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Men’s college honors: Georgetown’s Reilly, Lehigh’s Spence brother, Chick, Gaffney

Thursday, 14th March 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/14/19
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Georgetown University’s freshman James Reilly (Conestoga) earned the BIG EAST Midfield Player of the Week.

The Hoyas went 2-0 on the week with a pair of emphatic victories. Georgetown posted an 18-6 win at home over Furman in a midweek contest before defeating Fairfield 19-6 on the road.

James Reilly

Reilly helped the Hoyas to a pair of wins on the week with a solid performance from the faceoff ‘X’. He went 21-for-37 (.568) at the dot including going 11 for 17 on faceoffs against Furman to go with five ground balls. Reilly added another five ground balls at Fairfield and went 10 for 20 on faceoffs while scoring his first career goal against the Stags.

Lehigh’s sweeps Patriot awards

After picking up an 11-8 win over No. 17 Army West Point Saturday, four members of Lehigh garnered Patriot League weekly awards on Monday while the Mountain Hawks re-entered the top 20 rankings. Seniors Lucas Spence (Springfield-Delco) and Craig Chick were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, while junior Conor Gaffney (Lenape, NJ) won Faceoff Specialist of the Week and sophomore James Spence (Springfield-Delco) won Goalkeeper of the Week. As a team, the Mountain Hawks stand No. 16 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and No. 20 in the USILA Coaches Poll.

Monday’s honors marked the second straight for Gaffney and James Spence, and second of the season for Chick. The weekly award was the first of Lucas Spence’s career.

Against the Black Knights, Lucas posted his second straight hat trick since returning to the lineup, tallying a game-high three goals and four points. He scored two of Lehigh’s first four goals to help the Mountain Hawks open a 4-1 lead. He went on to assist Lehigh’s 10th goal while scoring the 11th and final goal of the game with 2:01 remaining, essentially icing the win. For the season, Spence owns a team-high 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in just four games.

Chick recorded another stellar effort, posting four groundballs and four caused turnovers to up his career caused turnover total to 131 (third in NCAA history). He was part of a defense that allowed just one Army goal in the game’s first 20:17. Lehigh held Army scoreless for two long stretches – 19:25 (bridging the first and second quarters) and 16:43 (bridging the third and fourth quarters). The Mountain Hawks allowed just eight goals, tied for Army’s fewest on the year. The Black Knights had reached double figures in four of their first five games. The Lehigh defense allowed just three first-quarter shots, the third being a desperation heave from midfield as the clock expired in the stanza. In the end, Chick helped Lehigh win back-to-back games vs. nationally-ranked opponents for the first time since 2015. For the season, Chick owns 25 groundballs and a team-leading 13 caused turnovers.

Gaffney continued his strong play, winning 18-of-23 faceoffs with 11 groundballs. He won 4-of-6 in the first quarter, 5-of-5 in the second, 5-of-6 in the third and 4-of-6 in the fourth. He has now won an incredible 35-of-43 faceoffs over his last two games (81.4 percent) to up his season percentage to 70.6 percent, third nationally. Gaffney leads the Mountain Hawks with 52 groundballs. He is eight in the country in groundballs per game (8.67).

James Spence stopped 10-of-18 shots on Saturday, including many timely stops – making three saves in the second, third and fourth quarters. As Army appeared to be gaining momentum, Spence always seemed to come up with the big save. Spence added a career-high five groundballs, along with a caused turnover. It marked his third game this season (and second straight) with double-figure saves. For the season, Spence owns an 8.59 GAA and 0.533 save percentage.

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