February 21, 2011

Army Men, Navy Women Top Patriot League Lacrosse Award Winners

from press release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its weekly awards for Feb. 14-20 in men's and women's lacrosse Monday.

In men's lacrosse, defending Patriot League champion Army started the 2011 season by splitting its first two games, and the Black Knights garnered two weekly awards for their efforts. A pair of seniors captured the accolades, with senior attackman Jeremy Boltus' being honored as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week after tallying nine points during the first two contests. Senior Tom Palesky was named Goalkeeper of the Week after being the goalie of record in both games for the Black Knights, including an 18-save performance at No. 16/17 Massachusetts.

Lehigh and Navy split the remaining two weekly awards, with Mountain Hawk sophomore Ryan Snyder garnering the Defensive Player of the Week nod and Navy's Sam Jones being named Rookie of the Week. Snyder has jumped out to an early lead in the Patriot League standings in groundballs, while Jones recorded a four-goal effort in his collegiate debut.

Army remained nationally ranked, showing up at No. 17 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media top 20 and tied for 18th in the USILA Coaches Poll. Both were released Monday.

In women's lacrosse, the defending Patriot League Champions are off again.

After setting a Patriot League record in goals scored last season with 305 (14.5 per game), Navy has scored 38 goals en route to a 3-0 start. The younger players have stepped up in place of graduated Offensive Player of the Year Erin Rawlick and the Mids took three of four weekly awards.

Sophomore Jasmine DePompeo was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week, scoring 10 goals and six assists in three games, while freshman Aime Gennaro was named the Rookie of the Week after scoring nine goals and four assists. Junior goalkeeper Elaina Ponchione was named the Defensive Player of the Week, making 27 saves on 38 shots, including a school-record 15 saves in a 9-8 win over Ohio State.

Lehigh, which was last year's runner-up in the Patriot League Tournament, also opened the season strong, defeating MAAC Champion Marist 13-8 Saturday. Lauren Dykstra scored five goals in the win and was named the Midfield Player of the Week.

Six of seven Patriot League schools have opened their season. Lafayette will play its first game Wednesday against Marist.

Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JEREMY BOLTUS, ARMY Sr., A, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Boltus opened the year by extending his point-scoring streak to 11 games, dating back to last season, against No. 16/17 Massachusetts and VMI. The senior attackman from Baldwinsville, N.Y., scored two goals and added an assist against the Minutemen, then scored twice more and pitched in four assists for a six-point effort in Saturday's 12-6 victory at the Keydets. Boltus has started the season with four goals and five assists for nine points along with four groundballs. He now has 154 career points, good for ninth all-time in Army history. His four dishes against VMI moved him up to a third-place tie all-time at West Point with 84 for his career.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN SNYDER, LEHIGH So., FO/M, Reading, Pa.
Snyder collected a whopping 11 groundballs in Lehigh's season-opening 16-7 victory over Saint Joseph's, then duplicated that number in Saturday's 9-8 loss at Villanova, ranked No. 20 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20 poll. Snyder was stellar on faceoffs for the Mountain Hawks, winning 17 of 21 against the Hawks and going 16 of 21 versus the Wildcats. He is averaging 11 groundballs per game in the early going, and has won 33 of 42 faceoffs (78.6 percent). Snyder added a goal in the loss at Villanova.

GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
TOM PALESKY, ARMY Sr., GK, Plano, Texas
Palesky weathered the storm in Army's season-opening 8-5 loss at No. 16/17 Massachusetts, facing 50 shots and stopping 18 of 26 on goal to keep the Black Knights within striking distance of the Minutemen. It marked the fourth time in his career in which he's stopped at least 18 shots in a game, and it was four saves shy of his personal best. He captured his first win of the season Saturday in Army's 12-6 win at VMI, giving up four goals and stopping seven shots in 54:19 of action.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SAM JONES, NAVY Fr., A, Annapolis, Md.
Jones notched four goals, including the eventual game-winner, along with an assist and three groundballs in Navy's season-opening 14-8 win over VMI. He followed that performance with a goal, an assist and one groundball in Navy's 9-8 loss against No. 14/14 Loyola (Md.) Saturday, the second straight one-goal defeat for the Mids against the Greyhounds. Jones' four-goal outburst against the Keydets was the best showing by a Navy freshman since Basil Daratsos had four tallies against Colgate March 21, 2007. Jones is the team's leading goal scorer with five through two games of the 2011 campaign.

