Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/14/11
Penn State freshman attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown-East) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending March 13. The award is the third this year for a Penn State freshman.
Sturgis led Penn State to an 11-6 win over No. 19 Rutgers on Saturday at Penn State’s Bigler Field. Sturgis scored four goals and had an assist to spark the Nittany Lions to the win over the ranked Scarlet Knights, handing Rutgers its first loss of the year.
Sturgis now leads Penn State with 14 points off eight goals and six assists. Teammate Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco) has won the Rookie of the Week honor twice as well.
Penn State is now 2-3 on the year while Rutgers falls to 4-1. The Nittany Lions will return to action in Amherst, Mass., when they open up CAA play at UMass on Saturday, March 19, at 12 p.m.
Drexel’s Perri is CAA Player of the Week
Drexel senior Scott Perri (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week.
Perri, an attackman, scored five goals, all in the fourth quarter, as Drexel defeated Saint Joseph’s in a CAA contest on Wednesday. The five goals were a career high. On Saturday, Perri scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others as Drexel defeated Bryant in four overtimes, 8-7. In the two games, Perri finished with seven goals and two assists.
Through six games this season, Perri leads the CAA in both goals and points. He is now ninth in the nation in goals per game (2.67) and 13th in points per game (4.17). The Dragons are 3-3 this season and host Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday evening at Vidas Field.
Villanova’s Rice is BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week; Karalunas makes Honor Roll
Sophomore Jack Rice has been named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and senior Brian Karalunas has been named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for their performances over the past week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.
Rice recorded six goals and an assist in Villanova’s last two games, including the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 9 Penn on March 12. The attackman netted four goals in the upset victory and had two scores and one assist in the 17-5 victory against Penn State on March 8.
This is Rice’s first major weekly award of his career; he was previously named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll twice during his freshman campaign. For the season, the sophomore has 12 goals and two assists, good for third on the team in total points.
Karalunas earned a spot on the weekly Honor Roll after totaling 10 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers over the past week. The long-stick midfielder was a critical part of Villanova’s 9-8 win over ninth-ranked Penn and played a key roll in VU’s 17-5 rout of Penn State.
Karalunas currently leads the NCAA averaging 4.17 caused turnovers per game and has tallied 22 ground balls and 25 takeaways for the season. This is the first conference award of the 2011 season for Karalunas, who previously earned Defensive Player of the Week and Honor Roll accolades in 2010.