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Jones, Pearce named American League Co-Players of the Week

Posted on 07 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Adam Jones and Steve Pearce of the Baltimore Orioles named the American League Co-Players of the Week 

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending July 6th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Jones batted .423 (11-for-26) with a double, two homers, five RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base while Pearce batted .333 (10-for-30) with two doubles, three homers, nine RBI, eight runs scored and two steals as each player claimed their first career weekly honors in helping Baltimore to a 6-1 record during the period. They are the second and third O’s to win this season after designated hitter Nelson Cruz won for the week ending June 1st. Among league leaders, Adam finished tied for second in batting average and base hits and was fifth in slugging percentage (.692). Meanwhile, Steve paced the Majors with 21 total bases, tied for tops among all batters in homers, RBI and runs scored, and finished fourth in the A.L. with a .700 slugging percentage.

In a matchup with the Texas Rangers on Monday, the right-handed-hitting Jones went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk to combine with a pair of two-run blasts from Pearce as Baltimore took a 7-1 victory at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Steve’s two-homer day was the first of his career (in his 335th game) and his four RBI finished one shy of his career-best five notched on June 14, 2012 against Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, the 28-year-old Jones went 2-for-3 with a homer and tied a personal season high with three RBI and the right-handed-hitting Pearce walked twice and scored a pair of runs as the O’s edged the Rangers, 6-4. In the finale of the four-game set with Texas on Thursday, the 31-year old Pearce stole the show with a career-high four hits in five trips to the plate, including a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored to lead Baltimore to a 5-2 victory and a sweep of the Rangers. Jones, a native of San Diego, added a single, a sacrifice fly and a stolen base in the triumph. After Friday’s scheduled game with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park was postponed due to rain, the two A.L. East teams squared off in a post-holiday double dip on Saturday. The Sox edged the Orioles in the opener, 3-2, but Baltimore managed a split with a 7-4 victory in the nightcap. Jones, who will be making his fourth All-Star appearance and his second fan-elected start on July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis, had a pair of hits and a run scored while Pearce, a Lakeland, Florida native, added two hits of his own with an RBI and a run scored. On Sunday, Jones went 2-for-5 with a walk and a run scored and extended his hitting streak to 10 games while Pearce, a University of South Carolina product, added a hit and scored a run as Baltimore edged Boston, 7-6.

Other noteworthy performances this past week included outfielder Desmond Jennings (.423, 5 2B, 1 HR, 7 R) of the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Garrett Richards (2-0, 2.35 ERA, 15.1 IP, 3 BB, 20 SO), who is a candidate for the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.

In recognition of their American League Co-Players of the Week Awards, Adam Jones and Steve Pearce will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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Cruz named American League Player of the Week

Posted on 02 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Nelson Cruz of the Baltimore Orioles named the American League Player of the Week

Baltimore Orioles outfielder and designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 1st. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Cruz batted .476 (10-for-21) with three doubles, four home runs, four walks, eight RBI and five runs scored in seven games to grab his second career weekly honor, last accomplishing the feat for the week ending May 23, 2010 while with the Texas Rangers. Nelson led all Major League hitters in slugging percentage (1.190) and was second overall with 25 total bases. Amongst his A.L. counterparts, Cruz was tied for second in batting average and homers, and was third in RBI and on-base percentage (.556).

On Tuesday, Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and two runs scored as the O’s were edged out by the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, at Miller Park. The right-handed-hitting Cruz was also issued a free pass in the loss. On Wednesday, the 33-year-old slugger launched a pair of solo homers, his second two-homer game of the season (also April 23rd at Toronto) and the 12th of his 10-year career as Baltimore fell to the Brewers, 8-3. It was the fifth time this season that Cruz launched blasts in back-to-back games. Moving onto Houston on Thursday, the Dominican Republic native continued to swing a hot bat for the Orioles with his third consecutive two-hit game, but the Houston pitching staff kept the Orioles in check as the Astros won, 3-1, at Minute Maid Park. On Saturday, the two-time A.L. All-Star went 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, a walk and three RBI to lead the Orioles to a 4-1 victory over Houston, snapping a four-game losing skid for Baltimore and extending his season-long hitting streak to 12 games (snapped on Sunday). Over the string, Cruz batted .476 (20-for-42) with six doubles, eight homers, 15 RBI and 14 runs scored.

