Lacrosse Bucket Team, Players of The Week From Week Two

(Photo Courtesy of Yale Athletics)

Every team in college lacrosse has taken to the field this season with last weekend being the first truly full blown slate we’ve had in 2023.

So without further ado, here is the Lacrosse Bucket Team of The Week as well as Players of The Week following the action from week two.

Team of The Week

Attack: Connor Shellenberger, Virginia

The star-studded attackman put together one heck of a performance on Saturday, tallying 10 points off three goals and seven assists.

Attack: Chris Lyons, Yale

In Yale’s season-opening victory over the Villanova Wildcats, sophomore Chris Lyons had himself a career day with nine goals to help lead a Bulldogs offense that put up 20 points.

Attack: Brennan O’Neill

Duke earned an overtime victory over Denver on Friday night and it was O’Neill who played hero for the Blue Devils. He had four goals and three assists, which included the game-winner in OT.

Midfield: Reese Burek, Army West Point

Army West Point earned one of the biggest victories over the weekend as they knocked off Rutgers. Burek led the way for the Black Knights in the victory with six points off five goals and one assist.

Midfield: Jacob Jackson, Michigan

Jackson had himself a career day in Michigan’s 11-10 victory over Hofstra on Saturday, scoring four goals and assisting on another to end the day with five points.

Midfield: Thomas Niedringhaus, Boston U.

The Terriers defeated Bryant 16-15 on Saturday with Niedringhaus being one of the biggest pieces of the win for the Terriers. He had a career-high four goals including the OT game-winner.

Faceoff: Will Coletti, Army West Point

In Army’s defeat of Rutgers, Coletti was a major impact player as he went 19-for-30 (63) on the day. That included a 100% (8-for-8) mark in the first quarter.

SSDM: Greg Langermeier

Langermeier had a monster day against North Carolina, grabbing five ground balls and causing two turnovers.

LSM: Elijah Gash, UAlbany

The Great Danes fell to Cornell over the weekend, but Gash had himself a big day and helped keep this one closer than expected. Gash scored one goal, grabbed three ground balls, and caused a turnover.

Defense: Ajax Zapitello, Maryland

Helping lead the way in the Terrapins’ 15-12 victory over Syracuse, the sophomore grabbed four ground balls and also caused three turnovers.

Defense: Cam Wyers, Loyola

A big piece in Loyola’s statement win over Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Wyers grabbed three ground balls and caused just as many turnovers to help stifle that Hopkins offense.

Defense: Matt Hughes, Loyola

Another massive piece of Loyola’s defensive effort on Saturday, Hughes grabbed a game-high seven ground balls while also causing two turnovers.

Goalie: Joseph Persico, Manhattan

Manhattan earned arguably its biggest win in history, upsetting Navy on Saturday afternoon. Persico helped lead the way in the win, making a career-high 22 saves with an 81% save percrntage.

Players of The Week

Offense: Chris Lyons, A Yale

Lyons had a career-high nine goals to lead Yale in a win over Villanova.

Defense: Joseph Persico, G, Manhattan

In Manhattan’s upset victory over the Navy Midshipmen, Persico recorded 22 save to anchor the Jaspers defense.

Freshman: Sam Cooper, G, Dartmouth

Playing and starting in his first college game, Cooper made 10 saves with a 50% save percentage to helped led the Big Green to an 11-10 win over Merrimack

Transfer: Chris Jordan, A, Penn State

Jordan played a big role in helping the Nittany Lions take down Stony Brook 17-12 on Saturday as he netted two goals and dished out two assists in the win.


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