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Massa, Pizzano named Navigant Credit Union Athletes of the Week

Photos by Gretchen McMahon (Massa), Chris Hook (Pizzano)
Photos by Gretchen McMahon (Massa), Chris Hook (Pizzano)

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University men’s lacrosse graduate student Kenny Massa (Huntington, N.Y.) and softball senior Gianna Pizzano (Saugus, Mass.) have been selected as the Navigant Credit Union Athletes of the Week for the week ending May 6.

Massa closed out his collegiate career with a dominant performance at the face-off X in Bryant’s NEC semifinal. The Long Island native went 17-of-20 with 12 ground balls in Friday’s game against Robert Morris, as he finished his final season in Black and Gold with a .682 face-off percentage. Massa completes his Bulldog career ranking third in face-off wins (656) and ground balls (394).

Pizzano finished her Bryant career by contributing to a Bulldog victory in her final game Saturday against Central Connecticut. Pizzano homered in Game 1 before a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs in the second game. In the fifth inning of Game 2, Pizzano tagged on Kaleigh Goulart’s sac fly and evaded the tag at the plate for the run-rule walk-off win in a 9-1 victory to close out 2018. Pizzano went 4-for-9 on the week with three RBIs and four runs scored as Bryant went 2-1 in Pizzano's three appearances.

Fans can view the athletes of the week by clicking on the “Athlete of the Week” tab on the BryantBulldogs.com homepage or any team page.