Cruz has started off his first season with the Orioles in stellar fashion, leading the Majors in slugging percentage (.672), total bases (137), homers (20), RBI (52) and fewest at-bats per home run (10.2), and he is second overall with 33 extra-base hits. Cruz, who leads A.L. designated hitters in All-Star balloting for the 85th All-Star Game, is fifth in the league with 39 runs scored, sixth with a .384 on-base percentage and seventh with a .314 batting average. At the start of the season, Cruz became just the fifth Oriole to homer in his first two games with the Club, and in addition set new Baltimore records for RBI through the month of May (52) and home runs during the month of May (13). Cruz’s power display has helped him reach the 20-homer plateau for the sixth straight campaign.

Other noteworthy performances in the A.L. last week included Oakland’s Josh Donaldson (.393, 4 HR, 12 RBI) and Scott Kazmir (CG on 5/28 vs. DET); Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion (.417, 5 HR, 10 RBI) and Mark Buehrle (2-0, 1.84 ERA, 6 SO); Seattle’s Roenis Elias (first-career SHO on 6/1 vs. Detroit) and Chris Young (2-0, 2.19 ERA, 11 SO); and Chicago’s Chris Sale (CG on 6/1 vs. San Diego).

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Nelson Cruz will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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UMBC specialist Poe picks up weekly America East honor

Posted on 28 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) was named America East Conference co-Player of the Week, the league office announced today.

Poe shares the award by Albany attackman Lyle Thompson.

Poe set a pair of school records in UMBC’s 17-14 regular season finale victory at Vermont. UMBC’s all-time leader in face-offs won controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. The all-time NCAA Division I record for face-offs won in a game is 30, which is shared by three players.

He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.

Poe won 9-of-11 draws in the second quarter as UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, to take control of the game.

Poe now has a career-best 112 ground balls on the campaign, the most-ever by a UMBC Division I player and tied for the fourth-most in school history. His 28 face-off wins are three more than two other players who shared the NCAA single-game mark in 2014 entering play last week. The 20 ground balls recorded by Poe ties Bryant’s Kevin Massa, who has done it on two occasions in 2014.

Amongst all active players, Poe is fifth in face-offs won (632) and face-offs taken (1,135) and 11th in ground balls (5.98) per game. In 2014, he is ranked ninth nationally with 8.62 ground balls per contest.

The two-time America East First Team face-off specialist earned an earlier Player of the week honor on April 23, 2012.

UMBC (7-6, 3-2 AE) is the No. 3 seed for the upcoming America East Tournament and will take on second-seeded Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) in the first semifinal contest at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium.

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Terps Cannizaro, Raffa pick up weekly ACC lacrosse honors

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland’s Cannizzaro and Raffa help Maryland clinch No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. –Maryland freshman attackman Connor Cannizzaro and Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Maryland junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Duke’s Wolf matched a career high with six goals and eight points overall to lead Duke to a 17-8 win over Rutgers. Wolf extended his point streak to 55 games and his goal scoring streak to 16 as Duke finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record at home. Wolf has nine hat tricks this season and 29 in his career, while his six goals moved him to fifth on the ACC career goals chart with 166. This is Wolf’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.

Maryland’s Cannizzaro netted a natural hat trick over the final 7:44 of Maryland’s 12-8 win at No. 8 Notre Dame to help secure a share of the 2014 ACC regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship, which gets underway on Friday. The Cazenovia, N.Y., native registered the game’s final three goals with 7:44, 1:35 and 1:16 left to play in the game which iced the win for the Terps.

