SOMERSET, N.J. – For the third time this season, Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse freshman Zach Cole has been recognized by the league for his work at the X as the face-off specialist has been tabbed the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

Cole went 16-for-23 (70.0 percent) with 11 ground balls to lead the Hawks to their 14-6 win over Wagner in Saturday's regular-season home finale. The Mount Laurel, N.J. native won nine possessions in the first half and seven in the second.

For the season, Cole has now gone 160-for-253 (63.2 percent) from the X with 95 ground balls.

Cole and the Hawks head to Mount St. Mary's for the NEC regular-season finale this Saturday, April 27. Opening face-off it set for 1:00 p.m. in Emmitsburg, Md.

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