March 17, 2014
NEW YORK – Denver and Rutgers split the BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards on Monday afternoon, with Zach Miller of the Pioneers taking the Offensive Player of the Week nod and Scarlet Knight Kris Alleyne taking the Defensive nod.
Denver posted wins over then-No. 5/7 Penn State last Monday and Ohio State over the weekend and have rocketed back into the top five of both major polls.
BIG EAST play also began over the weekend with St. John’s defeating Georgetown 15-7 and Rutgers doubling up Providence 12-6. Marquette was a non-conference winner against Detroit, while Villanova gave Maryland all it could handle before falling 12-10.
Rutgers hosts Richmond Monday afternoon while St. John’s and Villanova are home on Tuesday for Hostra and Princeton, respectively. Georgetown welcomes second-ranked Loyola Maryland on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
ZACH MILLER, DENVER Fr., A, Steamburg, N.Y.
Miller netted a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists as Denver beat Ohio State 9-5 on Saturday. His career performance came five days after scoring a goal and an assist in the Pios’ 15-11 defeat of then-No. 5/7 Penn State on Monday. Miller owns team leads of 20 goals and 28 points.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
KRIS ALLEYNE, RUTGERS So., GK, New City, N.Y.
Alleyne stopped 15 of Providence’s 21 shots on goal for a save percentage of .714 in a 12-6 victory over the Friars in the BIG EAST opener on Saturday. He also tallied three ground balls in the victory.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
TYLER KNARR, GEORGETOWN Gr., FO/LSM, Eagleville, Pa.
KIERAN McARDLE, ST. JOHN’S Sr., A, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Finished with seven points on two goals and five assists as the Red Storm beat Georgetown 15-7 on Saturday.
Won 20-of-29 face-offs with a program-record 18 ground balls in the Hoyas’ 16-9 defeat of Furman on Tuesday. Added a strong 13-of-24 showing on Saturday in the loss to St. John’s.
KEVIN O’NEIL, VILLANOVA Sr., A, Cockeysville, Md.
Was the game’s high scorer with three goals and four points in Villanova’s 12-10 loss to Maryland on Friday.
PAUL RIPORTELLA, MARQUETTE So., FO, West Islip, N.Y.
Filled in for an injured Cullen Cassidy and set the Marquette record with a 20-of-24 performance at the X in the Golden Eagles’ 15-10 win at Detroit.
CHRISTIAN TRASOLINI, RUTGERS Fr., A, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Netted a career high of six points on a hat trick and three assists in Rutgers’ 12-6 win over Providence.