March 29, 2010

Karalunas, Pennington Earn Big East Kudos

from press release

– Villanova's Brian Karalunas and Rutgers' Justin Pennington earn weekly honors for BIG EAST men's lacrosse after leading their respective teams to wins over ranked teams last week. Karalunas led a defensive effort against No. 14/11 Drexel to grab BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while Pennington earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after helping the Scarlet Knights to a road victory at No. 11/13 Notre Dame.

Karalunas led Villanova to a win in its only game of the week, a 10-8 upset home victory over No. 14/11 Drexel on March 24. The junior longstick midfielder collected six ground balls and caused a game-high eight turnovers as Villanova won its second straight over a top-20 opponent. The Wildcats held the Dragons to four goals through the first three quarters of the game. This is the first weekly honor for Karalunas and second for Villanova this season.

Pennington led Rutgers to its biggest win of the season and to the team's first BIG EAST win in the league opener for both teams. The Scarlet Knights grabbed a 10-8 road win at No. 11/13 Notre Dame on March 27. Pennington notched his second hat trick of the season and seventh of his career with three goals in the win. The senior midfielder took eight shots, including eight on goal, and scooped up a ground ball. The Scarlet Knights were held scoreless in the first quarter, but Pennington began the second stanza with a score. This is the first weekly honor for Pennington and the second for the Scarlet Knights.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Alex Lagodich, St. John's, Fr., MF
Scored five goals in a 0-2 week for the Red Storm, including four tallies at Penn State

JoJo Marasco, Syracuse, Fr., A/MF
Scored two goals and added an assist in an overtime win at Hobart; also had one caused turnover

Billy Olin, Rutgers, Sr., GK
Recorded 11 saves in a 10-9 win at No. 11/13 Notre Dame; also collected two ground balls

Chris Schuville, Georgetown, Sr., D
Collected eight ground balls and caused one turnover in a loss to No. 9/7 Duke

Paul Webber, Villanova, Sr., A
Notched four goals in a home win over No. 14/11 Drexel

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