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Men’s college honors: Rutgers’ Knobloch (Moorestown), Penn State’s Cardile (Avon Grove), Duke’s Sowers (Upper Dublin)

Wednesday, 31st March 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/31/21
From Press Releases

For the fourth time this season, Rutgers men’s lacrosse freshman Shane Knobloch (Moorestown) earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Knobloch earned the accolade following a two-goal performance against No. 3 Maryland.

Knobloch tied for the team-high in goals for the game while also collecting a ground ball. It represented his fifth multi-goal game of the season. The Moorestown, N.J. native has 14 goals and two assists for 16 points on the season, ranking fourth on the team in goals and the most among the team’s midfield.

Last week, Knobloch was ranked as the No. 4 Freshman in the nation in the Inside Lacrosse Early Season Rankings. He is first among Big Ten freshmen and sixth nationally among freshmen in goal scoring.

Penn State’s Cardile (Avon Grove), O’Keefe, Kneese honored

Penn State men’s lacrosse earned three weekly awards from the Big Ten on Tuesday thanks to standout performances in the team’s 11-8 win over then-No. 17 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Mac O’Keefe was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Nick Cardile (Avon Grove) as tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Week, and Colby Kneese was selected as the Specialist of the Week.

O’Keefe was firing on all cylinders offensively for the Nittany Lions on his way to four goals and one assist. It wasn’t just the total number of goals that helped O’Keefe win the award this week but also the importance of each one. His first score gave the Lions their first lead of the game at 2-1, the second tied the game at 3-3 still in the first quarter, and the final two helped secure the victory. With the score tied at 8-8, O’Keefe found the back of the net off an assist from Jackson Reynolds with 9:55 left on the clock. He then put his team up by two with another goal, this time with an assist from Dylan Foulds, with 4:42 to play.

Cardile led a Penn State defensive effort that held the team’s opponent to single-digit goals for the first time this season. He had three of the team’s seven caused turnovers and added three ground balls. Johns Hopkins turned the ball over 14 times in the game. Cardile had two caused turnovers and one ground ball in the final 1:04 of the game as the Blue Jays were attempting to make a comeback.

Kneese had his best game of the season, making 15 saves on 23 chances for a .652 save percentage. He stopped five shots in the pivotal fourth quarter, including two in less than a minute with the Lions holding a one-goal lead midway through the quarter. Kneese now has 636 saves in his career, which ranks third in program history.

Penn State jumped back into the national rankings at No. 19 thanks to the win. The Lions now turn their attention to a game at No. 3 Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Duke’s Sowers is ACC Offensive Player of Week again

Duke graduate attackman Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) was named the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while his teammate, freshman face-off specialist Jake Naso earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week laurels in the latest ACC weekly honors, announced Tuesday.

Sowers nabbed Player of the Week honors for the second time this season (March 16).

Sowers registered six points from three goals and three assists to lead Duke to a 15-14 win over No. 4 Syracuse in the Blue Devils’ ACC opener. With Duke trailing 14-13 in the fourth quarter, Sowers assisted on the tying goal and then just over two minutes later scored what proved to be the winner. The native of Dresher, Pennsylvania, leads Duke with 50 points (21g, 29a) this season.

Naso was exceptional in his ACC debut, winning a career-best 24-of-32 faceoffs in the Blue Devils’ win over Syracuse. In addition to winning 75 percent of his restarters, the native of Holtsville, New York, picked up a career-high 14 ground balls and scored a goal in Duke’s 7-0 run that put them up 12-5 in the second quarter. Naso also was named the US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Player of the Week.

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