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Stat Freaks: NCAA Weeks 2 & 3

After a week hiatus, the Stat Freaks have returned! Full transparency: there was a bad combination of timing and NCAA website update that put us in a pinch. But we’re now in the clear, so you get a double dose! First, we’ll take a look at the big performances from Week 2, followed by the most recent Week 3 ballers. Now, in case you’re really into the big picture here, you might wonder why I’m talking about this past week being Week 3 when the ‘Is This Poll Serious?!‘ (and associated Inside Lacrosse poll) are at Week 2. Answer: The poll skipped over the lightly played actual first week of games and waiting for the majority of the country to start playing. Stat Freaks went for it and turned in Week 1. So there you go, getting the explanation you probably didn’t even know you needed. You’re welcome.


READ MORE: Check out our NCAA Conference Comparison after last week’s NCAA Division I Lacrosse action here.


Now, first are the Week 2 Stat Freaks candidates:

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

Chris Aslanian – Hobart: 5G, 2A, 7 Shots vs. Canisius
Eric Holden – Hobart: 7G, 2A, 14 Shots vs. Canisius
Pat Spencer – Loyola Maryland: 5G, 2A, 9 Shots vs. Virginia
Brendan Sunday – Towson: 6G, 2A, 13 Shots vs. Johns Hopkins
Josh Stout – Utah: 7G, 1A, 15 Shots vs. Mercer
Daniel Bucaro – Georgetown: 3G, 4A, 8 Shots vs. Sacred Heart
Joe Saggese – Sacred Heart: 5G, 2A, 11 Shots vs. Georgetown
Grant Ament – Penn St.: 1G, 6A, 4 Shots vs. Robert Morris
Chris Connolly – Massachusetts: 2G, 5A, 5 Shots vs. Army West Point
Brendan Nichtern – Army West Point: 4G, 3A, 5 Shots vs. Massachusetts
Kieran Mullins – Rutgers: 6G, 3A, 11 Shots vs. St. John’s (NY)

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

Samuel Cambere – Utah: 6GB, 5CT vs. Mercer
Teddy Leggett – Lehigh: 6GB, 4CT vs. Hofstra
Matt Farrell – Holy Cross: 8GB, 2CT vs. Providence
Andrew Simeon – Vermont: 7GB, 1CT vs. Navy
Joseph Cipoletti – Sacred Heart: 5GB, 4CT vs. Georgetown
Pat Tully – Lafayette: 7GB, 2CT vs. NJIT
John Tachon – NJIT: 7GB, 2CT vs. Lafayette
Brandon Ruditz – Cleveland St.: 9GB vs. Michigan
Connor Davis – Wagner: 6GB, 2CT vs. Manhattan
Isaac Paparo – Massachusetts: 5GB, 3CT, 1A vs. Army West Point
Johnny Surdick – Army West Point: 7GB, 2CT vs. Massachusetts
Turner Uppgren – Duke: 5GB, 3CT vs. Jacksonville
Luke Caracciolo – Bryant: 8GB, 1CT vs. Bucknell

Faceoffs: Greater than 70%, at least 10 attempts

Zach Cole – Saint Joseph’s: 19/23, 14 GB, 1G vs. St. Bonaventure
Alex Woodall – Towson: 21/28, 17 GB, 1G, 2A vs. Johns Hopkins
Tyler Stevenson – NJIT: 20/26, 6 GB vs. Lafayette
Gerard Arceri – Penn St.: 11/13, 8 GB, 1G vs. Robert Morris
Tom Meyers – Massachusetts: 21/25, 13 GB vs. Army West Point
Brett Dattilo – UMass Lowell: 10/13, 3 GB vs. Quinnipiac
Brian Smyth – Duke: 17/23, 14 GB, 2G vs. Jacksonville
Brett Boos – Denver: 15/19, 4 GB vs. Air Force
Austin Henningsen – Maryland: 15/15, 6 GB vs. Richmond

Goalies:  Greater than 70%

Colby Kneese – Penn St.: 11/15 Saves, 1GB vs. Robert Morris
James Spence – Lehigh: 16/20 Saves, 3GB, 1CT vs. Hofstra

Freak of the Week for Week 2:

Offense

This is a TOUGH one. Pat Spencer from Loyola is the talk of the country, and rightly so. This game was huge for him and really made a statement. But other statements were made, too. Utah got their first win with Josh Stout’s seven goals and one assist, Grant Ament’s nation-leading six assists, Kieran Mullins’ nine points to come back against the Johnnies and of course Brendan Sunday’s sock trick against Hopkins. Big, big week for the O.

Defense

Defensively, I love the dueling longpoles with Surdick and Paparo in the UMass-Army game. When you have a close game and your big names are making plays, it’s an awesome situations, especially when Paparo notched an assist, too. Cambere out of Utah pulling in the stats in their win vs. Mercer was also huge.

