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Towson DB Lewis picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 18, 2013) – CAA Football’s Player of the Week honorees for the twelfth week of the 2013 season were announced on Monday. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the day as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: Michael Strauss, Jr., QB, Richmond
Strauss earns his second-consecutive honor on the heels of another historic day that was highlighted by his game-winning touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining to complete Richmond’s 46-43 come-from-behind road win over Delaware. The junior finished the game 35-of-46 for a school-record 543 yards and five touchdown passes, a single-game program mark that he has now matched in two straight weeks. Strauss, whose 543 passing yards also represents a single-game school record, now owns or has equaled every single-game and single-season passing record at Richmond.

Defensive Player of the Week: Donnell Lewis, Soph., DB, Towson
Lewis turned in a career-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, to lead Towson to its 10th-straight road win, 15-9, over William & Mary. The sophomore also recorded his third interception of the season, representing a key fourth-quarter play for a Tiger defense that stopped three W&M fourth-down attempts and shut out the Tribe in the second half.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Sean Decloux, Soph., K, Maine
Decloux continued his solid sophomore season with another strong kicking effort as Maine locked up its first league title since 2002 with a 41-0 win over Rhode Island on Saturday. CAA Football’s highest-scoring kicker, Decloux finished the day 2-for-2 on field goals to tie the program single-season record of 13 and also converted all five of his PATs.

Rookie of the Week: Dalton Crossan, R-Fr., KR/RB, New Hampshire
Crossan receives his second rookie nod of the season following his two-touchdown effort as New Hampshire rolled to its fifth win in six weeks, 37-20, on the road over UAlbany. After rushing for a 51-yard score on his only carry of the game in the second quarter, the redshirt freshman would follow that up with a 93-yard kick return for a touchdown with 8:04 remaining to put the Wildcats up 34-20. Crossan’s first career kick return for a score was part of his 185 all-purpose yard performance.

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Navy QB Reynolds, CB Krah pick up ECAC honors

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Keenan Reynolds – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Quarterback, Antioch, Tenn

Reynolds rushed for a career-high 226 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 28 carries, while completing four of his eight pass attempts for 59 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 42-28 victory over Hawai’i. His 226 yards rushing are the third most in school history by a quarterback and the most since 1997. His four rushing touchdowns are tied for the third-most in school history.  His 18 rushing touchdowns this year are the second most in the country by any player and are the third-most in school history.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Steele Divitto – Boston College
Senior, Linebacker, Ridgefield, Conn.

Divitto recorded a game-high 18 tackles, including six solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, in the Eagles’ 48-34 win at New Mexico State.  Divitto’s tackling total marked a season high and equaled his career best, which he achieved against Army in 2012.  Divitto ranks third among ACC leaders in average tackles per game with 8.9.

Ray Vinopal – University of Pittsburgh
Junior, Safety, Youngstown, Ohio

Vinopal played a vital role in Pitt’s 28-21 victory over Notre Dame by having a direct hand in all three Irish turnovers. Vinopal’s initial big play came in the second quarter when he stripped receiver TJ Jones of the ball at the Pitt 6, and it was recovered by cornerback Lafayette Pitts. In the decisive final period with the score tied, 21-21, Vinopal halted an Irish drive by intercepting quarterback Tommy Rees in the end zone with 14:04 remaining. Less than four minutes later, he picked off Rees again, returning it 40 yards to the Irish 5 to set up Pitt’s winning touchdown. Vinopal added seven tackles and assisted on a tackle for lost yardage.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Myer Krah – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Corner Back, Durham, NC

Krah recovered a Hawai’i fumble off a punt in the first quarter that set up Navy’s first touchdown in a 42-28 victory over the Rainbow Warriors.  It was his first-career fumble recovery.

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Towson LB Clark receives weekly national honor

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TELVION CLARK NAMED AS FCS NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Clark Honored For Leading Tigers To Win Over Richmond

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.  – Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) of Towson University has been named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week, it has been announced by The Sports Network.

Clark is the first Tiger football player ever to be named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week

Honored as the co-winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week award, Clark led the No. 7 Tigers to a 48-32 victory at the University of Richmond on Saturday. It was the Tigers’ ninth consecutive road victory, a streak that started with a 49-35 win at Villanova on Oct. 27, 2012.

Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, Clark led the Tigers with a career-high 16 tackles in their win at Richmond.

In addition, he made one of the biggest plays of the game when he sacked Richmond quarterback Michael Strauss,forced a fumble, recovered the fumble and ran 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a commanding 41-18 lead with 12:19 remaining in the game.

In the win over Richmond, Clark also recovered another fumble and had two tackles for lost yardage.

