For the third time this season, Navy starting attackman Henry Tolker (Fr / Catonsville, Md.) has been named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, while Pat Ryan (Jr / Groton, Mass.) has been named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Goalkeeper of the Week it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Tolker is the 16th different Navy player to earn rookie-of-the-week honors since the Mids joined the Patriot League in 2004 and the only Navy player to win the award three times. Ryan, meanwhile, is a first-time recipient of the award and the eighth different Navy player to be selected since it was established in 2007.
Alongside teammate Max Hewitt (So / M / Denver, Colo.), Tolker paced Navy with 4 points with 3 goals and an assist in the Mids’ 13-6 win over Bucknell last Friday night. It was his fifth hat trick of the season, tying Navy leading scorer Patrick Skalniak (Jr / M / Dallas, Texas) for the most this season. With his team-high tying 4-point performance against the Bison, he became just the 14th freshman in program history to reach the 30-point milestone. Navy’s fourth-leading scorer with 31 points (22G, 9A), he is tied with Christian Daniel (2018) and Dave Pittard (2001) on the Mids’ all-time freshman scorers list. Additionally, he is tied with Jack Ray (2015) and Brendan Schneck (1977) for 10th on the freshman goals scored list with 22 and needs just 1 assist to tie for 10th on the freshman assists list.
Ryan had one of his best games between the pipes where he made 16 saves and allowed just 5 goals for a career-best 76.2 save percentage. The 16 saves were just 1 shy of equaling his career high of 17 against Loyola earlier this season. Ryan spearheaded a defense that shut down the high powered Bucknell offense that came into the contest ranked #3 nationally (14.62 goals / gm). Navy held the Bison to more than 8 goals under their average, while the 6 goals scored by Bucknell were its fewest since last season. Ryan played a pivotal role in holding Bucknell to just a single goal over the final 24:32 while the Mids scored 8 goals over that stretch. He faced 13 shots and made 7 saves between their fifth goal and when he was relieved at the 1:56 mark in the fourth quarter. Additionally, he stymied the Bison in the second quarter, turning away 6 of their 15 shots.
Navy (9-5, 5-3 Patriot League) will be back in action on Tuesday night when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to face fourth-seeded Lehigh (7-6, 5-3 Patriot League) in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals. Action is slated to begin at 7:00 pm at Ulrich Sports Complex. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+, while Pete Medhurst will handle the radio call on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM.
### Go Navy ###