Lynn Dominates SSC Player of the Week Awards

Lynn Dominates SSC Player of the Week Awards

Melbourne, Fla. – Lynn University athletics had an incredible showing out of the league office on Monday afternoon, securing eight Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week accolades. Marquan Botley and Vieux Kande swept the men's basketball awards, Donovan Armas brought home baseball's Pitcher of the Week honor while softball's Karolina Flores was named the Player of the Week. Dryden Brous and Shaun McDonald secured two of the three men's lacrosse awards with Stefanie Stemmer and Jean-Baptiste Mateo clinching a Fighting Knights' sweep in the tennis category.

Botley scored a career-high 40 points and broke a Lynn record with 10 made three-pointers in a single game to earn Player of the Week for men's basketball. In a win at Florida Southern, Botley knocked down his 84th triple of the season to claim the program's single-season three-point record. He finished his night against FSC with a SSC single-game season-high of 40 points, and added three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. The Dallas, Texas native shot 10-of-13 from long range, 13-of-18 from the field, and 4-of-4 at the line. His 40 points is three shy of the Lynn record for points in a game and the most for a Fighting Knight since 2009. On the road at Florida Tech, Botley scored 19 of his team-high 27 points in the first half and finished 7-of-14 from behind the three-point line. He added three boards, two assists, and a steal. Botley averaged 33.5 points per game this week while knocking down 17 three-pointers.

Kande posted two double-doubles this week and now has a team-high seven on the year, claiming his second Defensive Player of the Week nod on the season. On the road Wednesday night, Kande demolished his own school record for rebounds in a game, hauling in 25 boards (17 defensive) while adding 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. In a 93-70 rout over Florida Southern on the road over the weekend, Kande recorded 12 points, 12 rebounds (11 defensive) and two steals while shooting 6-of-7 at the charity stripe. The Dakar, Senegal native sits second in the league, averaging 10.1 rebounds per game.

Armas earns Pitcher of the Week after a dominant start against No. 27 North Georgia. The Bellarose Village, New York product picked up his second win of the season by throwing eight scoreless innings and giving up just one hit. Armas allowed two walks while striking out a season-high 10 batters in the 8-0 shutout victory.

Flores has been named the Player of the Week after Lynn softball swept a three-game series against Barry. The Moreno Valley, Calif. native was responsible for multiple hits in all three games, including going 6-for-6 over the final two games. She hit .800 and also had a cycle within the series, hitting three doubles, a triple, and a home run. She accounted for nine of the team's 19 runs in the series. This was Lynn's first home three-game sweep over an SSC opponent since 2004 and first three-game sweep of Barry in program history.

McDonald played an unheralded role in the Lynn lacrosse team's biggest victory in program history on Saturday, earning him Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Fighting Knights defeated No. 8 Adelphi, 9-7, marking their first-ever win over a Top-10 opponent. McDonald was charged with marking AU's preseason second team All-American, Gordon Purdie Jr., and held the attacker to four shots with no goals or assists along with two turnovers. He also picked up a groundball in the defense's stingy effort.

Brous' success at the X helped lift Lynn lacrosse to the clutch triumph and a Specialist of the Week accolade. Brous won 60% of his outings at the X, going 6-of-10 on faceoffs, while securing a game-high five groundballs. The Ocean City, Md. native also tacked on assist, marking his first career point.

Mateo was undefeated and posted six victories this weekend for the eighth-ranked Lynn University men's tennis team as the Fighting Knights went 2-1 on their weekend road trip in Georgia, including a big 5-1 upset over No. 3 ranked Armstrong State. Mateo provided the match-clinching point at No. 2 singles against the Pirates, giving the Fighting Knights their first win over ASU since 2005. Teaming up with Jose Porfirio Ordonez for the first time this season, the duo went 3-0 in doubles action. In singles, Mateo, the 19th-ranked player in Division II, also went 3-0 while playing at the No. 2 spot. The Marseille, France native didn't drop a singles set all weekend and defeated 47th-ranked Zach Whaanga of Columbus St. to kick off the weekend.

Stemmer provided five wins this weekend for the third-ranked Lynn University women's tennis team as the Fighting Knights went 3-0 on their weekend road trip in Georgia to remain undefeated on the season. The highlight victory was a 5-1 triumph over the two-time defending national champions and No. 1 ranked team in the nation, Armstrong State. Stemmer helped Lynn get off to a 3-0 edge through doubles play then brought home the victory with a straight-set win in singles to hand ASU its first loss at home since 2003, ending the longest current consecutive home match winning streak in collegiate tennis (167 straight). The Stuttgart, Germany native won her only outing against No. 8 Columbus St., a straight-set win in singles and tacked on two more wins to close out the weekend against NAIA No. 3, SCAD Savannah on Sunday.