Scott Jones split Player of the Week honors with Bnghamton's Matt Springer this week.
Scott Jones split Player of the Week honors with Bnghamton's Matt Springer this week.
Courtesy: Cindy Alves

Three Honored For Leading Men's Lacrosse Teams to Key Wins

Release: 04/08/2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The second weekend of America East play in men's lacrosse took place this past weekend and three players who played vital roles in their team's wins are the conference's weekly award winners. The honorees for the week ending April 7 were announced Monday morning.

Matt Springer and Scott Jones each scored six goals to lead Binghamton and UMBC, respectively, to important wins and split Player of the Week honors as a result. Albany's Blaze Riorden is the Rookie of the Week after making 28 saves in two Great Dane wins.

Springer (Hamburg, N.Y.) tallied a career-high tying six goals in Binghamton's thrilling 14-13 overtime win at Stony Brook on Saturday, the Bearcats' first in nine games against Stony Brook, en route to earning Co-Player of the Week recognition. The junior attack scored six of the game's first 17 goals on only eight shots and improved his season total to 23 on the season. The first player with 20-goal campaigns in each of his first three seasons at Binghamton, Springer ranks seventh among league leaders, averaging 2.3 goals per game.

Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) racked up seven points and scored a career-best six goals in UMBC's 19-6 victory over Vermont Saturday as he picked up Co-Player of the Week accolades. The senior attack, who also picked up five ground balls in the game, tallied five of his six scores in the first half to help the Retrievers build an insurmountable lead. Jones, who became the 30th Retriever to reach the 100-point plateau, ranks sixth among league leaders averaging 2.9 points per game (29) and fourth averaging 2.5 goals per contest (25).

Riorden (Fairport, N.Y.) had a 10.00 goals-against average and a .587 save percentage in two Albany wins last week to earn his first career Rookie of the Week award. The freshman goalkeeper was outstanding in Albany's 10-9 win over #10/11 Johns Hopkins Friday, making a career-best 20 saves on 29 shots. He then stopped made seven saves on 17 shots faced in Albany's 24-11 win over Hartford on Sunday, the Great Danes' fourth-straight win and seventh in their last eight games. Riorden has held the last four opponents to 10 goals or less and improved his GAA from 13.97 to 11.87.

Albany, which climbed eight spots to #12 in both the USILA Coaches' and Inside Lacrosse Media Polls, sits alone atop the league standings at 2-0 while Binghamton, Hartford, UMBC and Stony Brook are all 1-1 and Vermont is 0-2. Read below for brief recaps of the weekend's conference games.

Sunday, April 7
at Albany 24, Hartford 11
Lyle Thompson tallied seven points on four goals and three assists to lead #12 Albany (8-3, 2-0 AE) to a 24-11 win over Hartford (4-5, 1-1 AE) Sunday. The 24 goals were the second-most ever in an America East game, bettered only by the Great Danes' 25 against the Hawks in 2005. Trailing 4-3 early in the second quarter, Albany ran off seven straight scores to grow a 10-4 lead before Hartford countered with four the next five goals to make the score 11-8 Albany at the half. But the Great Danes scored six of the first seven second-half scores to seal their fourth-straight win and seventh in their last eight games. Jared Franze paced Hartford with three scores.

Saturday, April 6
Binghamton 14, at Stony Brook 13 (OT)
Michael Antinozzi scored with 1:02 left in overtime to preserve Binghamton's (5-5, 1-1 AE) 14-13 win over Stony Brook (6-5, 1-1 AE) after the Seawolves had fought back from nine goals down to force the extra session. The Bearcats, who snapped an eight-game losing skid against Stony Brook, scored 13 of the game's first 17 goals, and led 13-4 with 2:40 left in the third quarter. The Seawolves then ran off nine-straight scores, including one by Brody Eastwood with 57 seconds left that forced overtime. But, Antinozzi, who scored twice on the day, sent Binghamton to its first league win. Matt Springer paced the Bearcats with six goals, while Eastwood and Challen Rogers each had three for SBU.

at UMBC 19, Vermont 6
UMBC (4-6, 1-1 AE) scored a season-high 19 goals en route to a 19-6 win over Vermont at UMBC Stadium Saturday to pick up its first league win. The Retrievers, winners of two of their last three games, scored the game's first six goals and 12 of the first 13, taking a 12-1 lead into the locker room and never looking back. Scott Jones tallied seven points, including a career-best tying six scores, to lead UMBC while Phil Poe won a school-record 23 faceoffs on 29 chances. Graham Horvath's two scores paced Vermont.

2013 America East Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Award Winners
Feb. 18 – Player of the Week: Lyle Thompson (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Brody Eastwood (Stony Brook)
Feb. 25 – Player of the Week: Adam Cohen (UMBC); Rookie of the Week: Dan Shaughnessy (Stony Brook)
March 4 - Player of the Week: Jeff Tundo (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Challen Rogers (Stony Brook)
March 11 - Player of the Week: Lyle Thompson (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jack Bobzien (Hartford)
March 18 - Player of the Week: Miles Thompson (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Nate Lewnes (UMBC)
March 25 - Player of the Week: Graham Horvath (Vermont); Rookie of the Week: Jack Bobzien (Hartford)
April 1 - Player of the Week: Lyle Thompson (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jack Bobzien (Hartford)
April 8 - Co-Player of the Week: Matt Springer (Binghamton)/Scott Jones (UMBC); Rookie of the Week: Blaze Riorden (Albany)