April 5, 2010

The ECAC Releases Its Weekly Awards, Notes

from press release

Offensive Player of the Week
Alex Demopoulos, Denver
Sophomore, Attack, Canton, Conn.
Demopoulos led the Pioneers in their first ECAC contest of the season, scoring four goals and contributing two assists for a career-high tying six points. His four goals marks the first time this season that a Pioneer player has scored four goals in a game. For the season, Demopoulos leads the team with 20 goals scored and 31 points, while also scooping up 26 ground balls.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Joseph Marra, Fairfield
Senior, Goalkeeper, Smithtown, N.Y.
Marra was perfect in his 30 minutes of action on Saturday against Bellarmine. He did not allow a goal in the first half, while making seven saves. Marra did not play in the second half, with the Stags holding an 8-0 lead at the break, marking the first time this season he has not played a portion of a game.

Taylor Ebsary, Loyola
Senior, Midfielder, Amherst, N.Y.
Ebsary was a key contributor on both ends of the field for the Greyhounds in an ECAC victory over Ohio State last Saturday. He was the primary defender on the Buckeyes' leading scorer, Logan Schuss. Schuss entered the game with 15 goals and 15 assists, but Ebsary and the Greyhounds' defense held him without a goal in the game. Ebsary also scored a career-high four points against Ohio State, scoring a goal and assisting on three others. He finished with two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Rookie of the Week
Jeff Tundo, Ohio State
Freshman, Attack, Orchard Park, N.Y.
Tundo had a team-high four goals against Loyola, who came into the game third in the country in team defense. The four points matched his personal best, set in his first collegiate game against Villanova. Against the Greyhounds, Tundo scored in the first and second quarters, with his last two goals coming with 30 and 15 seconds left in the contest. He had seven shots and two groundballs. Tundo topped his previous best of three goals, set three times. Tundo has a team-high 18 goals and is second with 22 points. He has points in 8-of-10 games on the year, with multiple goals in five.

Air Force...Air Force closed out its non-conference slate this past weekend, falling 13-7 to Robert Morris... Juniors Vinny Sandtorv and Zack Carroll led the Falcons' offense against the Colonials, each scoring two goals and adding an assist... Meanwhile, Brian Wilson tallied 11 saves between the pipes... Sophomore John DeBonis won a career-best 5-of-7 (.714) face-offs against Robert Morris, and has won 9-of-13 (.692) face-offs in the last two contests... Junior long-stick midfielder Bryan Gilbreath leads the team with 48 ground balls (6.0 per game) and 16 caused turnovers (2.0 per game)... The Falcons return home this weekend after a four-game roadswing, hosting a pair of ECAC match-ups... Air Force will face Quinnipiac Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., followed by a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday versus Bellarmine.

Bellarmine...The Bellarmine Knights fell to 0-2 in the ECAC and 6-4 overall as the visiting Fairfield Stags overwhelmed their hosts, 13-4, on Saturday afternoon... Bellarmine was shutout in the first 30 minutes, marking just the third time in program history the Knights have been held scoreless for an entire half... Midfielder Jarrett Davis extended his scoring streak to 24 games—tied for 11th longest in the nation—with his assist on Sean Doyle's third period goal...Doyle tallied two of Bellarmine's four goals to extend his team-leading goal total to 25 on the season... This game marked the return to Bellarmine for Fairfield Assistant Coach Tony Vallance, who served as an assistant under Coach Jack McGetrick at Bellarmine from 2005 to 2007... Bellarmine takes to the air for its next two games, flying to Denver for a Friday evening game against the Pioneers, then taking on Air Force on Sunday.

Denver...The University of Denver (6-4) opened ECAC play with a 17-13 win over visiting Hobart at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium... The crowd of 1,500 fans witnessed a game that included a combined 30 goals, 76 shots, 69 ground balls and 21 saves, to go along with five lead changes and four tied scores... Sophomore Alex Demopoulos led the Pioneers with four goals and two assists to finish with six points, while sophomores Mark Matthews and Patrick Rogers both netted three goals apiece... The Pioneers are now 5-1 when playing at home and 5-3 in games played in the afternoon. Denver is also 5-1 when playing on a Saturday and 4-1 when scoring ten or more goals... Demopoulos leads the team for the season with 20 goals and 31 points, while Matthews is second on the team with 17 goals and 21 points... Senior Charley Dickenson leads the team with 14 assists and is third in points with 19... Senior Dillon Roy leads the Pioneers defensively with 46 ground balls, including a career-high 12 against Hobart, 21 caused turnovers and a 53.6 face-off winning percentage, winning 30-of-56 face-offs.

