ATLANTA - The SAA announced the men's lacrosse Players of the Week for matches played February 29 - March 6 and Centre's Matt Hughes collected the offensive award while Rhodes' John Wancowicz won the defensive prize.
SAA Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week - Matt Hughes of Centre
Centre's Matt Hughes (pictured at right) tallied five goals in two games for the Colonels, netting a team-high two goals against No. 9 Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday before scoring three times in Centre's 10-9 victory over Olivet on Saturday afternoon. He added five ground balls during the week. Hughes has scored a goal in all five games this season, helping the Colonels to a 4-1 ledger on the year.
SAA Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week - John Wancowicz of Rhodes
Junior defender John Wancowicz put together another outstanding weekend defensively as Rhodes went 2-0 to move to a school record best 7-0 on the season. Wancowicz forced six turnovers over the weekend and picked up five groundballs as he continued to play outstanding defensively. In an 11-6 win over Hanover, Wancowicz had two caused turnovers while scooping up three ground balls as the Lynx shut down the Panthers in the final quarter, outscoring them 5-1. On Sunday against Drew, Wancowicz had four caused turnovers and two groundballs in the 7-6 win. With less than 30 seconds remaining, the Rangers were looking to even the match and force overtime; however, Wancowicz came away with the caused turnover with five second remaining to clinch the win for Rhodes. Wancowicz leads the league in caused turnovers with 15 on the season.
Wancowicz of Rhodes
Other notable performances from around the league:
Andrew Elgin led Berry on offense as the Vikings went 2-0 on the week. He produced seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) as BC won at Oglethorpe (18-1) and Transylvania (10-5). He also scooped two ground balls for the Vikings.
Sophomore midfielder Peyton Heard (Chattanooga, Tenn.) helped BSC defeat Ferrum College on Saturday, 12-8, scoring three goals. His final goal of the game was nearly 80 yards, shot from the opposite end of the field. Heard also picked up a game-high seven ground balls and had a caused turnover.
Hendrix senior midfielder Travis Rabun scored four goals and recorded an assist in Wednesday's 18-4 win over Piedmont. Rabun, from Lone Tree, Colo., took eight shots, seven on goal, and scored on four of them. He also caused a season-high three turnovers and picked up two ground balls.
Majors senior Simon Sherman had another outstanding week for Millsaps. In a 12-9 non-conference victory over Hanover, Sherman scored four goals, two assists, and totaled six points for the contest. For the second straight game he scored four goals, including a hat trick before the second half. Sherman gave the Majors a fast start scoring his first goal just 52 seconds into the game. He also recorded a score with the Majors down a man in the first half. He continues to lead the Majors in all-time career points (a record he broke last week), as he leads Millsaps in goals with 18 and points with 26. The Majors will continue to look towards Sherman's excellent leadership and play with another non-conference game this Tuesday against Daniel Webster in Memphis, TN.
Sophomore Ryan Fennelly finished with four goals and one assist as the Rhodes men's lacrosse team earned a pair of wins over Hanover and Drew to move to 7-0 overall in the conference. Fennelly scored two goals and added an assist as Rhodes pulled away from the Panthers on Wednesday with a 11-6 victory. He followed that up with two more goals on Sunday against Drew while also added three ground balls in the 7-6 home victory. Fennelly leads the conference with 20 goals on the season as well as points with 27.
Nick Voso led Berry College to 2-0 wins on the week. He had 14 saves in a 10-5 win at Transylvania. He also played 30 minutes in an 18-1 win at Oglethorpe. He produced and impressive 78.3 save percentage on the week and allowed 3.3 goals per game for the Vikes.
Junior goalkeeper Hank Harris (Marietta, Ga.) helped BSC go 1-0 this week with a win at home against Ferrum College on Saturday. He faced 20 shots in the 12-8 win while making 12 saves, playing the entire game.
Hendrix freshman defenseman Dominic Dachille caused two turnovers and picked up a season-high five ground balls in the Warriors' 18-4 win over Piedmont on Wednesday. Dachille, from Baltimore, Md. also scored a goal in the win.
Millsaps junior Riley McLean continued his excellent play with a 12-9 non-conference win against Hanover earlier in the week. The anchor of the Majors defense recorded 17 saves while improving his win/loss record to 4-2. After the Panthers attempted a comeback effort in the third quarter, McLean shut down the attack in the fourth to help the Majors earn the win. Now with the best start in program history, the Majors will continue to look towards McLean's excellent leadership and play with another non-conference game in Memphis, TN this Tuesday.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report