(Photo Courtesy of Brown Athletics)
Three full weekends of the college lacrosse season has passed and the march towards, well…March is on with the first month of the season coming to a close. There are few thing we know and much more we don’t know as they season continues to present twists, and turns each and every week.
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 three
Team of The Week
Attack: Devon McLane, Brown
After an upset loss to start the season, the Bears bounced back last week with decisive wins over Providence and Vermont on Tuesday and Sunday. McLane had five points off two goals and three assists against the Friars before having himself a career-day (in the snow) with nine goals and one assist, giving him 15 points over two contests.
Attack: Payton Cormier, Virginia
Helping to lead the Cavaliers to victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in a neutral site contest in Naples, Fla., the Canadian-bred attackman went off for a career-high seven goals to steal the show in the Sunshine State.
Attack: Logan McGovern, North Carolina
McGovern was a major part of the Tar Heels’ victory over Syracuse in which they were able to pull ahead and stay ahead late. The Bryant graduate transfer tallied eight points on the day off four goals and four assists.
Midfield: Matt Traynor, Penn State
For the second consecutive season, the Penn State Nittany Lions pulled off the upset of the Yale Bulldogs. Traynor was a huge part of the effort, scoring five goals and dishing out one assist to lead that much-improved Penn State offense on Saturday.
Midfield: Shane Knobloch, Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights got back on track Saturday with a victory over the Loyola Greyhounds. In the win, Shane Knobloch led the way as he put up seven points off three goals and four assists.
Midfield: Quinn Moore, Dartmouth
Making his first-ever start, the sophomore midfield helped guide the Big Green past Holy Cross to move to 2-0 on the season. Moore netted five goals to help lead the way for the offense.
Faceoff: Zach Cole, Saint Joseph’s
Cole went 100% (24-for-24) in the Hawks’ win over Providence as they move to 3-0 on the season.
SSDM: Chet Comozio, Villanova
Proving, once again, to be one of the best SSDMS in college lacrosse, Comozio grabbed seven ground balls and caused two turnovers as he played a massive part in the Wildcats’ upset of Delaware on Sunday.
LSM: Wilson Stephenson, Duke
Stephenson arguably has his best game in a Duke uniform on Saturday as he helped the Blue Devils defeated the Penn Quakers 14-12. Stephenson held Penn’s Sam Handley to one goal and two assists in one of the better defensive efforts of the week. Stephenson also grabbed six ground balls, caused four turnovers, and scored a goal in the contest.
Defense: Jack Posey, Penn State
Posey might have not had the loudest stat line of the weekend, grabbing two ground balls and causing one turnover. However, matched up with Yale’s Matt Brandau often, he held the star to just one goal and two assists to aide in the Nittany Lions’ upset of the Bulldogs.
Defense: Brett Makar, Maryland
Continuing his dominance, Makar was a crucial piece of Maryland’s defeat of Princeton over the weekend as the Terrapins allowed just five goals. Makar grabbed six ground balls and caused four turnovers in the victory.
Defense: Jake Saunders, Richmond
Richmond earned wins over Towson and Fairfield over the weekend and the Spiders’ defense played a huge part in both. That included going 11-for-11 on the man-down.
Goalie: Brian Ruppel, Maryland
John Tillman called on his star freshman this past week and he answered in a big way, making 17 saves and posting a 74% save percentage to anchor the Terrapins’ defense in its victory over Princeton.
Players of The Week
Offense: Devon McLane, A, Brown
McLane had himself one heck of a week in helping Brown get back on track and rolling, tallying 15 points over the course of two games. That includes a career-best nine-goal, one assist, day against Vermont.
Defense: Wilson Stephenson, LSM, Duke
Wilson Stephenson put the clamps down on Penn’s Sam Handley as much as you can and also grabbed six ground balls, caused four turnovers, and scored a goal in the Blue Devils’ win.
Freshman: Brian Ruppel, Goalie, Maryland
Ruppel made 17 saves with a 74% save percentage in his first career start to help Maryland past Princeton.
Transfer: Logan McGovern, A, North Carolina
McGovern had eight points off four goals and four assists in UNC’s win over Syracuse.