Perry, N.Y. – The Lynn University lacrosse team picked up another program-first on Wednesday night as freshman Cody Bartusiak was named the USILA/Lids Team Sports Division II National Defensive Player of the Week.
Bartusiak notched his first career Sunshine State Conference weekly honor on Monday before advancing on to the national stage. It marks the first national player of the week award in Lynn lacrosse’s three-year history.
The Arvada, Colo. native had a big showing in the Fighting Knights’ season-finale over the weekend in a 10-6 win over Florida Tech. Bartusiak topped his own school record for caused turnovers in a game with six and tied for the team-lead with four groundballs. His efforts allowed the team to post its first-ever win over the Panthers while the defense limited an opponent to six goals or less for the sixth time this season.
The long-stick midfielder finished the season atop the SSC leaderboard in both total caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game. His 30 caused turnovers this year nearly doubles the previous Lynn single-season school record.
Along with Bartusiak, Alec Dambach out of Chestnut Hill College was named the National Offensive Player of the Week. Dambach had two spectacular games this week, totaling eight goals, four assists, six ground balls, and a caused turnover in contests versus Georgian Court University and Post University.