Bell and Kemp Named Men's Lacrosse Weekly Award Winners

2012 BIG EAST Championship Central

Senior midfielder Matt Bell from Villanova earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while junior goalie John Kemp from Notre Dame was tabbed as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. It is Bell's first Offensive Player of the Week honor this season, while Kemp collects his second of the year.

Bell had four goals and an assist in a 10-8 win against No. 20/RV St. John's on April 14. He also added three ground balls. His five points tied a career high and helped the Wildcats solidify a berth into the BIG EAST Championship. On the year, the senior captain has recorded 21 points with 13 goals and eight assists.

Kemp made 13 saves for the Irish in a 9-7 win against Georgetown on April 15. He and the Irish defense held the Hoyas without a goal for a stretch of 30 minutes. Kemp allowed just two goals in the final 36:47 of the contest for his eighth-straight win. Kemp also picked up four ground balls.

Honor Roll

Brian Goss, Rutgers, Fr., M
Goss had three points on two goals and an assist against No. 14/13 Syracuse. He also scooped two ground balls.

Kevin Cernuto, St. John's, So., A
Cernuto posted his fourth hat trick of the season, scoring three times in a 10-8 loss to Villanova. He added three ground balls.

Jordan Rothman, St. John's, Jr., M
Rothman tied a season high with seven ground balls in a 10-8 loss to Villanova. He also added an assist in the game. Rothman was 12-of-22 in faceoffs for a .545 percentage.

Brian Megill, Syracuse, Sr., D
Megill recorded 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers in a 1-1 week for the Orange. He also won 10-of-15 (.667) faceoffs in the two games. Megill has ranked in the top 10 nationally all season in caused turnovers per game.

Tommy Palasek, Syracuse, Sr., A
Palasek led Syracuse with nine points in a 1-1 week. He recorded a goal and two assists in a loss to No. 5 Cornell and had three goals and three assists in a win against Rutgers.