Sept. 18, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League more than doubled its trophy haul from last week's tally as 10 student-athletes picked up Corvias ECAC Weekly Awards in various sports on Tuesday.
Just days after pulling off the League's first win of an FBS opponent, Fordham grabbed a pair of ECAC football honors as junior quarterback Mike Nebrich was named FCS Offensive Player of the Week and junior placekicker Michael Marando earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors. In men's soccer, Bucknell senior defender Mayowa Alli was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, while Army sophomore forward Katie Holder and Boston University senior defender Kai Miller were named co-Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, in women's soccer.
A pair of Terriers were honored in field hockey as well, with senior defender Ysi Schieb and junior goalkeeper Valentina Cerda Eimbcke sharing the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week nod. American junior right-side hitter Kristyna Lindovska was named ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while Army sophomore Steve Schroeder and Navy junior Annie-Norah Beveridge grabbed ECAC Male and Female Cross Country Runner of the Week awards, respectively.
A total of 14 Patriot League student-athletes have picked up Corvias ECAC Weekly honors in just two weeks of awards.
Nebrich made big plays throughout the final drive of Fordham's historic 30-29 win at Temple on Saturday, capped by a 29-yard touchdown pass to Sam Ajala with four seconds left to send the Rams to their first-ever win over an FBS opponent. He also ran for two fourth-down conversions on the final drive, narrowly picking up both a 4th-and-2 and 4th-and-6 to keep the Rams alive. Nebrich completed 23-of-36 passes for a career-high 320 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and also ran for 29 yards. He completed 4-of-7 passes on Fordham's game-winning drive to go with the key rushing plays. Nebrich stands seventh in the country with 313.0 yards of total offense per game, and has led the 3-0 Rams to their best start since 1988. The victory over Temple was the first for a Patriot League team over an FBS foe since 2003, and first-ever for a League squad over an opponent from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference. Nebrich is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Marando played a key role in Fordham's 30-29 upset at Temple by making all three of his field goal attempts and each of his three extra points in the victory. Marando made kicks of 44 and a career-high 47 yards in the first half as Fordham took a 13-7 lead at the break, and hit a 24-yard field goal to put the Rams ahead 23-21 in the fourth quarter. Marando also came through under pressure with the game-winning extra point with four seconds left, coming after a lengthy delay that included a Temple timeout and a review of Fordham's touchdown. Marando stands 13th in the nation with 10.0 points per game. He is named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time.
Alli repeated as Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Bison back line to two more shutouts over the weekend, both on the road. The senior from Lanham, Md., played every minute of both games for the Bison defense that surrendered five shots on goal in each match and just eight shots total to Siena. Sunday's match against the Saints marked the fourth time this season the Bison have held an opponent under 10 shots.
Holder exploded with three goals and an assist for seven points in two Army victories over the weekend. She notched her team's only goal in Friday's 1-0 victory at Central Connecticut, picking up the tally in the 86th minute. She followed it up with a monster performance Sunday with a pair of goals and one dish in a 5-0 whitewash of Rhode Island at home. Holder opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a 12-yard strike, and assisted on Kimberly An's goal just under 30 minutes later to make it 2-0. She added an insurance goal in the second half to cap off her scoring for the week.
Miller was on the field for 171 of 180 minutes across a pair of 1-0 wins at home for the Terriers over key regional opponents. She started Friday's game against Connecticut and was responsible for the team save in the 75th minute while backing up goalkeeper Andrea Green to preserve the one-goal lead. On Sunday Miller played 81 minutes and led a stifling defensive effort that limited Providence to just four shots overall and two on net in another one-goal win for Boston University. Miller's efforts helped the Terriers improve to 4-0-1 at home with five shutouts.
Schieb played two solid games on defense as the Terriers held a pair of opponents to one goal over the weekend, and stepped up on the other end as well with assists on both BU goals in a 2-1 overtime win against Providence on Sunday. The Terriers rallied from a halftime deficit to earn the win. BU also held No. 17 Boston College to just one goal in a loss on Friday.
Cerda Eimbcke allowed just one goal in each of BU's contests over the weekend, keeping the Terriers close in a 1-0 loss to No. 17 Boston College on Friday and helping spur a comeback in a 2-1 overtime win against Providence on Sunday. She matched her season high with nine saves in the loss to the Eagles, including eight in the first half as the Terriers kept the match scoreless for 60 minutes. Cerda Eimbcke made five saves in the victory over the Friars, including a pair in the final minute of regulation and one on a penalty stroke in overtime to keep the game going before the Terriers won in the 85th minute. Cerda Eimbcke had a 0.90 goals against average and .875 save percentage for the weekend.
American volleyball is 10-0 for the first time in program history after Lindovska led the Eagles to three more 3-0 sweeps at the Crowne Plaza Invitational hosted by Penn over the weekend. The junior right-side hitter connected for 30 kills on 68 swings with eight errors to hit .324 while averaging 3.75 kills and 1.75 digs per set. Lindovska tallied double-digit kills twice, with 12 on 28 tries against Weber State and 11 on 19 swings against La Salle. She also contributed 14 digs, three aces and nine blocks across eight sets. Lindovksa played two of the three sets versus the Explorers, and averaged 5.0 kills, 2.5 total blocks and 2.0 digs per frame in the sweep.
Schroeder earned the Patriot League M-F Athletic Male Runner of the Week honor for the second straight time after taking first place in the 8K Navy Invitational on Saturday with a time of 23:55.69. The meet included Georgetown and American, two teams ranked ahead of the Mids in the preseason USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings. Schroeder ran the fourth-fastest time on the USNA Cross Country Course. Schroeder won for the second straight meet after claiming the crown at the Fordham Fiasco last weekend.
Beveridge won Navy's Salty Dog Invitational with a time of 20:46.23 in the 6K race this week. The time set a USNA Cross Country Course record and led the Mids to their third-straight team title in the event. Beveridge earns her second weekly honor of the season. The seven career M-F Athletic Female Runner of the Week awards top American's Keira Carlstrom (2002-05) for the most in Patriot League history.