Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/23/16
Penn State men’s lacrosse’s Will Schreiner (Avon Grove) has been selected as the Big Ten Specialist of the Week, announced by the conference this afternoon. Schreiner helped direct the Nittany Lions to their third straight victory on the road at No. 18/15 Cornell last week.
Schreiner is the first Nittany Lion in program history to earn Big Ten Specialist of the Week honors and the second PSU conference weekly award-winner this season.
Schreiner logged seven saves in Penn State’s thrilling 8-7 victory against the Big Red, marking the team first win over a nationally ranked opponent this season. He registered three saves in the fourth quarter alone, including one huge save in the final minute of the game to keep the Nittany Lions on top for the win. He also led the team with three ground balls.
Schreiner and the rest of the No. 15/12 Nittany Lions (3-0) return home from the road to host Villanova (0-1) Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.
Saturday’s game is Penn State’s Lacrosse for Literacy Day, where Penn State will host its third annual book drive at the game. Paired up with Corl Street Elementary, Penn State men’s lacrosse will collect new and gently used books throughout the game to donate to the Corl Street Elementary Library in State College.
Saint Joseph’s Rastivo tabbed NEC Player of the Week
After posting a career-high 10 points in SJU’s 15-5 season-opening win over VMI on Saturday afternoon, Saint Joseph’s junior attackman Mike Rastivo (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville/Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) has been tabbed the Northeast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. The honor marks the fourth of his career.
Rastivo scored four goals on eight shots and added a career-high six assists to lead the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse program to its first opening-day victory since 2001.
The reigning Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year currently leads the nation in points per game (10.0) and assists per game (6.0).
Rastivo and the Hawks return to action this Saturday, February 27 vs. Manhattan. Opening face-off is scheduled for noon on Sweeney Field.
Villanova’s Palmadesso is Big East Defensive Player of Week
Villanova sophomore Luke Palmadesso has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week.
Luke Palmadesso won 20-of-28 face-offs (.714) with 11 ground balls, a career and game high, against then-No. 17 Harvard on Saturday. Palmadesso won the opening faceoff in overtime, helping the Wildcats maintain possession for 2:33 minutes in the extra period before Harvard notched the golden goal for the 13-12 win. The sophomore’s 11 ground balls was a league high for the season