Villanova's Kevin Cunningham was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while John Kemp from Notre Dame was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after the first week of men's lacrosse action.
Cunningham led Villanova to a 17-7 win against Lehigh with five goals and two assists for seven points. His five goals were a career high, while his seven points match his previous high. The senior co-captain helped the Wildcats attain their first victory on Lehigh's campus since 2003, while posting the largest margin of victory in a Villanova season opener since 2002.
Kemp held then-No. 2 Duke to only three goals, helping the Irish defeated the Blue Devils 7-3. He matched a career-high total of 14 saves. Kemp and the Irish defense held Duke scoreless for a stretch of 40:24, which started as the 10:42 mark of the second quarter and ended with 18 seconds left in the game. Kemp improved his career record to 13-5.
BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Honor Roll
Max Pfeifer, Notre Dame, Sr., M
Pfeifer had a hand in four of Notre Dame's seven goals in a 7-3 win against No. 2 Duke. He tied a career-high with four points on two goals and two assists. He assisted on the goals that tied the game and gave the Irish the lead for good.
Jeff Lowman, St. John's, Jr., G
Lowman made 15 saves, allowing six goals in a 17-7 win against Holy Cross. He stopped eight shots in the third quarter and helped the team hold Holy Cross to 1-7 on man-up opportunities.
Kieran McArdle, St. John's, So., A
Posted a career-high eight points on three goals and five assists in a win against Holy Cross.
Brian Megill, Syracuse, Jr., D
Megill anchored a defense that held Albany scoreless for a 40:44 stretch in a 12-7 win. He picked up three ground balls and tied his career high with five caused turnovers, one short of the SU single-game record. He guarded Albany's second-leading scorer and held him to one assist.
Dan Gutierrez, Villanova, Sr., G
Led the defense in a 17-7 win over Lehigh, making 12 saves. He helped the defense hold Lehigh scoreless for 36:37, helping the Wildcats win at Lehigh for the first time since 2003.