SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University junior goalie David Erdman has been selected as this week’s Inside Lacrosse/Nike National Player of the Week it was announced by InsideLacrosse.com on Tuesday morning. The Mt. Sinai, NY native stopped 27 shots on the week and his brilliant performance last Saturday helped lead the Lions to a 12-11 upset of then-No. 4 Merrimack.
Erdman racked up 27 saves in those victories, including 19 in the win over Merrimack. He collected eight saves while allowing only five goals against Notre Dame De Namur earlier in the week. 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 set the tone in the crease and preserved the Saint Leo victory.
The 6’4” Erdman has helped the ninth-ranked Lions to a 7-1 start, with a double-overtime loss to Queens University of Charlotte standing as their only blemish in 2010. On the season, Erdman has stopped 61 percent of the shots he's seen while only allowing 6.65 goals per game.
His selection marks the first National Player of the Week in the five-year history of Saint Leo Lacrosse and it is the second individual honor on the national scale for the Lions in 2009-10 after volleyball junior Bruna Rocha claimed AVCA national honors on October 8, 2009.