(Photo by Kevin Schoonover)
ATLANTA – For coming up with clutch goals in Florida’s weekend sweep of ranked teams, Gators junior attackman James Dugan has been named the MCLA Division I Warrior Player of the Week for the period ending March 6.
Florida started the weekend with a Friday night matchup on the road against No. 6 Georgia Tech and the Baltimore, Md., product scored two goals and set up a third. Dugan’s final goal of the game proved to be the game-winner in the 10-9 upset.
On Saturday, the Gators matched up with No. 24 Michigan State. After trailing for much of the game, Dugan brought Florida level with the Spartans late in the fourth quarter, allowing his team to win it in overtime. He also dished out an assist.
For the weekend, Dugan had three goals and two assists.
“Dugan is an impact player for us in many facets of the game,” said Florida coach Garrett Hanrahan. “The goals and assists jump out on paper, of course, and he currently leads our team in goals and total points. But, when you look closer and review the tape, you see that his effect on the game is bigger than simply putting points on the board.
“He rides hard and scraps for ground balls. He has an excellent sense for the flow of the game, he knows when to calm things down and when to push the tempo. He works to get open for his teammates in the clearing game and is sure-handed when they send the ball his way.
“He delivers in big moments, and he radiates a confidence that spreads in the huddle.”
For his efforts earning the Warrior Player of the Week, Dugan will receive a Warrior Burn XP-O – a $100 value – for his efforts. Warrior is a proud sponsor of the MCLA.
Warrior Honor Roll
Justin Bodie, Midfield – Kansas
The Jayhawks won a shootout over Arkansas and the Littleton, Colo., native led the way a six pack of goals.
Preston Burbidge, Midfield – Utah Valley
The four-year captain from Salt Lake City had four goals and nine assists in the Wolverines victory over Southern Utah.
Alex Houk, Midfield – Florida State
The Seminoles picked up a key divisional win over Central Florida thanks to four goals and three assists from the Vero Beach native.
Danny Moorhead, FOGO – Auburn
In the Tigers’ victory over LSU, the Lake Forest, Ill, native won 21-of-23 faceoffs while also vacuuming up nine ground balls.
Jason Moreta, Attack – Boise State
The Broncos split against Oregon and Oregon State thanks to play of the California kid. Moreta combined for nine goals and three assists.
Alex Sahli, Midfield – Missouri
In the Tigers’ 3-0 sweep this weekend, the Minneapolis middie combined for seven goals and three assists along with the OT game-winner against Bama.
Aidan Smith, Attack – Virginia Tech
The Potomac Falls, Va., product’s sophomore season rumbles on as he scored four goals and dished out three assists in the Hokies upset of Arizona.
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