1. Larken Kemp, Sr. LSM Brown: After a rough start for the Bears in 2017, the Brown Captain has helped right the ship to end the month on a 3-0 run. Against Holy Cross, Kemp notched two assists, scooped up six ground balls and caused a turnover in a 17-14 win. He then scooped up five ground balls and caused a turnover in a 10-9 OT win over Umass. With both wins Kemp reached an impressive career milestone during his time at Brown, he now has over 250 career ground balls and has caused over 100 turnovers. The Bears will look to keep it rolling as they travel south to take on Princeton.
2. Tucker Mathers, Sr. LSM Tufts: The Tufts Captain continued to be a force between the lines, helping the Jumbos to two wins over the week. Against #8 Stevenson, Mathers scooped up four ground balls in a huge 16-13 win over the Mustangs. He then scored two goals and scooped up two ground balls in a 22-9 win over Trinity. Mathers currently sits second on the Jumbos in ground balls with 24, and leads all defensemen in scoring with 6 points (4g,2a). Tufts will look to move to 9-0 with games against Western New England and Connecticut College this week.
3. Joe Manown, Fr. Attack Duke: Manown has been on fire for the Blue Devils as of late, averaging four points a game in Duke’s last three victories. Against Syracuse, Manown scored a hat trick in a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Orange. The Rhode Island product currently sits third on the Blue Devils in points with 23 (17g,6a) and has seen time in all 10 games for 7-3 Duke. With ACC foes UNC, Notre Dame and Virginia left on the schedule, Manown will need to play his best ball to help ensure the Blue Devils are alive in May. It is safe to say the Duke coaching staff has him firing on all cylinders.
4. Will Jennings, Sr. Attack Endicott: The Endicott Captain continued his assault on the Endicott record books, helping the Gulls to their first win of 2017 and earning CCC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Against #10 Amherst, Jennings exploded for three goals and three assists in a 12-10 loss. He then scored a hat trick and added an assist, as the Gulls toppled Roger Williams 15-10. For the season Jennings currently leads Endicott with 29 points (17g,12a) through the teams first seven games. Jennings will likely break the career milestone of 200 career points (currently sits at 187) and 150 goals (currently sits at 143).
5. James Burr, So. Attack BU: After recovering from ACL surgery earlier in the year, Burr has been battling for time and to get back to his old self in 2017. Against Harvard, Burr was back to his old ways, scoring a career high four goals in a 13-8 win over the Crimson. In a year in which BU has made a name for themselves on the national stage, it is safe to say Burr and his Terrier teammates have their eyes on Memorial Day weekend in Foxboro. At 9-1 and a favorite to win the Patriot League, Coach Polley has them believing they will be there.
6. JT Kelly, So. Attack RPI: Kelly has been a huge reason for the Engineers success in 2017. Normally an attackman, Kelly has been playing some midfield to strengthen a depleted starting group due to injuries. Against Montclair State, Kelly notched two assists in a 8-5 win. He then followed that up with a goal and three assists, as RPI earned a 15-5 Liberty League win over Bard. With their only losses against two Top 5 opponents (Ithaca & RIT), Kelly has helped RPI to a Top 25 national ranking and a 4-2 record. Kelly currently sits second on the Engineers in points (17) and assists (11). RPI will look to move to 6-2 as they host SUNY Plattsburgh and travel to Vassar.
7. Conor Van Duzer, Sr. Midfield Hartford: The Hartford Captain had his biggest game of 2017, helping Hartford to a much needed win over Marist. The Hawks senior scored a game high three goals to lead Hartford to an impressive 9-3 win over the Red Foxes. Van Duzer then added a goal in a 13-9 loss to America East rival Stony Brook. The senior is poised to break his career best totals from 2016 (5g,5a), as the two way threat already has nine points in 2017 (4g,5a). The Hawks have a huge week ahead, as they battle with 2016 America East runner-up Vermont.
8. Danny Seibel, Jr. Attack Villanova: After knocking off Maryland the week prior, Seibel and his Wildcat teammates wanted to keep the momentum rolling. Against Bucknell, Seibel notched a goal in a 13-8 win over the Bison. He followed that up with two goals, as Villanova doubled up Fairfield 18-9. With their two wins this week, Villanova climbs back over .500 for the first time in 2017. They are getting hot at the right time, as they are currently riding a four game winning streak heading into BIG EAST conference play.
9. Collin Orr, Jr. Midfield Colgate: Orr has been nothing short of fantastic for a struggling Colgate squad in 2017. In a loss to Cornell, Orr won 19 of 24 draws (79%) and scooped up five ground balls in a 15-6 loss. He then had a more pedestrian day against West Point, winning 8 of 22 draws and scooping up seven ground balls in an 10-8 loss. For the season Orr has amassed an impressive 63% face off win percentage (114-181 FO) and scooped up a career high 48 ground balls. He will look to help Colgate end their midseason skid as the Raiders hit the road to take on Loyola.
10. Tyler Powers, Jr. Attack Washington College: The Duxbury product continued to be the most potent of WAC’s offensive threats in 2017. Against #9 Dickinson, Powers scored a hat trick and added an assist, as the Shoremen fell in a heartbreaker 9-8. For the season Powers leads the team in points (26) and goals (22) for the 5-3 Shoremen. He will look to help the team get back on track as they host Centennial Conference rivals #14 Ursinus and McDaniel.