March 15, 2010

Syracuse Sweeps Big East Weekly Awards

from press release

– The Orange has swept BIG EAST Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks. Junior Stephen Keogh (Toronto, Ontario) has been tabbed BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Matt Tierney (Montclair, N.Y.) has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday, March 15.

The duo was rewarded for their performances in Syracuse's inaugural BIG EAST victory against No. 11 Georgetown on Saturday.

Keogh tied his career high with five goals against the Hoyas. His five scores were the most by a BIG EAST player in any game so far in 2010. All five of his goals came in the first half, including four in a row in the first quarter, to give the Orange a 5-2 lead it never relinquished. Keogh also tacked on a goal in the second period.

It was the 12th time in the last 22 games that Keogh scored at least three goals, and the performance extended his point-scoring streak to 26 games, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

Tierney guarded Georgetown's Rickey Mirabito for the majority of Saturday's game against the Hoyas. Mirabito entered the contest tied for the BIG EAST lead in goals per game and Tierney kept him out of the scoring column for the first time this season. Tierney also collected three ground balls in the victory.

It's the second weekly honor for Tierney, who was also named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 1.

Syracuse returns to action on Saturday, March 20. The Orange will face off against Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field. Start time is 8 p.m.

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