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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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Towson F Benimon picks up another weekly CAA honor

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON REPEATS AS CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 24.5 points and 16 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It’s the second straight CAA weekly award for Benimon, who has garnered the honor four times this season and eight times in the last two years.

Benimon averaged 24.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in Towson’s 2-0 week. The senior forward now has an NCAA-best 20 double-doubles after tallying 28 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-66 win at James Madison and following with 21 points and 16 boards in a 70-68 triumph over William & Mary.

For the week, Benimon shot 54.8 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from three-point range, and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.

Second-seeded Towson (22-9, 13-3 CAA) will take on seventh-seeded James Madison on Saturday in the CAA Championship quarterfinal round. The game, set to tip at 6 p.m. from Baltimore Arena, can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.

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Towson F Benimon picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 24 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 18.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in Towson’s 3-0 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday. It’s the third CAA weekly award that Benimon has received this season and seventh in the last two years.

Benimon averaged 18.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 63.3 percent from the floor in Towson’s 3-0 week.

The senior had a game-high 25 points, a season-high tying 18 rebounds and five assists as the Tigers ended Delaware’s 13-game winning streak with a 78-63 victory last Monday. He was just the fifth Division I player to have at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a game this season.

Benimon also contributed a team-high 22 points in an 83-77 triumph at Hofstra on Saturday. That performance marked the senior’s 15th20-point game of the season.

Benimon shared the award with Hofstra’s Zeke Upshaw, who averaged 29.5 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Pride last week.

Towson (20-9, 11-3 CAA) wraps up a three-game road trip on Wednesday at James Madison when the Tigers take on the Dukes at 7 p.m.

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Towson F Benimon named CAA Player of the Week

Posted on 20 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in Towson’s 2-0 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday.

Benimon averaged 24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in leading Towson to CAA road victories at Drexel (80-68) and College of Charleston (72-57) last week. He contributed team-highs of 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists at DU and followed with 21 points and 11 boards at CofC.

Benimon, who shot 55 percent from the floor for the week, has recorded double-doubles in nine straight contests and has topped the 20-point mark in six consecutive games.

Towson (12-6, 3-0 CAA) returns to SECU Arena on Wednesday to face Northeastern at 7 p.m. The Tigers have won 13 straight home games, the 12th longest current home court winning streak in the country.

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Morgan’s Chiles, Black recognized by MEAC

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Du’Vaughn Maxwell of Hampton was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Lawrence Cooks, also of Hampton, earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Morgan State’s Ian Chiles was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Maxwell (F, 6-7, 215, Sr., Manhattan, N.Y.) recorded a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds as he led the Pirates to a 101-95 double overtime victory over Winthrop.  Maxwell also recorded five blocks, one steal and one assist, while playing 44 minutes, in the victory.

Cooks (G, 6-1, 175, r-Fr., Charlotte, N.C.) scored 12 points with three rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes of play in the Pirates victory over Winthrop.

Chiles (C, 7-2, 260, r-Sr., Cliffside Park, N.J.) grabbed eight boards, blocked three shots and registered one steal against Cal State Northridge.  He also added 19 points and one assist offensively.

Other Top Performances

Justin Black (MSU) recorded 24 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against Cal State Northridge.

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