March 7, 2011

Denver Duo Spearheads ECAC Honors

from press release

The Eastern College Athletic Conference men's lacrosse league has announced its weekly awards, for the period ending Sunday. The University of Denver's Alex Demopoulos and Jamie Faus are the offensive and defensive player of the week, respectively, while Erik Smith of the Air Force Academy and Shawn Kaplan of Ohio State University share the award for rookie of the week.

Demopoulos, a junior attacker from Canton, Conn. (Avon Old Farms High School), led the Pioneers to a sweep of the 11th annual DU Face-Off Classic with 15 points on 11 goals and four assists, earning tournament MVP honors. In the Pioneers' 20-8 win over Jacksonville, Demopoulos set a career high in points and goals as he posted seven points off five goals and two assists. He then reset his career-high the following day in a 17-6 win over Manhattan with a school-record eight points off six goals and two assists.

Defensive Player of the Week
A freshman goalkeeper out of Lakeville, Conn. (Salisbury School), Faus went undefeated over the weekend making 15 saves and allowing only eight goals in 82 minutes and 8 seconds of action. He finished with a 65.2 save percentage and a 5.84 goals against average, while facing 40 shots, to earn a spot on the DU Face-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

CO-Rookie of the Week
Smith (Golden, Colo./J.K. Mullen HS) was named to the DU Face-Off Classic All-Tournament Team after registering six points on two goals and four assists to go along with 14 ground balls during the Falcons' 1-1 weekend. On Saturday, he scored five points in a 16-10 win over Manhattan. The freshman midfielder was also successful at the face-off X, winning 19-of-30 draws, including 13-of-17 (.765) against the Jaspers. His nine ground balls versus Manhattan were the most for an Air Force player this season.

CO-Rookie of the Week
Kaplan, of Lafayette Hill, Pa. (Plymouth Whitemarsh HS), won 9-of-11 faceoffs in the Buckeyes' 6-5 triple-overtime win at Penn State. The freshman specialist did not lose a faceoff in the second half or overtime, winning all three draws in both the third and fourth quarters and the opening faceoff in each overtime period. He also had a team-high six ground balls in the game. He won the faceoff and picked up the ground ball in the third overtime, giving Ohio State control of the ball on the game's last possession.

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