March 29, 2010

Bryant's Love, McMahon Recognized by NEC

from press release

– After falling just one goal shy of forcing overtime against No. 17/17 Stony Brook Saturday afternoon, a pair of Bryant University men's lacrosse players in sophomore Jameson Love (Darien, Conn.) and rookie Peter McMahon (Wilton, Conn.) earned Northeast Conference weekly accolades for their stellar performances in the 8-7 affair.

Earning his second league honor, Love held the nation's second-ranked offense – one that averaged 15.33 goals per game entering Saturday's contest – to just eight tallies, making 11 stops against one of the nation's top attacks to earn NEC Defensive Player of the Week.

Love stood up to 26 shots from the No. 17 Seawolves, who had two of the nation's top-5 point getters and the nation's leader in goals per game. Love held Stony Brook to just a single goal in the final quarter, allowing the Bulldogs to score four goals in the final four minutes of the contest and nearly force overtime. The sophomore also caused a turnover and picked up a ground ball in the contest.

Love leads the nation in goals against average (5.28) and save percentage (.669) for the third-straight week and has made 85 stops on the year so far, playing in all but 2:20 between the pipes for the Bulldogs this season.

McMahon earns the first Rookie of the Week accolade of his career for his three-point outing against the nationally ranked Seawolves, scoring a goal and assisting on Bryant's final two tallies – both coming in the last 1:30 of the contest – to get the Bulldogs within one score of forcing overtime Saturday afternoon.

McMahon's goal with 9:45 to play in the third came unassisted, but it was his two helpers – assists on the tallies that completed Bryant's four-goal run in the final four minutes of the game to bring the score to 8-7— that were the highlight of the rookie's stellar performance.

McMahon fired five shots on the day, two of them on goal with the first one scoring and the second ricocheting off the post with 56 seconds left to play. He picked up a trio of ground balls on the day and was one of two Bulldogs to post a multi-point performance. McMahon is currently fourth on the team in scoring with 12 points and leads all rookies in both points scored and total goals (6).

The Bulldogs return to the field on April 3 when they travel to nearby Providence College for a 2 p.m. matchup.

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