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NCAA D1 Stat Freaks – Week 5

This is a pretty big week for the old stat freaks. Literally. So far this year, this is the largest group of players making the list yet. There are also some things that have me really excited. One is that THREE players from Hampton made the list. No, they weren’t playing a DI team, but I don’t care. They put up the numbers. That included Malcolm Flynn making the list for the second week in a row.

I’m also going to give a shout out to Mike Adler for St. Joseph’s. The young goalie in his first year has already appeared on the list multiple times and snagged a caused turnover. Not too shabby. Before I spill all the beans, take a look for yourself:

NCAA D1 Stat Freaks – Week 5

Offense: The Cutoff here is a combined 7 goals and/or assists

Tehoka Nanticoke – Albany (NY): 5G, 3A, 10 Shots vs. Massachusetts
Michael Sowers – Princeton: 3G, 5A, 6 Shots vs. NJIT
Connor Fields – Albany (NY): 5G, 7A, 12 Shots vs. Massachusetts
Jake Carraway – Georgetown: 3G, 4A, 10 Shots vs. Marist
Buddy Carr – Massachusetts: 6G, 1A, 15 Shots vs. NJIT
John Daniel – VMI: 7G, A, 9 Shots vs. Richmond
Ryan Lanchbury – Richmond: 3G, 4A, 5 Shots vs. VMI
Michael Sowers – Princeton: 3G, 6A, 7 Shots vs. Rutgers
Michael Kraus – Virginia: 5G, 5A, 13 Shots vs. Stony Brook
Daniel Bucaro – Georgetown: 5G, 2A, 10 Shots vs. Hobart and William Smith

Defense:  For here, you need 8 GBs, CTs, and/or points

Darren Almodiel – Hampton: 6GB, 3CT vs. Westminster (PA)
Teddy Leggett – Lehigh: 7GB, 1CT vs. Army West Point
Austin Cates – Richmond: 7GB, 2CT, 1A vs. VMI
Phillip Robertson – Princeton: 6GB, 2CT, 2G vs. Rutgers
Nick Albanese – Sacred Heart: 8GB, 1CT vs. Hartford
Billy O’Hara – UMBC: 7GB, 2CT vs. Marist
Charlie Hayes – Detroit Mercy: 5GB, 4CT, 1G vs. Air Force
Patrick Kaschalk – Stony Brook: 7GB, 2CT, 1A vs. Virginia
Brendan Gates – Hartford: 6GB, 3CT vs. Sacred Heart
Kyle Walsh – VMI: 6GB, 4CT vs. Richmond
Eric Lane – VMI: 4GB, 4CT vs. Richmond
Craig Chick – Lehigh: 7GB, 3CT vs. Army West Point
Malcolm Flynn – Hampton: 5GB, 4CT vs. Westminster (PA)
Kyle Walsh – VMI: 13GB, 4CT vs. Wagner
John Tachon – NJIT: 7GB, 4CT vs. Princeton
Michael Strack – Navy: 7GB, 3CT vs. Penn
Austin Haynes – Delaware: 3GB, 5CT vs. Mercer
Sam Mueller – Hobart and William Smith: 6GB, 2CT vs. Colgate
Chris Adamo – Lafayette: 8GB, 2CT vs. Navy
Johnny Surdick – Army West Point: 5GB, 5CT, 1A vs. Lehigh

Faceoffs: Greater than 70%, at least 10 attempts

Aaron Brown – Hampton: 13/18, 8 GB vs. Westminster (PA)
Colin Keating – Providence: 13/17, 5 GB vs. UMass Lowell
Ralph Chrappa – Princeton: 11/14, 4 GB vs. NJIT
TD Ierlan – Albany (NY): 17/23, 12 GB, 1G vs. Massachusetts
Gerard Arceri – Penn St.: 19/21, 18 GB, 1G vs. Furman
Kenny Massa – Bryant: 23/24, 12 GB vs. Drexel
Conor Mackie – Yale: 15/15, 11 GB vs. Fairfield
Will Fox – Fairfield: 14/19, 9 GB vs. Quinnipiac
Collin Orr – Colgate: 20/28, 12 GB vs. Boston U.
Gabe Smithline – Lafayette: 11/15, 3 GB vs. Navy
Noah Rak – Massachusetts: 13/15, 10 GB vs. NJIT
Justin Corpolongo – St. John’s (NY): 16/22, 1 GB vs. Siena
Alex Jarzembowski – Detroit Mercy: 13/18, 1 GB vs. Air Force
AJ Krstulovic – VMI: 11/14, 3 GB vs. Richmond
Sam Stephan – Mt. St. Mary’s: 19/25, 11 GB vs. Mercer
Brett Dattilo – UMass Lowell: 17/24, 6 GB, 1G vs. Manhattan
Will Vitelli – Quinnipiac: 15/16, 6 GB vs. Wagner
Justin Schwenk – Virginia: 20/25, 9 GB vs. Stony Brook
Dylan Protesto – Hartford: 18/24, 9 GB vs. Sacred Heart

Goalies:  Greater than 70%

Matt Sefcik – Wagner: 20/28 Saves, 5GB vs. VMI
Colby Kneese – Penn St.: 10/13 Saves, 1GB vs. Furman
Tim Fisher – Holy Cross: 6/8 Saves, 2GB vs. Bucknell
Christian Knight – Cornell: 9/10 Saves, 3GB, 1CT vs. Binghamton
Griffin Thompson – Virginia: 12/17 Saves, 3GB vs. Manhattan
Sean Sconone – Massachusetts: 3/4 Saves, 1GB vs. NJIT
Jack Starr – Yale: 10/13 Saves, 1GB vs. Fairfield
Hampton Brannon – Massachusetts: 4/5 Saves vs. NJIT
Mike Adler – Saint Joseph’s: 13/18 Saves, 2GB, 1CT vs. Monmouth
Joe Zukauskas – Quinnipiac: 8/11 Saves, 2GB vs. Wagner
Shane Brennan – Towson: 16/22 Saves, 7GB vs. Ohio St.
Alex Heger – Robert Morris: 12/14 Saves, 2GB vs. Marquette

Freak of the Week

What really jumped out at me this week was the resurgence of the goalies. 70% has been a tough number to crack this season, but several found a way. I also love guys like Shane Brennan almost making the list as a defender with 7 ground balls. The category that has been dominant all season long though is the faceoff group. Every week seems to have a handful of guys that are perfect or near perfect. They are also scoring goals, getting assists, and many are even getting almost all of their own ground balls.

The real stars this week though were the defenders. The Army vs. Lehigh game saw two of the best put up dueling 10 GB/CT lines against each other with Johnny Surdick and Craig Chick.

The one who gets our official weekly honor is Kyle Walsh out of VMI. He’s really the prime example of why I do this post each week. Very few people had a major reason to pay attention to VMI vs. Wagner. No power conferences, no Tewaraaton finalists, and no Championship weekend talk. But, Walsh went out there and almost grabbed enough stats to land on the list… twice.

13 ground ball is insane. Who does that? Adding it to four caused turnover, too? That may be a record since I’ve been doing this. Then he goes and follows that up with six more ground balls and four caused turnovers against Richmond.

Two games, 19 ground balls, 8 caused turnovers. Hats off to you, Mr. Walsh.