Oct. 25, 2010
Center Valley, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Oct. 18-24 in field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, cross country and swimming Monday.
Three teams that earned key victories in Patriot League field hockey had student-athletes receive weekly awards Monday. Lafayette's Deanna DiCroce was named Offensive Player of the Week while her teammate Meghan Cicchi earned the Defensive Player of the Week award following a 2-0 weekend that included a 5-0 shutout of rival Lehigh. Colgate's Kirsten Lalli claimed her fourth Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award after recording six saves in a 1-0 shutout of Holy Cross that gave the Raiders the last spot in the Patriot League Tournament. American's Shelly Montgomery captured the Rookie of the Week award after scoring a pair of goals in a 6-0 win over Bucknell.
In men’s soccer, the playoff field is still wide open with only Colgate (13 points) clinching a berth at 4-0-1. The Raiders could have easily been 5-0, but Bucknell erased a two-goal deficit in the final five minutes of their match and forced a tie. The draw for the Bison ties them with Navy for fourth place with eight points. Lehigh and American, at 3-1-1, are tied with 10 points. Bucknell’s Tommy McCabe, who assisted Mayowa Alli on the two late goals against Colgate, was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Alli was named the Rookie of the Week. Lehigh’s Cameron Omsberg was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week, while Lafayette’s Graham Heydt earned the Goalkeeper of the Week award for his shutout of Cornell.
Five draws over last week led to a log-jam at the top of the women’s soccer standing, with Army, Bucknell and Lehigh all clinching playoff berths. Colgate is in fourth with 10 points, leading Navy (8) and American (6) in the race for the final playoff spot. Colgate picked up three points last week with two shutouts, led by Calista Victor, the Defensive Player of the Week, and Alexis Longwell, the Goalkeeper of the Week. Army’s Kim An was named the Rookie of the Week and Bucknell’s Kelliann Doherty was named the Offensive Player of the Week.
American and Army continue to control the top two spots in the Patriot League women’s volleyball standings as each picked up two league wins last week. Army, led by the Player of the Week Karyn Powell and Rookie of the Week Megan Wilton, defeated Lafayette and Lehigh, while American blanked third-place Bucknell and fourth-place Colgate.
For the majority of cross country teams in the Patriot League, this past weekend was set aside for rest, as the 2010 Patriot League Championships lurked around the bend. Only Bucknell was in action, and many of its top female runners sat out from the Go-Fast River Run at Lock Haven University Saturday. Charles Murphy, who led the men’s team at last year’s championship meet, placed 10th Saturday to lead the team again. Allison Donaghy led the women’s team with a ninth-place finish. Both were honored as the Runners of the Week. The entire League will return to the course Saturday for the 2010 Patriot League championships at Lafayette College Oct. 30. The women’s race will start at 11 a.m. and men’s race will start at noon.
Navy won three out of four swimming diving awards with Mac Anthony and Laura Gorinski being named Swimmers of the Week. Olaf Olson was named the Male Diver of the Week. Colgate’s Kim Pilka was named the Female Diver of the Week.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
DEANNA DiCROCE, LAFAYETTE So., F, Doylestown, Pa.
DiCroce sparked Lafayette to a pair of wins over the weekend, including a 5-0 triumph over Lehigh Saturday. She scored two goals and assisted on another in the win over the Mountain Hawks, and tallied an assist in a 6-3 win over Georgetown Sunday. She also fired one of the Leopards’ three shots on goal in a 3-2 loss to No. 16 Drexel Tuesday. DiCroce leads the Patriot League with 32 points and 14 assists for the season. She receives the Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time this season and the fourth in her career.
Defensive Player of the Week
MEGHAN CICCHI, LAFAYETTE Sr., D, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Cicchi continued her outstanding play late in the season by scoring four goals in Lafayette’s three matches, and earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor for the second straight time and third in the past four weeks. She scored two goals in Lafayette’s 5-0 win over Lehigh Saturday, and led a Leopard defense that held the Mountain Hawks without a shot. Cicchi tallied two more goals in a 6-3 win over Georgetown Sunday, with all four markers coming off penalty corners. She also led a defense that held No. 16 Drexel scoreless for the first 60 minutes of an eventual 3-2 loss Tuesday. Cicchi extends her Patriot League record to 11 career Defensive Player of the Week awards, and earns the honor for the fourth time this season.
Goalkeeper of the Week
KIRSTEN LALLI, COLGATE Sr., GK, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Lalli backstopped Colgate into the Patriot League Tournament by making six saves in a 1-0 shutout win over Holy Cross Saturday. She had to do most of her work in a scoreless game, as Colgate did not take the lead until 12 minutes remained in the contest. That included three consecutive saves on back-to-back penalty corners to keep the game tied. It was her third shutout of the season, and Lalli leads the Patriot League and is among the national leaders with 145 saves for the year. She takes the lead among Patriot League goalkeepers with her fourth weekly award of the season.
