Football

Patriot League Football Players of the Week Announced (9.30.19)

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Fordham claimed a pair of Patriot League Football weekly awards when the League office announced accolades on Monday.

Junior running back Zach Davis brought home Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week after recording his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with a career-high 146 yards in a 23-16 victory over Richmond. Fordham sophomore linebacker Ryan Greenhagen claimed his third-straight Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor 13 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss (TFLs) against the Spiders.

Lehigh freshman defensive back TyGee Leach was named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week after his blocked punt led to a game-tying field goal in the Mountain Hawks' 10-3 win over Merrimack.

Lafayette freshman linebacker Marco Olivas made a Patriot League season-high 17 tackles against Penn to claim his first Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor. Olivas is the third different Leopard to claim rookie of the week this season.

Bucknell sophomore wide receiver Dominic Lyles, Georgetown senior defensive lineman Khristian Tate and sophomore wide receiver Joshua Tomas, Lafayette freshman quarterback Keegan Shoemaker and Lehigh junior linebacker Erik Slater were selected as honorable mentions for their week five performance.

The Patriot League football players of the week are selected in a vote by League media members and each school's sports information director, who are not eligible to vote for their student-athletes.

2019 Patriot League Football Standings (as of 9.30.19)
School League Overall
Georgetown 0-0 3-1
Fordham 0-0 2-3
Holy Cross 0-0 1-3
Lehigh 0-0 1-3
Bucknell 0-0 0-4
Colgate 0-0 0-5
Lafayette 0-0 0-5

Week 6 Games
Saturday, Oct. 5 Time (all times ET)
Lehigh at Colgate (Stadium/PLN) 1 p.m.
Fordham at Yale (ESPN ) 1 p.m.
Holy Cross at Bucknell (PLN) 2 p.m.
Georgetown at Cornell (ESPN ) 3 p.m.

PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Zach Davis, Fordham, Jr., RB, Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan
*Davis rushed for a career-high 146 yards on 13 carries to help the Rams to a 23-16 win over Richmond.
*The Wallingford, Conn. native averaged 11.2 yards per carry to register his third 100-yard game of the season in addition to catching three passes for 17 yards.
*Davis leads the Patriot League, averaging 102.2 rushing yards per game through five games this season.

PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, So., LB, Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII
*Greenhagen led Fordham's defense with 13 tackles (10 solo) with a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss of 14 yards to earn his third-consecutive defensive player of the week.
*The Sparta, N.J., native helped the Rams hold Richmond to 65 net rushing yards in their 23-16 win.
*He leads the Patriot League with 55 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss.

PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TyGee Leach, Lehigh, Fr., DB, Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep
*Leach's blocked punt in the third quarter gave Lehigh the ball at the Merrimack 16-yard line, setting up the game-tying field goal.
*His blocked punt was the first for a Mountain Hawk since 2017.
*The freshman defensive back also added one tackle.

PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Marco Olivas, Lafayette, Fr., LB, Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge
*Olivas posted a Patriot League season-high 17 tackles (13 solo) and forced one fumble against Penn.
*The freshman linebacker forced the fumble at the Leopards' 3-yard line to keep the Quakers out of the end zone, leading to a Lafayette score on the ensuing drive.
*Olivas is 10th in the Patriot League with 7.2 tackles per game through five games.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Dominic Lyles, Bucknell, So., WR, Washington, D.C./DeMatha Catholic
*Lyles caught eight passes for 108 yards, including a career-long 54-yard reception against No. 23 Princeton.

Joshua Tomas, Georgetown, So., WR, University Park, Ill./Crete-Monee
*Tomas accounted for 206 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 104 receiving yards on six catches to help Georgetown defeat Columbia, 24-10, for its first win over an Ivy League program since 2016.

Keegan Shoemaker, Lafayette, Fr., QB, Prosper, Texas/Prosper
* Shoemaker completed 23-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Leopards' loss to Penn on Saturday. He has thrown for more than 250 yards in three of his four starts.

Erik Slater, Lehigh, Jr., LB, Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Old Tappan
*Slater posted four tackles and a career-high 3.0 sacks for a loss of 19 yards in Lehigh's 10-3 victory against Merrimack. Slater and the Mountain Hawks' defense held Merrimack to negative-25 yards rushing.

Khristian Tate, Georgetown, Sr., DL, Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy
*Tate finished with seven tackles 2.5 tackles for loss of 22 yards, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble in Georgetown's 24-10 win at Columbia.

Offensive Player of the Week
9.2 - Tim DeMorat, Fordham, So., QB
9.9 - Gunther Johnson, Georgetown, Sr., QB
9.16 - Keegan Shoemaker, Lafayette, Fr., QB
9.23 - Joe Gillette, Lafayette, Fr., WR
9.30 - Zach Davis, Fordham, Jr., RB

Defensive Player of the Week
9.2 - Owen Kessler, Georgetown, Jr., LB
9.9 - Liam Doran, Holy Cross, So., LB
9.16 - Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, So., LB
9.23 - Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, So., LB
9.30 - Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, So., LB

Special Teams Player of the Week
9.2 - Sam McCloskey, Lehigh, Gr., DB
9.9 - Derek Ng, Holy Cross, So., K/P
9.16 - Andrew Mevis, Fordham, Jr., K/P
9.23 - Cody Wilkinson, Holy Cross, Sr., K/P
9.30 - TyGee Leach, Lehigh, Fr., DB

Rookie of the Week
9.2 - Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, Fr., LB
9.9 - Keegan Shoemaker, Lafayette, Fr., QB
9.16 - Keegan Shoemaker, Lafayette, Fr., QB
9.23 - Damon Washington, Lafayette, Fr., DL
9.30 - Marco Olivas, Lafayette, Fr., LB

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