MADISON, N.J. - With spring sports beginning to heat up and all Landmark teams in action in three sports, a total of six student-athletes collected Player of the Week honors. The Landmark Player of the Week selections are made by the Landmark Conference office.
Catholic’s Eamonn Burke got off to a hot offensive start as the Cardinals opened the season 3-2. He hit .462 over five games, knocking out six hits and scoring four runs. He blasted a grand slam in Catholic’s opener, has also added a double, and has seven RBI total over the course of the week.
Ron Esposito tossed four scoreless innings of relief this past week to help Catholic to a pair of victories. He did not allow a hit over four innings, including three shutdown innings in a 5-0 Catholic win over Messiah. He also tossed a scoreless inning in a shutout win over Gallaudet. For the week he went four innings, allowing no hits and one base runner while fanning three.
Mike Rufo helped Scranton open the season 2-0 for the first time in the 24-year history of the program with a big offensive week. He scored a game-high five goals, three of which came in the fourth period as Scranton pulled away for an upset of 12th-ranked Ithaca. He then added a goal and an assist as the Royals moved to 2-0 with a win over Utica. Had seven points with six goals on 12 shots, and also contributed three ground balls.
Goalkeeper Sean McKenna turned in a pair of stellar outings as Catholic opened the season with two wins. He stopped eight shots and allowed just two goals in a 16-2 win over Cazenovia, and made 10 saves in an 11-7 win over Wesley. He faced 59 shots over the two contests and also helped his cause with eight ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Colleen Cole was an offensive force over the course of a three-game week for Goucher. She had a part in 16 of Goucher’s 42 goals on the week, scoring 12 times and adding four assists. She closed the week with a six-goal performance against Virginia Wesleyan, after opening the week with five goals against Rowan. She had one goal and three assists in a win over Notre Dame (Md.). She also gave the Gophers 18 draw controls, six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Rachel Hanley got Drew off to a 1-1 start on the season with two strong games in goal. She made 13 saves to help Drew prevail in a time 11-9 win over local rival FDU-Florham. She followed it up with seven saves in a losing effort against Ursinus. She finished the week with 20 saves and 22 goals allowed while also producing six ground balls.