Rookie of the Week
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Fr., F, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery scored a pair of goals to help keep the No. 7 Eagles undefeated in Patriot League action with a 6-0 blanking of Bucknell Saturday. The first goal provided insurance in the second half, as Montgomery put the Eagles ahead 2-0 in the 51st minute. She added another tally to cap off the scoring in the 64th minute. Montgomery earns her first Rookie of the Week award after receiving the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honor earlier in the season.
GINA HOFFMAN, AMERICAN So., D, Braunschweig, Germany
Hoffman scored one of American’s six goals and led a defensive unit that did not allow a shot on goal and surrendered just two shots overall in a shutout victory over Bucknell Saturday.
OLIVIA NABHAN, COLGATE Fr., F, Rye, N.Y.
Nabhan tallied the game-winning goal with 12 minutes remaining as Colgate clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth with a 1-0 win over Holy Cross Saturday.
JESSICA MILLER, LEHIGH Sr., GK, Lititz, Pa.
Miller totaled a career-high 22 saves to keep Lehigh in striking distance in a 5-0 loss to Lafayette Saturday.
Patriot League Men’s Soccer Weekly Award
BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
TOMMY McCABE, BUCKNELL Sr., MF, Sarasota, Fla.
McCabe led the Bison with a game-winning goal in their 1-0 win over Adelphi and two assists in their 3-3 tie with Colgate. Bucknell trailed 3-1 with five minutes left, but McCabe assisted on two late goals to force overtime. He also made a bicycle kick defensive save in overtime to save the game for the Bison.
BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
CAMERON OMSBERG, LEHIGH So., D, Belgrade, Maine
Omsberg, playing out of position at center-back, anchored the Mountain Hawks’ defense in two wins last week, including a 1-0 shutout of NJIT where Lehigh limited its opponent to five shots on goal. The Mountain Hawks also held American to two shots in a 2-1 League win.
BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
GRAHAM HEYDT, LAFAYETTE Jr., GK, Northbrook, Ill.
Heydt made two saves to lead the Leopards to a 1-0 win over Cornell. He stopped both the shots he saw in overtime.
BRINE Rookie of the Week
MAYOWA ALLI, BUCKNELL Fr., D, Lanham, Md.
Alli scored twice in a 50-second span in the 86th minute to erase a 3-1 deficit and force a tie with Colgate. Alli scored off a header on a corner at 85:04 and again on a direct kick at 85:54.
SHANE CONLIN, COLGATE So., F, Randolph, N.J.
Conlin scored his third goal of the season and had an assist in the Raiders’ 3-3 tie with Bucknell.
JAMES GRAF, LEHIGH Sr., MF, Schwenksville, Pa.
Graf returned from a knee injury to score the game-winning goal in the 75th minute of Lehigh’s 2-1 win over American Saturday.
CIARAN NUGENT, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Canton, Mass.
Nugent made five saves in a shutout of NJIT in his first collegiate start.
Patriot League Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
KELLIANN DOHERTY, BUCKNELL Sr., MF/F Voorhees, N.J.
Doherty scored two goals and had an assist as the Bison went 1-1 in Patriot League play last week. She had an assist in Bucknell’s 2-1 overtime loss to Army and netted her first two-goal game since her freshman year in a 3-2 win over Holy Cross. She scored the game-winner and added an insurance goal later in the second half.
BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
CALISTA VICTOR, COLGATE Sr., D, Seattle, Wash.
Victor led the Raiders defense to back-to-back shutouts last week, including a 2-0 win over Holy Cross and a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Army. She scored the game-winning goal against Holy Cross and recorded a defensive save in the game that kept the score at 1-0.
BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
ALEXIS LONGWELL, COLGATE So., GK, McLean, Va.
Longwell picked up her first two collegiate shutouts with a 2-0 win over Holy Cross and a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Army. She made four saves against the Crusaders and five against the Black Knights.
BRINE Rookie of the Week
KIM AN, ARMY Fr., Oak Ridge, N.J.
An scored in the 85th minute to force overtime with Bucknell, where the Black Knights scored to win 2-1. An’s nine goals are the most by any Army freshman since 1995. It also was her first League goal.
ALEX LOSTETTER, ARMY Sr., GK, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lostetter allowed just one goal in a 2-1 overtime win over Bucknell and held Colgate scoreless in a 0-0 double-overtime draw. She made four saves overall. The goal allowed to Bucknell ended a scoreless streak that spanned six games for Army’s opponents. Her shutout against Colgate was her ninth this year and 29th of her career.
MICHELLE MONTILLIO, AMERICAN So., M, Hanover, Mass.
Montillio played all 220 minutes of American’s two double-overtime 1-1 ties last week, moving out of position for 79 minutes in the Eagles game against Lehigh to man the center-back position after a red card left American with 10 players.
