Melbourne, Fla. – Dryden Brous and Nick Howard of the Lynn University lacrosse team were each tabbed Sunshine State Conference Players of the Week on Monday, as announced by the league office. Brous was named Specialist of the Week with Howard picking up Offensive Player of the Week honors.
It is the first award of the season for Brous, but fifth of his career, after being named a program-record four times last year as a freshman.
Brous dominated all over the field as Lynn went 2-0 in nonconference play this week. The Fighting Knights first routed Dominican (N.Y.) in their home opener, 14-5, before posting a big revenge win over previously-nationally-ranked Wingate, 14-9.
Aside from his usual prowess at the faceoff X, Brous contributed offensively with two goals and two assists while firing off just two shots. He went 33-of-42 on faceoffs for the week at a 78.6% success rate. The sophomore also picked up 25 ground balls, averaging over 12 per game.
Against the Chargers, Brous tied his career-high with two assists while winning 17 of 19 faceoff attempts (89.5%) to go along with a game-high 11 ground balls. He followed up with the first multi-goal game of his career in the big victory over Wingate, finding the back of the net twice while winning 16-of-23 faceoffs and picking up a career-high 13 ground balls.
Brous' 13 ground balls are the second most in a single game in program history and he has recorded double-digit ground balls in three of Lynn's four games so far this season. On the year, Brous is far and away the SSC leader in ground balls per game and faceoff percentage.
Howard nets the first SSC weekly honor of his career after exploding offensively with nine points behind eight goals and an assist.
Howard had a career game against the Chargers, logging a natural hat trick through the halftime turn before burying two more. He finished with a career-high five goals, hitting the frame on six of his 10 shot attempts. Howard's five goals are one shy of the single-game program record.
The junior offensive midfielder recorded another hat trick on Saturday and added an assist for a four-point outing in the win over the Bulldogs. He finished the week with 10 shots on-goal, three ground balls and a caused turnover. On the season, Howard leads the Fighting Knights in points (12) and goals (10).