FOGO

We have our first perfect game! Maryland’s Henningsen did not lose a single faceoff against Richmond. Tom Meyers’ 21/25 performance was great against Army, despite the losing effort. For me, it’s hard to pick against Alex Woodall. 21 wins, and he didn’t get only four of those ground balls. Especially down the stretch, he was key in them jumping all over Hopkins and not given the jays any glimpse of comeback hope.

Goalies

With only two goalies (technically, three) making the list, it’s hard to who had the statistically more significant performance. Both were important games for their teams, but Spence’s loaded line with GBs and a CT probably takes the cake for me.

Freak of the Week: Week 2

But the Week 2 Freak of the Week has to be Tuner Uppgren from Duke. Why? Because they needed a bounce back win badly against Jacksonville. And that game also was one where they needed a second half surge to create separation. The fact that he qualified on defender stats AS A GOALIE is nothing short of incredible. I think it’s only happened once in the few years I’ve been doing this. Truly remarkable.

On to the Week 3 Stat Freaks!

Freak of the Week for Week 3

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

Dylan Jinks – Hartford: 8G, 1A, 12 Shots vs. St. John’s (NY)
Jonathan Huber – St. John’s (NY): 5G, 2A, 12 Shots vs. Hartford
Michael Sowers – Princeton: 2G, 5A, 6 Shots vs. Monmouth
Chris Brown – Princeton: 5G, 2A, 11 Shots vs. Monmouth
Emmet Cordrey – Princeton: 6G, 2A, 7 Shots vs. Monmouth
Jason Knox – Hobart: 9G, A, 11 Shots vs. Siena
Chris Gray – Boston U.: 3G, 6A, 6 Shots vs. Dartmouth
Pat Spencer – Loyola Maryland: 3G, 4A, 8 Shots vs. Johns Hopkins
Brad Voigt – Syracuse: 6G, 1A, 11 Shots vs. Albany (NY)
Max Tuttle – Sacred Heart: 6G, 2A, 12 Shots vs. Furman
Luke McCaleb – Brown: 3G, 5A, 8 Shots vs. Quinnipiac
Mac O’Keefe – Penn St.: 7G, 1A, 13 Shots vs. Stony Brook

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

Andrew Eichelberger – Lehigh: 5GB, 3CT, 1G vs. Virginia
Nick Grill – Marquette: 6GB, 2CT vs. Jacksonville
Gunnar Schimoler – UMBC: 8GB, 4CT vs. Navy
Colin Kasner – UMBC: 5GB, 3CT vs. Navy
Bryan McIntosh – Mount St. Mary’s: 5GB, 3CT vs. Towson
Chase Pirozzi – Mount St. Mary’s: 6GB, 3CT vs. Towson
Jack Anderson – Saint Joseph’s: 8GB, CT, 2A vs. Fairfield
Ryan Lovell – Hartford: 7GB, 1CT vs. St. John’s (NY)
Jake Stevens – Princeton: 9GB, CT, 1A vs. Monmouth
Kyle Walsh – VMI: 5GB, 5CT vs. Manhattan
Eric Lane – VMI: 5GB, 3CT vs. Manhattan
Josh Wehn – Bellarmine: 7GB, 3CT vs. Cleveland St.
Ryan McNulty – Loyola Maryland: 6GB, 3CT vs. Johns Hopkins
Tyson Bomberry – Syracuse: 7GB, 3CT vs. Albany (NY)
Matt Neufeldt – Denver: 5GB, 4CT, 1A vs. Duke
Patrick Aslanian – Georgetown: 6GB, 5CT, 1G vs. Robert Morris
Gibson Smith – Georgetown: 7GB, 2CT vs. Robert Morris
Michael Altmann – Hofstra: 5GB, 3CT, 1G vs. Utah
Christian Klipstein – Bucknell: 7GB, 4CT vs. Richmond
Garrett LeClaire – Mercer: 4GB, 4CT vs. Canisius
Holden Garlent – Canisius: 7GB, 6CT, 1A vs. Mercer
Will Jones – Vermont: 4GB, 4CT vs. Holy Cross
Kevin Falteisek – NJIT: 4GB, 4CT vs. Delaware
Austin Haynes – Delaware: 5GB, 7CT vs. NJIT
Joe Saggese – Sacred Heart: 7GB, 1CT, 2G, 4A vs. Furman
Logan Liljeberg – Sacred Heart: 11GB, CT, 3G, 2A vs. Furman
Michael Brown – Brown: 5GB, 3CT vs. Quinnipiac
Jack Rowlett – North Carolina: 7GB, 7CT vs. Harvard

