Fall Regular Season Concludes With 11 Player of the Week Honorees

Fall Regular Season Concludes With 11 Player of the Week Honorees

MADISON, N.J. - With the fall sports regular season came to an end and one winter sport continued early-season play a total of 11 Landmark student-athletes have been picked as Players of the Week. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.

Men's Cross Country:
Senior Paul Thistle was named the Male Landmark Outstanding Performer for the third time as he helped Susquehanna win the 2009 Landmark Men’s Cross Country Championship. He won the Landmark event for the third time, posting a time of 26:39 to finish 17 seconds ahead of the second-place performer. His time was the fastest at a Landmark Championship in the three-year history of the conference.

Women's Cross Country:
Susquehanna sophomore Casey Hess was the first female runner across the line at the 2009 Landmark Women’s Cross Country Championships. She ran a time of 23:34.98, the second-fastest in Landmark Championship history, to finish nearly 54 seconds ahead of the runner-up, and help Susquehanna to a second-place team finish. Hess was honored as the Landmark Female Outstanding Performer.

Field Hockey
Offensive Player of the Week:

Liz Carugan had a pair of game-winning goals as Scranton closed its season with a 2-1 week. The Royals earned their second conference win of the season as Carugan struck for two goals, including the match-winner in the second half, as Scranton topped Goucher 3-1. Earlier in the week she scored the only goal of the match as Scranton claimed a 1-0 road non-conference win over Vassar.

Defensive Player of the Week:
Susquehanna goalie Erin Ferguson conceded only one goal in two matches to help the Crusaders wrap up the regular season with two victories. In the regular-season finale she stopped nine shots to earn a shutout victory over Landmark foe Drew, and clinch the third seed for the upcoming conference postseason. Earlier in the week she posted six saves and allowed one goal in a 3-1 non-conference win over Neumann. The Drew shutout was her second of the season.

Men's Soccer:
Offensive Player of the Week:

Jonah Silk had a memorable senior day performance for Drew men’s soccer as he helped the Rangers earn a 2-0 win over Susquehanna. He scored the first goal of the match in the 31st minute to put Drew up 1-0, and then he drew a penalty kick that was converted by a teammate in the second half to put the match away. The win clinched the top seed for Drew for the Landmark postseason.

Defensive Player of the Week:
Drew senior John Jabar closed the regular season with another strong performance as he helped the Rangers clinch the top seed for the Landmark postseason with a 2-0 win over Susquehanna. The center back anchored a defense that limited the visiting Crusaders to a season-low four shots, as Drew earned its sixth Landmark shutout, and its 13th overall on the season.

Women's Soccer:
Offensive Player of the Week:

Catholic’s Kelly Donnelly scored helped the Cardinals to a pair of wins, including an overtime victory in their Landmark finale that clinched the top seed for the conference postseason. Donnelly found the back of the net in the 92nd minute as Catholic rallied to top Moravian in the Landmark finale. Earlier in the week she scored twice in a convincing 7-0 win over Trinity (D.C.) and added a pair of assists, giving her eight points for the week.

Defensive Player of the Week:
Scranton junior Emily Boyce was strong defensively and came up with a big offensive play to help Scranton earn a win in its regular-season finale. Needing a win to have a shot at the postseason she was part of a defense that did not conced a shot to Goucher the Landmark finale, and she scored the only goal of the match in the 87th minute to give Scranton a win, and clinch the fourth-seed for the Landmark postseason. It was the first goal of her career.

Men's Swimming & Diving:
Scranton’s Marc Dezii opened his season in good form by collecting a pair of individual first-place finishes for the Royals in a dual-meet loss to Widener. He won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:49.60 and then added a victory in the 500 freestyle by swimming 5:06.45. He then was a part of the winning 400 freestyle relay which notched a time of 3:18.99.

Women's Swimming & Diving:
Christie Savard won two individual events, and swam a record-breaking performance in exhibition as Susquehanna swept a tri-meet with Landmark foe Juniata and non-conference opponent McDaniel. She broke her own school record with a time of 2:17.62 in the 200 IM competing as an exhibition, then added wins in the 100 and 200 backstroke by swimming 1:01.64 and 2:11.38 respectively.

Volleyball:
Senior Mary King turned in two strong performances to help Moravian close the regular season at its own tri-match. In a season-ending win over York (Pa.) she knocked out eight kills, while tossing in nine service aces and added four blocks defensively to help Moravian to a 3-0 win. Earlier in the day she produced 13 kills with a .522 hitting percentage in a 3-2 set-back to regionally-ranked Lebanon Valley. She also had four blocks and a pair of aces in that match. She hit .488 for the week and averaged 4.17 points per set.

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