Greenwood, Ind. – Transylvania men's lacrosse sophomore midfielder T.J. Toivonen has been named the Ohio River Men's Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.
Toiovonen, a sophomore from Sherwood, Oregon (Sherwood HS), led the Pioneers defensively in a challenging week logging heavy miles away from Lexington as the Pioneers defeated conference foe Thiel this past Saturday and fell to nationally-ranked Connecticut College this past Wednesday.
In a critical 6-5 win at Thiel on Saturday, Toivonen led the Pioneers with six ground balls and two caused turnovers while orchestrating a 21-for-22 clearance percentage on rides. The Pioneers moved to 2-0 in ORLC play with the road win.
That performance was preceded by a four ground ball and three caused turnover output as the Pioneers fell to Connecticut College, 20-5 in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking on the 20th-ranked team in the nation, Toivonen led a second-half pushback with his physical play as the Pioneers went 18-for-24 on clears.
Toivonen's award is the first player of the week award garnered by a Transylvania men's lacrosse player this season and the first of his career. The sophomore currently ranks second in the ORLC with 14 caused turnovers and eighth in the ORLC in total ground balls with 25.
Toivonen and Transylvania are back on the field this Wednesday, March 21 as the Pioneers host Capital University at Pat Deacon Stadium for a nonconference bout, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Lexington, Kentucky.
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