Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/18/16
From Press Release
University of Denver men’s lacrosse freshman goaltender Alex Ready (Manheim Township, Duke’s LC) has been named the USILA/Lids Team Sports Division I National Defensive Player of the Week, the USILA announced on Wednesday. Ready made a season-high 14 saves in the victory, also earning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.
Ready’s award comes a day after the NCAA tabbed the No. 1 University of Denver the NCAA.com Men’s College Lacrosse Team of the Week after its 9-8 overtime win at Notre Dame on Sunday. Denver was voted the unanimous No. 1 team in both major polls on Monday.
Denver stretched its winning streak to 19 games after Sunday’s win, with its last loss coming on March 14, 2015 at Ohio State. The Pioneers defeated the Buckeyes in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Sports Authority Field last May for their 11th-straight win, and will take on OSU Saturday at 1 p.m. MT at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Nova’s Froccaro named Big East Offensive Player of Week
Villanova junior Jake Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) has been named the men’s lacrosse BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. The laurel marks the second Offensive Player of the Week honors for the attackman this season.
Froccaro had another outstanding performance this past weekend, tallying seven goals in a 16-8 win over Penn on Saturday. His seven goals were just one away from his previous best of eight this season and the points contributed to the largest margin of victory for Villanova over the Quakers in series history. It also marked the third-straight game Villanova has posted at least a five-goal win over their opposition.
Penn State’s Ament, Schreiner earn Big 10 honors
After helping Penn State men’s lacrosse to a pair of wins last week, sophomore Will Schreiner (Avon Grove, Duke’s LC) and freshman Grant Ament (Haverford School, Duke’s LC) have earned Big Ten Weekly awards, announced by the conference this afternoon.
Schreiner earns his second career Big Ten Co-Specialist of the Week nod, while Ament picks up his second career Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel. The pair of awards marks the sixth time a Nittany Lion has been selected for a Big Ten weekly honor this season.
Schreiner averaged 9.5 saves per game for the Nittany Lions in a 2-0 week that featured wins at Furman and against No. 8/7 Harvard. After recording nine saves in the win against the Paladins, he led the team with a career-high 10 saves in a thrilling overtime win against the Crimson.
Ament finished second on the team with eight points during the undefeated week, as one of two Nittany Lions to total five assists across both outings. He dished out two assists at Furman, adding one goal. Against Harvard, he logged three assists and scored two goals, marking his fifth straight game with at least one goal. Ament’s averaging 2.14 assists per game, which ranks 14th nationally and second in the conference.
Schreiner, Ament and the rest of the No. 20 Penn State men’s lacrosse team (5-2) will remain home this week, welcoming UMass (3-4) to the Penn State Lacrosse Field Saturday, March 19 at noon. The Nittany Lions will also honor the brave men and women who have and are currently serving our country, naming Saturday Military Appreciation Day, with free camo drink koozies for all current and former military members.