Mar 25, 2014 1:00 PM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado College claimed both weekly men's lacrosse awards from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the third time this season after the Tigers won all three of their games last week.
Jack Kreitler was named Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore goaltender Chase Murphy received the defensive award after leading the Tigers to victories over Babson College (11-5), Otterbein University (8-7) and Southwestern University (14-5).
Kreitler struck for six goals and added a pair of assists during the three contests. He began the week with two goals and two assists during Wednesday's win against Babson College. Two days later in a game with NCAA Tournament implications, Kreitler scored once against Otterbein.
The senior midfielder completed the week by scoring three times in the first period to lead the Tigers to a 14-5 victory over Southwestern in a non-conference game. He reached the 100-point mark on his second tally with 6:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Kreitler, who has five multiple-goal games this season, leads the Tigers with 15 goals and 23 points, and is tied for first with eight assists.
"Jack has been really unselfish this year," head coach Sean Woods said. "He's looking for the extra pass where in the past he might have taken a shot. Against Southwestern, we wanted to get some separation early and Jack showed a lot of leadership by putting the ball in the net. He had a great shooting week."
The SCAC weekly is the first of Kreitler's career.
Murphy stopped 31 of 44 shots on goal during his 145:09 in net last week. He made a season-high 16 saves to help CC defeat Babson on Wednesday, stopping double-digit shots for the fourth time this season and the 11th time in his career.
After surrendering three first-period goals against Otterbein University, Murphy steered aside nine of the next 13 shots on goal to help Colorado College record an 8-7 victory against one of the teams it is competing against for a 'Pool B' selection to the NCAA Tournament.
He finished his week by allowing just one goal on seven shots during 25:09 in net against Southwestern.
"There's no doubt in my mind that he's one of the best goalies in the country," Woods said. "Now that he's got through a nagging injury from earlier in the season, I feel like he's back to his All-America ability."
Murphy received the SCAC weekly award for the second time this season and the fifth time in his career.
Colorado College is idle until Wednesday, April 2, when the Tigers play host to Adams State University visits Washburn Field at 7 p.m.
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