HONORABLE MENTION
NICK GANTSOUDES, BUCKNELL Jr., M, Redding, Conn.
Gantsoudes scored five times in the Bison's 17-2 win over Canisius. With the game tied 1-1 in the first quarter, Gantsoudes scored three straight goals, with two coming in the beginning of the second quarter, to ignite Bucknell's 8-0 advantage during the period. Gantsoudes entered the game with five career goals.

JAKE CLARKE, BUCKNELL Sr., SSDM, Cos Cob, Conn.
Clarke collected seven groundballs, caused two turnovers and finished 9 of 14 on faceoffs while marking Canisius' Adam Jones, a middie who was named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year and is a former USILA All-American.

DANTE FANTONI, LEHIGH So., A, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Fantoni scored five goals and added an assist in Lehigh's 16-7 victory over Saint Joseph's to start the season, then added two assists in Saturday's loss at Villanova, ranked 20th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. Fantoni holds the early-season point-scoring lead for the Mountain Hawks.

Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY So., Attack, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo scored 10 goals and six assists in three games to lead the Midshipmen to a 3-0 start. The Navy sophomore scored two goals and had two assists in a close 9-8 win over Ohio State and added five goals and two assists against Davidson.

MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LAUREN DYKSTRA, LEHIGH Sr., Midfielder, Mendham, N.J.
Dykstra led the Mountain Hawks to a 13-8 win over Marist, picking up five ground balls and causing four turnovers. She also was 3-for-3 on free position opportunities. On the offensive end, Dykstra added five goals to move her career total to 190. It was the 15th time she has scored five or more goals in a game. This is Dykstra's 14th career weekly award.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ELAINA PONCHIONE, NAVY Jr., Goalkeeper, Silver Spring, Md.
Ponchione made 27 saves on 38 shots in three games and posted a .711 save percentage to lead Navy to a 3-0 start. She made a career-high and school-record 15 saves in Navy's win over Ohio State. She has a 4.89 GAA after three games. This is her second career weekly award.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AIME GENNARO, NAVY Fr., Attack, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro has made an immediate impact for the 2011 Mids, scoring nine goals in their first three games. She had two in their 9-8 win over Ohio State, and added four against Mount St. Mary's and three against Davidson. She also tallied four assists, four groundballs and a draw control in the three games.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
JULIA BRAUN, BUCKNELL Sr., Midfielder, Tomkins Cove, N.Y.
Braun had seven goals, two assists, eight draw controls and five groundballs in two games for the Bison who opened with a 14-10 loss to St. Bonaventure and won 24-5 over Howard. She scored six goals and had six draw controls against Howard alone.

ALI CAREY, BUCKNELL Fr., Attack/Midfielder, Clarksville, Md.
Carey scored nine goals in two games for the Bision who opened with a 14-10 loss to St. Bonaventure and won 24-5 over Howard. She also had an assist in her four-goal game against Howard.

COLLEEN BUBNACK, COLGATE Sr., Midfielder, Syracuse, N.Y.
Bubnack had three goals and two assists in a 19-14 loss to No. 5 Syracuse. She also had two draw controls and a groundball.

ANNA PIERCE, LEHIGH Jr., Defender, West Long Branch, N.J.
Pierce held the reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Kelly Condon to a single assist and two shots in a Lehigh 13-8 win over Marist. She had one groundball, helping hold last season's MAAC Champion to eight goals.

KATRINA NIETSCH, NAVY Sr., Midfielder, New Canaan, Conn.
Nietsch had four groundballs and four caused turnovers in three games for the Mids as they jumped out to a 3-0 start. She also had four goals and three assists. Her game-winner in a 9-8 victory over Ohio State was her 100th goal as a Mid.


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