April 27, 2010

ECAC Releases Weekly Award Winners

from press release

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Mark Matthews, Denver
Sophomore, Attack, Oshawa, Ont.
For the second straight week, Matthews scored the game-winning goal for the No. 18/20 Pioneers in their 9-8 come-from-behind victory over No. 17/18 Fairfield in the inaugural ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Matthews provided both goals to tie the game at 5-5 and at 8-8 and then scored the only man-up goal of the game to seal the win for the Pioneers with 3:58 remaining in the game. The win kept the Pioneers undefeated in conference action and stretched their winning streak to seven games. The attackman finished the day with three goals on five shots, registering his sixth hat trick of the season. Matthews has scored two or more goals in 10 of the Pioneers' 14 games this season and is second on the team with 28 goals and 35 points.

Jack Oppenheimer, Quinnipiac
Junior, Attack, Conshohocken, Pa.
Oppenheimer scored a career-high six goals, tying his career-high in points (6), as the Bobcats cruised past ECAC foe Bellarmine Saturday, 20-7. The six goals are second in program Division I history, trailing only Alan Loguidice, who scored seven twice in 2001. Included in Oppenheimer's six goals were four in a seven-goal run by the Bobcats from midway through the first quarter to early in the second, to turn a 3-2 lead into a 10-2 cushion. Oppenheimer's 26 goals this year have already surpassed his 2009 total of 20, and lead the Bobcats this season. His 32 points rank second on the team.

Defensive Player of the Week
John Schiavone, Loyola
Junior, FO/Midfielder, Silver Spring, Md.
Schiavone was key in the Greyhounds' 17-12 victory over Hobart on Saturday afternoon. He won 18-of-28 faceoff attempts (.643), most against the Statesmen's Bobby Dattilo who entered the game leading the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage. Schiavone had a game-high ten ground balls and helped Loyola control two possessions during several key stretches of the game. Schiavone now leads the ECAC with a .605 faceoff percentage, and he is tops on the Greyhounds with 66 ground balls.

Co-Rookies of the Week
Sam Snow, Fairfield
Freshman, Attack, Bainbridge, Wash.
Snow was the Stags top offensive threat against Denver this weekend, tallying four points in the ESPNU Warrior Classic. He netted his second career hat trick, with three even strength goals. Snow also added an assist, having a role in 50 percent of the Stags goals on the afternoon. He also picked up a ground ball in the contest.

Logan Schuss, Ohio State
Freshman, Midfielder, Ladner, British Columbia
Schuss, the Buckeyes' leading scorer, had a team-best and game-high four points in the win against Air Force. He posted two goals and two assists in the contest. His goals came in the final 6:21, breaking open a two-goal game. His first assist was on the opening goal of the game just 2:00 into the contest, while his second was on Jeff Tundo's tally with five seconds left in the first half that tied the game at 5-all at halftime. He had six shots and one groundball in the contest. Schuss now has a team-high 21 assists and 43 points and is second with 22 goals. He has at least one point in all 13 of his games for the Scarlet and Gray, with multiple points in all but two.

Honor Roll
Zack Carroll, Air Force
Tim Bigelow, Hobart
Matt Langan, Loyola
Kevin Benzing, Quinnipiac

Air Force...Junior Zack Carroll, the Falcons' leading scorer, recorded his third hat trick of the season against Ohio State on Saturday... Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Sanders, who has played in each of the last four games for the Falcons (with three starts), has a 7.47 goals against average during that span, as well as a .606 save percentage. He is also averaging 10.75 saves per contest over the last four games... Freshman Paul Gaski played his first game of the season on Saturday versus Ohio State, and tallied his first career point in the contest, scoring a man-up goal in the third period... The Falcons head to Hobart this weekend for their final road contest of the season. It will be just the second meeting all-time between the two teams, Air Force and Hobart last faced each other in 1989.