Raffa won 20 of 24 faceoffs, including 11 of13 against Notre Dame’s Liam O’Conner who entered the game with the third-best faceoff winning percentage in NCAA Division I, to help Maryland build an early lead and protect its advantage late in the game. Following a Notre Dame goal that tied the game at 8-8 with 11:36 to play in the fourth quarter, Raffa won each of the final four faceoffs leaving the Irish without the ball in its offensive end of the field until only 22 seconds remained in the game.

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UMBC midfielder Young picks up weekly America East honor

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.)) School) was named America East Conference Co-Player of the Week for games ending April 12.

Young shares the award with Albany senior attackman Miles Thompson, who scored five goals in a victory over Stony Brook.

The 2013 America East Rookie of the Year and First Team midfielder scored four of his career-high five goals in the fourth quarter as UMBC staved off a Hartford rally and defeated the Hawks, 16-11, in a crucial league contest.

Young, who is second on the squad with 22 goals on the season, has scored at least one point in 22 consecutive games and 25 of his 26 career appearances. He has 11 goals in three America East contests this season, 25 scores in eight career league contests and 12 goals in three career games versus the Hawks.

Young is UMBC’s first recipient of the season. Freshmen attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) and  red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) have earned Rookie of the Week awards in 2014.

UMBC (6-5, 2-1 America East) takes on defending league champion Albany (6-5, 3-0 AE) on the Retrievers’ Senior Day onSaturday, April 19. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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Towson GK White picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Co-Player of the Week honors after backstopping Towson to a 6-5 conference win over No. 11 UMass on Saturday.

It is his first career league honor.

The sophomore goalkeeper made 16 saves, including nine in the second half (six in the fourth quarter). White helped Towson’s defense hold UMass scoreless on four extra-man opportunities. He faced 14 shots in the fourth quarter alone, equaling UMass’ entire first-half output.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 12 when they host Penn State at Unitas Stadium. First face-off is set for 7 p.m.

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Loyola attackman Ward picks up weekly Patriot League honor

Posted on 24 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Ward Earns Patriot League Offensive Player Of The Week Award

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland senior attacker Justin Ward was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, becoming the third different Greyhounds player to win the honor in the last four weeks.

Ward had eight assists and four goals in two games last week, helping the Greyhounds extend their record to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Patriot League. Earlier Monday, Loyola moved up to No. 1 nationally in the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls.

Last Wednesday at Georgetown University, Ward had a goal and assisted on four others as Loyola rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Hoyas. Three of his assists came in the second half after the Greyhounds trailed 7-5 early in the third quarter.

He then had three goals and four assists on Saturday as Loyola beat conference-foe Lafayette College, 21-4. His seven points and three goals were both highs for Ward this season.

Through games of Sunday, March 23, Ward leads NCAA Division I players in total assists with 30. He is also tied for the team and Patriot League lead in total points with 39, matching the accumulation of fellow attacker Nikko Pontrello.

The award is the fourth offensive player of the week award that the Greyhounds have earned this year, following two by Pontrello and one by Matt Sawyer. Loyola has earned a total of 14 Patriot League weekly honors this season. It is the second conference weekly award of Ward’s career; he was an ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week last season.

Ward and the top-ranked Greyhounds continue Patriot League play with the first of back-to-back road games on Saturday, March 29, in Hamilton, N.Y., where they will face Colgate University at 12 noon.

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Loyola’s Fletcher, Runkel honored again by Patriot League

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher, Runkel Repeat As Patriot League Weekly Honorees

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland senior Jack Runkel won his fourth-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week Award, and senior Joe Fletcher earned his third Defensive Player of the Week honor in four weeks, on Monday, the League office announced.

The pair led Loyola’s defense in an 7-6 win over the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Runkel made a season-high 19 saves in goal for the second-ranked Greyhounds (6-1 overall, 3-0 Patriot League), three off his career-high, and he yielded just five goals off settled situations. He is also in the running for Inside Lacrosse’s Brine National Player of the Week.

Over Loyola’s last five games, Runkel has played to a 5.25 goals against average and made saves on 70.9 percent of the shots on goal he has faced. This year, in seven games, Runkel has allowed a 7.27 goals against average and made saves 61.8 percent of the time. His overall save percentage is fourth nationally, and his goals against average is seventh.

