Cernuto and Hamlin Earn BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

 

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week

Kevin Cernuto, St. John's, Jr., A

Cernuto led St. John's to a 12-10 win against No. 1/1 Notre Dame, the Red Storm's first program win over a top-ranked program. Cernuto had four goals and three assists, tying a career high with seven points. He recorded his fifth hat trick in the last six games and has 23 goals and 12 assists on the year. The junior because just the seventh player to score seven or more points against Notre Dame since the start of the 1998 season.

 

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week

David Hamlin, Syracuse, Sr., D

Hamlin anchored an Orange defense that harassed Canisius into more turnovers (22) than shots (14) in a 17-5 victory on March 29 at the Carrier Dome. No Golden Griffin attackman had a point in the game and Hamlin was responsible for shutting out Sam Connors. In addition, he picked up a team-high four ground balls and set a career best with five caused turnovers. Hamlin has started 25 straight games for the Orange, dating back to last season.

 

BIG EAST Honor Roll

Reilly O'Connor, Georgetown, So., A

Jack Connelly, Providence, Fr., G

Greg Fitzmaurice, Providence, So., M

Kris Alleyne, Rutgers, Fr., G

Kevin Rice, Syracuse, So., A

 

BIG EAST Notes

 

• No. 20/19 St. John's topped No. 1/1 Notre Dame 12-10 for its third victory over a ranked opponent on the season and first-ever over a top-ranked team. The Red Storm became the first team since Syracuse on May 1, 2010, to score 12 or more goals at Notre Dame. Kevin Cernuto led the Johnnies on the offensive end with four goals and three assists, which tied a career-high in points. 
 
• Behind a career performance by sophomore attackman Kevin Rice, No. 9/9 Syracuse recorded its 200th Carrier Dome victory with a 17-5 triumph against visiting Canisius on March 29. Rice totaled six points on three goals and three assists to power the Orange past the Golden Griffins. Rice scored all three of his goals in the opening half as the Orange built a 12-1 halftime lead and cruised to its fourth straight home win. The Orange are 200-29 (.873) all-time at the Dome since they started playing the majority of their home games there in 1981.
 
• Providence recorded its first BIG EAST win of the season with a 10-9 overtime win over Rutgers on March 30 in Piscataway, N.J. The win marks the second BIG EAST win for the Friars since joining the conference in 2010, and Chris Gabrielli's first conference win as head coach of the Friars. 
 
• Georgetown scored seven fourth-quarter goals, the most the Hoyas have scored in a single-quarter this season, to hold off Marquette, winning 17-12. Sophomore attack Reilly O'Connor led the Hoyas with three goals and three assists for a game-high six points.  Two other Hoyas also posted career-highs in goals, as sophomore midfielder Charles McCormick had three and junior midfielder Grant Fisher scored two goals in the Hoyas victory.  
 
• Villanova tied the game on three separate occasions and held a 3-2 advantage over No. 17/16 Penn State in the second quarter, but the they couldn't hold on for the victory as the Nittany Lions outlasted the Wildcats 7-6 on Saturday night in Villanova Stadium. With the loss, the Wildcats conclude their regular season nonconference schedule for the year and fall to 2-6 overall.