April 27, 2010

Bryant Sweeps NEC Weekly Honors

from press release

– Three key members of the Bryant University men's lacrosse team were recognized for their part in the Bulldogs' 9-7 win over No. 11 Yale – the program's first win over a nationally ranked opponent since joining the Division I ranks – as sophomores Max Weisenberg (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Jameson Love (Darien, Conn.) and freshman Mason Poli (Downingtown, Pa.) swept the Northeast Conference weekly honors, as announced by the league Monday afternoon.

After a four-goal, one-assist week and posting his sixth hat trick of the season in a 9-7 win over Yale, Weisenberg earns his second NEC Player of the Week nod of the last three weeks. The sophomore leading scorer paced the Bulldogs in both points and goals in a pair of outings and three of his four tallies came unassisted.

Against Yale, Weisenberg recorded all three unassisted tallies in the first half and got the visiting Bulldogs on the board just 13 seconds into the contest, picking up the ground ball off the opening faceoff and carrying it down the field to convert on the first shot of the game. He then scored back-to-back goals spanning the first and second periods, the first coming with 16 seconds left on the clock to put Bryant up for good, 3-2, and the last coming just 1:10 into the second quarter.

The New Yorker also dished out the helper on the goal that opened the third frame while picking up a team-best four ground balls against Yale and a team-high seven ground balls on the week. Weisenberg fired five shots, converting four of them for goals.

Love collects his second conference Defensive Player of the Week nomination after a 16-save week and grabs his third NEC honor of the season after receiving Defensive Player of the Month recognition to open the 2010 campaign. The second-year starting goalie played every minute for the Bulldogs in the 1-1 week, turning away eight shots in each outing.

Love's most impressive performance came against the ranked Elis Saturday night, when he made four stops in the fourth-quarter alone to keep his Bulldogs out in front.

The Connecticut native limited a Yale offense that came off a 14-goal game to just seven scores and picked up three ground balls in the game for a total of four on the week. The netminder allowed just a single man-up goal in seven opportunities in the pair of contests while facing 56 shots between the pipes for a weeklong .533 save percentage and 7.00 goals against average. Love currently leads the country with a 6.47 goals against average and is eighth nationally with a .583 save percentage on the year.

A true rising star for the Bulldogs, Poli's stock continues to rise after arguably the best week yet for the frosh defenseman, who earned his first-career Northeast Conference honor as this week's Rookie of the Week.

Poli has been impressive not just within Bryant's strong freshman class, but among all of the Bulldogs' poles across the board as he continues to gain confidence en route to becoming one the league's most potent defensive threats. The rookie scored a goal in each of the team's contests this week, including recording the first score of his career Tuesday night against Holy Cross.

Poli scored an unassisted goal with 6:49 to go in the second as part of a four-goal streak for Bryant against the Crusaders and followed it up with a two-point performance against nationally ranked Yale Saturday, where he scored another tally and chipped in an assist. The defenseman scored to open third-period play and put the Bulldogs up, 7-3, against No. 11 Yale after forcing a big turnover in Bryant's defensive end. Poli's helper came with 13:33 to play in the second after he fought to win a key ground ball off the faceoff to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead.

The Pennsylvanian picked up four ground balls on the week, two in each outing, and was part of a man-down defense that allowed just a single goal in seven EMO attempts between the two contests. Poli recorded two shots on the week, both going on target and both finding net for a 1.000 shot percentage.

This marks the first time the Bulldogs have swept the weekly conference honors and the Black and Gold return to the field on Tuesday (April 27) to host Ivy Leaguer Dartmouth at 4 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.

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