LAUREN SMEDLEY, LAFAYETTE So., GK, Hamilton, N.J.
Smedley recorded 17 saves in two games for the Leopards, including 11 in a 0-0 shutout of Navy. She also posted six saves in a 1-1 tie with American. Her save percentage for the week was .944. She now has a 0.82 GAA with 109 saves and a school record eight shutouts.
ALYSSA MANOOGIAN, COLGATE So., MF/F, Peabody, Mass.
Manoogian recorded two assists in the Raiders 2-0 win over Holy Cross. She now has 13 points, with four goals and five assists on the season.
Patriot League Women’s Volleyball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
KARYN POWELL, ARMY Sr., S, West Harrison, Ind.
Powell posted two double-doubles for the Black Knights, who went 2-0 in League play last week. The Army setter posted 82 assists, 26 digs and three blocks in two matches. She had 35 assists and 10 digs in a 3-0 win over Lafayette and 47 assists and 16 digs in a 3-2 win over Lehigh.
Rookie of the Week
MEGAN WILTON, ARMY Fr., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Wilton posted a .460 hitting percentage in two matches, totaling 27 kills for Army. She also had six blocks, including four in a 3-2 win over Lehigh. This is her third Rookie of the Week award.
MAGDALENA TEKIEL, AMERICAN Sr., OH, Warsaw, Poland
Tekiel had 36 kills, 21 digs and five blocks in three matches as American went 3-0 with three 3-0 wins, including two League wins. She had 11 kills against Colgate and 13 against Bucknell.
TAYLOR POOLE, LEHIGH So., MH, Keller, Texas
Poole posted back-to-back double-digit kill performances as Lehigh went 1-1 last week. She had 10 kills, five digs and two blocks in a 3-0 win over Holy Cross and 14 kills and six blocks in a 3-2 loss to Army.
Patriot League Cross Country Weekly Awards
Male Runner of the Week
CHARLES MURPHY, BUCKNELL So., Short Hills, N.J.
Murphy was the Bison’s top finisher at the Go-Fast River Run at Lock Haven University, placing 10th in a time of 25:31.84.
Female Runner of the Week
ALLISON DONAGHY, BUCKNELL Jr., Colts Neck, N.J.
Donaghy led Bucknell with a ninth-place finish at the Go-Fast River Run at Lock Haven University, finishing in 22.40.84.
Male Rookie of the Week
TYLER ERHARD, BUCKNELL Fr., Millerstown, Pa.
Erhard was the ninth Bison to cross the line at the Go-Fast River Run at Lock Haven University. He finished 32nd in a time of 26:33 in just his second collegiate race.
Female Rookie of the Week
STEPHANIE BRYAN, BUCKNELL Fr., Frederick, Md.
Bryan was third among Bison finishers at the Go-Fast River Run at Lock Haven University, placing 18th in 23:06.
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
Male Swimmer Of The Week
MAC ANTHONY, NAVY Jr., Allentown, Pa.
Anthony posted three first-place finishes as the Mids defeated UMBC 158-131 Friday in Annapolis. He won the 100-meter free in 51.45, which was 0.13 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, and he won the 200 free in 150.37, which was 2.91 seconds ahead of the next highest competitor. His third individual win came in the 400 free, in which he posted a victory by nearly four seconds.
Female Swimmer Of The Week
LAURA GORINSKI, NAVY So., Greensburg, Pa.
Gorinski won a duo of individual events in Navy’s 161-131 win over UMBC at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis Friday afternoon. She won the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events, pulling away by 4.66 seconds in the former race and 5.64 seconds in the latter. She recorded the second-best time in the 200-meter individual medley with a clocking of 2:22.56.
Male Diver Of The Week
OLAF OLSON, NAVY Sr., Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Olson captured first place in the three-meter dive with 367.35 points, which was 66.67 points ahead of the second-place finisher. He posted a second-place showing in the one-meter with 335.55 points, which came just 0.83 shy of teammate Hayden Jones, who won the event.
Female Diver Of The Week
KIM PILKA, COLGATE So., Great Falls, Va.
Pilka won both the one- and three-meter diving events Saturday in Colgate’s season opener against Buffalo. Pilka swept the events, capturing 259.11 points in the one-meter event and 243.60 in the three-meter dive. She earned a total of 18 points for her team. Her victory in the one-meter dive came by nearly 13 points, while her win in the three-meter was by 4.66 points.
COURTNEY VANDAMENT, NAVY Jr., Coppell, Texas
Vandament won the three-meter dive with 231.08 points and came in second in the one-meter event with 235.43 as the Mids swept UMBC Friday afternoon.
MIKE NICHOLSON, BUCKNELL Fr., Chappaqua, N.Y.
Nicholson helped the Bison defeat George Mason and George Washington on the road over the weekend. He totaled five first-place finishes, including two victories in the 200-yard butterfly.