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Men’s college honors: Penn State’s Kaut, St. Joe’s Swanick, Widener’s Nestler

Monday, 18th March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/19/13

Following a 16-save performance at Massachusetts, Austin Kaut (Springfield-Delco) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week in Penn State’s 7-5 win over the Minutemen on Saturday, March 16. The accolade, announced Monday afternoon, is Kaut’s sixth CAA weekly honor.

Kaut played his best game of the season at UMass, stopping 16 of 21 Minutemen shots on goal for a save percentage of 76.2 percent. Kaut made 10 saves in the first half behind five-save showings in the first and second periods. He finished his day off against the defending CAA champion Minutemen with four saves in the third and two saves in the fourth.

The 16 saves were a season high and the most for the 2012 USILA All-America Second Teamer since Feb. 26, 2012 when he stopped 18 shots in a 4-3 upset of Notre Dame. Additionally, the five goals allowed was a season best, the fewest goals allowed by Kaut since an 8-3 win at Towson on Apr. 14, 2012. The give goals allowed were the fewest by any CAA goalie this week, and the 16 saves the most in the conference in a single-game performance.

Kaut’s performance helped anchor Penn State’s defensive effort against the reigning CAA champions, while sixth-year attackman Jack Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.) scored a game-high four goals. Penn State has come out victorious at Massachusetts in the past two meetings. In those two wins, Kaut has made 41 saves following a career-best 25-save effort in 2011 as a freshman.

For Penn State, Kaut is the third Nittany Lion to capture a CAA weekly laurel. TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.) is a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week (Feb. 11, March 4, March 11) and Shane Sturgis (Feb. 18) won CAA Player of the Week. Kaut has thrice won CAA Player of the Week and was a three-time honoree for the weekly rookie award in 2011 en route to CAA Rookie of the Year honors

St. Joe’s Swanick is CAA Co-Rookie of Week

Freshman attack Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) has been named a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Lacrosse Co-Rookie of the Week. Swanick has been selected for games played during the week of March 11-17.

Swanick scored three goals and recorded one assist in Saint Joseph’s 12-7 win over Marquette on Saturday afternoon. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Hawks and evened their record to 4-4 heading into conference play.

Trailing 3-2 just under five minutes into the second period, the Crimson and Gray exploded for three goals in 49 seconds to take back a 5-3 lead. Swanick was involved in all three goals, netting the first two within 33 seconds of one another and assisting on sophomore attack Matthew Sarcona’s goal at the 9:21 mark. The Hawks would not trail from that point as they held Marquette to four goals for the remainder of the game.

Starting and playing seven of eight games for Saint Joseph’s, Swanick leads the team in scoring with 13 goals and ranks second in assists (5) for a combined team-high 18 points. The freshman standout has scored at least one goal in all but one game for the Hawks this season while recording five multi-goal games, two in which he registered hat-tricks.

“Pat has had a tremendous year so far as a freshman,” said head coach Taylor Wray after Swanick’s three-goal game against Marquette. “We’ve thrown his feet to the fire and he has really stepped up. He manages the offense, he carries the ball behind the goal, and he’s scoring for us. He’s drawing slides and getting assists. He’s really emerged as a leader for us, even as a freshman.”

Nestler is CC Goalkeeper of Week

Junior Mac Nestler was one of the biggest reasons for Widener’s success last week and he was rewarded by being named Commonwealth Conference Goalkeeper of the Week.

Nestler played great with a .667 save percentage and 22 saves over 90 minutes. He simply was outstanding with 16 saves, two short of his career best, in a tough 8-7 loss Saturday to third-ranked Dickinson. This included a great save of a point-blank attempt from Marek Laco with four minutes left in the second quarter of a tie game.

He began his week playing 30 minutes Wednesday at Immaculata, getting six saves in the Pride’s 16-7 rout.

It has been yet another great start for Nestler, who in 2011 was tabbed Honorable Mention All-Middle Atlantic Conference. This season, he is 3-3 with a stellar 6.36 goals against average and a .607 save percentage.

Widener (3-3), the reigning Commonwealth Conference champion, has enjoyed another strong start. It has outscored its opponents 58-39 and its losses have been by a total of four goals.

Widener opens league play Saturday at home vs. Messiah, starting at 1:00 pm.

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