Kirst and Sisselberger Win Patriot League Weekly Awards
BETHLEHEM, PA. – After an exciting 13:12 win against Army West Point No. 7 on Saturday, the lacrosse juniors Cole Kirst and Mike Sisselberger of the Lehigh men each won weekly awards and, as announced, became the offensive player of the Patriot League and the faceoff- Specialists of the week chosen on Monday. Kirst scored four goals in his career, including the winner with just 2:02, while Sisselberger won 23 of 27 encounters with 14 groundballs.
A tie of 12, Kirst took his fourth home goal to give Lehigh a 13-12 lead in what turned out to be the final. Kirst scored three of Lehigh’s first five goals that day, giving the Mountain Hawks a 6-5 lead at halftime. He also added three groundballs. It was Kirst’s third hat trick in a row.
Saturday marked Sisselberger’s career highs in terms of matches won and won. Stevie Grabher, the Army’s top faceoff specialist (and reigning faceoff specialist of the week in the Patriot League) was only 1-13 against Sisselberger. Sisselberger won all five goals in the first quarter, 12 of 13 in the first half and 15 of the first 16 for the game. He currently leads the nation with 77.6 percent (72.2) while collecting groundballs.
After winning on Saturday, Mountain Hawks are ranked 7th in the Inside Lacrosse / Media poll and 8th in the USILA and Nike / US Lacrosse polls. Lehigh will be home on Saturday at 4pm on ESPN + organize a ranked Navy squad.
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