With 88 tackles in nine games, Clark is second in the CAA in tackles. He also has four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Clark is tied for the CAA lead in both categories. He also ranks 13th in the CAA with eight tackles for lost yardage.

The Tigers, who are 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the CAA, will return to action on Saturday night when they host No. 21 Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

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Towson RB West, LB Clark honored by CAA

Posted on 28 October 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 28, 2013) – CAA Football’s Player of the Week honorees for the ninth week of the 2013 season were announced on Monday. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the day as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrance West, Jr., RB, Towson
West earns his league-best 11th weekly honor on the heels of yet another historic performance in Towson’s 48-32 road win over Richmond. The Walter Payton Award Watch List member ran for a career-high 272 yards on 29 carries to become the program’s all-time leading rusher with 3,742 yards over 30 career games. West also tied a single-game school record with five touchdowns, including four on the ground, and currently ranks fourth in conference history with 68 touchdowns and tops in the nation with 24 scores this season.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Telvion Clark, Sr., LB, Towson
Clark led the Tiger defense with a career-high 16 tackles in Saturday’s victory. The senior highlighted the day with a sensational play in which he forced a fumble while sacking Spider quarterback Michael Strauss, recovered the fumble and proceeded to return it 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The forced fumble was one of his two in the win, which was Towson’s ninth straight on the road.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Stephon Robertson, Sr., LB, James Madison
Robertson was everywhere in what was a career day for the senior standout. The Buck Buchanan Watch Lister turned in a game-high 15 tackles, including a career-high 5.0 for loss and a sack, to go with a forced fumble and a pass breakup as he paced a Dukes defense that held William & Mary to just 250 yards of total offense on Saturday. Robertson has now recorded double-digit tackles in six of JMU’s eight games this season and is tied for seventh in the program annals with 399 for his career.

Special Teams Player of the Week: DeAndre Houston-Carson, Soph., CB, William & Mary
Houston-Carson cops his first conference honor after sparking one of the Tribe’s key plays in the team’s 17-7 Homecoming win over James Madison. The sophomore blocked Cameron Starke’s 31-yard field goal try in the third quarter, which would then lead to William & Mary’s go-ahead touchdown drive. Houston-Carson also secured six tackles, including three solo, and a pass breakup on the afternoon.

Rookie of the Week: Eric Enderson, R-Fr., P, Delaware
Enderson came up big in the Blue Hens’ kicking game as Delaware rolled to a 35-13 win over Rhode Island. The redshirt freshman sent three punts sailing an average of 55.5 yards, including a 69-yard punt that landed inside the Rams’ five-yard line. Enderson’s 69-yarder not only marked a career long, but also stands as the 10th-longest boot in school history.

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Towson DB Lewis named CAA Defensive Player of the Week

Posted on 21 October 2013 by WNST Staff

DONNELL LEWIS NAMED AS CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Lewis Led Tigers To 44-17 Win Over Albany

RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore defensive back Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) of Towson University has  been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tigers’ 44-17 victory over Albany, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Lewis is the second Tiger to be named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season. Two weeks ago, senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) was honored after the Tigers’ victory over New Hampshire.

In the Tigers’ victory over Albany, Lewis led the Tigers’ defensive effort. He made seven tackles, including two for lost yardage. He also broke up a pass and made one of the biggest plays of the game.

With 8:48 left in the second quarter, Lewis intercepted a pass at the Albany 38-yard line. He avoided a number of Great Danes and ran down the far sideline to score a touchdown. His touchdown gave the Tigers a 17-7 lead that they extended to 24-7 a few minutes later.

It was Lewis’ first interception of the season. However, it was his second touchdown of the season on a return. In the Tigers’ 35-21 victory at Stony Brook in September, Lewis recovered a fumble and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown that clinched the Tigers’ win.

A versatile defensive back who has seen action at safety and cornerback, Lewis has started five of eight games for the Tigers. He is tied for fourth on the team with 43 tackles and has broken up six passes. He is also tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and has two fumble recoveries.

Lewis ranks fifth in the CAA in pass breakups and is tied for the CAA lead with two fumble recoveries.

The Tigers, who are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, return to action on Saturday when they travel to Richmond to face the Spiders in a CAA game at 12 noon. The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic.

To date, Towson has had three CAA Offensive Player of the Week award winners and two CAA Defensive Player of the Week winners. The Tigers have also had one CAA Rookie of the Week and one CAA Special Teams Player of the Week.

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Towson LB Clark honored by CAA for first time in career

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TERRANCE WEST, TELVION CLARK HONORED BY CAA

West Named As CAA Offensive Player of the Week For Third Time

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) of Towson University have been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Week and the Defensive Player of the Week for their performances in the undefeated Tigers’ 44-28 victory over No. 19 New Hampshire, it has been announced by CAA officials.

