Monday, April 4, 2011

Men's Lacrosse: Utz and Knechtle Earn TCCC Honors

Gordon College senior midfielder Dan Utz (Rochester, New York) and senior defenseman Stuart Knechtle (New Canaan, Connecticut) have been named The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in maintaining the Fighting Scots’ unbeaten streak in TCCC play.

Utz recorded 13 total points on eight goals and five assists over Gordon’s three games last week, netting three in a 14-8 win over Nichols College, contributing two goals, four assists in a 13-9 win at Anna Maria College, and adding another three goals and one assist in the Scots’ 10-9 win over previously undefeated Roger Williams University. He currently leads the TCCC in goals per game (3.30), is tied for first in man-down goals per game (0.20), and is second in points per game (4.30). Additionally, has Utz ranked first in D-III Clutch Ratings (18.18), sixth in goals, and 11th in overall points.

Knechtle was equally instrumental on the other end of the field for the Scots, collecting 12 grounds balls versus Nichols, 15 against Anna Maria, and 11 at Roger Williams while helping his defense hold each opponent to nine goals or less. He also forced six turnovers in Gordon’s match-up with Anna Maria.
Said Head Coach Warren Shumate, “Dan and Stuart are impressive young men, leading by example on and off the field. Their athletic abilities, understanding of the game, and consistency impresses our staff every game. Both exemplify the best characteristics we desire of our student-athletes at Gordon.”
The Scots currently stand at 6-4 overall, 5-0 in the TCCC. They will return to action on Saturday, April 9, when they host conference rival Western New England College at 12:00 p.m.

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