March 22, 2010

The ECAC Releases Its Weekly Honors

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Chase Williams, Bellarmine
Senior, Midfielder, Vancouver, B.C.
Williams had four goals and three assists in the only game of the week for the Knights. Against Robert Morris, all five of his shots were on goal and he was turnover-free. Williams has 20 points on the season with 12 goals and eight assists.

Matt Langan, Loyola
Junior, Attack, Madison, N.J.
Langan scored a career-high four goals and added two assists to match his career-high with six points, as Loyola defeated Air Force, 18-3. Langan scored in each of the first two quarters and then tallied a pair of scores in the third. Two of his goals were of the man-up variety, helping the Greyhounds go 5-of-7 on extra-man opportunities in the game. Langan's four goals topped his previous high of three set in a February 27 ECAC victory at Quinnipiac. He also had six points against the Bobcats.

Defensive Player of the Week
Kevin Benzing, Quinnipiac
Senior, Goalkeeper, Severna Park, Md.
Benzing made a career-high 21 saves on 28 opportunities to propel the Bobcats to their first-ever ECAC Lacrosse victory, Saturday at Hobart. The 21 saves were the most in the nation in a single game this week, and tied for fourth-most in a single game in NCAA Division I this season. With the performance, Benzing's save percentage moved to .674, tops in the nation.

Rookie of the Week
Patrick Fanshaw, Loyola
Freshman, Attack, Glyndon, Md.
Fanshaw scored five goals, the most this season by an ECAC freshman, in the Greyhounds' 18-3 victory over Air Force last Saturday. Fanshaw also had an assist on an Eric Lusby goal for a total of six points against the Falcons. His five goals and six points were both career-highs. Fanshaw tallied a hat trick in the first half versus Air Force, and he then added tallies in the third and fourth quarters. He added three ground balls and a caused turnover for the Greyhounds.

Honor Roll
Dillon Ward, Bellarmine
Patrick Rogers, Denver
Joe Marra, Fairfield
Nick Baglio, Fairfield
Chris Pederson, Hobart
Alex Caton, Hobart
John Schiavone, Loyola
James Green, Ohio State
Scott Foreman, Ohio State
Alex Marotto, Quinnipiac

Air Force...Air Force plays two games this week, first visiting Siena in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday. The Falcons are 5-0 all-time against the Saints, with the last meeting coming in 2007... Air Force will also visit Denver on Saturday for the first of two games this season between the in-state rivals... This weekend's contest is being designated a non-conference game, while the final game of the season, held at the Academy, will count in the league standings... Last year in Denver, the Falcons picked up their first win over the Pioneers since 2002, winning 10-7, to clinch second place in the GWLL... With his goal against Loyola on Saturday, senior captain Ridge Flick has now scored at least one goal or assist in 12 straight games, dating back to the Manhattan contest on March 24, 2009... Sophomore Adam Paranka has scored 10 points (6g, 4a) in the first five games of the 2010 season, surpassing his season total from his freshman campaign, when he totaled eight points (7g, 1a) in seven games.

Bellarmine...The Knights scored eight fourth quarter goals to race past the Robert Morris Colonials, 18-15, on Sunday, March 21... The win upped Bellarmine's record to 5-3 on the season... Senior midfielder Chase Williams provided most of Bellarmine's offensive punch with four goals and three assists... Freshman goalkeeper Dillon Ward picked up his first collegiate win by holding the nation's top-ranked offense to just five goals in the second period... The win marked the first home victory for the Knights in 2010, breaking an eight-game home losing streak dating back to Feb. 14, 2009... Bellarmine plays its final non-conference game on Saturday, March 27 when the Knights host Presbyterian.

Denver...The University of Denver men's lacrosse team (4-4) finished its spring break trip to the East Coast with a 1-1 mark, dropping a 14-7 loss to the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and stunning the No. 12 Stony Brook Seawolves, 13-12... Sophomore Mark Matthews led the Pioneers for the week with four goals and one assist for five points, while Cameron Kerr, Alex Demopoulos and Patrick Rogers all scored three goals... Freshman Alejandro Brown turned in a solid performance for Denver, scoring his first career goal and scooping up eight ground balls... For the week, Denver averaged 10.00 goals per game, taking 28.5 shots per game... Denver also grabbed 46 ground balls and won 25-of-53 face-offs for a 47.2 win-loss percentage... In the Pioneers' best performance of the week, Denver stunned the No. 12/15 Stony Brook Seawolves, winning its first road-game of the season and handing the Seawolves their first loss at home... The Pioneers found themselves down by significant margins twice during the contest, battling back twice and eventually sealing the win as senior Charley Dickenson netted the gamewinner with 2:57 remaining.

Fairfield...For the second straight week the Stags, who received national poll votes for the first time last week, won 10-8, defeating Colgate on the road on Saturday... Joe Marra was once again the difference maker, recording 16 saves, for 33 in the last two games. He now boasts a .615 save percentage for the season, with 67 saves... Seven different players touched net for the Stags this week with Nick Baglio, John Snellman and Brent Adams each scoring twice... Baglio tallied the game-winning goal... Rookies Sam Snow and Marshall Johnson, along with Matt Plominski each had a goal and an assist in the victory... The Stags won 11 faceoffs, all by Steve Golmont, marking the first-time this season they have had an advantage at the X... Fairfield committed a season-low one penalty on the day, and did not give up an extra-man goal... The Stags have denied opponents on 68.2 percent of their man-up chances... Fairfield will play twice this week as it opens ECAC Lacrosse League play... The Stags host Ohio State on Tuesday in the team's only night game of the season, before welcoming Hobart on Saturday in the ECAC TV Game of the Week.

