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College honors: Drexel’s Manos, Loyola’s Ricci, Penn’s Brennan, Robert Morris’ Sicinski, PSU’s Ellis

Tuesday, 21st April 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/21/09

Drexel freshman Mark Manos (West Chester, Salesianum, DE) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week after leading the Dragons to a road win at Sacred Heart. It is the fourth time this season that Manos has won the award.

    Manos made 12 saves en route to a 10-4 Drexel victory on Saturday. He allowed just four goals as the Dragons remained in the hunt for a CAA playoff spot. It was the seventh straight game that Manos has made at least 10 saves. He leads the CAA with a .602 save percentage and is second in the league in goals against average at 8.26.

    The Dragons, now 6-7 overall and 2-3 in CAA play, host arch-rival Delaware on Saturday at Vidas Field. The game can be seen live on the Comcast Network. The winner of the game will earn the final playoff spot in the upcoming CAA Tournament. The loser will have its season come to an end. Last year, Delaware defeated the Dragons in Newark, 12-11.

Loyola’s Ricci (Conestoga) earns ECAC Defensive Player of the Week

     Loyola senior long-stick midfielder P.T. Ricci (Conestoga) was recognized as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after having a key role in the Greyhounds’ home win over Fairfield on Saturday. With the victory, which pushed Loyola into first-place in the league standings, the Greyhounds were bumped up to No. 12 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings and to 14th in the USILA coaches poll.

    Ricci, averaging seven groundballs a game (third in the country), scooped six while causing a team-high four turnovers in the win. Thanks to Ricci the Greyhounds stayed right at their groundball average, winning 38-33. The long-stick midfielder also helped limit Fairfield star midfielder Brent Adams to just a late goal.

    An Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-American, Ricci has picked up 86 groundballs this season, which is currently tied with former Greyhound Wayne McPartland (1986) for fifth on the single-season list. Peter Haas, who scooped 106 in 1998, currently holds the record. He has also scored two goals and three assists this season.

RM’s Sicinski wins NEC rookie honor for the third time

    Robert Morris freshman Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown West) was named NEC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after guiding her team to two conference wins last week, which gave RM its first winning record in league history (9-8).

    Sicinski finished the season with more NEC Rookie honors than any other league freshmen. In RMU’s 23-9 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) she recorded one goal and a career-high six assists for seven points. The six helpers tied her for fourth on the NEC single-game list.

    In RMU’s first-ever win over NEC rival Mount St. Mary’s, the rookie recorded a clutch goal in the second half with 15:55 left to play to give RMU a three-goal advantage over the Mountaineers. In the end the Colonials were able to hold off a late Mountaineer comeback to win 14-13. Sicinski also finished the game with two ground balls and one caused turnover. She is first among freshmen in the NEC for assists with 1.31 per game.

Penn’s Brennan is Ivy league Offensive Player of Week

    Penn freshman Erin Brennan has been named the Ivy league Offensive Player of the Week.

    Brennan earned the honor for her performances against Princeton and Brown, as the Quakers swept through both to finish off their third straight undefeated Ivy League campaign. Against the Tigers, she notched a hat trick and two assists. Brennan followed that up with two goals and two assists against Brown. For the season, she is third on the team with 34 points, and fourth with 20 goals. Brennan added five draw controls in the two games –- she has taken the draw this season, helping Penn win 60 percent of the draws.

    Penn (13-0) remains unbeaten overall, and has set the table for a showdown with the team it met in last year’s NCAA final, Northwestern. The Wildcats, winners of the last four NCAA titles, are 15-0 and have been ranked No. 1 in the nation all year.

Penn State’s Ellis (Radnor) earns Defensive honors

    Penn State’s Stephanie Ellis has been named Defensive Player of the Week for the American Lacrosse Conference.

    Ellis anchored the Penn State defense in its upset of No. 13 Ohio State. She helped stymie an offense that had scored 20 or more goals four times this season, recording nine saves against 22 shots while limiting the Buckeyes to nine goals, including just one in the first half. Ellis also led the team in ground balls with four and in caused turnovers with two.


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