TOWSON, Md. — Sam Morgan (Wilmot, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) and Karl Wiszumerski (Pottstown, Pa./The Hill School) each played a key role in Goucher clinching a playoff spot last week, and their efforts were rewarded by the Landmark Conference this afternoon, with the tandem recognized as the league's Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Morgan set a new career-high with four goals in Goucher's 14-5 victory over Catholic last Thursday, moving him into the team lead with 21 goals overall this season. Three of his tallies against the Cardinals came in the first five minutes of the third quarter, helping the Gophers open up a commanding 11-2 advantage.
The junior attackman also added his 10th assist of 2014 in the win. This is the second time in Morgan's career that he has been recognized by the Landmark Conference. His first offensive POTW award came last April after lifting Goucher to an overtime win at Scranton.
Wiszumerski also earned his second career conference award, both of which have come this year. The junior goalkeeper stopped seven shots in just over 46 minutes of play on Thursday before giving way to Peter Hayes (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) for the majority of the fourth quarter.
His save percentage of 77.8 percent was his second-highest of the season, behind only an 80 percent effort in Goucher's win over Drew on March 29, a performance which earned him his first weekly honor. Wiszumerski currently has 85 saves on the season to go along with an 8.11 goals-against average. He has held Landmark opponents to two goals in three separate outings in 2014.
The Gophers return to the field at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday for their regular season finale against Scranton. After securing a playoff spot with their win over Catholic, Goucher can clinch the No. 1 overall seed with a victory next weekend at Gopher Stadium. Both teams will enter the contest with 4-1 records in conference play, placing them in a three-way tie with Susquehanna.