For West, it is the third time that he has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week this season. It also marks the 10th time in his career he has received a weekly award from the CAA. With 10 CAA Football weekly awards, he holds the record for most individual weekly honors received by one player. Prior to this week, he had shared the distinction with Andrew Pierce of Delaware.

In his career, West has been named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week six times and was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Week four times.

Clark was named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He is the first Tiger to be named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week since Sept. 3, 2007 when former All-American linebacker Brian Bradford, ’08 was honored.

This marks the first time that Towson has ever had the CAA Offensive Player of the Week and the Defensive Player of the Week at the same time.

West, who is the fourth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, led the Tigers to their 44-28 win over New Hampshire by rushing for 238 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns. With the Tigers trailing by 20-3 in the second quarter, West scored on a 50-yard touchdown run to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 20-10. With 6:51 left in the first half, his one-yard TD run pulled Towson to within 20-17.

West scored his final touchdown of the game with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter, upping the Tigers’ lead to 44-20.

For West, it was the third 200-yard game of his college career, and all of them have come against New Hampshire. In three career games against UNH, he has rushed for 735 yards on 70 carries for an amazing 10.5 average per carry. He has also scored nine career touchdowns against UNH.

West’s performance against New Hampshire enabled him to become the second-leading rusher in Towson history. He has now run for 3,226 yards in his career with 58 rushing touchdowns. He has scored 59 touchdowns in 27 career games.

With 15 touchdowns in six games this season, he leads NCAA FCS.

Clark led the Tigers’ defensive effort in their win over New Hampshire. He made a team high 11-tackles, including a sack. He also helped the Tigers’ come-from-behind performance by forcing two fumbles. The Tigers recovered both, leading to 10 points.

In six games, Clark leads the Tigers with 55 tackles. He also has three sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Tigers, who have won 10 games in a row, return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they host No. 15 Villanova in Unitas Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSports Network.

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Towson RB West honored by CAA for record 10th time

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 7, 2013) – CAA Football’s Player of the Week honorees for the sixth week of the 2013 season are featured below. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the week as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrance West, Jr., RB, Towson
West earns his 10th CAA Football weekly honor – the most in league history – after leading unbeaten Towson past nationally-ranked New Hampshire on Saturday. CAA Football’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, the junior finished the game with a season-high 238 yards on 28 carries and a three-touchdown effort highlighted by a 50-yard run. What’s more, West is now second in the program annals after surpassing the 3,000-yard mark (3,226) and his 59 career scores rank fifth all-time in CAA Football.

Defensive Player of the Week: Telvion Clark, Sr., LB, Towson
Clark paced Towson with a team-high 11 tackles, including six solo and a sack for a loss of nine yards, as the top-three Tigers turned in another solid defensive showing against UNH. The senior would also force a pair of fumbles, both of which led to touchdowns, for a Towson squad that leads the league with a +5 turnover margin and limited the Wildcats to just eight points over the final three quarters on Saturday.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Conner Arnone, Soph., P/PK, James Madison
Arnone had a stellar all-around day in the Dukes’ win over UAlbany, finishing with a 49.5-yard punt average on four punts that included a career-long 65-yarder. The sophomore also averaged 60.8 yards on eight kickoffs that featured three touchbacks in a special teams effort that forced the Great Danes to on average begin drives from their 27-yard line.

Rookie of the Week: Gage Steele, R-Fr., LB, James Madison
Steele broke open for a career day against the Great Danes, turning in an 18-tackle effort that leads the league through the opening six weeks of the season. The rookie racked up 13 solo stops and one sack in JMU’s dominant win, with four of his tackles ending Dane drives. Steele’s showing highlighted a defensive unit that held UAlbany to just 81 rushing yards and five of 19 third-down conversions on Saturday.

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Loyola’s Hawkins, Ratliff honored by ECAC

Posted on 08 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Hawkins, Ratliff Garner ECAC Weekly Honors

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland defensive midfielders Josh Hawkins and Scott Ratliff were named the ECAC Lacrosse League’s Specialist and Co-Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday, the conference office announced.

The duo combined for six goals, five caused turnovers and five ground balls on Saturday, while helping the Greyhounds’ defense hold Fairfield University to just seven goals in a 13-7 league win that clinched a spot in the upcoming ECAC Championships.

Ratliff, who earned the defensive honor for the second time this season and fourth time in his career, set a new offensive standard for long-stick players, scoring four goals against the Stags. It is believed he is the first player in the modern era of college lacrosse to score four goals in a game with a pole.

The senior long-stick midfielder also was highly disruptive on the defensive end, causing four turnovers while picking up three groundballs.