Bellarmine...The Bellarmine Knights (6-5, 3-3 ECAC) suffered a 20-7 road loss at the hands of ECAC foe Quinnipiac on Saturday... Jack Oppenheimer scored a career-high six goals to lead three Quinnipiac players who registered hat tricks in the game... Bellarmine was led by Derek Hopcroft and Shane Andersen who scored twice each for Bellarmine, while Chase Williams added three assists...Jarrett Davis, Luke Acton and Colton Clark also scored goals, while Austin Bright, Hopcroft and Devin Arruabarrena had one assist each... The Knights conclude their season with a road contest on May 1 at Ohio State as part of the ECAC 'Game of the Week' package.

Denver...The University of Denver men's lacrosse team (10-4, 5-0 ECAC) extended its winning streak to seven games with its second come-from-behind victory in consecutive weeks as it topped the No. 17/18 Fairfield University Stags, 9-8, in the inaugural ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn... For the second straight week, sophomore Mark Matthews scored the gamewinner for the Pioneers, while also providing the goals that tied the game at 5-5 and at 8-8. The attackman finished the day with three goals on five shots, registering his sixth hat trick of the season. Matthews has scored two or more goals in ten of the Pioneers' 14 games this season and is second on the team with 28 goals and 35 points... Sophomore Alex Demopoulos continues to lead the Pioneers in goals (29) and points (46), while freshman Cameron Flint is third on the team with 20 goals... Senior Dillon Roy continues to lead the Pioneers defensively with 67 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers, and also has the team's best faceoff win-loss percentage with 53.8 percent on 50-of-93 faceoffs.

Fairfield...Fairfield dropped its lone game of the week, 9-8, to No.18/20 Denver at the inaugural ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field... The game, televised live on ESPNU, marked the Stags first nationally televised game... Sam Snow equaled a career-high with four points in the game, netting his second career hat trick and adding an assist to have a role in half of the Stags eight goals... Drew Palmer continued to play well, with three caused turnovers and two ground balls as a key member of the Stags defensive unit... The Stags are now 1-2 against teams that are ranked on the day of the game, with all four of its losses coming to teams ranked in the top-20 in the April 19 poll... Fairfield continues to impress in man-down situations, holding Denver scoreless in 2-of-3 extra-man chances on Saturday and have now killed 36-of-47, 76.6 percent, of its opponent man-up chances... Fairfield has still allowed only one team, Lafayette, to score in double digits this season, and are holding foes to 7.42 goals per game on the year... The Stags have held four of its foes to five or less goals and eight opponents to eight or less... Fairfield is now 4-2 in ECAC play, the third time in five seasons that they have won that many league games... The Stags have never won five ECAC games, posting a 16-18 record since joining the league for the 2006 season... Fairfield plays at ACC finalist Maryland on May 1, before wrapping up the regular season at Quinnipiac on May 8.

Hobart...Hobart's offense produced 12 goals against the nation's No. 1 defense on Saturday, falling to seventh-ranked Loyola, 17-12... The Greyhounds came into the game allowing just 6.69 goals per game, but the Statesmen netted the most goals against Loyola this season... Junior midfielder Tim Bigelow led the charge with a career-high four assists and a career-high matching five points... Senior attackman Kevin Curtin matched his career-high with a hat trick, extending his point scoring streak to 24 games... Sophomore attackman Sam Miller also produced a career-high three goals against the Greyhounds... Junior long-stick midfielder Alex Caton scooped up a team and career-high nine ground balls on Saturday... The faceoff battles between sophomore Bobby Dattilo (5th in the nation in FO percentage) and Loyola's John Schiavone (7th) were epic. The third faceoff of the fourth quarter lasted a whopping 46 seconds before it was whistled dead on a loose ball push... Hobart will play its final home game of the season when the Air Force Falcons visit McCooey Field on Saturday, May 1. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. The game will be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports... Prior to the start of the Air Force game, Hobart will honor the 1980 Statesmen lacrosse team. The first NCAA Division III National Champion, the squad will be dubbed a Hobart Team of Distinction.

