1. Tyler Powers, Jr. Attack Washington College: Powers has been a huge reason for the 4-0 start for the Shoremen. The junior started off the week scoring four goals in a 14-8 win over St. Mary’s. He then scored four goals and added two assists, as WAC downed an up-and-coming Frostburg State on the road 7-4 (for you non mathematicians, this means Tyler was involved in 86% of Washington’s points on that day). Powers is already on pace to smash his best career season from a points scored perspective; he currently sits at 18 points, 16 of which are goals.
2. Ryan Macri, Redshirt Jr. Defense North Carolina: Against the high powered offense of Denver, the UNC Captain scooped up two ground balls and was a big part of a Tar Heel defense that shocked the #1 Pioneers 13-9 in Denver. IL corespondent Quint Kessenich was quick to point out after spending a day at UNC, “Having scrutinized practice and then worked out in the weight room, trust me when I tell you that Macri is a player you don’t want to disobey.“
3. Angus O’Rourke, So. Midfield Williams: In his first taste of action in 2017, O’Rourke was huge for the Ephs in their win over Trinity. The sophomore scooped up six ground balls and won 11 of 17 draws in a 15-12 win over the Bantams. The Ephs are looking to build off of a strong 2016 campaign that saw them go 10-6, with notable NESCAC wins over Middlebury and Amherst.
4. Tucker Mathers, Sr. LSM Tufts: The Tufts Captain is back causing havoc between the lines for a Tufts team that is looking to make it four straight Memorial Day weekend appearances. In his first taste of action in 2017, Mathers scored a goal and scooped up three ground balls in a 19-6 win over Stevens Tech. The Jumbos have a big week ahead, as they host Keene State, Middlebury and Endicott in Medford.
5. Rob Shaw, Jr. Goaltender Harvard: Shaw kept the Crimson undeafeated in 2017, helping Harvard to move to 4-0 with a comeback win over Vermont. The junior netminder made 14 saves (8 in the second half) and posted a 58% save percentage in an exciting 13-10 win over the Catamounts. In the battle of undefeated teams, Shaw will look to help the Crimson remain perfect against a very talented Penn State squad.
6. Matt Ryan, Sr. Defense Harvard: The Crimson Captain had his best game of 2017 in a win over Vermont. Ryan scooped up three ground balls and caused three turnovers, as the Crimson constructed a second half comeback over the Catamounts. The senior is closing in on 100 career ground balls (now at 89), and will likely also break 50 career caused turnovers (44).
7. Matt D’Amore, Jr. Goaltender Salve Regina: The junior has caught fire early, and is a big reason the Seahawks sit undefeated at 4-0. Against Wheaton, D’Amore made 14 saves in an 8-6 win over the Lyons. He then followed that up with an 11 save performance in a 11-2 win over the Maritime Academy. D’Amore has posted an impressive 74% save percentage and 5.3 goals against average in the first four games.
8. Dolan McCarthy, Fr. Attack Wentworth: In his first taste of collegiate action McCarthy was electric for the Leopards. The freshman scored a game high eight points, notching four goals and adding four assists in a 17-6 win over Dean College. The Catholic Memorial product is one of two Clam freshmen (Riley Smith is the other) looking to help Wentworth get back on track after disappointing 2016 campaign. Dolan will get his shot to solidify Wentworth as a regional power, with games against national powers Endicott and Western New England later in the year.
9. Danny Seibel, Jr. Attack Villanova: Seibel helped Villanova score their first win of 2017, scoring three goals and adding an assist in a 15-13 win over Drexel. He then added a goal in a 10-13 loss to Delaware later in the week. For the season Seibel sits fifth on the Wildcats in scoring, notching 12 points (8g,4a) in their first five games. Villanova will look to turn around what has been a rough start to their season with a game on the road at Brown.
10. Larken Kemp, Sr. LSM Brown: In a tough loss to a talented Rutgers team, Kemp was all over the field for the Bears. Kemp had a team high six ground balls and caused two turnovers, as the Bears fell to the Scarlet Knights 11-13. At 1-2 on the early season, Kemp will look to help Brown get back to .500 as the Bears host Villanova for an early week matchup.