January 17, 2018
By: Erica Rose
It was only two weeks ago when the Lafayette Men’s Basketball team welcomed in Holy Cross in a Patriot League showdown. That was the first time I was able to witness first hand freshman Alex Petrie. Well it appears that the league has begun to see what I saw, as the 6’3 guard from Virginia was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday. At the Holy Cross contest back on January 2, the freshman set a rookie scoring record with 29 points. His points primarily came from behind the arc that night, making it rain 3’s. Petrie hit 7 of 8 that night. Since then he has not let up. In the teams’ previous three games, he has continued to be an offensive threat; scoring a game high 26 points at Bucknell. He then put up 17 at Army, and 14 at Loyola this past Sunday. On average Petrie is scoring 12.5 points per game, and when I had the opportunity to interview him, he credited his teammates.
Unfortunately his efforts have not been enough for the Leopards who dropped the past three league contests, falling to 2-4. But, while the Leopards continue to look for answers for their up and down year. One thing is for certain: Petrie is a very talented kid, who will have much success in his young career. And if things go right for the Leopards they could potentially have a bright future as well. Along side Petrie is fellow freshman Justin Jaworski, who was also tabbed as Rookie of the Week once back on December 4.
** The Leopards hope to snap their three game losing streak tonight, when they welcome in Navy.