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Lenoir-Rhyne swept the weekly men's lacrosse awards as Toron Eccleston was named the offensive player of the week, Nate Ashely was named the defensive player of the week, and Rob Pensabene was named the specialist player of the week.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Sweeps SAC Players of the Week Award

The South Atlantic Conference announced its Varsity Gems Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Week for games played in the eleventh week of the 2023 season. Lenoir-Rhyne swept the awards as Toron Eccleston was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Nate Ashely was named the Defensive Player of the Week, and Rob Pensabene was named the Specialist Player of the Week.

Eccleston, a senior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada scored the second-most goals in a single game in program history with seven against Anderson on Wednesday and came back with four goals against Limestone on Saturday. He had 11 goals and an assist to go with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Ashley, a junior from Bradenton, Fla., had six caused turnovers in two games including four against Anderson on Wednesday night. He added five ground balls to lead the Bears to wins over two nationally ranked opponents.

Pensabene, a junior from Mount Laurel, N.J., earned a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents and broke a program record with 22 saves against Limestone on Saturday night. He made two crucial saves at the end of regulation and in the start of overtime to allow Lenoir-Rhyne the chance to score the game-winning goal. Pensabene made 38 saves in the two games and saved over 60 percent.

2023 SAC Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 6 – Matthew Rodgers, Anderson
Feb. 13 – Matthew Rodgers, Anderson
Feb. 20 – Logan Gaddis, Anderson
Feb. 27 – Rhodes Conroy, Lincoln Memorial
March 6- Willie Grieco, Wingate
March 13 – Toron Eccleston, Lenoir-Rhyne
March 20 – Radyn Badraun, Anderson
March 27 – Garrett Hawkins, Anderson
April 3 – Willie Grieco, Wingate
April 10 – Zachary Terry, Limestone
April 17 – Toron Eccleston, Lenoir-Rhyne

Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 6 – Peyton Farley, Wingate
Feb. 13 – Peyton Jefferson, Anderson
Feb. 20 – Chase Robertson, Anderson
Feb. 27 – Tyler Shea, Lincoln Memorial
March 6- Joe Karnich, Wingate
March 13 – Victor Powell, Lenoir-Rhyne
March 10 – Peyton Jefferson, Anderson
March 27 – Michael Rodgers, Lincoln Memorial
April 3 – Jack Travassos, Newberry
April 10 – Nate Ashley, Lenoir-Rhyne
April 17 – Nate Ashley, Lenoir-Rhyne

Specialist of the Week
Feb. 6 – Cam Weeks, Anderson
Feb. 13 – Cam Weeks, Anderson
Feb. 20 – Cam Weeks, Anderson
Feb. 27- Dylan Rupprecht, Wingate
March 6 – Johnny Caponi, Wingate
March 13 – Johnny Caponi, Wingate
March 20 – Hunter Klosterman, Anderson
March 27 – Hunter Klosterman, Anderson
April 3 – Johnny Caponi, Wingate
April 10 – James Kotcamp, Wingate
April 17 – Rob Pensabene, Lenoir-Rhyne