Monday, February 19, 2018

Men's Lacrosse - Artur, Pollock sweep MAC Commonwealth weekly awards

Alex Artur and Sam Pollock each earned their first career conference player of the week awards.
(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After playing key roles in helping the Lycoming College men’s lacrosse team beat Susquehanna University for the first time in six meetings, junior Alex Artur (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) and sophomore Sam Pollock (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) have swept the MAC Commonwealth’s weekly awards, earning the offensive and defensive awards, respectively, the conference office in Annville, Pa., announced on Monday, Feb. 19.

Artur won 12-of-16 faceoffs and collected nine ground balls in the win to take his first career offensive player of the week award. He provided two huge scoring plays, finding Travis Rode for an assist in the second quarter to thwart a Susquehanna rally that had tied the game at four, giving them a 5-4 lead heading into the break. After falling behind 7-5, Artur won three-straight faceoffs to start the fourth quarter. All three faceoff wins resulted in goals, including a go-ahead goal scored by Artur, the first of his career, with 13:47 left in the game.

Artur is the first Warrior to earn the conference’s offensive player of the week since Sean Reilly earned the award on April 4, 2016, and the first faceoff man to win weekly honors since Mike Doherty on April 12, 2010.

Pollock led the Warriors’ defense in the win to earn his first career defensive player of the week award. Pollock posted four ground balls and caused three turnovers as the team’s top close defender. The 5-10, 185-pounder led the defense that held the River Hawks to just five shots and caused three turnovers in the fourth quarter, as he switched onto Susquehanna’s best offensive player to help shutdown their production.

Pollock is the first Warrior to earn the defensive player of the week award since junior Michael Tenant (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) won it on March 13, 2017. He is the first field player to earn the award since Victor Marchetti took the award on April 25, 2011.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, Feb. 24, when they head to Gwynedd Mercy for a 1 p.m. start.

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