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Weekly college award winners: Navy’s Gennaro (A. Carroll), Lehigh’s Dykstra & Snyder, Delaware’s Keane

Monday, 21st February 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/21/11

Navy freshman attack Aimee Gennaro (Archbishop Carroll) was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

Gennaro scored five goals and added three assists for eight points last week and has nine goals, four assists and 13 points on the season. Gennaro scored twice in Navy’s win over Ohio State and had three goals and three assists against Davidson. Gennaro has tallied a multiple-goal performance in each of Navy’s first three games.

Lehigh’s Dystra is Patriot League Midfielder of Week

Lehigh senior midfielder Lauren Dykstra was named the Patriot League’s first-ever Midfielder of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. Dykstra played a tremendous two-way game against defending MAAC Champion Marist on Saturday, finishing with a game-high five goals and four caused turnovers to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 13-8 season-opening victory.

Dykstra has now won 14 weekly awards in her career, winning each of the other three awards on multiple occasions as well – Offensive (5), Defensive (3) and Rookie (5) of the Week.

Her five goals came against a Marist team coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago. Saturday marked Dykstra’s 15th career game with five or more goals. She proved valuable on both ends of the field as her four caused turnovers were also a game high.

It only took 4:44 for Dykstra to get on the board as she opened the scoring with a free position goal at 25:16. She finished the afternoon 3-for-3 on free position shots. Dykstra added another tally at 18:01 of the first half and then three more in the second, including the game’s final goal with 2:05 remaining.

The senior co-captain now owns 190 career goals, 52 from tying the school record. She entered the season as the nation’s second leading active scorer while owning the most groundballs among active players.

Lehigh’s Snyder is Patriot League Defensive Player of Week
Following a stellar start to the season at the faceoff X, Lehigh men’s lacrosse sophomore Ryan Snyder (Kent School (Ct.)/Duke’s Lacrosse Club) has garnered the season’s first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. Through two games, Snyder has won 33-of-42 faceoffs, while scooping a league-leading 22 groundballs.

Snyder’s play helped Lehigh dominate time of possession in both games. He helped lead the Mountain Hawks to a convincing 16-7 win over Saint Joseph’s while enjoying another stellar effort in a heartbreaking 9-8 loss at Villanova. The sophomore standout has won 79 percent of his draws through the first two contests.

After winning 17-of-21 (81 percent) against Saint Joseph’s, he followed that by winning 16-of-21 at Villanova, a team ranked 20th in the preseason Inside Lacrosse poll. Against the Wildcats, he faced three different opponents, including Nolan Vihlen, who won 51.3 percent (172-of-335) as the team’s primary faceoff option a year ago.

Snyder also netted the game’s first goal on Saturday. After Villanova took a 1-0 lead at 12:08 of the first quarter, Snyder won the ensuing draw and went all the way to the cage where he beat Billy Hurley for his first-career goal.

Also recognized on Monday was Lehigh sophomore attackman Dante Fantoni, who garnered honorable mention status. Fantoni recorded a career-high six points against Saint Joseph’s via five goals and an assist. He then tied a career-high with two assists at Villanova.

Delaware’s Keane is CAA Rookie of Week

University of Delaware freshman midfielder Dan Keane, who helped lead the Blue Hens to a 19-4 victory over Presbyterian College Saturday afternoon, was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week last week.

Keane, a psychology major from Elora, Ontario, scored two goals as the No. 17 Blue Hens improved to 2-0 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons with the dominating victory over Presbyterian at Delaware Stadium.

Keane scored on his only two shots during the game, delivering his first career goal off a feed from Carter Bloor with 38 seconds remaining in the first half and adding his second score off a feed from Jackson Keeler with 4:46 remaining in the game. He also scooped up two groundballs and caused one turnover.


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