Perry, N.Y. – Xander Cosenza of the Lynn University lacrosse team has been picked to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Team of the Week, as announced by the organization on Tuesday evening.
Cosenza shined on the brightest of stages in Lynn's big upset on Saturday as the Fighting Knights went 2-0 this week. The Blue and White first took down Westminster (Utah) at home, 14-9, before going on the road and pulling off a big fourth-quarter comeback to upset No. 10 Belmont Abbey, 10-9.
For the week, Cosenza tallied a team-high six goals, including two man-up, while picking up five ground balls.
At Belmont Abbey, Cosenza scored the first goal of the game, less than three minutes in, but was then kept silent until the fourth quarter. As Lynn trailed 9-6 heading into the final frame, Cosenza put the team on his back, scoring four unanswered goals by himself, to finish with a career-high five scores. Six of his nine shot attempts found the frame on the day.
Cosenza's five goals rank in a tie for second in the program's single-game record books. The win over Belmont Abbey is the program's second-ever over a top-10 opponent. Lynn improved to 7-1, its best start to a season in program history.
USILA D2 Team of the Week
Blake Boudreau, Merrimack
Senior specialist Blake Boudreau had one of his best outings as a Warrior, winning 14-of-17 faceoffs (.824) with 10 ground balls and also scored a goal in the process. That performance helped #1 Merrimack take down Saint Rose, 12-5, to improve to 4-0.
Liam Brennan, Pace
Brennan racked up 11 points and five ground balls in a 1-1 week for No. 7 Pace. He began the stretch with a two-goal, two-assist effort at No. 12 NYIT before going off for six tallies and an assist in a 17-9 triumph over Southern New Hampshire University.
Xander Cosenza, Lynn
The freshman scored a career-high five goals, including all four of Lynn's goals in the 4th quarter, as Lynn came back and upset No. 10 Belmont Abbey on the road, 10-9. It marked the program's second-ever win over a top-10 opponent.
Sean Dever, Young Harris
Set a program record against UIndy with 21 saves while also collecting three ground balls and saw 46 shot attempts on the entire day. That win extended a program-best eight-game winning streak and Dever has been a huge part during that streak in allowing seven goals or fewer against those opponents while also upsetting two top-20 teams.
Jeffrey Galatola, Georgian Court
Finished with eight points on six goals and two assists while adding four ground balls in two games last week. He was named CACC Player of the Week in the process.
LeRoy Halftown, NYIT
Scored two goals, including game-winner, in final 1:25 as NYIT defeated No. 3 Pace, 11-9, on March 14; then exploded for six goals to lead NYIT to ECC-opening win vs. Roberts Wesleyan. Finished the week with 11 points overall.
Kyle Pauwels, Saint Leo
Pauwels showcased a seven-goal, two-assist, nine-point week and also added two ground balls in a win over Lindenwood. Pauwels racked up a .643 shooting percentage netting nine goals from 13 shots.
Edmond Renaud, Lake Erie
Exploded for 14 goals in a two-game span while adding four assists, finishing with 18 points in total on the week. Also finished with two ground balls to help Lake Erie go 2-0.
Kyle Sudol, Rollins
Helped the Tars go undefeated on the week, including a big 12-9 upset over No. 4 Colorado Mesa. On the week, Sudol picked up 19 ground balls and won 30-of-43 faceoff attempts (.698), including a 16-of-22 performance against the fourth-ranked Mavericks.
Will Urban, Mount Olive
Played three games in four days, including two in net, highlighting a versatile performance. Finished with 10 ground balls against Indianapolis as part of a two-point game and then posted back-to-back double-digit-save performances, posting a .709 save percentage in that span.