Ptasinksi, Hinrichs Named Academic All-Patriot League
March 4, 2014
The Academic All-Patriot League Team honors student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom, and the size equals the sport's first-team All-Patriot League composition. Sports information directors, who cannot vote for their own student-athletes, select the award winners. Student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve.
It is the second straight selection for Ptasinski who achieved Academic All-Patriot League status in 2012-13. Ptasinski maintains a 3.49 cumulative GPA while majoring in Biology. Ptasinski, who is averaging 11.6 points per game, is coming off an 18-point performance at Loyola on Monday when he helped lead the Leopards to an 84-71 win and a berth in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals.
The junior sharpshooter hit five three-pointers in the Leopards' win at Loyola to give him 176 for his career which places him fifth in Lafayette history. For his career, Ptasinski shoots 42.2 percent from long range, the fifth best mark in school history. This season Ptasinski has played in all 30 games, with 22 starts, and has career-bests in points per game (11.6) and field goal percentage (48.2%).
Hinrichs, who was an All-Patriot League Third-Team selection despite missing 11 games with a knee injury, gives Lafayette two of the five spots on the Academic All-Patriot League Team. The Patriot League's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage at 45.0 percent, Hinrichs is Lafayette's leading scorer (16.6 ppg) and rebounder (5.9 rpg). He is coming off a 22-point performance at Loyola, his top scoring output since notching 28 points on two occasions prior to his knee injury. He has 15 career 20-point outings to his credit and ranks 31st in career scoring with 1,089 points. Hinrichs also ranks 10th in career three-pointers (154) at Lafayette.
The junior tandem will take the conference's second-best scoring offense (71.9 ppg) to New England on Wednesday when the Leopards battle No. 1 seed Boston Univ. in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on the Patriot League Network.