MADISON, N.J. - The spring sports season is off and running and a total of nine student-athletes have been selected as Landmark Players of the Week. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Sean Butler opened the season with some impressive offensive numbers for Scranton as the Royals swept two doubleheaders to start the year. The senior hit.438 with seven hits over the four contests, with four of the seven hits going for extra bases, including three home runs. He blasted two home runs in the first game of a twinbill win over Arcadia, then ended the second game of the set with a walk-off grand slam. He scored six runs and drove in 11 over the weekend, while also walking twice and stealing a pair of bases. He produced a slugging percentage of 1.062.
Brendan Close improved to 2-0 on the season for Moravian as he pitched the Greyhounds past the 10th-ranked team in Division III. Close tossed a complete game, going all nine innings and allowing two runs, one earned, while scattering six hits. He fanned six hitters in the contest while surrendering a single walk.
Catholic's Chris Fuccillo earns the honor for the second time in as many weeks after another strong offensive performance. The senior scored five times in a 12-10 win over Marymount, and then added three goals and an assist in an 11-5 victory over Gwynedd-Mercy. He was credited with the winning goal against Gwynedd-Mercy and also had three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for the week. His eight goals came on 18 shots.
Drew's Charlie DeSocio played a pair of strong games in goals as the Rangers opened the 2012 season with a pair of wins. He was 48 seconds away from collecting a shutout in the team's opener as he made 12 saves and allowed just a single goal in a win over King's. He then stopped nine shots while conceding seven goals in a victory over local rival FDU-Florham. He notched a 4.15 goals against average for the week with a .724 save percentage, and also contributed seven ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Catholic's Mary Swarthout had a pair of strong all-around games against two nationally-ranked foes. Against sixth-ranked Salisbury she scored six of the Cardinals' seven goals while also producing nine draw controls in the match. Against 18th-ranked Mary Washington, she had three points with two goals and one assist, while also collecting five ground balls and earning five draw controls. She averaged 4.5 points per game over the two contests.
Scranton goalkeeper Kathleen Smart played a key role in the team's season-opening win over Haverford. The sophomore recorded eight saves in net while allowing 12 goals as Scranton pulled out a tight 13-12 win. She also contributed four ground balls to the defensive effort and faced 29 shots overall in the match.
Moravian’s Miranda Sergas had a strong start to the 2012 season at the plate in the team’s opening win over Misericordia. She went 2-for-2 on the day, while driving in three runs and scoring twice as the Greyhounds picked up the victory.
Jenna Carmon helped Moravian open the 2012 season with a win with a strong effort in the circle. The senior pitched the final two innings to seal the team's victory over Misericordia in the first game of its spring break trip to Florida, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out three of the six batters she faced. She also contributed offensively, helping to break the game open with an inside-the-park home run.
Sophomore Isabel Tanco opened the spring season with a singles victory for Catholic. In the team's first match of the spring, she collected the only win for the team in a match against Mount Union, winning her sixth-singles contest by a score of 6-4, 5-7, 10-4.