SOMERSET, N.J. – The 2019 season continues to be a banner campaign for Sacred Heart men's lacrosse defender Joseph Cipoletti as the senior long stick midfielder earned his third Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
�� Official Defensive Player of the Week ��— necmlax (@necmlax) April 22, 2019
�� Joseph Cipoletti, @SHUBigRed
�� Cipoletti reached career highs with 7⃣ caused turnovers and �� ground balls in SHU's 17-9 win over Binghamton. The 7⃣ CT's were the most in the NCAA in a single game this season! pic.twitter.com/vrp8ILN2Zp
With this latest announcement, Cipoletti becomes SHU's first-ever three-time NEC Defensive Player of the Week while his three DPOW award leads all NEC players this season. A landmark achievement for Cipoletti, he becomes the first three-time DPOW honoree in a single-season in the NEC since 2016 when Gunnar Waldt of Bryant won the award five times and T.J. Jones of Saint Joseph's was a three-time honoree.
Tremendous on the defensive end this past week in the Pioneers' lone contest against Binghamton, Cipoletti set a new career-high with seven caused turnovers while he also matched his career-high with eight ground balls in Tuesday's 17-9 home win over the Bearcats. Cipoletti's seven caused turnovers are the most by any NCAA Div. I lacrosse player in a single-game in the 2019 season, while the total is just one off a program record
Cipoletti leads the team in both caused turnovers (36) and ground balls (57) this season as his 36 caused turnovers already rank as the second-highest single-season total in program history. His 3.27 caused turnovers per game rank second in the nation and first in the NEC while his 5.18 ground balls per game is 35th-best in the country, including the sixth-highest total among non-faceoff specialists.
Cipoletti and the Pioneers conclude the regular season with a Saturday NEC road contest at Wagner with the opening faceoff set for 12 PM. A SHU win over the Seahawks would clinch an NEC Tournament berth for the program record third straight season.