Fairfield...Fairfield won its only game of the week, defeating ECAC Lacrosse League foe Bellarmine, 13-4. The victory was the fifth straight for the Stags, the longest win streak of the two years under Andy Copelan, and the longest win streak since the Stags opened the 2007 season with five consecutive wins. John Snellman had his second consecutive hat trick, leading eight Stag goal scores on Saturday, with three tallies. Snellman now leads the Stags with 11 goals scored, with three hat tricks on the season. Sam Snow continued his strong play, tallying three points (1G, 2A) for the third consecutive game, and fourth time this season. He leads the team with 19 points and nine assists... Joseph Marra started his eighth game of the year, but played just the first 30 minutes, as he made seven saves against and no goals allowed in earning the win. The effort lowered his GAA to 7.33 and increased his save percentage to 62.3 percent... During its win streak, the Stags have scored ten or more goals in each game, with at least seven players scoring a goal in each of the contests... Fairfield has allowed just nine goals in its last two games, and has not given up more than eight goals in a game since the season opener... Snellman is the only Stag to have more than two goals in any of the five games... Fairfield has had a face-off win advantage in each of the last four games, after not doing so in any of the first four games of the season... Bellarmine marked the second team this season (Bryant) that the Stags were playing for the first time in program history, with Fairfield going 2-0 in those games... The Stags play their final two on-campus games of the season in a four-day span, hosting Loyola on April 10 and Hartford on April 13... Fairfield will honor its senior class prior to the contest with Loyola ...

Hobart...Hobart lost to Denver, 17-13, on Saturday... The 13 goals are the most scored by Hobart this season, while Denver's 17 are the most against the Statesmen this year... The 30 combined goals are the most in a Hobart game since the Statesmen and Penn State combined for 32 goals on April 9, 2005... With two goals and three assists against the Pioneers, senior attackman Kevin Curtin has scored at least one point in 22 consecutive games... Sophomore midfielder Bobby Dattilo was 16-of-32 at the faceoff X on Saturday. His previous career-high for faceoff attempts was 26 against Canisius in 2009... With 11 stops at Denver, senior goalie Max Silberlicht raised his career save total to 480, passing Mike Borsz '03 (473) for second place on Hobart's Division I list... Hobart returns home to face Ohio State on Sat., April 10. The Statesmen and Buckeyes have played eight times since first squaring off in 1956, with Hobart holding a 6-2 series lead. Faceoff on McCooey Field is scheduled for noon.

Loyola...Loyola improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in ECAC action with an 11-9 victory over Ohio State... The Greyhounds scored the first four goals of the game and led 11-4 going into the fourth quarter... Taylor Ebsary led Loyola with four points, one goal and three assists, while Cooper MacDonnell had three goals, and Chris Hurst added two... John Schiavone continued his dominance on faceoffs, winning 16-of-23 against the Buckeyes. In Loyola's last four games, Schiavone has won 72.5 percent of the restarts he's attempted, and he has now won 60 percent of faceoffs this season... Josh Hawkins returned from a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for nearly three full games, and scored a goal. Hawkins also picked up three ground balls and caused a turnover... Steve Layne caused two Ohio State turnovers and grabbed three ground balls... Jake Hagelin made 14 saves in goal for the Greyhounds, giving him 29 in Loyola's last two games. Hagelin also had a caused turnover and four ground balls... Loyola returns to the road for the first time in over a month this weekend when they travel to Fairfield, Conn., for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, April 10, at Fairfield.

Ohio State...The Buckeyes are wrapping up a five-game string of road games at Hobart on Saturday... Hobart leads the all-time series, 6-2. The squads most recently met in 2004-06, with Ohio State winning the first game, 13-12, in overtime before the Statesmen posted a 9-6 win in 2005 and a 13-8 victory in Hershey, Pa., in 2006. The series began in 1956 and Ohio State is 1-2 all-time in Geneva, N.Y... Ohio State lost at Loyola in its last time out... The Buckeyes were led by freshman Jeff Tundo who had a career-high four goals, matching his career best of four points. He now leads the team with 18 goals and is second with 22 points... Freshman Logan Schuss was held without a goal for just the second time in his Buckeye career, but picked up two assists at Loyola. He has a point in each of his first ten collegiate games and now leads the Buckeyes with 17 assists and 32 points... Senior James Green has at least one point in all ten games on the year and is second on the team with 17 goals... Freshman Dan Wertz had a career-high two points against Loyola. He has a 3-3-6 line this season.

Quinnipiac...The Bobcats (4-3, 1-2 ECAC) took a tough 10-9 loss at Hartford on Saturday... Jack Oppenheimer scored two goals and added an assist. Oppenheimer's last-second attempt at tying the game got past the Hartford goalie, but the officials ruled that it came after the final horn... Christian Haggerty scored once and added three assists to push his season point total to 21, tying Oppenheimer for the team lead... Ben Mullaney had a strong week at the face-off X, winning 6-of-9 attempts... Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to Colorado this weekend, playing ECAC foes Air Force (Friday) and Denver (Sunday).

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