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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 3/5/2024, Last updated: 3/5/2024
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Weekly Awards Given to Johns Hopkins, Penn State and Rutgers

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its men’s lacrosse player awards for games played March 2-3.

Offensive Player of the Week

TJ Malone, Penn State

Gr. – A — West Chester, Pa. — The Haverford School

  • Recorded the most points in his five-year career with a nine-point effort in No. 12 Penn State’s 15-14 overtime win over No. 9 Yale on Saturday

  • Finished with five goals and four assists — with four of his tallies coming in the second half — as the Nittany Lions rallied from a 9-2 halftime deficit

  • Leads Penn State in scoring (25 points) and assists (15)

  • Earns Offensive Player of the Week accolade for the second time in his career, having previously been honored on April 11, 2023

  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Matt Traynor (Feb. 13, 2024)

Defensive Player of the Week

Beaudan Szuluk, Johns Hopkins

So. – D — Davidsonville, Md. — Archbishop Spalding

  • Spurred No. 7 Johns Hopkins to a 16-14 win over No. 2 Virginia on the Cavaliers’ home field Saturday

  • Forced a game-high four turnovers as part of a defensive corps that limited Virginia to four second-half goals

  • Gathered five ground balls in the contest to help Johns Hopkins improve to 5-1

  • The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar receives the first weekly defensive award of his career

  • Last Johns Hopkins Defensive Player of the Week: Scott Smith (Feb. 13, 2024)

 Specialist of the Week

Jack Fracyon, Penn State

Jr. – G — Annapolis, Md. — Bullis School

  • Registered 17 saves versus No. 9 Yale in a 15-14 overtime victory for No. 12 Penn State at University Park on March 2

  • Held Yale to four goals in the second half and allowed only one goal over the final 20:26 of the contest

  • Collected five ground balls while facing 56 total shots on the afternoon

  • The 2023 Big Ten Specialist of the Year garners his second career Specialist of the Week honor after being recognized on April 25, 2023

  • Becomes first Penn State player this season to win the award

Freshman of the Week

Colin Kurdyla, Rutgers

Fr. – M — Bridgewater, N.J. — Bridgewater-Raritan HS

  • Produced his second hat trick of the season to lead No. 16 Rutgers past Hofstra, 13-8, on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

  • Netted three goals on five shots as Rutgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never trailed

  • Scored his first collegiate man-down goal giving the Scarlet Knights breathing room to start the second half

  • Marks the third time this season Rutgers has earned the Freshman of the Week award

  • Last Rutgers Freshman recipient: Cardin Stoller (Feb. 27, 2024)

2024 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Weekly Awards

Feb. 6

O: Gannon Matthews, Jr., A, OSU

D: Connor Cmiel, Sr., M, OSU

S: Luke Wierman, Gr., FO, MD

F: Cardin Stoller, Fr., G, RU

Feb. 13

O: Matt Traynor, Jr., M, PSU

D: Scott Smith, Sr., D, JHU

S: Logan Callahan, Jr., FO, JHU

F: Kyle Lehman, Fr., A, PSU

Feb. 20

O: Michael Boehm, Sr., A, MICH

D: Ajax Zappitello, Sr., D, MD

S: Logan McNaney, Gr., G, MD

F: Caleb Fyock, Fr., G, OSU

Feb. 27

O: Eric Spanos, Jr., M, MD

D: Alex Ross, So., D, PSU

S: Luke Wierman, Gr., FO, MD

F: Cardin Stoller, Fr., G, RU

March 5

O: TJ Malone, Gr., A, PSU

D: Beaudan Szuluk, Gr., D, JHU

S: Jack Fracyon, Jr., G, PSU

F: Colin Kurdyla, Fr., M, RU