April 1, 2013
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Air Force sophomore Kyle O'Brien has been named the ECAC Lacrosse League Co-Defensive Player of the Week, as released by the league today. It marks the second career weekly award for O'Brien, who earned Rookie of the Week honors last season, and his first this year.
O'Brien, a native of Denver, Colo., was among Air Force's defensive leaders this past week, recording a team-high 12 ground balls (including seven at Michigan) and three caused turnovers in two games. His caused turnover versus fourth-ranked Denver came at a crucial time, as it set up one last offensive opportunity for the Falcons, who were able to score the game-tying goal which forced overtime. In Air Force's win against Michigan on Saturday, O'Brien scored his third point of the year, an assist to Bryan Price, which capped off a 9-0 run by the Falcons.
Sharing defensive player of the week honors with O'Brien was Loyola's Reid Acton, while Wesley Berg of Denver was named the offensive player of the week. Michigan's Chase Brown earned rookie of the week honors, while Bellarmine's Bobby Schmitt was tabbed the specialist of the week.
Air Force is back in action this weekend, April 6, for a non-conference contest at Mercer.