1. Rob Shaw, Jr. Goaltender Harvard: It was a career week for Shaw, as he helped the Crimson stay undefeated with wins over local regional foes Holy Cross and Umass. Against Holy Cross, Shaw posted 9 saves in a 12-9 victory over the Crusaders. Shaw then made a career best 21 saves in a 11-7 victory over Umass. Though it’s early, Shaw has an unblemished 3-0 record and has posted a 65% save percentage in 2017.
2. Collin Orr, Jr. Midfield Colgate: Orr continued his hot start to 2017, securing 15 of 24 draws and scooping up seven ground balls in a huge 15-10 Patriot League win over Bucknell. For the season, Orr has posted an impressive 68% of his draws (36 of 53) and scooped up 12 ground balls for the 1-2 Raiders. Colgate will look to make it two wins in a row, and go 2-0 in the Patriot League, as they host Lehigh this weekend.
3. Sam Cleveland, So. Attack Colgate: The big righty was dialed in against Bucknell, notching a hat trick and adding two assists for a team-high five points in a 15-10 win. After a rather slow start for the leading scorer from 2016, Cleveland is back on track and currently sits second on the team in points (5g,3a). He will look to help Colgate down a Lehigh team that is coming off of back to back losses to North Carolina and Holy Cross.
4. JT Kelly, So. Attack RPI: The attackman was electric in the opener for the Engineers, scoring a goal and adding four assists in a 17-10 win over Keene State. After what was a very successful freshman campaign (41 points), Kelly will again be looked upon to help and RPI team that went 13-5 in 2016. Kelly and RPI will look to remain unbeaten in a huge matchup against a talented #4 Ithaca squad this weekend.
5. Tyler Powers, Jr. Attack Washington College: After scoring five goals in his 2017 debut, Powers notched a hat trick in a huge 11-9 win over #15 Washington & Lee. It was the first win for Washington College over a ranked opponent since 2014, and also moved the Shoremen to 2-0 for the first time since their 18-2 record in 2014. Powers currently sits tied for the team lead in points with eight, all goals.
6. Matt D’Amore, Jr. Goaltender Salve Regina: The junior continued his impressive start to 2017, making 16 saves in a 10-8 win over Clark. D’Amore has been a huge reason for the early success of the Seahawks, posting a 72% save percentage and holding a 6.52 goals against average. Salve Regina will look to remain undefeated with contests against Wheaton and The Maritime Academy this week.
7. Stephen Paras, Fr. Goaltender Denison: In his first career start, Paras made 15 stops (including one huge stop in the first overtime) as Denison topped Roanoke 14-13 in 2OT. One of our several Rhode Island Clam products, Paras had a great fall for the Big Red and went into 2017 battling for a starting nod. With a big win over Roanoke in his first taste of collegiate action, we hope to see much more of the Barrington HS star in 2017.
8. Will Jennings, Sr. Attack Endicott: After an All-American campaign as a junior, Jennings is looking to build off a career year that saw him score 96 points (80g,16a) in 2016. Against Stevens Tech, Jennings had a hat trick and added an assists in a 11-14 loss to the Ducks. With 162 career points for the Gulls, Jennings will likely break the 200 career point mark before all is said and done.
9. Alec Brown, Sr. Midfield Hartford: Brown was a big part of the magical run by the Hawks in 2016, scoring a career high 32 points (25g,7a) for the America East Champs. Against Bryant, the Hawks Captain scored four goals in an 11-17 loss to the Bulldogs. Hartford will look to get back on track, as the Hawks welcome Manhattan and Jacksonville to West Hartford this week.
10. Nick Palandjian Jr. Attack Gordon: The Ohio Wesleyan transfer made his presence known in a resounding way, notching eight points (4g,4a) in his first game as a member of the Fighting Scots (A 22-5 win over Maine Maritime). He then added two goals in a 3-9 loss to Eastern Connecticut later in the week. The junior will look to help the Scots move to 3-1 with games against Salem State and Clark this week.