Navy's Wickham, Woeppel cited by Patriot League
Navy senior long-stick midfielder Jaren Woeppel and sophomore goalkeeper R.J. Wickham were named the defensive player and goalie of the week by the Patriot League Tuesday.
Wickham made 27 saves and surrendered just 10 goals in the No. 12 Midshipmen's victories over Lehigh and No. 17 Bucknell last week. Eighteen of those saves came against the Bison in an 8-7 overtime win, and the 18 saves are the second-most of his career after stopping 19 shots in an 8-7 overtime loss to No. 10 Loyola on Feb. 20. Wickham currently ranks second in Division I in save percentage (.679) and sixth in goals-against average (6.69).
Woeppel, the league's preseasion Defensive Player of the Year, surrendered just one goal and zero assists to the pair of opponents he faced last week. Woeppel shut out Lehigh senior attackman Brian Bienemann, caused a season- and team-high three turnovers, and scooped up a season-best four groundballs. Woeppel allowed Bucknell sophomore midfielder Charlie Streep, last season's Patriot League Rookie of the Year, just one goal.