PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Syracuse swept the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse weekly honors as Tommy Palasek was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and Joel White earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. The honor is the second this season for Palasek and first for White.
Palasek was the leading scorer in a 2-0 week for the fourth-ranked Orange. Palasek totaled seven points in wins over Hobart (13-7) on April 19 and Rutgers (12-2) at the ESPNU Warrior Classic on April 23. Against Rutgers, Palasek notched a career-high six points on three goals and three assists. It was his second hat trick of season, and the three assists were a career best. Against Hobart, Palasek scored one goal to help Syracuse to a six-goal victory over its Central New York rival. Since losing to Cornell on April 12, the Orange has won three-straight games. Palasek is the Orange's top scorer during the winning streak with nine points (5g, 4a).
White anchored a Syracuse defense that allowed just nine goals in wins against Hobart (13-7) on April 19 and Rutgers (12-2) on April 23 at the ESPNU Warrior Classic. White collected 18 ground balls in the two victories, including tying his career high with 10 versus Hobart. It was the most ground balls for an SU player since Matt Abbott picked up 10 against Princeton in 2009. White also had four caused turnovers for the week. Against Rutgers, White led an SU defense that held the Scarlet Knights scoreless for 53:30. The Scarlet Knights' two goals were the fewest scored against the Orange since Binghamton managed just two goals back on March 22, 2008. White finished with eight ground balls in the contest.
Max Pfeifer, Notre Dame, Jr., M
Scored a season-high three goals in a 14-3 win at Providence for his second career hat trick.
Jeff Lowman, St. John's, So, G
Made 16 saves and held No. 11/11 Villanova to three goals on nine EMO's in an 11-9 loss.
Keith Switzer, St. John's, Fr., M
Scored a career-high four goals, including three on man-up opportunities, in an 11-9 loss to Villanova.
Kevin Cunningham, Villanova, Jr., A
Led the Wildcats with four points (2g, 2a) in an 11-9 victory against St. John's.
Brian Karalunas, Villanova, Sr., LSM
Led the defensive effort in a win against St. John's with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.