Fletcher was matched up against his former high school teammate John Glesener, the Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Glesener took 22 shots in the game, but most were from long-range, and he put only seven on goal. Runkel made saves on five of those shots, and Glesner finished with just two goals.

Fletcher also picked up five ground balls, all contested in traffic to help the Greyhounds to a 34-25 advantage in pickups. He leads the team with 30 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers this season.

Loyola is back in action midweek, playing at Georgetown University on Wednesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in a game that will air live on CBS Sports Network.

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Loyola lacrosse players sweep Patriot League weekly awards

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Sawyer, Fletcher, Runkel Grab Patriot League Weekly Awards

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – For the second week in a row, three Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players won weekly honors from the Patriot League. Matt Sawyer, Joe Fletcher and Jack Runkel won the offensive, defensive and goalkeepers of the week honors on Monday following the Greyhounds’ 14-7 win on Sunday night over then-No. 4 Duke University.

Loyola (5-1 overall) moved up to a tie for second in the USILA coaches’ poll and second outright in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse andLacrosse Magazine media rankings.

Sawyer tripled his previous career-high on Sunday night against the Blue Devils, scoring a game-best six goals for Loyola. He tallied four goals before halftime, helping the Greyhounds to an 8-4 lead at the break, and he tallied extra-man goals in both halves.

Entering the game, the Waxhaw, N.C., native entered the game with eight total goals, four last season and four in the Greyhounds’ first five this year. His previous best of two goals came in the season-opener at the University of Virginia.

Fletcher’s defensive honor is his second in three weeks. Against Duke, he picked up seven ground balls, helping the Greyhounds win the possession battle, and he caused a turnover. He had primary man marking responsibilities for the Blue Devils’ Jordan Wolf. The All-American entered the game leading Duke with 12 goals and five assists, but Fletcher held him to one goal.

Runkel earned his third-straight Goalkeeper of the Week honor, making nine saves against the Blue Devils while yielding just seven goals. Over the Greyhounds’ last four games, wins against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Duke, the senior from Fairfield, Conn., has directed the defense in allowing only 20 goals while he has been on the field.

Loyola steps back into Patriot League play this weekend when it hosts the U.S. Military Academy at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

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Loyola’s Laconi, Pontrello, Runkel honored by Patriot League

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Laconi, Pontrello, Runkel Receive Patriot League Weekly Honors

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Three Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players – short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi (defensive), attacker Nikko Pontrello (offensive) and Jack Runkel (goalkeeper) – earned weekly awards from the Patriot League on Monday after the Greyhounds defeated then-No. 14 Lehigh University, 14-7, on Saturday afternoon.

Pontrello and Runkel earned their honors for the second week in a row, while Laconi is the second Greyhound in as many weeks to receive the Defensive Player of the Week honor, following in the footsteps of fellow co-captain Joe Fletcher.

Laconi scored a pair of goals in the game at Lehigh, matching his career-high set just over a week before in a game against Towson Unviersity. He also caused a turnover and was part of a Loyola defense that held Lehigh to 29 shots and only 20 on goal.

Pontrello recorded his fifth multi-point outing in as many games this year and his fourth in a row with three or more goals. The junior attacker scored four goals, all in the first half, including three in a row during a second quarter that saw Loyola outscore the Mountain Hawks, 4-0. He has scored 19 goals this season, already eclipsing his previous seasonal best of 16 from last year. His 3.8 goals per game are best in the Patriot League and fifth in the NCAA.

Runkel was tabbed with the weekly goalkeeper honor for the second consecutive time after making 13 saves and allowing just seven Lehigh goals on Saturday. In Loyola’s last three games, Runkel has yielded only 12 goals to Towson, Holy Cross and Lehigh. He has played to a 7.81 goals against average and a .585 saves percentage.

Loyola, which moved up to No. 5 nationally in the USILA Coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls and fourth in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings, hosts No. 4 Duke University at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, in a game that will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.

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