College Lacrosse: Lewnes, Savio named men's players of the week
Every week during the regular season, we’ll award an NCAA.com Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week for Division I men’s lacrosse.
Offensive Player of the Week
Nate Lewnes | UMBC | Sr. | A | Arnold, Maryland
The senior matched a school record by scoring 10 goals to help UMBC force overtime against No. 4 Albany in what would be head coach Don Zimmerman's final game before announcing his retirement.
Lewnes' 10 goals were also the most scored by an NCAA Division I player this season.
UMBC trailed by as many as eight goals before a furious rally took place that included Lewnes scoring five goals in the fourth quarter. The Retrievers pushed the game into overtime, but fell 15-14.
Defensive Player of the Week
Graham Savio | Loyola | Jr. | FO/M | Greenwich, Connecticut
Savio earned most valuable player honors at the Patriot League Championship after collecting 13 ground balls and a .650 faceoff winning percentage in wins against Bucknell and Army West Point.
In the championship game, Loyola won 14-6, Savio was 15 of 23 at the X and picked up a season-high 11 ground balls. The Black Knights entered the contest scoring 12 goals per game and ranked sixth nationally in faceoff winning percentage.
Honorable mention: AJ Barretto, Army West Point (defense); Harry Burke, St. John's (defense); Connor Cannizzaro, Denver (offense); Zac Ornstein, Albany (defense); Sergio Salcido, Syracuse (offense); Pat Spencer, Loyola (offense).