SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Jacksonville's Hunter Forbes and Air Force's Trent Harper have been named the Southern Conference men's lacrosse offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for all competition thus far in the season. The awards are selected by the league office.
Jacksonville's Forbes had a stellar week at the faceoff X, opening his season with a 19-for-22 performance (86.4 percent) against Navy on Feb. 4 and going 18-for-28 (64.3) against No. 1 Duke on Saturday to put the senior midfielder/faceoff specialist second in NCAA Division I in faceoff percentage with a mark of 74 percent. The Woodstock, Georgia, native also contributed two assists and 13 ground balls in the Dolphins' season-opening victory over the Midshipmen and was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Team of the Week for his efforts. Forbes is second in DI with 10 ground balls per game.
Air Force's Harper averaged six ground balls per game and caused a turnover in the Falcons' opening two games, which came against No. 1 Duke and No. 4 Denver. Against the Blue Devils on Feb. 4, Harper collected 10 ground balls in addition to scoring a goal and going 16-for-26 on faceoffs (61.5 percent). In a snowy contest against the Pioneers on Saturday, the junior faceoff specialist from Birmingham, Alabama, collected two ground balls and caused a turnover in addition to going 9-for-18 in faceoffs against three-time All-American and 2017 Tewaaraton Award finalist Trevor Baptiste, holding Baptiste in single-digit faceoff wins for the first time in his career.
Jacksonville (1-1) returns to action Saturday when it heads to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to take on No. 17 Marquette. Air Force (0-2) heads to Poughkeepsie, New York, to face Marist on Saturday.
Other offensive nominees: Jack Flynn (Air Force), David Williamson (Furman) and Teddy Hatfield (Richmond).
Other defensive nominees: Ryan Beville (Jacksonville) and Jason Reynolds (Richmond).
2018 Southern Conference Men's Lacrosse Players of the Week
Feb. 13 Hunter Forbes, Jacksonville
Feb. 13 Trent Harper, Air Force