April 5, 2011

Bryant's Sipperly Named NEC Defensive Player

from press release

– After picking up an incredible 19 ground balls Friday night against Quinnipiac, grad student Trever Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y.) also picks up his first Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week award, as announced by league officials Monday afternoon.

Even though Bryant finished on the short side of the 13-12 thriller vs. the Bobcats, Sipperly made sure Quinnipiac's path to victory wasn't an easy one. The midfielder's incredible 19 ground balls set a new career high and nearly doubled his season total, as the faceoff specialist had 25 entering the game. Sipperly's new career standard also marks the single-game high for any NEC player in the category this season. But he coupled the impressive feat with an aggressive game at the X, winning a stellar 21-of-25 faceoffs for a lofty 84 percent and yet another career high on the night.

In addition to spreading his talent along the backfield, the graduate student netted a goal off his only shot of the day. The tally was his fourth on the year and came unassisted after a clean faceoff win.

On the year, Sipperly is third in the league with 44 ground balls and leads the Bulldog squad. He also leads the NEC in faceoff percentage (.608), a number that ranks him 11th in the nation entering this week's action.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday night (7 p.m.), when they host intrastate rival Brown University at the Bryant Turf Complex. The game will also be aired on Cox Sports in Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

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