Patriot League Announces GEICO Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Week (3.21.22)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Colgate and Loyola Maryland each earned two of the five Patriot League GEICO Men’s Lacrosse weekly awards, while Navy earned one when the League announced the awards on Monday.

Colgate junior faceoff specialist Thomas Colucci claimed faceoff specialist of the week while teammate goalkeeper Matt LaCombe was named the rookie of the week.

Loyola senior short-stick defensive midfielder Payton Rezanka earned defensive player of the week, and graduate student Sam Shafer nabbed goalkeeper of the week.

Navy sophomore midfielder Max Hewitt rounded out the awards as offensive player of the week.

All five student-athletes won their respective weekly awards for the first time this season.

BU junior long-stick midfielder Roy Meyer and sophomore midfielder Christian Quadrino, Lehigh senior faceoff specialist Mike Sisselberger, Loyola sophomore midfielder Seth Higgins and graduate student faceoff specialist Bailey Savio, and Navy junior goalkeeper Pat Ryan all earned honorable mention recognition.

The Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse weekly awards are selected in a vote by each school’s sports information director who is not eligible to vote for their student-athletes.

Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
Max Hewitt, Navy, So., M, Denver, Colo./Kent Denver
* Hewitt scored the final three goals of the game for the Mids, including the game-tying and game-winning goals just 49 seconds apart, to lead Navy to its first win over #18 Johns Hopkins (11-10) at Homewood Field in 53 years (1969).
* The midfielder finished the game with career-highs in points (6), goals (4) and assists (2).

Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week
Payton Rezanka, Loyola Maryland, Sr., SSDM, San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic
* Rezanka finished with two caused turnovers and four ground balls as he did not give up a goal in one-on-one defense in the team’s 13-9 win over Bucknell.
* He also was part of the Greyhounds’ transition game that was 12-of-12 in clears during the second half and 20-of-23 in the game.

Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week
Thomas Colucci, Colgate, Jr., FO, Westfield, NJ/Seton Hall Prep

* Colucci collected a career-best 18 wins at the ‘X’ to go along with a career-high .857 faceoff percentage as Colgate defeated Lafayette, 14-7.
* The junior also picked up a career-high 12 groundballs in the win.

Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week
Sam Shafer, Loyola Maryland, Gr., GK, Rowayton, Conn./Trinity-Pawling School
* Shafer made seven of his season-high 13 saves during the second half as Loyola rallied from three down to beat Bucknell, 13-9.
* The graduate student had four saves in the third quarter as Loyola scored the final six goals to go up by three, and he made three more in the final period.

Rookie of the week
Matt LaCombe, Colgate, Fr., GK, Manlius, NY/ Fayetteville Manlius
* LaCombe recorded a career-best .708 save percentage and allowed a career-low seven goals in the 14-7 win over Lafayette.
* The freshman helped keep Lafayette at bay through the game never letting the Leopards get closer than two goals following a 5-0 Colgate start.

Honorable Mentions
Roy Meyer, Boston University, Jr., LSM, Long Beach, NY/Chaminade
* Meyer led BU with two caused turnovers and added three ground balls in a 16-10 win over Holy Cross. He also scored his first collegiate goal, which came after he caused a turnover while on the ride.

Christian Quadrino, Boston University, So., M, Holbrook, NY/Sachem North
* The midfielder matched his career-high with four goals and added an assist for a career-best five points in the team’s 16-10 win at Holy Cross. Quadrino factored on four of the Terriers’ first seven goals (3g, 1a) and added an insurance goal late in the fourth quarter.

Mike Sisselberger, Lehigh, Sr., FO/M, Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh
* Sisselberger won 17-of-25 faceoffs with seven groundballs in the 11-10 win at #9 Army on Saturday.

Seth Higgins, Loyola Maryland, So., M, Hampstead, Md./St. Paul’s School
* Higgins set career highs in goals (3), assists (3) and points (6), leading the offensive end on a 6-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters as Loyola came back from three goals down to beat Bucknell, 13-9.

Bailey Savio, Loyola Maryland, Gr., FO, Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich
* Savio set the Patriot League career record for ground balls during the second half of Loyola’s 13-9 win over Bucknell, eclipsing Lehigh Conor Gaffney’s previous mark of 401 set from 2017-2021. Savio finished the game 13-for-23 in faceoffs with a game-high nine ground balls to bring his career total to 405.

Pat Ryan, Navy, Jr., GK, Groton, Mass./Groton
* Ryan was part of a defensive unit that held #18 Johns Hopkins scoreless over the final 6:05, enabling the Mids to rally and upset the Blue Jays on their home field 11-10. The goalkeeper made four of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter.

Past Winners
Offensive Player of the Week
2.7—Connor Davis, Bucknell
2.14 – Brendan Niern, Army
2.21 – Brian Minicus, Colgate
2.28 – Brendan Niern, Army
3.7 – Brendan Niches, Army
3.14 – Kevin Lindley, Loyola

Defensive Player of the Week
2.7—Sean Rushton, Lafayette
2.14 – Kyle Fairbanks, Navy
2.21—Frankie Higgins, Bucknell
2.28 – Roy Meyer, Boston U
3.7 – Roy Meyer, Boston U
3.14 – Ryan McNulty, Loyola

Faceoff Specialist of the Week
2.7 – Nick Crovatto, Bucknell
2.14 – Mike Sisselberger, Lehigh
2.21 – Nick Crovatto, Bucknell
2.28 – Nick Crovatto, Bucknell
3.7—Mike Sisselberger, Lehigh
3.14 – Will Coletti, Army

Goalkeeper of the Week
2.7—Max Nolan, Bucknell
2.14 – Wyatt Schupler, Army
2.21 – Matt Lacombe, Colgate
2.28 – Wyatt Schupler, Army
3.7 – Matt Garber, Boston U
3.14 – Matt Garber, Boston U

Rookie of the week
2.7—Connor Davis, Bucknell
2.14 – Connor Davis, Bucknell
2.21 – Connor Davis, Bucknell
2.28 – Henry Tolker, Navy
3.7—Connor Davis, Bucknell
3.14 – Connor Davis, Bucknell

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