SOMERSET, N.J. – After leading their squad to a 1-1 weekend, a pair of Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse seniors have earned weekly recognition from the Northeast Conference, as face-off specialist Danny Manning has been selected the NEC Player of the Week and goalkeeper T.J. Jones has been tabbed the NEC Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. The honor marks the first of Manning's career, while Jones picks up his ninth defensive and 10th overall weekly conference honor.
Manning went a blistering 26-of-37 (70.3%) from the X and added seven ground balls in SJU's games against Monmouth and Drexel this weekend.
In SJU's 6-5 overtime win over Monmouth on Friday, Manning went 13-for-15 for a single-game, career-high percentage of 86.7% to go with four ground balls. The senior won the first 11 face-off possessions of the game that spanned the first, second, and start of the third quarter and won the face-off in overtime that gave the Hawks their final possession en route to their third consecutive win.
In the Hawks' 12-8 loss at Drexel on Sunday, Manning went 13-of-22 from the circle, including 9-of-12 in the first half, and added three ground balls.
Jones made 26 saves in comparison to just 17 goals allowed in SJU's 1-1 weekend.
Against Monmouth on Friday, Jones made 14 saves, his second-highest save total of the season, and allowed just five goals in the full 61:08. It marked the third straight game that Jones had kept his opposition to just five goals.
The senior netminder added 12 saves at Drexel on Sunday to post an 8.42 goals against average and 60.5% save percentage over the course of the weekend.
Jones now ranks fourth in all-time career saves at Saint Joseph's University, with 419, and extends his program-record number for career victories to 29.
Manning, Jones, and the Hawks (3-4) close non-conference action this Saturday, March 18 at Delaware (5-3). Opening face-off at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. is slated for 1:00 p.m.