1. Johnny Hincks, So. Midfield Williams: Hincks continued to quarterback an Ephs squad that was looking to put an end to a midyear three game skid. The sophomore did just that, helping Williams to two huge NESCAC wins. Against Hamilton, Hincks dished out three assists in a 9-5 win. He then dished out another three assists in a 16-12 win over a feisty Colby squad. With three games remaining and sitting fourth in the NESCAC standings, the Ephs have two huge NESCAC matchups remaining against Bowdoin (4/21) and Middlebury (4/25). A win against Bowdoin this weekend would be pivotal to a NESCAC playoff berth.
2. JT Kelly, Jr. Attack/Midfield RPI: Kelly once again was the hero for the Engineers in a important Liberty League win over Vassar. The junior scored two goals (including the eventual game winner with 3 minutes to play) and assisted on two others, as RPI outlasted Vassar 15-14. He then scored a goal in the battle for STEM lacrosse supremacy, as RPI downed MIT 15-11. Kelly is just six points away from statistically breaking his career best numbers (46 points in 2017). He will look to break that mark against Union and Clarkson this week in two Liberty League matchups.
3. Joey Manown, So. Attack Duke: Manown and his Duke teammates continued their quest towards Memorial Day Weekend with a big win over ACC rival Virginia. Manown was once again his consistent self, notching two goals in an ACC playoff clinching win over the Wahoos. The win moves the Blue Devils to 11-2 on the season and 3-1 in the ACC (the only ACC loss they suffered was to Syracuse). They have one game remaining before ACC Tournament play, hosting a solid Marquette squad Friday.
4. Reid Shilling, Fr. Defense Amherst: A starter since day one, the freshman defenseman has had a fantastic season for the NESCAC leading Mammoths in 2018. He began the week causing a turnover in a 24-11 win over Connecticut College. He then scooped up two ground balls and caused two turnovers to lead Amherst past previously unbeaten Tufts 20-16. Shilling currently has 1 assist, 15 caused turnovers (good for third most on Amherst) and 17 ground balls for 11-2 Amherst. He will look to help the Mammoths increase their three game winning streak this weekend against Bates.
5. Josh Kirson, Rs. Fr. Goaltender Ohio State: A goalie switch put the redshirt freshman at the helm, as the Buckeyes looked to end a struggling midseason stretch in a tough Big 10 conference. Desperately needing a win against Michigan to keep their post season hopes alive, Kirson stepped up, making seven saves in an 8-5 win over their bitter rivals. With two games left in Big 10 play, the Buckeyes can punch their ticket to the Big 10 Tournament with wins over Maryland and Rutgers. They will look to take down the Terps this coming Sunday on ESPNU at 2pm.
6. Stephen DeLeo, Jr. Attack Haverford: The big lefty was a large part in keeping the Fords alive in a Centennial Conference Tournament berth this week. Against Washington College, DeLeo led Haverford with a game high three goals, as the Fords topped WAC for the first time since 2011. He then scored a goal and added an assist in a tough 11-5 loss to #3 Gettysburg (currently the top seed in the Centennial Conference). DeLeo will look to add to his career year and keep Haverford’s postseason hopes alive with a win over Ursinus this weekend.
7. Joe Delaney, Sr. Midfield Colgate: The senior midfielder is having his best season for the Raiders since he arrived in 2014 (career high 22 points on a career best 16 goals). In a heartbreaking loss to Holy Cross, Delaney put the team on his back, scoring four goals in a 12-10 final. The Raiders are in a must win scenario heading into their final Patriot League matchup with Lafayette. A win would secure a spot in the Patriot League tournament, which the Raiders would need to win to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
8. Sam Cleveland, Jr. Midfield Colgate: Cleveland moved into the Colgate record books this week; cementing his 2018 season by moving into a tie at #10 for most assists in a single season. The junior was spectacular, assisting on half of Colgate’s goals in a 12-10 loss to Holy Cross. With two regular season games remaining and the Patriot League tournament (pending a win over Lafayette), it is safe to assume Cleveland could climb even higher in the Colgate record books. He also had the pleasure of breaking 100 career points for the Raiders with his performance against Holy Cross.
9. Logan Liljeberg, Fr. Attack Sacred Heart: Liljeberg was a key cog in an important NEC win over Wagner this week. The freshman scored two big goals, as the Pioneers held on for a 12-10 win over the Seahawks. The win moves Sacred Heart into the driver’s seat with one game to go in NEC play. If the Pioneers take down Hobart (4/28), they will secure their spot as the #4 seed in the NEC Tournament. Liljeberg has now scored at least a point in every game of his college career, he will look to continue his scoring streak against Cleveland State this weekend.
10. Matt Paul, Fr. Attack Dartmouth: After being held scoreless against Yale, Paul came out looking to lead Dartmouth to a win over Umass-Lowell. The freshman scored two goals and added an assist, as the Big Green fell 9-8 in double overtime. He then notched a goal in a tough loss to a talented Princeton squad later in the week. Paul and his young Dartmouth teammates (which include 3 other Clam freshmen) will look to finish the season on a high note, as they host Penn (4/21) and travel to Brown (4/28) to end the season.