SOMERSET, N.J. – Bryant University men's lacrosse graduate student Kenny Massa (Huntington, N.Y.) has been selected as Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the week ending April 8, as announced Monday by the NEC office.
Massa posted a 13-of-15 (.867) showing at the face-off X in Saturday's 8-3 win over Wagner that clinched a spot in the NEC tournament for the Black and Gold. Massa won all five face-offs he took in the fourth quarter and collected 11 ground balls in Bryant's fourth-straight win.
For the year, Massa ranks second nationally in ground balls per game (12.00) and third in face-off percentage (.707). The Long Island native has had the upper hand on face-offs in 10 of 11 games this season and is one of just four players nationally with a single-game face-off percentage of .950 or better, going 23-of-24 in the March 10 game against Drexel. The NEC weekly honor is the second this season for Massa.
Bryant is 6-5 overall and 4-0 in the NEC entering Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Bulldogs travel to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph's. The game can be seen on NEC Front Row. Bryant is receiving votes in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls this week.