Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/7/10
Drexel University freshman Robert Church has been named this week’s Colonial Athletic Association men’s lacrosse Player of the Week and the league’s Rookie of the Week. Church scored a career-high seven goals as the Dragons defeated then No. 8 Hofstra in the team’s CAA opener on Saturday. Drexel is now 8-2 and ranked eighth in the nation, the highest ranking in school history.
Church, an attackman for the Dragons, led Drexel to a 13-11 win against the Pride on Saturday. His seven goals came on just nine shots and found the back of the net five times in the first half. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native scored the eventual game-winning goal with just under a minute left in the game. His seven goals were the most in a game by a Dragon since Brian Diener scored seven against Saint Joseph’s in 1996. Church now has 24 goals in 10 games this season.
The Dragons’ win over Hofstra was their third over a Top-10 ranked opponent this season. It is the first time in school history that the team has accomplished that feat. Drexel is back in action on Saturday afternoon against Penn State at Vidas Field. Face-off is set for 4 p.m. and the game can be seen live on The Comcast Network.
St. John’s senior Manes (Archbishop Ryan) earns Big East honor
St. John’s senior Tom Manes was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week. Manes helped lead St. John’s (4-5, 1-1) to a thrilling victory over Rutgers by contributing to three of the team’s four fourth-quarter goals as the Red Storm overcame a 9-7 deficit to win 11-10. After Manes put home the game-winner with just under two minutes to play, he then drew a one-minute slashing penalty on Rutgers with just 1:21 left in the game. A native of Philadelphia, Manes’ four goals marked a career-high output and his five-point game tied for the team-high this season.
Lehigh’s Frantoni named Patriot League Rookie of the week
Fresh off a week in which he scored nine points and helped lead Lehigh to a pair of wins, freshman Dante Fantoni was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Fantoni scored seven goals in the pair of contests and also handed out two assists as Lehigh extended its winning streak to three games and moved over .500 for the season. This is Fantoni’s first weekly award from the Patriot League.
The freshman standout began his week with a two-goal, two-assist performance in Lehigh’s thrilling 16-15 overtime win at Binghamton on March 30 in New York. The New York native scored both of his goals in the third quarter as Lehigh began its comeback against the Bearcats.
On April 3 Fantoni had a terrific game with five goals on just seven shots in a 9-6 win over Sacred Heart. Four of Fantoni’s goals came after halftime as Lehigh outscored the Pioneers 7-2 after halftime, and his third score of the day tied things at six with 9:51 remaining.
Scranton freshman goalie Worthington (Archbishop Wood) gets Landmark honor
An 11-save performance in the first start of his collegiate career has earned Ben Worthington (Archbishop Wood), a freshman goalie on The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team, the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week award for the period ending Sunday, April 4.
Worthington’s effort came in the Royals’ 7-5 victory over Susquehanna University on Friday, April 2, in Landmark Conference action, which snapped Scranton’s six-game losing streak. Defensively, the Royals held the Crusaders to just one goal in the second half to wipe away a 4-2 halftime deficit.