WINGATE, N.C. – Thanks to an upset of then-No. 4 Merrimack on Saturday night, the Saint Leo University lacrosse team swept the Deep South Conference Player of the Week awards, league officials announced Monday.
Senior attackman Luke Baruch took home Offensive Player of the Week honors. Junior goalie David Erdman is the Defensive Player of the Week, while George Proechel has been named the conference’s Freshman of the Week.
Baruch had eight goals and an assist in Saint Leo’s two victories during the week. He had three goals and an assist in the 12-5 win over Notre Dame De Namur. Baruch netted five goals in the 12-11 win over fourth-ranked Merrimack. He scored his eight goals on 17 shots, 12 of which were on goal. Baruch added nine ground balls on the week.
Erdman racked up 27 saves in the two victories, including 19 in the win over Merrimack. He collected eight saves while allowing only five goals against Notre Dame De Namur. Erdman’s effort against number four Merrimack included a point-blank stuff of an MC player who snuck behind the SLU defense, caught the ball in stride, and headed, uncontested, towards the goal. The save preserved the Saint Leo victory Saturday evening.
Proechel had three goals and four assists in Saint Leo’s big week. He started his week with two goals, three assists and three ground balls in the seven-goal victory over Notre Dame De Namur. Proechel added a goal, an assist and three ground balls in the Merrimack win.