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College honors: Hofstra’s Alderman (@Shanahan_mLax), @SJUHawks_MLAX’s Manning, Jones

Tuesday, 14th March 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/14/17

Hofstra University Men’s Lacrosse junior Dylan Alderman (Bishop Shanahan) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 12, the CAA announced today.

Hofstra’s Dylan Alderman (Bishop Shanahan)

Alderman, a midfielder, recorded career-highs with three goals, three assists and six points in the Pride’s 11-9 victory over the then-fifth-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina in Chapel Hill last Saturday. He posted his first career “hat-trick” with all three goals coming in the second quarter, and assisted on two of senior Josh Byrne’s goals and one by junior Alex Moeser.

Alderman topped his previous bests of two goals, set in 2016 at UMass and 2015 against Marist, while equaling his best of three assists against St. John’s in 2015. He now has five goals and seven assists in five games for the undefeated Pride of Hofstra (5-0), who are ranked seventh in the Cascade/Maverik Division I Media Poll by Inside Lacrosse, and 11th in the USILA/Nike Coaches Poll this week.

Alderman shares the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week award with Towson sophomore Alex Woodall, who won 16 of 25 face-offs and recorded two goals and one assist in the Tigers’ victory over Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

After the cancellation of Tuesday’s game between Hofstra and Cleveland State, Alderman and Hofstra will be back in action on Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. when the Pride face the Friars of Providence at James M. Shuart Stadium in the second game of the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse/Men’s Lacrosse doubleheader. The Hofstra Women will face the Bobcats of Quinnipiac at noon in the first game of the day.

SJU Hawks earn honors

After leading their squad to a 1-1 weekend, a pair of Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse seniors have earned weekly recognition from the Northeast Conference, as face-off specialist Danny Manning has been selected the NEC Player of the Week and goalkeeper T.J. Jones has been tabbed the NEC Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. The honor marks the first of Manning’s career, while Jones picks up his ninth defensive and 10th overall weekly conference honor.

Manning went a blistering 26-of-37 (70.3%) from the X and added seven ground balls in SJU’s games against Monmouth and Drexel this weekend.

In SJU’s 6-5 overtime win over Monmouth on Friday, Manning went 13-for-15 for a single-game, career-high percentage of 86.7% to go with four ground balls. The senior won the first 11 face-off possessions of the game that spanned the first, second, and start of the third quarter and won the face-off in overtime that gave the Hawks their final possession en route to their third consecutive win.

In the Hawks’ 12-8 loss at Drexel on Sunday, Manning went 13-of-22 from the circle, including 9-of-12 in the first half, and added three ground balls.

Jones made 26 saves in comparison to just 17 goals allowed in SJU’s 1-1 weekend.

Against Monmouth on Friday, Jones made 14 saves, his second-highest save total of the season, and allowed just five goals in the full 61:08. It marked the third straight game that Jones had kept his opposition to just five goals.

The senior netminder added 12 saves at Drexel on Sunday to post an 8.42 goals against average and 60.5% save percentage over the course of the weekend.

Jones now ranks fourth in all-time career saves at Saint Joseph’s University, with 419, and extends his program-record number for career victories to 29.

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