BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Matt Kavanagh, Notre Dame, Fr., A
Kavanagh tallied four goals and two assists in a 10-9 triple-overtime win at No. 9/8 North Carolina. He scored the game-winning goal 15 seconds into the third overtime period. ND scored the final four goals of the game, with Kavanagh scoring three of them and assisting on the fourth. He scored with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. The freshman has scored gamewinners in the last two games and he leads the Irish in goals (9) and points (12).
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Jake Haley, Georgetown, R-So., G
Making his first start of the season, Haley had a career-high 17 saves, including five in the fourth quarter, to lead the Hoyas to a 10-9 win against Dartmouth on March 2. Haley and the GU defense held Dartmouth scoreless for over three minutes at the end of the game to seal the victory and win the Patriot Cup at Gerald Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Jeff Fountain, Georgetown, Jr., A
Andrew Barton, Providence, Jr., M
Colin Keegan, St. John’s, Jr., A
Brandon Mullins, Syracuse, So., D
Thomas Croonquist, Villanova, Jr., FO
BIG EAST Notes
• Syracuse sophomore Kevin Rice closed the book on another thrilling chapter in the Syracuse-Virginia lacrosse rivalry. Rice recorded his first-game-winning goal against the No. 6/6 Cavaliers with one minute left in overtime to lead the No. 16/18 Orange to a 9-8 victory on March 1 at the Carrier Dome.
• Notre Dame freshman attackman Matt Kavanagh scored just 15 seconds into the third overtime period to give the Irish a 10-9 victory over No. 9/8 North Carolina. Notre Dame (3-0) scored the final four goals of the contest, including two in the final minute of regulation. Kavanagh netted three goals during that stretch and assisted on the other. He finished the game with four goals and two assists. This was the second straight game that Kavanagh delivered the overtime gamewinner. He also scored the deciding goal in Sunday’s 10-9 victory at Penn State. The rookie leads the Irish in goals (9) and points (12) this season.
• Providence recorded its third consecutive win with a 12-9 victory over Manhattan March 2. Junior Sean Wright tallied his third consecutive hat trick to propel the Friars to victory. The last time that Providence won its first three games of its season was in 2000 when they recorded wins over Holy Cross (10-9), Wagner (19-2) and Sacred Heart (10-9).
• Junior attack Jeff Fountain scored the eventual game-winning goal with over three-minutes left, as Georgetown held Dartmouth scoreless the rest of the way to clinch a 10-9 victory for the Patriot Cup on the campus of SMU.
• A 7-3 run in the second half made the difference as Villanova posted its first win of the season over Delaware 14-9. In a contest that featured four tied scores, the Wildcats never allowed Delaware to take the lead.
• St. John’s was staring down an 0-2 week trailing Siena 9-5 with 8:34 to play in the third quarter, but scored seven goals down the stretch to complete the 12-11 comeback victory on March 2. The Red Storm rattled off four goals in the final 6:18 of the third quarter to even the score heading into the final period. It was the largest comeback by a Red Storm team since St. John’s overcame a four-goal deficit in an 11-10 victory at Rutgers on April 3, 2010.
• Rutgers men’s lacrosse team fell in triple overtime to Stony Brook 9-8. The Scarlet Knights were led by three goals and one assist from junior A Scott Klimchak and two goals and three assists from classmate Nick DePaolera.