ATLANTA – After a huge performance at the MCLA tournament that helped Chapman win its first national championship, sophomore midfielder Dylan Garner has earned Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour for the period ending May 14.
During the course of the four games, Garner amassed 15 goals and dished out six assists for a staggering 21 points. The Portland, Ore., product torched Purdue for six goals and Arizona for eight points (5g, 3a) before dishing out an assist against Georgia Tech in the semifinals.
In the championship game, Garner scored four goals and set up two others, factoring in on two-thirds of the Panthers output in the 9-5 victory.
“Dylan is one of the nicest human beings you'll ever meet with a huge heart, however he has a competitive fire and ability to beat his man one-on-one that most players don't have,” said Chapman coach Dallas Hartley. “As an example, after our scoreless first quarter against Cal Poly, he said ‘I have a matchup I'm going to start going at early in possessions and I think it will be a positive thing, is that alright?’ We said, ‘Yes!’ He said, ‘OK, thank you.’ He’s a true gem of a young man who has to be the politest player capable of dropping five to 10 points a game.”
For his efforts in earning the Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour, Garner received a new Under Armour Command Head. Under Armour is the proud sponsor of the MCLA.
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Griffin Carney, Soph., Boston College – The Eagles couldn’t get past the quarterfinals through no fault of Carney’s. The faceoff savant won 29-of-35 draws (82.9 winning percentage) in games against Arizona and Grand Canyon.
Dean Fairall, Sr., Grand Canyon – The Lopes weren’t able to repeat, but Fairall went out with a strong performance. He went for three goals and three assists in a quarterfinal win over Boston College before notching a hat trick against Cal Poly in the semis.
A.J. Guralas, Fr., Cal Poly – The rookie piled up eight goals and two assists helping the Mustangs advance to the championship game for the second time in program history. His four goals and assist against Colorado accounted for half the Cal Poly production in that contest.
Matthew Sommerfeldt, Sr., Georgia Tech – The Yellow Jackets advanced to the semifinals for the first time in program history thanks to Sommerfeldt’s word between the pipes. He had a 62.7 save percentage and a 6.3 goals against average in three games.