April 28, 2014
NEW YORK – A pair of big performances in regular-season finales were honored Monday when Rutgers sophomore Scott Bieda and Providence junior Zach Rogers picked up the BIG EAST’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively.
Bieda was instrumental in Rutgers’ first win in 17 meetings with Georgetown Saturday, a 12-8 victory that propelled the Scarlet Knights into the BIG EAST Tournament. Rogers was all over the place defensively for the Friars as they ended the season on a high note and snapped a 10-game skid with an 11-10 double-overtime victory against Villanova
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
SCOTT BIEDA, RUTGERS So., A, Bridgewater, N.J.
Bieda led the offensive charge with a pair of goals and three assists for five points in Rutgers’ 12-8 victory at Georgetown Saturday, sending the Scarlet Knights to the BIG EAST Tournament Thursday where they’ll face top-seeded Denver. His three assists tied a career best. Bieda’s first goal of the game came in the second quarter to put Rutgers up 6-2, and his second gave Rutgers an 11-6 advantage in the fourth.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
ZACH ROGERS, PROVIDENCE Sr., D, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Rogers was a defensive monster for the Friars in Saturday’s 11-10 double-overtime victory at Villanova. The 6-foot-5 defender caused four turnovers, accounting for nearly half of his team’s total, while picking up 11 of his team’s 34 ground balls during a stellar effort. The win snapped the Friars’ 10-game losing streak and gave them their first BIG EAST victory of the season.
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JACK BOBZIEN, DENVER So., A, Littleton, Colo.
KIERAN McARDLE, ST. JOHN’S Sr., A, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Scored five goals and added an assist in Friday’s 17-10 loss to Penn in Radnor, Pa. The senior finished the season with 40 goals and 40 assists for 80 points, 29 points clear of the rest of the conference.
Netted his eighth hat trick of the season and ninth of his career with four goals and an assist in a 17-9 win over Marquette Saturday. Denver is ranked second in both major polls out Monday.
CARSON CANNON, DENVER Jr., D, Stillwater, Minn.
Finished with two ground balls and three caused turnovers, but also held Marquette’s leading scorer Tyler Melnyk without a point. Denver won 17-9 and clinched the No. 1 seed to the BIG EAST Tournament.
NICK CONTINO, RUTGERS Sr., D, Branchburg, N.J.
Picked up a career-high six ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers in Rutgers’ berth-clinching 12-8 win over Georgetown. Also contributed offensively with the game’s first goal while holding Georgetown’s Bo Stafford to just one assist.
TYLER KNARR, GEORGETOWN Gr., LSM/FOGO, Eagleville, Pa.
Went 20-of-24 on face-offs with 14 ground balls against Rutgers’ Joe Nardella in Saturday’s 12-8 loss to Rutgers. Knarr holds the Georgetown single-season face-off wins (207) and ground ball records (155).