1. James Burr, So. Attack/Midfield BU: It has been a magical season for the Terriers in 2017, and Burr put his stamp on a program-defining win this week. Against Loyola, Burr scored two goals, which included the overtime game winner, as BU topped Loyola 12-11. With the win the Terriers have now clinched a spot in the Patriot League playoffs, and will look to grab a first round bye with a win over Holy Cross (Loyola can remain the #2 seed with a win over top seeded Army). The Terriers have the Crusaders in a rare Friday night showdown at Nickerson Field.
2. Angus O’Rourke, So. Midfield Williams: O’Rourke had a huge week for the Ephs, helping Williams to two key NESCAC wins over Hamilton and Colby. Against the Continentals, Angus won 15 of 22 draws (68% FO) and scooped up a game high 11 ground balls in a 15-9 win. He then won 19 of 28 draws (68% FO) and scooped up 10 ground balls in a 16-10 win over Colby. The sophomore now owns a 55% face-off percentage and has scooped up a team-leading 62 ground balls. His ground ball total currently ranks fifth in the NESCAC. Willliams has two huge games this week, as the Ephs battle RPI and perennial NESCAC power Amherst.
3. Will Jennings, Sr. Attack Endicott: Jennings helped the Gulls to two important conference wins this week, beating Salve Regina and Nichols to remain atop the CCC. Against Salve, Jennings scored two goals as the Gulls squeaked by the Seahawks 10-9. He then exploded for seven goals and four assists, as Endicott pounded Curry 20-11. Jennings is steadily reordering the Gulls record books, as he currently sits fifth all-time in career goals (174) and is tied for ninth in total points (228). He will look to keep the Gulls hot, as they travel to Bowdoin for their only game of the week, and perhaps in the process will continue his assault on Endicott men’s lacrosse record books.
4. Connor Donahue, Jr. Midfield Denver: The junior continued his steady contribution to the Denver offense, helping Denver to a key BIG EAST win over St. John’s. Donahue had a goal and added two assists, as Denver downed the Red Storm 18-12. Donahue and his Denver teammates are peaking at the right time, the #4 Pioneers have won four games in a row and sit tied for first atop the BIG EAST standings. Denver has a huge final two weeks of conference play, as they battle Providence (tied for first 3-0) and Marquette (2-2) down the stretch.
5. Sam Cleveland, So. Attack Colgate: Cleveland was dominant in his only game of the week, a heartbreaking one goal loss to Holy Cross. The sophomore scored a career high four goals and added two assists, as the Raiders fell 12-11. The loss eliminates Colgate from Patriot League postseason, as the Raiders fall to 4-8 in 2017 (2-5 in Patriot League play). Cleveland will take his team leading 32 points (17g,15a) into the Raiders final games of the season against Lafayette and Syracuse.
6. Larken Kemp, Sr. Defense Brown: The Brown Senior Captain had a wonderful performance in a loss to Yale. The senior LSM scored a goal, scooped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers in a 18-12 loss. Kemp now sits at an impressive 107 career caused turnovers, good for 10th all-time in NCAA history. At 2-2 in Ivy League play, the Bears currently cling to the #3 spot in the Ivy League standings. At 5-5 on the season, it is likely the Bears will have to win the Ivy League AQ in order to move on to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears will look to strengthen their resume, as they look to get wins over Providence and Cornell this week.
7. Kerry Lyne, Fr. Attack Union: Fresh off of scoring the OT game winner against St. John Fischer, Lyne exploded for a big day in an overtime win over Skidmore. The freshman scored a game high five goals, as the Dutchmen squeaked by the Thoroughbreds in a thriller. He then came back down to earth, scoring a goal in a 15-8 loss to #5 RIT. With 22 goals on the season, the freshman currently leads Union in goals scored and points (26) for the 6-5 Dutchmen. Union will look to shake off the loss to RIT, as the Dutchmen host Liberty League foe Bard in their only game this week.
8. Tyler Powers, Jr. Attack Washington College: The lefty continued his great junior campaign, helping the Shoremen to two wins over the week. Against Centennial rival Haverford, Powers scored a goal in a 13-9 win. He then followed that up with a hat trick and one assist, as the Shoremen rolled to a 23-6 win over Centenary. At 9-4 on the season, WAC has now produced their best season since 2014, a year in which they won an impressive 18 games. WAC will have their one of their biggest tests of 2017, a date with top seeded #17 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
9. Chris Casey, Jr. LSM Franklin & Marshall: Casey helped F&M to two key conference wins over the course of the week. Against McDaniel, Casey scored two critical goals in a 12-10 win over the Green Terror. He then helped the Diplomats down #16 Ursinus in a big 17-13 win. At 10-2, F&M has had a fantastic season so far as they currently sit undefeated in the Centennial Conference (5-0). They will look to remain in that top spot, as they hit the road to take on a very talented Washington College squad on Saturday.
10. Weston Nolan, So. Goaltender Roger Williams: Nolan was a brick wall for Roger Williams in their win over Nichols. The sophomore made 13 saves and allowed only two goals (87% Save Percentage) in a 4-2 win for the Hawks. The win moved the Hawks to 4-1 in CCC conference play, and keeps them in the running for a top spot in the upcoming CCC conference playoffs. RWU will look to remain atop the CCC, as they travel to Western New England and UNE this week. The sophomore currently posts a 52% save percentage and a 3-3 record as a starter in 2017.