BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Luke Cometti, Syracuse, Sr., M
Cometti scored 10 goals in a 2-0 week that saw the Orange knock off No. 2/2 Cornell 13-12 on April 10 and Rutgers 12-11 on April 13. Cometti accounted for 40 percent of the team's goals in the two games. Against Cornell, Cometti paced the Orange with a then career-high four goals (all in the second half) to help SU rally from an early 4-0 deficit. Three days later, Cometti broke his personal best with six goals against Rutgers. He added an assist to finish with a career-high seven points against the Scarlet Knights. Four of Cometti's goals came in the fourth quarter. Cometti's six goals against Rutgers are the most by a BIG EAST player in a conference game this season.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Thomas Croonquist, Villanova, Jr., FO
Croonquist posted a .630 faceoff win percentage to lift Villanova over No. 14/19 St. John's 13-11 on Saturday to help VU remain undefeated in conference play. He also grabbed 10 ground balls and won eight straight faceoffs to bridge the third and fourth quarters, including going 4-of-4 in the final 15 minutes of play to provide VU with valuable possessions down the stretch. It marks the third time this season that Croonquist has posted at least 15 faceoff wins in a game.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Matt Miller, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Sean Rogers, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Brendon McGuire, Providence, Fr., M
Kevin Cernuto, St. John's, Jr., A
John Kluh, Villanova, Fr., M
BIG EAST Notes
• No. 3/5 Syracuse's wins against Cornell and Rutgers last week extended the team's home winning streak to six games, tied for the second-longest home winning streak in the country. The Orange are 4-0 against Top 10 teams this season with wins against No. 2 Cornell, No. 4 Johns Hopkins, No. 6 Virginia and No. 8 Princeton. JoJo Marasco has 27 assists which ranks fourth on SU's season assists list for midfielders (since 1979). SU has won three consecutive one-goal decisions and the team is 4-2 in one-goal games this year.
• No. 19/19 Villanova posted a 13-11 win over No. 14 St. John's on Saturday to remain undefeated in BIG EAST play. Thomas Croonquist won 17-of-27 faceoffs and tallied 10 ground balls for the day while defenseman Chris Conroy held STJ's Kieran McArdle to his lowest point total all season, allowing him just a goal and an assist. John Kluh, Eric Gartner and Max Hart combined for 12 points on the day.
• Notre Dame defeated Georgetown 10-8 on Sunday. The Fighting Irish defense allowed just three goals in the final 45:07 of the contest. The Irish have scored 10 or more goals in four straight games for the first time since the 2009 season when they produced double-digits in five consecutive contests
• Notre Dame freshman Trevor Brosco was a key factor in the faceoff game as he took all 22 attempts for the Irish, winning 13. Brosco was 10-of-19 against Georgetown's Tyler Knarr, who entered the game ranked fourth nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.647).
• Providence freshman midfielder Brendon McGuire tallied three goals to complete his first career hat trick for the Friars in their 12-11 win over Holy Cross.
• Junior Kevin Cernuto led St. John's in points with three goals and two assists, as the junior recorded his seventh hat trick in the last eight games.
• Rutgers dropped two games against ranked opponents this week, falling to No. 9/10 Princeton and No. 7/8 Syracuse.