Faceoffs: Greater than 70%, at least 10 attempts

Zach Cole – Saint Joseph’s: 21/28, 9 GB, 2G, 2A vs. Fairfield
Malcolm Feeney – Colgate: 14/19, 8 GB vs. Binghamton
Jack-Henry Vara – Princeton: 8/11, 1 GB vs. Monmouth
Matthew Pedicine – Hobart: 32/37, 20 GB vs. Siena
Alex Schoen – Rutgers: 11/14, 9 GB vs. Army West Point
Danny Tesler – Cleveland St.: 16/18, 10 GB, 1G vs. Bellarmine
Andrew Hamilton – Cleveland St.: 9/10, 5 GB, 1G vs. Bellarmine
Brian Herber – Hofstra: 18/25, 12 GB, 1G vs. Utah
TD Ierlan – Yale: 18/25, 10 GB vs. Villanova
Kyle Gallagher – Penn: 21/27, 10 GB, 1A vs. Maryland
Dan O’Connell – Holy Cross: 15/18, 11 GB vs. Vermont
Jake Hervada – Delaware: 13/17, 5 GB vs. NJIT

Goalies:  Greater than 70%

Tyler Canto – Towson: 18/25 Saves, 6GB, 1CT vs. Mount St. Mary’s
Drake Porter – Syracuse: 12/17 Saves, 1GB vs. Albany (NY)
Josh Kirson – Ohio St.: 17/24 Saves, 3GB, 1CT vs. Massachusetts
Matt Deluca – Delaware: 17/20 Saves, 2GB vs. NJIT
Colby Kneese – Penn St.: 8/9 Saves, 2GB vs. Stony Brook

Offense

The most ridiculous thing this week is that Princeton’s entire starting attack made it. Seriously. Three attackmen all scored eight points in the same game. I’m reasonably confident that’s never happened since I’ve been doing this. Pat Spencer once against the list, as did Brad Voigt from Syracuse who outscore Albany by himself. And as good as six goals is, Jason Knox’s nine for Hobart is just that much sweeter.

Defense

Defense was ridiculous this week. But hand picking a few: Stat Freaks regular Kyle Walsh from VMI made an appearance in their first season opener win in like 19 years or something crazy. You also have Tyson Bomberry whose stats backed up his obvious great play while guarding Tehoka Naticoke. I’m also a huge fan of the sacred heart duo of Joe Saggese and Logan Liljeberg dropping a combined 18 GBs, five goals, and six assists vs. Furman. Not bad for a pair of offensive players. Then there’s UNC’s Jack Rowlett pulling down a seven GBs and seven CTs vs. Harvard.

FOGO

The thing with the FOGO list is that I have the cutoff of 10 faceoffs for a reason. Way too often, the first string will dominate, or someone else will just go 2/2, 3/4 and get the same credit as a starter. But if you’re taking 10, you’re a big contributor. So when you see two different FOGOs for Cleveland St.? Hello! And of course, TD Ierlan made the list in his first game because that’s what he does. But how about Hobart’s Matthew Pedicine taking 37 faceoffs?!

Goalies

Towson’s Tyler Canto had himself a game! Great save percentage and almost enough GBs/CTs to make the list as a defender. That’s not easy to do. Penn State’s Colby Kneese was almost perfect through his three-plus quarters of play before backup Trevor Scollins jumped in to save six while allowing three. By comparison, Drake Porter for Syracuse made the list for his game against Albany and when he was subbed out, his backup didn’t let in any goals on two shots. Not too shabby.

Freak of the Week: Week 3

For me, the craziest stat line this week and our official Freak of the Week is St. Joseph’s Zach Cole. 21/28 with four points to go with it. But, he was really a pivotal piece for that game where they routed Fairfield. Even if you take away the four goals he scored or assisted on, St. Joseph’s still scored ten other goals in the first eighty seconds following a faceoff. That was the same as Fairfield’s total goal count!

Last, but not least, we can start tabulating our season appearances. First up, is the number of times an individual has been on the Stat Freaks list:

Name – School #
Colby Kneese – Penn St. 3
Grant Ament – Penn St. 2
Brian Smyth – Duke 2
Gerard Arceri – Penn St. 2
Pat Spencer – Loyola Maryland 2
Joe Saggese – Sacred Heart 2
Zach Cole – Saint Joseph’s 2

Now, which schools are sending the most players to the Stat Freaks list?

Team Freaks
Penn St. 8
Lehigh 5
Sacred Heart 5
Princeton 4
Massachusetts 3
High Point 3
Duke 3
NJIT 3
Boston U. 3
Rutgers 3
Towson 3
Cleveland St. 3
Loyola Maryland 3
Georgetown 3
Saint Joseph’s 3
Syracuse 3
Delaware 3

Now, the bad list. Who  is allowing the most Stat Freaks against them?

Team Allowed
NJIT 6
Monmouth 5
Jacksonville 5
Army West Point 4
Furman 4
Villanova 4
Robert Morris 4
Johns Hopkins 4