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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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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 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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Terps Chanenchuk, Amato pick up weekly ACC lacrosse honors

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Following a win at top-ranked Duke, Maryland senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Niko Amato earns his second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week nod, as announced Tuesday by the league.

Chanenchuk registered a career-high six points on a career-best five goals and one assist to lead the Terps to a 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke. The Poquott, N.Y., native scored Maryland’s first two goals and then tallied his three others, including the game winner, during the Terps’ game-deciding 7-0 run. With the five goals, Chanenchuk now has 31 career hat tricks and 23 career multi-goal games.

Amato was the difference in the Terps’ 10-6 win over the top-ranked Blue Devils, turning in a season-high 17-save performance. The senior made four of his saves in the third quarter when Duke managed just five shots. He was the anchor of the defensive effort that saw Maryland hold the Blue Devils scoreless for a stretch of 26:26 from the 7:58 mark of the second quarter to 14:17 of the fourth. Overall, Amato and the Terrapin defense allowed just one Blue Devil goal over the game’s final 37:58. With his 17-save performance Amato also became just the third goalie in Maryland history to reach the 500-save mark for his career. Amato now stands at 516 saves.

ACC men’s lacrosse action continues Friday as No. 8/6 North Carolina plays at No. 14/13 Princeton at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

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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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Loyola sweeps weekly Patriot League lacrosse honors

Posted on 24 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Sweeps Patriot League Weekly Awards

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After two victories in which the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team outscored Towson University and College of the Holy Cross, 36-8, four Greyhounds swept the Patriot League weekly awards on Monday.

Nikko Pontrello was named Offensive Player of the Week; Joe Fletcher, Defensive Player of the Week; Jack Runkel, Goalkeeper of the Week; and, Brian Sherlock, Rookie of the Week.

Pontrello tied and then reset his career-high in goals last week, matching his previous best of four on Wednesday afternoon in a 20-4 defeat of Towson. He eclipsed that mark with a six-goal effort Saturday afternoon in the Greyhounds’ first-ever Patriot League game, a 16-4 win over Holy Cross.

The junior from Marlton, N.J., tallied goals in the first and second quarter before scoring four in a row at the start of the third. Five of his six goals came during the Greyhounds’ 14-0 run that put the game away. In four games this season, Pontrello has scored 15 goals, two off his personal-best of a season ago. He is averaging 3.75 goals per game and 4.75 points per game, the 11th and 18th best marks in NCAA Division I.

Fletcher and Runkel led a Greyhounds’ defense that gave up just four goals in each of their wins and put together a total of four shutout quarters of lacrosse.

The League’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Fletcher averaged 5.5 ground balls and 1.5 caused turnovers in the two games. After recording three and two, respectively, against Towson, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls against the Crusaders.

Through Loyola’s first four games, he leads the team with 18 ground balls and is 18th in the nation with an average of 2.0 caused turnovers per game.

Runkel put together a solid week between the pipes for the Greyhounds, playing more than 107 minutes and allowing five combined goals for a goals against average of 2.79 in the victories. He stopped eight shots against the Tigers and 12 versus Holy Cross, an even 80 percent of the shots on goal he faced in the two games.

Against Holy Cross, the Fairfield, Conn., native led a defense that held the Crusaders scoreless for a stretch of more than 46 minutes. This came after the Runkel-led Greyhounds shutout Towson in two separate quarters on Wednesday. He has saved 56.5 percent of shots on goal this year and has played to a 7.80 goals against average thus far.

Sherlock is the second Greyhounds player to earn Rookie of the Week honors this year following Romar Dennis’ nod two weeks ago. Sherlock, a redshirt freshman from Long Island, scored twice in each of Loyola’s wins last week and also had a pair of assists against Towson.

A transfer who sat out the 2013 season with an injury at the Unviersity of North Carolina, Sherlock has scored six goals and assisted on four this year. He also has been a valuable two-way midfielder for the Greyhounds, starting on the first midfield line and running several shifts on the face-off wings and defensive possessions. He has totaled 10 ground balls this season, fifth on the team.

Loyola continues Patriot League action on Saturday, March 1, when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa., for a 12 noon game at Lehigh University. The game will air live on PatriotLeague.tv.

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Navy QB Reynolds named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

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

Reynolds carried the ball 36 times for 240 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 4-6 passers for 46 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 58-52 triple overtime victory over San Jose State.  The seven rushing touchdowns is an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.  His eight total touchdowns sets a Navy school record.  He also became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 and pass for 1,000 yards in a single-season and he now has 26 rushing touchdowns on the season, which leads the country for all players and is just one off the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NCAA history.  On Reynolds final five carries of the game he rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns. He had 25-yard touchdown runs on the first play of the first overtime and first play of the third overtime, which was the game-winner.

Defensive Player of the Week

Khalil Mack – University at Buffalo
Senior, Linebacker, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mack had a team-high eight tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles in Buffalo’s 44-7 win at Miami. Two of his forced fumbles were recovered by the Bulls and both were turned into touchdowns. His third forced fumble was scooped up by teammate Okoye Houston and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. In the game, Mack broke the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 career forced fumbles, surpassing the previous record of 14.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Nate Freese – Boston College
Senior, Placekicker, Strongsville, Ohio

Freese converted a 52-yard field goal – his third field goal of the game – as time expired to lift Boston College to a 29-26 win at Maryland. His 52-yard field goal matched his career long against Wake Forest in October 2011, and he improved to 3-for-4 in career field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more. Freese, who is now 17-for-17 in field goal attempts on the season, also converted a 35-yard PAT following a penalty in the fourth quarter, and averaged 43.4 yards per punt in the win over the Terps.

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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 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 RB West named FCS National Player of the Week

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff


West Shares Award With Fordham’s Michael Nebrich

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of No. 3 Towson University has been named as the co-winner of the National FCS Offensive Player of the Week Award, it has been announced by officials at The Sports Network.

West shared the award with junior quarterback Michael Nebrich of unbeaten Fordham University.

West, who has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Week three times this season, earned the national award after his performance in the undefeated Tigers’ 44-28 victory over No. 19 New Hampshire last week.

The fourth-leading rusher in NCAA FCS, West led the Tigers past New Hampshire by rushing for a seasonal high 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 59 career touchdowns, he is fifth on the CAA’s all-time list.

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

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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