Nichtern, Hudgins Lead Army in League Postseason Honors
Cows Brendan Nichtern and Marcus Hudgins led the Patriot League men's lacrosse postseason awards as the pair were recipients of two of the major awards given out May 4. Nichtern was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and Hudgins earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as well.
The pair were also joined by Bobby Abshire on the All-Patriot League First Team, while Gunner Philipp, Kyle Beyer and Wyatt Schupler earned second team accolades.
“Marcus and Brendan have been outstanding this season and I am pleased that the Patriot League coaches voted them as the Defensive and Offensive player of the year,” head coach Joe Alberici said. “They are both so deserving of this distinction. Both being tremendous team players, I am certain they see these individual awards as a collaborative effort of all of their teammates. They are both tremendous competitors and the fact that they compete against each other every day in practice has excelled their individual development.”
The four-time 2021 offensive player of the week, Nichtern finished the regular-season averaging 2.30 goals per game, 2.80 assists per game and 5.10 points per game. Nichtern's assists and points per game ranks first in the Patriot League this season. The cow has scored 72 goals and dished 105 assists for 177 points to go with 47 ground balls in his three seasons at Army.
“Brendan has been our go-to player for all three of his remarkable seasons in a Black Knight uniform,” Alberici said. “His continual improvement, unselfish play and leadership has made this season his best thus far. He is intelligent, skilled and has great vision making him a handful for opposing defenses.”
Hudgins wrapped up the regular-season picking up 30 ground balls and nabbing 20 caused turnovers in 10 starts. He averaged 2.00 caused turnovers per game this season to rank tied for 10th nationally, all while guarding the opponent's top offensive threat each week. Hudgins was named defensive player of the week on April 12 after collecting a team-high and season-best six ground balls and two caused turnovers in the 12-7 win over Loyola Maryland. Read more.