March 24, 2010

Bryant Manages Without Nation's Top FO Man

by Justin Feil | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

The Bryant men's lacrosse team has won its last three games despite missing Andrew Hennessey, the fifth-year senior specialist who led the country in faceoff percentage at .711 last year.

Hennessey won 11 of 13 faceoffs against North Carolina, a big reason it was a 5-4 game, but was injured before the Bulldogs played Bellarmine.

“It’s game to game,” said Bulldogs coach Mike Pressler. “He’s got a foot injury. Evan Roberts has filled in and done a great job in Andrew’s absence. We’re confident that Andrew will be back.”

Roberts has helped the Bulldogs not miss a beat. In a 17-6 win over Wagner, he won 16 of 20 faceoffs. He won 13 of 16 faceoffs in a 13-4 win over Bellarmine. In the junior’s first three games taking faceoffs, he has twice earned the team’s Player of the Game award.

“He’s played in the last three games,” Pressler said. “He’s been at 60 percent, so we’re happy.”

Bryant hosts No. 17 Stony Brook on Saturday and plays at Providence next weekend.

“We’ll have Andrew back,” Pressler said. “It could be this week or next week.”

Bryant’s Jameson Love was named Defensive Player of the Month and JK Poirier was named Rookie of the Month in the first-ever Northeast Conference awards. Play in the NEC officially begins next year.

News & Notes

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