Bucknell Men's Lax Claims Four of the Five Patriot League Major Award Winners

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Patriot League Goalie of the Year Nick Sciubba
Patriot League Goalie of the Year Nick Sciubba

April 22, 2009

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell men's lacrosse team continued to haul in the hardware on Wednesday. One day after six Bison earned First Team All-Patriot League honors, the program secured four of the Patriot League's five major awards. Senior Billy Haire (Darien, Conn./Darien) was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year; senior Nick Sciubba (Sea Cliff, N.Y./Salisbury School) was named the PL Goalie of the Year; freshman Charlie Streep (New Canaan, Conn./Loomis-Chaffee) was picked as the PL Rookie of the Year; and head coach Frank Fedorjaka was named the PL Coach of the Year.

Haire was the league's preseason defensive player of the year, and he validated that claim with another outstanding season for the Bison, who enter this week's Patriot League Tournament as the host and No. 1 seed.

Haire, who was also an Inside Lacrosse Preseason Honorable Mention All-America selection, earned his third straight All-Patriot League citation on Tuesday. Bucknell's stopper on defense, Haire is regularly assigned to the opposition's top attackman. The senior has never missed a start in four years at Bucknell, and in 2009 he is a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. He leads a Bison defense that ranks second in the Patriot League and 14th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 7.93 goals per game.

Haire, who was elected co-captain during the offseason, ranks second on Bucknell's career ground ball list with 160. He is just 15 shy of the school record, set by Ryan Goodman from 2002-05. Haire is the first Bison defenseman to earn three all-conference citations since Blaise Fletcher from 2002-04, and he is Bucknell's fifth Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the first since Fletcher in 2004.



Sciubba is also a three-time All-Patriot League pick. This week's first-team citation led to his first Goalie of the Year award. Sciubba earned his third Patriot League Goalie of the Week honor of 2009 on Monday after a 13-save performance in Saturday's regular-season title-clinching win over Colgate. Sciubba has started 11 of the team's 14 games this season and has a 5-4 record with a .559 save percentage and 8.71 goals-against average. He ranks second in the Patriot League in goals-against average and third in save percentage.

Sciubba has logged 12 or more saves five times this season, including a career-high 16 against No. 4 Notre Dame. He also had 12 saves with only six goals against in a big 8-6 win over Army on Apr. 4. Sciubba, who transferred to Bucknell from Massachusetts prior to his sophomore year, ranks ninth on the school's career saves list with 357.

He is Bucknell's first Patriot League Goalie of the Year, although before the advent of that award goalie Justin Sussman won the league's Defensive Player of the Year honor in both 2002 and 2003.

Streep is Bucknell's sixth Patriot League Rookie of the Year, and its third in the last four years. Streep's teammates, Joe Mele and Austin Winter, won top rookie honors in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Streep and Winter are the only two Bison freshmen to earn First Team All-Patriot League honors, and he was the lone rookie on that list this year. A first-line middie all season, he has racked up 23 goals and five assists for 28 points thus far. The 23 goals are eighth-most in the league, and the most among all league freshmen.

Streep earned his league-record fifth Patriot League Rookie of the Week citation on Monday after scoring a career-high five goals in the big win over Colgate. Prior to this season, no player in Patriot League history had recorded more than three rookie of the week honors. He also had a four-goal game against Towson and three each against Ohio State, Lafayette and Holy Cross. His biggest goal of the year came in Bucknell's 8-7 win over Navy on Feb. 28, when he scored the game-winning goal just before the final horn sounded.

Fedorjaka is in his fourth season as Bucknell's head coach after replacing the legendary Sid Jamieson prior to the 2006 campaign. This is Fedorjaka's first Patriot League Coach of the Year honor. He was the USILA Division III Coach of the Year in 1995 while at Franklin & Marshall.

Jamieson was the PL Coach of the Year in 1996, 2001 and 2005.

The one major award that Bucknell did not win was the Offensive Player of the Year, which went to Colgate's Brandon Corp.

Bucknell is ranked No. 16 this week in the USILA Coaches' Poll. The Bison are the top seed and host for the 2009 Patriot League Tournament, which will be held this Friday and Sunday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Bucknell will face fourth-seeded Army at 3 p.m. Friday in the first semifinal matchup, with No. 2 Colgate and No. 3 Navy squaring off in the second semi at 5:45 p.m. The winners will meet for the championship on Sunday at 3 p.m. All three tourney contests will be televised live on CBS College Sports.