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Apr 15, 2014 10:00 AM by Jordan Mason

Colorado College men's lacrosse: SCAC honors Steedman, Petersilge

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado College's Zach Steedman and Stephen Petersilge were named players of the week by the Southern Collegiate Athletics Conference for their performances during last Saturday's 26-0 victory over Centenary College.

Steedman grabbed the defensive honor for the second time in his career while Petersilge scored his first offensive award.

Steedman steered aside all four shots he faced during the first half to improve to 17-0 all time in SCAC contests. He also lowered his career goals-against average to 3.36 and improved his saves percentage to .620 in conference games.

It marked the second time in his career that Steedman was part of a shutout victory. His first shared whitewashing occurred on April 8, 2011, when he made three saves during 36:42 in goal as the Tigers blanked Millsaps College, 28-0.

The most memorable part of the game occurred in the second half when Steedman struck for three goals and set up another. He became the first CC goaltender to find the net since April 7, 2007, when Chris Shopneck scored during a 14-7 loss to Denison University.

"I think it was a day he'll always remember," head coach Sean Woods said. "He's been bugging me to put him on the attack and it was fun to watch. He's worked really hard and stuck with it, so it was nice to reward him with a few goals."

Petersilge recorded season highs of six goals and three assists, and his nine points were the most in a game for a Colorado College player since Jake Smith recorded five goals and five assists in a 25-2 victory at Millsaps College on April 22, 2012.

The first-year attackman factored in on three of CC's first four tallies, scoring twice and setting up another. He struck for three more goals during the second period and another in the third before setting up a pair by Steedman during the fourth quarter.

With his second multiple-goal game of the season, Petersilge climbed into third place on the team with 18 points, and into a tie for third with 11 goals and seven assists.

"We've always had a lot of faith in Stephen," Woods said. "He's had an up-and-down year because of injuries, but he's been working really hard in practice and pushing the starting unit. His performance on Saturday was pretty impressive."

Colorado College puts its six-game winning streak on the line when Colorado Mesa University visits Washburn Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.



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