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Jared Thompson | NCAA.com | May 4, 2016

College Lacrosse: Lewnes, Savio named men's players of the week

  Loyola's Graham Savio was named MVP of the Patriot League Championship.

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).

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