Hobart...During Tuesday's 6-5 win over Binghamton, seniors Kurtis Gibbs, Mike Suits, and Max Silberlicht came up big in the fourth quarter... Gibbs, a defensive midfielder, scored the game-tying goal 15 seconds into the frame, while Suits, a midfielder, netted the winner with 2:07 to go... Silberlicht made it stand up with a second half shutout, including four saves in the final 15 minutes... Hobart began the week first in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and Bobby Dattilo gave that number a huge boost against the Bearcats. He won 14 of the day's 15 restarts, the best single game winning percentage by a Statesman since the 2006 season. Dattilo's .656 winning percentage at the X this year is well ahead of Hobart's Division I season standard (.618)... Senior Kevin Curtin extended his points streak to 19 games. He had a goal and an assist against Binghamton and notched two assists against Quinnipiac... Sophomore Chris Pedersen produced a career- and game-high four goals against the Bobcats, while also grabbing a season-high five ground balls... For the season, he leads Hobart with nine goals and 15 points... Hobart will play the first of back-to-back televised games on Tuesday, March 23, when No. 2 Syracuse visits McCooey Field (Time Warner Sports)... The Statesmen will then head to Fairfield on March 27 for the ECAC Lacrosse League Game of the Week.

Loyola...Loyola plays its second of three consecutive games on national television this Saturday, March 27, when the Greyhounds host Towson at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WMAR/ABC-2 in the Baltimore market, and it will be shown on ESPNU at 2 a.m. on March 28... The Greyhounds played their first televised game last weekend and will be on the tube at least five times this season... Loyola improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the ECAC last week with an 18-3 victory over visiting Air Force at Ridley Athletic Complex... Nine Greyhounds scored goals in the victory, led by Patrick Fanshaw's five, and four by Matt Langan. Fanshaw and Langan both finished with six points... Collin Finnerty had a five-point day with a goal and a career-high tying four assists... The Greyhounds continued their solid play at the faceoff 'X,' winning 18-of-24 restarts... John Schiavone won 12 of the 14 faceoffs he attempted and tied Steve Layne for team-high honors with five ground balls... Jake Hagelin, Alex Peaty and Eric Tillman combined in goal to allow just three Air Force goals... Hagelin did not allow a Falcons' score in the first half, making six saves, while Peaty saved nine and gave up just three in 29:24 of action... The Greyhounds were a season-best 5-of-7 on extra-man opportunities, and they had 40 ground balls, their second-best effort of 2010.

Ohio State...Ohio State lost in overtime at No. 13 Notre Dame, 7-6, Saturday in South Bend, Ind... Seniors James Green and Mario Ventiquattro each had a hat trick to provide all the scoring for the Buckeyes, while freshman goalie Ryan Brant had 10 saves in his first career start... The Buckeye defense, led by senior Scott Foreman, held the Irish attack scoreless... The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three games in eight days, all on the road... The squad will take on Fairfield Tuesday night in its first ECAC league game and then play at Quinnipiac on Saturday... Ohio State leads the series with Fairfield, 5-2, including a 2-1 mark in Fairfield. The squads met in Columbus last season, an 11-6 Buckeye victory. The teams competed against each other in the GWLL from 2000-05 before the Stags left the conference... The Buckeyes lead the series with Quinnipiac, 8-0, with a 3-0 mark in Hamden, Conn. The teams played last year in Columbus, with Ohio State posting an 8-2 win... Freshman Logan Schuss extended his point streak to seven with an assist at Notre Dame. He has a team-high 10 assists and 20 points this year... James Green, with a season-best three goals and points at Notre Dame, now leads the team with 12 goals and ranks fourth with 13 points... Freshman Jeff Tundo was held scoreless for the first time in his collegiate career against Notre Dame but ranks second on the team with 11 goals and 15 points... Senior Mario Ventiquattro had a hat trick for his third multiple-goal game of the season. He is tied for third on the team with 10 goals and ranks third with 14 points.

Quinnipiac...The Bobcats (4-1, 1-1 ECAC) went on the road to defeat Hobart, 9-7, for their first-ever ECAC Lacrosse win. The victory was Quinnipiac's fourth straight... Kevin Benzing made a career-high 21 saves on 28 opportunities in securing the victory. The 21 saves were the most in the nation in a single game this week, and the fourth-most this season. With the .750 save percentage in Saturday's game, Benzing pushed his season save percentage to .674, tops in the nation... Alex Marotto scored all of his team-high three goals in the second half as the Bobcats erased a 4-3 halftime deficit. Included in Marotto's scoring was the game-tying marker just 36 seconds into a third quarter in which the Bobcats scored four unanswered goals... Jack Oppenheimer scored twice to push his team-leading total to ten goals... Christian Haggerty added an assist to give him a team-high 16 points. .. Billy Alessi also scored two goals for the Bobcats... The nation's leader in face-off winning percentage and ground balls per game entering the week, Zach Pall won 12-of-19 face-offs, including 8-of-10 in the second half, while adding a team-high seven ground balls... The Bobcats return to ECAC Lacrosse action Saturday, when they play host to Ohio State at noon.

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