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Men’s college honors: PSU’s Sturgis, Lehigh’s Poillon, RM’s Rankel

Monday, 18th February 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/18/13
From Press Releases

Penn State men’s lacrosse attackman Shane Sturgis (Downingtown East) was named Colonial Athletic Association Lacrosse Player of the Week. Sturgis scored four goals on eight shots to lead Penn State past No. 9 Denver, 15-12, on Sunday.

For Sturgis, the honor is his third weekly conference award. He was twice named CAA Rookie of the Week in 2011 on Mar. 14 and Apr. 11 en route to a All-CAA Rookie Team laurel.

Sturgis impressed on a national stage keying an attack that defeated No. 9 Denver in Jacksonville, Fla. Sturgis took just eight shots and scored four times, including a highlight-reel inside roll in the first quarter.

This season, Sturgis has eight goals on two games for the Nittany Lions who are 2-0 for the first time since 2002. Additionally, Penn State was voted eighth by the USILA coaches, matching the highest ranking ever (last on Apr. 1, 1996).

Sturgis is on an eight-game point streak dating back to Mar. 31, 2012. During that span, Sturgis has scored 22 goals with six assists for a total of 28 points. The last Nittany Lion to earn CAA Player of the Week honors was Jack Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.) on Apr. 9, 2012.

Penn State welcomes No. 3 Notre Dame to Happy Valley for a much anticipated battle with the Fighting Irish. UND won at No. 4 Duke this past weekend. Penn State and Notre Dame played a tense 4-3 overtime game last year in which PSU prevailed.

Robert Morris freshman Rankel (Downingtown West) earns NEC Rookie of the Week

Eric Rankel (Downingtown West) exploded onto the scene as Robert Morris kicked off the 2013 campaign last week, scoring a combined six goals and totaling nine points. In just his second game of the season, a 12-9 win over UMBC at home, he led all scorers with five goals and six points, tying an RMU record for most goals by a rookie.

Earlier in the week, he picked up one goal and two assists in his collegiate debut against Bellarmine, a 9-8 setback. Through two games thus far, Rankel leads the Colonials with nine points, six goals, and has scored on over 46 percent of his shots.

Lehigh’s Poillon earns Patriot League honor

Lehigh sophomore goalie Matt Poillon has garnered the Patriot League’s Goalie of the Week award for the second week in a row after stopping 16 of 25 shots sent his way in Saturday’s big win over Villanova. This marks the eighth-career weekly award for the All-American netminder after earning Goalie of the Week four times and Rookie of the Week twice as a freshman.

Poillon made 16 saves in Saturday’s 11-9 win, tying a career high. Each save proved important in a slim two-goal road win as he helped Lehigh win at Villanova for the first time since 1997 while improving to 2-0 for the first time since 2000. He owns a 5.23 GAA and 70.6 save percentage for the season.

Senior David DiMaria also earned honorable mention recognition on the Patriot League Weekly honor roll for the second week in a row. DiMaria carried the offense with his second straight seven-point game to begin the season, posting three goals and four assists.

The Mountain Hawks jumped to number eight in the Nike Division I Top 20 Media Poll, three places ahead of their upcoming opponent, Denver. Lehigh fell to 12th in the first in-season USILA Coaches Poll.

The Mountain Hawks returns to action on Saturday as they travel to Denver, Colorado to face #11/11 Denver Pioneers and Air Force on Sunday as part of the Face-Off Classic.

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