Syracuse senior attackman Tommy Palasek earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Villanova sophomore long-stick midfielder John LoCascio collected BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Palasek tied his career high with four goals, including the gamewinner, and dished out an assist in Syracuse's 10-9 win against No. 10/11 Princeton. It was Palasek's second-straight five-point outing and he has 17 points in SU's last four games. His extra-man goal with 4:11 to play was the deciding goal for the Orange victory.
In a 2-0 week for Villanova, LoCascio had 11 ground balls and caused five turnovers as the Wildcats picked up two conference wins. He helped the VU defense limit opponents to 16 goals last week. In a 15-7 win against Georgetown, he had four ground balls and caused one turnover. In a 14-9 win against Rutgers, LoCascio picked up seven ground balls and caused four turnovers. He currently has 40 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers this season.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Westy Hopkins, Notre Dame, So., A
Hopkins tallied a career-high four points on three goals and an assist in a 9-1 victory against Providence. It was the third hat trick of his career and first this season.
Michael Diehl, Rutgers, Sr., M
Diehl scored the second hat trick of his career, netting a career-best four goals in a 14-9 loss to No. 18/13 Villanova. He also had one ground ball and one caused turnover.
Jeff Lowman, St. John's, Jr., G
Lowman recorded a season-high 17 saves in a 13-12 overtime win against Georgetown. He stopped two shots in the final seconds to ensure overtime.
Kieran McArdle, St. John's, So., A
McArdle totaled six points on two goals and four assists to lead the Red Storm to a 13-12 overtime victory against RV/20 Georgetown. It was the fourth time this season that McArdle scored five points or more in a game.
Kevin Drew, Syracuse, Sr., M
Drew tied his career high with five ground balls and contributed one goal and one caused turnover in SU's 10-9 win over No. 10/11 Princeton.