbed Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week.
Patriot League Rookie of the Week
Peter Baum, Colgate Fr., A, Portland, Ore.
Baum was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after scoring four goals in the Raiders’ 14-9 win over No. 16/20 Lafayette on Friday. Baum scored all four of his goals in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter, as the Raiders moved within one victory of a Patriot League Tournament berth. It was the sixth hat trick of the season for Baum, who leads Colgate with 25 goals in the 2010 campaign.
Honorable Mention Performances Last Week
Bill Henderson, Army
So., LSM, Tully, N.Y.
Helped Army hold Navy’s potent offense three goals below its season average. Held the Mids scoreless for a stretch of 32 minutes spanning from the second quarter into the fourth quarter. Notched four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Austin Winter, Bucknell
Sr., A, Boonton Township, N.J.
Had a hand in half of the Bison’s 14 goals, registering four goals and three assists in Bucknell’s 14-5 win over Lehigh. Had two goals and two assists in the first half, helping the Bison jump out to an 8-2 lead.
Chris Zielinski, Colgate
So., M, Lancaster, Pa.
Tallied three goals and three assists in the Raiders’ 14-9 triumph over No. 16/20 Lafayette. Scored back-to-back goals in the second period to tie the game at 3-3. Added another goal and three assists in the second half to spark a 10-5 Colgate run.
Michael Crown, Colgate
Sr., D, Winnetka, Ill.
Scooped up a career-high nine ground balls in the Raiders’ 14-9 win over No. 16/20 Lafayette. Crown’s dominance helped Colgate record a resounding 41-24 edge in ground balls against the Leopards.
Edison Parzanese, Holy Cross
Sr., A, Edgartown, Mass.
Recorded seven points with one goal and a career-best six assists in the Crusaders’ 17-10 win over Quinnipiac. His six assists were the fifth-highest single-game total in school history.
Douglas Broussard, Holy Cross
Jr., D, Floral Park, N.Y.
Led all players with 10 ground balls in Holy Cross’ 17-10 victory over Quinnipiac, giving him a career-best 63 ground balls this season.
Patriot League Notebook
Climbing To The Top
Army was picked fourth in the Patriot League preseason coaches’ poll, but the Black Knights find themselves atop the standings with one week to play. Coupled with Lafayette’s loss at Colgate, the Black Knights’ 7-6 win over rival Navy pushed Army to the top of the heap. With a win over Lafayette on Tuesday, the Black Knights would clinch the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament. Army can finish no worse than second in the final regular season standings.
Despite suffering its first Patriot League loss of the season, Lafayette clinched its first-ever Patriot League Tournament berth over the weekend. The Leopards were dealt a 14-9 defeat by Colgate, but Bucknell’s victory over Lehigh secured Lafayette’s entrance into the tournament. The Leopards can finish as high as first and as low as fourth in the tournament seedings. A win over Army on Tuesday would give Lafayette its first winning record in Patriot League play since 1993.
Two weeks ago, Colgate was 0-3 in Patriot League play and 1-8 overall. The Raiders have flipped the script with two straight League wins and now control their own destiny. At 2-3 in League play, Colgate is tied with Bucknell for the fourth and final Patriot League Tournament berth. The Raiders and the Bison will meet on Saturday with the winner advancing to the tournament.
Playing After The Whistle
Only three teams in the nation have played three or more overtime games this season. All three teams come from the Patriot League. Bucknell has played three overtime contests, while rivals Army and Navy have played four overtime games. Army and Navy are both 2-2 in overtime contests, while Buckell is 0-3.
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. 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.
Wickham Named A Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee
Navy sophomore goalkeeper RJ Wickham was one of 26 players to be selected as a nominee for the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy, it was announced last week by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. Recognized as the most prized award in college lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award Foundation released its "Watch List" in early March, a list which grew to nearly 100 names and included seven Patriot League student-athletes.
Army The Black Knights beat Navy for just the second time in the rivals’ last 16 meetings. Jeremy Boltus scored with less than five minutes remaining to propel Army to a 7-6 triumph in the 88th contest between to the two programs. Boltus tallied three goals and one assist while earning Game MVP honors. His four points moved him into 19th place on Army’s career scoring list with 122 points. He also moved into a tie for ninth place on the career assist charts with 66 helpers. Army will travel to Lafayette for a Patriot League contest on Tuesday. With a win, the Black Knights would clinch the top seed and homefield advantage in the Patriot League Tournament for the second time in three years.
Bucknell The Bison produced a convincing 14-5 win over Lehigh on Friday, setting up a showdown with Colgate for the fourth and final Patriot League Tournament berth. Austin Winter tallied four goals and three assists in the victory over the Mountain Hawks, giving him 42 points for the season. He has eclipsed the 40-point plateau in all four of his seasons with the Bison. Winter has 192 career points, the seventh-highest total in Patriot League history. He is four shy of third place on Bucknell’s career charts. Bucknell will host Colgate in its regular-season finale on Saturday. The winner will clinch the final Patriot League Tournament berth.
Colgate The Raiders have won two straight games, leaving them one win away from clinching a Patriot League Tournament berth. Colgate opened Patriot League play with three straight losses, but the Raiders have beaten Lehigh and Lafayette in consecutive weeks to move into a tie for fourth place. Most recently, Colgate picked up a 14-9 win over No. 16/20 Lafayette. Sophomore goalkeeper Jared Madison made 14 saves while freshman Peter Baum notched his sixth hat trick of the season with four goals. Colgate will aim for its first road win of the season when it travels to Bucknell on Saturday. The winner will claim the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament.
Holy Cross The Crusaders ended a five-game losing streak with a 17-10 victory over Quinnipiac on Saturday. Senior Edison Parzanese scored one goal and dished out six assists. He has 74 assists and 127 points for his career, both of which are the most by any current Crusader. Three of the team’s victories this season have come at the newly opened Holy Cross Field. The Crusaders will attempt to finish its home schedule with a winning record when they take on Bryant on Tuesday. Holy Cross enters its final home game of the season with a 3-3 mark in Worcester.
Lafayette The Leopards suffered their first Patriot League defeat on Friday, falling by a 14-9 count at Colgate. Despite the loss, Lafayette clinched its first Patriot League Tournament berth in school history, thanks to Lehigh’s loss at Bucknell. Sophomore Colin Serling paced the Leopards with three goals on the night, while senior Kevin Dunbar led Lafayette with three assists. Senior goalkeeper Vinny DePasquale notched 11 saves between the pipes for the Leopards. Lafayette can finish as high as first and as low as fourth in the final standings. The Leopards will host Patriot League-leader Army on Tuesday before taking on rival Lehigh on Saturday.
Lehigh The Mountain Hawks dropped from Patriot League Tournament contention with a 14-5 loss at Bucknell on Friday. The Mountain Hawks were outshot by a 36-17 margin as they fell behind by an 8-2 count in the first half. Lehigh will close its home schedule wih a Tuesday matchup against No. 9/9 Villanova on Tuesday before meeting its archrival, No. 19 Lafayette, on Saturday.
Navy The Mids dropped a 7-6 decision to rival Army in Baltimore on Saturday, ending Navy’s hopes of hosting the Patriot League Tournament. The Mids can now finish now higher than second and no worse than third in the final tournament seedings. Nikk Davis scored twice, including a goal with 5:35 remaining to tie the contest. With 37 seconds left, Davis nearly tied the game again, but his goal was waved off by officials. Navy will wrap up its home schedule against No. 17/19 Johns Hopkins on Saturday.