Loyola...Loyola improved to 9-2 overall and 6-0 in the ECAC with a 17-12 victory last Saturday at Hobart. Loyola's nine wins equal the total the Greyhounds posted last season... The Greyhounds moved up to seventh nationally last week (April 19), the highest ranking for the team since May 1, 2004... Loyola's 17 goals against the Statesmen were its second most of the season, just one off the 18 the Greyhounds scored against Air Force... The 12 goals by Hobart, however, were the most an opponent has scored this season... Matt Langan led Loyola with four goals, tying his career-high, and an assist for five points... Eric Lusby, Cooper MacDonnell, Stephen Murray and Taylor Ebsary each had two-goal games, and Collin Finnerty had four points with a goal and three assists... Chris Basler dished out a career-high four assists in the win... Loyola's midfield continued its solid offensive play, contributing eight goals and six assists... John Schiavone, who was one of three Loyola players along with MacDonnell and Jake Hagelin to earn Inside Lacrosse Team of the Week honors last week, won 18-of-28 (.643) faceoffs against the Statesmen and now leads the ECAC with a .605 faceoff winning percentage... Despite allowing the 12 goals, Loyola's defense remains No. 1 in the nation, allowing 7.18 goals per game... Hagelin tops the nation in goals against average with a 7.19 mark... The Greyhounds wrap-up ECAC action on Sunday, May 2, with a 1 p.m. (MT) game at Denver. The game will be played at Invesco Field.

Ohio State...Eight players found the back of the net and Ohio State scored seven of the last eight goals of the game to defeat Air Force, 10-6, Saturday afternoon in the 'Showdown in the Shoe' at Ohio Stadium...The attendance of 31,078 set a national record for on-campus and regular-season attendance, a mark Ohio State has set and subsequently broken each of the last three years. The attendance topped the mark of 30,192 last season and 29,601 in the inaugural event in 2008... Ohio State wraps up ECAC play at home versus Bellarmine this week. The game will be held in Ohio Stadium because of the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium... The game will be the Buckeyes' third television game this year and second as part of the ECAC Lacrosse 'Game of the Week' package, as last week's contest was live on the Big Ten Network. Former Buckeye All-American Greg Bice made his television broadcast debut providing analysis for BTN... Ohio State is 3-0 all-time versus Bellarmine, with an 11-7 victory on the road last year. In the first and only meeting in Columbus in 2008, Ohio State posted a 20-4 victory. The first meeting was in 2007, when Ohio State won 13-9 in Louisville... Freshman Logan Schuss had a team-high four points (2g, 2a) against Air Force and now has a team-high 21 assists and 43 points and is second with 22 goals. He has at least one point in all 13 of his games for the Scarlet and Gray, with multiple points in all but two... The six goals scored by Air Force matched Ohio State's opponent season low this season, set against Albany and Hobart. The team is allowing 8.62 goals a game this season... The Buckeyes are 5-1 at home this season and 10-2 under second-year head coach Nick Myers in Columbus... Senior James Green had two tallies vs. Air Force. He leads Ohio State with a career-best 23 goals and has at least one tally in all 13 games this season.

Quinnipiac...The Bobcats (6-5, 3-3 ECAC) cruised to a 20-7 victory over Bellarmine in Hamden on Saturday... Jack Oppenheimer scored a career-high six goals, second-most in program Division I history, trailing only Alan Loguidice's two seven-goal performances in 2001... Christian Haggerty added five assists, tying the program Division I record... Kevin Kelly contributed five points of his own with three goals and two assists, while Billy Alessi made it three hat tricks for the Bobcats with three goals. Basil Kostaras also chipped in with a goal and two assists, while Zach Pall had a goal and an assist. Pall also won 11-of-13 faceoffs to push his season winning percentage to .607... Kevin Benzing made 12 saves on 18 opportunities to earn the win in net for the Bobcats... Quinnipiac returns to action Tuesday, when they travel to Fairfield, Conn., to face intrastate rival Sacred Heart. Opening faceoff from Campus Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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