LEWISBURG, Pa. – The first Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week awards were handed out on Monday, and Bucknell’s Jackson Place (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal Academy) and Sam Grinberg (New York, N.Y./Hotchkiss School) were recognized for their defensive work in Saturday’s 6-4 victory over Delaware. Place was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, and Grinberg earned Goalie of the Week honors.
Defense was the lead story in the season-opening win over Blue Hens, as the No. 14/15 Bison limited the Blue Hens to only two even-strength goals all day, the second of which came with just three seconds left in the game after the outcome was no longer in doubt.
After serving as the backup to standout netminder Kyle Feeney for the last two years, Grinberg made his first career start against Delaware and finished with 12 saves and only four goals against for a stellar .750 save percentage.
Even though that was Grinberg’s first start, this is not his first career Patriot League Player of the Week Award. He also received the honor after a terrific relief appearance in a win at Colgate in the final game of the 2013 regular season.
Place earned his third career PL Defensive Player of the Week honor. The senior co-captain and Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American spearheaded Bucknell’s defensive unit that slowed down Delaware on Saturday. Place came up with two ground balls and two caused turnovers, and he was part of a close defense trio that held the Delaware attackmen to just one combined goal in the contest.
The Bison will look to build on that victory when they travel to Bryant on Saturday at 1 p.m.