Bryant's Sipperly, Poli Earn NEC Honors
from press release
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Many Bulldogs stood out on the Bryant men's lacrosse team's 2-0 week but none more so than sophomore Mason Poli (Downingtown, Pa.) and freshman Dan Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y.), who were named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as the pair helped extend Bryant's winning streak to four straight.
Poli had another big week as a two-way defenseman for the Bulldogs as they posted convincing wins over Holy Cross and Sacred Heart. The sophomore captained the defense with seven ground balls and a team-best six caused turnovers on the week while also making the most of opportunities on the other end of the field, recording his fourth goal of the season.
Poli had a career day Tuesday night against the Crusaders, picking up four ground balls while forcing a career-high and game-best six caused turnovers - the most of any Bulldog this season. The sophomore also scored a goal on his only shot in the 13-8 affair. Saturday against Sacred Heart, he added three more ground balls for seven on the 2-0 week. On the year, Poli ranks 18th nationally in caused turnovers per game, averaging 1.77 per outing, and he leads the Bulldogs in the category with 23, also ranking second on the squad in ground balls with 47. This is Poli's first NEC weekly honor of the season but marks the third-consecutive week a Bulldog has garnered conference defensive player of the week honors.
Sipperly earns his second rookie of the week accolade after leading all Bryant freshmen with four points on the week, netting a trio of goals and dishing out one assist while also leading the team in ground balls with nine in a pair of Bulldog wins.
Tuesday at home against Holy Cross, Sipperly made good on his only two shots of the contest, scoring twice and netting the eventual game winner with one minute left to play in the third period. The rookie also picked up a career-high and team-best five ground balls in the outing. He would stand out again on the road against Sacred Heart Saturday night, collecting two more points with a goal and a helper, the first of his career. He added four more ground balls while also setting a personal best with two caused turnovers, tying a game-high in the category. Sipperly has now scored a goal in each of the last five contests and is the top rookie scorer on the squad with 14 points.
The pair of weekly honors bring Bryant's total up to seven on the 2011 season. The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday night, when they host #14/18 Yale at the Bryant Turf Complex in their final non-conference matchup of the year (7 p.m.).