His first goal came after Brendan Donovan won a faceoff and got a pass to Ratliff who ran into the box and hit a stepdown shot from 12 yards out. He then scored again in the first quarter, this time in settled offense. Ratliff set a screen for Nikko Pontrello and then rolled to the right side of the crease where Pontrello hit him with a pass for a one-on-one opportunity with the Fairfield goalie.

Minutes later, he tallied a second-quarter goal off a set piece, flicking in a Justin Ward pass for his third goal of the game. His final goal of the game came in the first three minutes of the third quarter, as he and short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi played give-and-go in transition, and Ratliff nailed a shot, keeping his shot percentage at 1.000 for the day, scoring four goals on four attempts.

Hawkins also was perfect on both of his shot attempts against Fairfield. The short-stick midfielder scored his first of the game after running a slow clear before ripping a shot from seven yards out to put Loyola up 9-4 with 56 seconds left before halftime.

He added to his tally with a goal late in the third quarter. After Ratliff caused a turnover, Hawkins brought the ball into the offensive box, and he used a fake pass to draw space on the top left side before dodging down the alley and finishing with a hard overhand shot with 18 seconds left in the frame.

This season, Ratliff has scored 11 goals while assisting on three, and he has 27 goals and 13 assists in 53 career games. He also moved within eight caused turnovers of tying former Loyola All-American P.T. Ricci for the school record (90).

Hawkins, who has played in just four games this year, has scored five goals and has an assist. In 44 career games, he has tallied 20 goals and eight assists.

The duo and the Greyhounds (9-2 overall, 5-0 ECAC) are back in action on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. from Ridley Athletic Complex where they will host the University of Denver.

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Loyola’s Acton honored by ECAC

Posted on 01 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Acton Earns ECAC Weekly Defensive Honor

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland senior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Greyhounds’ defense hold Ohio State University just four goals and 23 shots in a 9-4 conference win on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.

Acton, who shared this week’s award with the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Kyle O’Brien, took on primary marking responsibilities for the Buckeyes’ Logan Schuss, Ohio State’s leading scorer with 20 goals entering Saturday’s contest.

The Loyola co-captain held Schuss without a goal during the time that he was covering him; the reigning ECAC Offensive Player of the Year’s only goal came 55 seconds into the contest when he pushed up to the midfield and scored against a Loyola defensive midfielder.

Acton held Schuss to only five shots, just two that were on goal. Additionally, Acton was part of a Loyola defense that had a 29-20 advantage in credited ground balls, and he helped force 16 Ohio State turnovers, three by Schuss.

Over the past two games, Acton and the Greyhounds have allowed just seven total goals by opponents.

The award is the third of Acton’s career after he earned Defensive Player of the Week honors three times last season. It is also the fifth-straight week a Loyola player has won the award this season.

Loyola (8-2 overall, 4-0 ECAC) returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for its next game, a 2:30 p.m. contest against Fairfield University.

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Loyola’s Fletcher, Herreweyeres honored by ECAC

Posted on 25 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Fletcher, Herreweyers Earn ECAC Weekly Awards

 

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players Zach Herreweyers and Joe Fletcher were named the ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday after helping the Greyhounds to a pair of road victories last week.

 

It marked the second week in a row that Fletcher received the defensive honor and the second week in a row a Loyola attacker has earned offensive laurels. Herreweyers follows Justin Ward who was the Co-Offensive Player of the Week last Monday.

 

Herreweyers continued to make an impact in the starting lineup for the Greyhounds, scoring seven goals in wins at Georgetown and Michigan.

 

The freshman from Canada had hat tricks in both of the games, scoring a career-high four goals in a midweek contest at Georgetown and following that with three goals on Saturday at Michigan.

 

In his three starts – including the March 16 game against Air Force – Herreweyers has scored at least three goals in each game and has 10 this season. This past week, he tallied his seven goals on just 13 shots, an outstanding .538 shot percentage.

 

Fletcher continued his standout play on the Loyola defense, helping Loyola allow just a 11 goals in two victories this week, an average of 5.5 per game. The Greyhounds yielded just two combined first-half goals thanks to Fletcher and his teammates, one each at Georgetown and Michigan.

 

In Wednesday’s win at Georgetown, Fletcher had a team-high six ground balls while causing three turnovers, and he held his marking responsibility (Zach Guy) without a point. He then turned in a four ground ball, three caused turnover performance at Michigan.

 

The Preseason First Team All-American also helped Loyola clear the ball at a 95-percent success rate this week. Through nine games this season, Fletcher has picked up 37 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers.

 

Loyola is back in action with an ECAC game on Saturday, March 30, in Columbus, Ohio, against The Ohio State Unviersity.

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