from press release
The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 4-10 in men’s lacrosse.
Five teams opened the season over the weekend, and four picked up victories to begin the 2013 campaign. Bucknell defeated Delaware for the first time since 1974, while Lehigh and Navy were big winners at home. Colgate earned an overtime win at Bryant, while Army fell on the road against Massachusetts. Army plays Wednesday at home, while this weekend’s slate features the openers for Holy Cross and Lafayette.
Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JIMMY RYAN, COLGATE Jr., M, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Ryan scored four times, but none more important that his final tally, which came 1:51 into overtime to lift the Raiders to a 14-13 victory at defending NEC champion and preseason favorite Bryant. Ryan set career highs with his four goals and five points. Colgate, ranked 10th by the USILA coaches and 11th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll entering the weekend, scored the first goal in each quarter of the game plus overtime, with Ryan accounting for three of those.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PAT KIERNAN, NAVY Jr., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J.
Kiernan finished with six groundballs and two caused turnovers in Navy’s 20-7 thumping of VMI Saturday. He led a defense that held VMI to just one goal for the first 30 minutes, and marked the Keydets’ top returning scorer from 2012 in senior Russell East, holding him scoreless while on the job. Navy’s defense held the Keydets without a goal for the first 14 minutes of the game, and then over 23 minutes that stretched across the first, second and third quarters.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH So., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
The defending Goalkeeper of the Year started off 2013 where ’12 left off, with eight saves and just one goal surrendered in No. 11/10 Lehigh’s 14-1 walloping of Saint Joseph’s Sunday in Bethlehem, Pa. Poillon made five stops in the first half to help stake the Mountain Hawks to a 5-0 lead. He played 54:41 of the contest before being spelled by freshman Steve Brodeur.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
THOMAS FLIBOTTE, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Cohasset, Mass.
Flibotte scored a pair of goals in his collegiate debut, including what stood up as the game-winner with 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to stake the 18th-ranked Bison to a 9-8 victory at Delaware, snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Blue Hens that dated back to 1974. His first goal came late in the second quarter to halt a 3-0 Delaware run and give Bucknell a 6-3 advantage at halftime. Both of Flibotte’s goals were unassisted.
JOHN GLESENER, ARMY So., A, Camillus, N.Y.
Scored a hat trick and finished with five points in Sunday’s 16-9 loss at No. 12/13 Massachusetts.
KYLE FEENEY, BUCKNELL Sr., GK, Greenwich, Conn.
Stopped 11 shots and finished with a .579 save percentage in Bucknell’s 9-8 win over the Blue Hens.
TODD HERITAGE, BUCKNELL Jr., A, Cheshire, Conn.
Opened the season with a hat trick in Bucknell’s 9-8 win at Delaware Saturday afternoon. Scored two goals 53 seconds apart during the Bison’s 5-0 run to start the game.
DAVID DiMARIA, LEHIGH Sr., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
Netted a career-high six goals, and was one shy of his career-best with seven points in Lehigh’s win over St. Joseph’s. Recorded a hat trick in each half.
RYAN SNYDER, LEHIGH Sr., FOS, Reading, Pa.
Won 14-of-17 face-offs (.824) and logged one goal with seven ground balls in Lehigh’s victory Saturday.
TY SOUDERS, LEHIGH Jr., D, Macungie, Pa.
Recorded two caused turnovers and one groundball in Lehigh’s 14-1 win over Saint Joseph’s Sunday. Anchored Lehigh’s defense that caused 10 of the Hawks’ 18 turnovers, and held them scoreless over the game’s final 26:33.
SAM JONES, NAVY Jr., A, Annapolis, Md.
Netted his seventh career hat trick with three unassisted first-half tallies in Navy’s 20-7 win over VMI.
SEAN REILLY, NAVY Fr., FOS, Summit, N.J.
Won 13-of-18 at the face-off X (.722) and accounted for all but four of the Mids’ face-off victories against the Keydets.