2010 Men's Lacrosse Players of the Week

May 10 - Eytan Saperstein, Tufts (Senior, Defenseman - Hewlett, N.Y.)
Saperstein helped the Jumbos win their first NESCAC title over the weekend. He scooped a team-high five ground balls in Saturday’s 11-10 win over defending champ Wesleyan, then had eight more in Sunday’s 13-12 final against Middlebury. Saperstein also set the tone defensively for Tufts, as it was 19-for-21 on clears in Sunday’s final.

May 3 - Jon Killeen, Wesleyan (Senior, Attacker - Derry, N.H.)
Killeen racked up six goals and three assists for nine points in a 1-1 weekend at Connecticut College, as Wesleyan fell 7-5 to close the regular season on Friday before shocking the top-seeded Camels in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Sunday, 6-5. During Friday’s finale, Killeen had four goals as he led his squad back from a 6-1 deficit in the eventual 7-5 setback. On Sunday afternoon, Killeen played a part in five of the Cardinals’ six goals, tallying the game-winner with 2:58 to play. He finished with two goals and three assists.

April 26 - Co-Players of the Week
Whit McCarthy, Colby (Senior, Attacker - Darien, Conn.)
McCarthy had nine goals and an assist for 10 points during a 2-0 week for the Mules. On Tuesday in a 19-3 win over Maine Maritime, McCarthy tallied three times and assisted on a fourth score. He followed on Saturday during a 12-9 victory over previously-unbeaten Connecticut College with a career-high six goals, scoring three times during a five-goal run in the fourth quarter that put the game away.

Lonny Blumenthal, Wesleyan (Senior, Attacker/Midfielder - Ballwin, Mo.)
Blumenthal led the defending NESCAC champion Cardinals to their 13th consecutive victory over Amherst and a berth in the upcoming 2010 NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, scoring a career-high seven goals in a 16-8 win on Saturday. Filling in at attack in Wesleyan’s lone game last week, Blumenthal scored three of his goals on man-up situations. He entered the contest with nine tallies this season.

April 19 - Stephen Vrla, Williams (Senior, Goalkeeper - Paradise Valley, Ariz.)
Vrla combined to make 28 saves during a 1-1 week for the Ephs, posting a .700 save percentage and a 5.81 goals against average over the two games. After making nine stops in a 7-6 setback at Union on Wednesday, Vrla recorded 19 saves in a 6-5 overtime victory against Wesleyan on Saturday to keep the Ephs’ hopes for a home contest in the NESCAC quarterfinals alive.

April 12 - Co-Players of the Week
Russell Halliday, Bowdoin (Junior, Attacker - Sudbury, Mass.)
Halliday racked up six goals and three assists over two games last week, as the Polar Bears earned two critical NESCAC victories. On Wednesday against rival Colby, Halliday led the Bowdoin offense in an 11-10 come-from-behind victory, tallying five goals and an assist. He added a team-high three points with a goal and two assists in the Polar Bears’ first win at Middlebury since 1993 on Saturday, 11-6.

Steven Foglietta, Tufts (Soph., Goalkeeper - Oceanside, N.Y.)
Foglietta recorded a 3.41 goals against average and a .778 save percentage (21-for-27) during a 2-0 week that kept the undefeated Jumbos tied with Connecticut College for first place in the NESCAC. On Tuesday at Bates, Foglietta entered the contest late in the first quarter with his team down 5-3 and proceeded to stop 10 of the next 11 shots in an eventual 12-6 win. Foglietta got the start against Trinity on Saturday, making 11 saves in a 9-5 victory.

April 5 - Steve Dachille, Connecticut College (Senior, Attacker - Garden City, N.Y.)
Dachille tallied five times in both of the Camels’ one-goal victories last week, as Connecticut College improved to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in NESCAC play. On Tuesday against Keene St., Dachille recorded the 100th goal of his career in a 12-11 win over the Owls. He posted his second five-goal performance of the week Saturday afternoon at Bowdoin, including the game-winner in overtime as the Camels erased a five-goal halftime deficit to earn an 8-7 decision over the Polar Bears.

March 29 - Craig Bunker, Colby (Junior, Midfielder - Topsfield, Mass.)
Bunker won .759 percent of his face-offs (41-for-54) and scooped an average 8.0 ground balls per game during a 2-1 week for the Mules, which included an 8-7 overtime win at Trinity on Saturday. He started the week by winning 13-of-17 face-offs and collecting eight ground balls in a 7-6 loss to Union on Tuesday, then won 16-of-18 face-offs and scooped 11 grounders in 10-7 win at Wheaton on Thursday. At Trinity on Saturday, Bunker went 12-for-19 with five grounders. He leads the nation in face-off percentage at .778.

March 22 - D.J. Hessler, Tufts (Junior, Attacker - Monkton, Md.)
Hessler tallied two game-winners last week as part of a five-goal, five-assist effort in a 2-0 week for the Jumbos. On Tuesday in a 20-4 victory over Lasell, Hessler scored twice and assisted on five other goals, adding in a ground ball. He followed on Saturday at Colby with three goals, scoring the last two goals of the game for Tufts in a 10-9 win. Hessler’s man-down goal with 3:54 to play broke a 9-9 tie and proved to be the decisive goal. He also had two man-up goals last week.

March 15 - Co-Players of the Week
Rob Moccia, Connecticut College (Sophomore, Goalkeeper - Malvern, Pa.)
Moccia posted a .839 save percentage and a 3.33 goals against average during back-to-back wins for the Camels over the weekend. On Saturday at Trinity, Moccia made 19 saves and scooped five ground balls in a 10-4 decision. He added seven saves and allowed one goal in the first half of Sunday’s 13-5 victory over Plymouth St.

Ryan Deane, Middlebury (Junior, Goalkeeper - Grosse Pointe, Mich.)
In his first career start for the Panthers, Deane made 20 saves to help his squad earn a 9-6 victory at Bates on Saturday, a .769 save percentage. Of his 20 saves, eight came during a third quarter in which he allowed no goals. He also contributed four ground balls in the win.