Lynn Dominates SSC Player of the Week Honors

Lynn Dominates SSC Player of the Week Honors

Melbourne, Fla. – Lynn University athletics had an incredible showing out of the league office on Monday afternoon, securing six Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week accolades. Michael Baez was named men's basketball's Player of the Week, Dryden Brous and Collin McClelland picked up two of the three men's lacrosse awards, Helen Kreuzer was named the women's Golfer of the Week with Florian Clemares and Natalia Siedliska clinching a Fighting Knights' sweep in the tennis category.

Today's announcement marks the most Player of the Week awards that Lynn has received in one day since eight Fighting Knights garnered SSC weekly honors on Feb. 20, 2017.

Baez had a monster week as No. 12 Lynn men's basketball won both of its league games in overtime. The Fighting Knights first held off Embry-Riddle in overtime, 81-79, before a thrilling 99-98 triumph over No. 16 Florida Southern. Baez averaged 29.5 points and 8.5 boards per game this week, while shooting 51.2% from the field, 54.5% from long range and 78.6% from the line.

Against the Eagles, Baez led all scorers in the game, pouring in 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting. He was 4-of-5 at the line and added six rebounds. Baez knocked down a huge 3-pointer to tie the game at 65-65 with 30 seconds left in the second half that would eventually send the game to overtime. Baez also had the hot hand on Saturday against the Mocs, scoring a career-high 38 points. In addition to Baez's game-high in points, he had a game-high 11 rebounds and was the lone player with a double-double. Baez was 5-for-7 from long range and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line, while making his first five attempts from beyond the arc. Baez is the fourth player in the SSC to score 38 or more points in a game this season.

It is the first SSC weekly award for Baez in his two-year career at Lynn.

Brous, a returning All-American, picked up right where he left off as the junior was named SSC Specialist of the Week after helping the Lynn men's lacrosse team to a statement victory in the season opener. The Fighting Knights thrashed No. 7-ranked NYIT in a dominant 19-5 victory on Sunday. Brous went 19-of-24 (79.2%) at the X with a team-high-tying seven ground balls, while adding a goal and an assist on offense. The win marks the first time in program history that the Blue and White defeated a team nationally ranked No. 7 or higher.

Brous now has nine SSC Player of the Week awards in his career. He is tied with Lynn softball alum Aimee Murch (2004-05) for the most SSC weekly awards in Fighting Knights' history, and trails only Tampa's Connor Whipple (12) for the most in SSC men's lacrosse history.

McClelland came up big in between the pipes for the men's lacrosse squad, earning SSC Defensive Player of the Week plaudits. The junior goalkeeper finished with 13 saves on 18 shots and added three ground balls, while conceding just five goals to the Bears. The Lynn defense also allowed just one goal in six man-down situations and went a perfect 21-for-21 on clear attempts. McClelland earns his second career selection after winning the award during his freshman season in 2017.

Kreuzer is named Golfer of the Week after earning medalist honors at the LMU Women's Spring Kick-Off Intercollegiate while also leading the team to victory.  Kreuzer shot a career-best two-under par 142 (71-71).  She came from behind on the second day of competition to beat out host Lincoln Memorial's Lise Malherbe for a one-shot win. 

It was the first team victory for Lynn since February 2016 and first individual victory since March 2016.  Kreuzer's 142 is the fifth-lowest 36-hole total in program history.  She was also one of only two players to shoot under par for the tournament.  This is the fourth top-10 finish for Kreuzer in five tournaments in 2018-19. Kreuzer, a junior, picks up the first SSC weekly award of her career.

Clemares led the third-ranked Lynn men's tennis team to a pair of victories in both matches this weekend, including a clutch 4-3 victory over No. 7 Saint Leo in the SSC opener. Against the Lions, Clemares and Kay Bartmann logged a 6-1 victory at the top doubles flight, before Clemares picked up his second win of the day with a come-from-behind, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 triumph at No. 3 singles. On Sunday in a 6-1 win over Webber International, Clemares and Bartmann held a 4-3 edge at No. 1 doubles before the match was halted. Clemares rounded out his strong performance with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles.

Siedliska guided the fifth-ranked Lynn women's tennis team to two wins this weekend, including a big 6-1 win over No. 7 Saint Leo in the SSC opener. Against the Lions, Siedliska and Leolia Jeanjean opened up the day with an eye-opening 6-0 shutout over Saint Leo's No. 9 ranked pair of Kristyna Jurkova and Nina Furmaniak at the top flight. Siedliska would go on to see Jurkova again at No. 2 singles, defeating the 40th-ranked player in the country, 6-4, 7-6. In a dominant 7-0 victory over Webber International on Sunday, Siedliska and Jeanjean logged another 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles. Siedliska was then pulled from the singles lineup.

Both Lynn tennis players are claiming the SSC Player of the Week accolade for the first time in their respective careers.

View the SSC release HERE.