Bay Area Athlete of the Week: Brendan Newland

Posted on March 14, 2011 by

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Jam-packed weekend gave rise to many candidates for the coveted 756sports’ Bay Area Athlete of the Week award. It could have been given to Rob Emery for scoring two goals in UVA’s 11-9 win over the Big Red. Emery tied the game at 7-7 in third quarter by putting the ball where mama keeps the cookie jar: top shelf. After Lang took a penalty, Rob capitalized by switching planes and bouncing  a shot by Cornell goalie AJ Fiore who finished with 10 saves. Searching for redemption, Lang responded 15 seconds later by driving through the heart of UVA’s defense and finishing up top to close the gap to 11-9. Too little too late though as that was Cornell’s final tally for the game.

(game highlights can be seen here http://virginiasportstv.com/?SPSID=88761&SPID=10601&DB_OEM_ID=17800&load=lacrossemen&v=3344&f=.mov)

Despite Emery’s efforts, the Bay Area athlete of the week is given for more than two time and room shots. Brendan Newland from Piedmont High School came up big on all fronts this weekend for Trinity College. First, he guaranteed a win  and beer would be provided for Saturday’s contest and he was true to his word with a 14-9 victory that was as fresh as the brew he bought for the fans. The senior captain led a defensive-effort that shut down the #10 team in the nation like Charlie Sheen at an open bar. In fact, the defense almost scored more goals than they gave up. Senior defenseman, Ryan Moriarity, opened the scoring with the first goal of his career on a great individual effort off a clear. He would add another on the front end of back to back goals by Trinity in the third quarter to extend the lead to 8-5.  Alex Bertles, a defensive midfielder, recorded the back end of those goals to become the second Trinity d-middie to score in the game. In the second quarter, Newland came down off a clear, dodged to his right and sent a low to high bounce shot into the back of the net. The goals from the defense spurred Trin’s attack to get involved in the action as Jeff Hebert and Rob Nogueras added three goals a piece to spearhead the 14 goal outburst. Connecticut College desperately tried to stop the upset but they were unable to score during a twenty minute stretch in the 3rd and 4th quarters that saw the score change from 8-7 nail-biter to an all-over-but-shouting 13-7 Trinity lead. Newland’s tenacious d and leadership helped goalie Peter Johnson to have a game-high 11 saves and establish Trinity as a team to contend with in the NESCAC.

(To see how the other NESCAC teams fare, go to http://nescac.com/sports/mlax/2010-11/reports/NESCAC_MLAX_031411.pdf)

-TK

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