PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY), a member of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced today.
Havalchak made 12 saves – six in the decisive fourth quarter – as 12th-ranked Rutgers (1-0) pulled out a 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Delaware last Saturday. After the Scarlet Knights scored twice in the final two minutes to take an 8-7 lead, Havalchak stopped three shots on the Blue Hens’ final possession to preserve the victory.
A two-time ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, Havalchak earned second team All-America honors last year while helping Rutgers to its second straight at-large NCAA Tournament berth. He was one of 15 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top men’s lacrosse player in the country, and is one the 2005 Preseason Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List.
In two years as a starter, Havalchak has 360 career saves with a 7.50 goals-against average. His 360 career saves already ranks ninth in school history. Against Dartmouth last season, he stopped a career-high 22 shots, and also had a 21-save effort in a 14-10 victory over eventual national-champion Syracuse on April 17.
Statistically, Havalchak finished last season as the ECAC leader in goals-against average (7.35), saves (172) and save percentage (.628). Nationally, he ranked fourth in goals-against average and second in save percentage.
Rutgers returns to action on Wednesday, March 9, when it hosts Manhattan at the Rutgers Stadium Complex. Opening face-off is schedule for 3:00 p.m.