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Five Terps pick up USILA All-America honors

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Four members of the University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team were named first team USILA All-Americans and another was selected to the second team, which were announced Thursday.

Senior goalie Niko Amato, senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt and junior defender Goran Murray all earned first team honors, while junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa was a second team selection.

Amato, a native of Conshohocken, Pa., earns his third All-America award after ranking fourth in the nation with a 7.23 goals against average and eighth with a .566 save percentage. The 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the first goalie to ever be a four-time All-ACC selection, Amato is just the second Maryland goalie to guide his team to three Final Four berths and has started all 66 games of his collegiate career. He is also just the fifth goalie in Maryland history to earn All-America honors three times during his career and is the first during the NCAA tournament era.

Chanenchuk, a native of Poquott, N.Y., earns his third overall All-America award and second as a Terp after leading the team in goals for the second straight season and also leading the team in points and assists. The senior, who has 13 points in the Terps two NCAA tournament games this season, is also tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals this year.

Ehrhardt, a native of Westbury, N.Y., earns his second All-America honor after leading the Maryland defense to a No. 1 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 7.0 goals per game. Ehrhardt ranks second overall and first among non-faceoff men on the team with 64 groundballs and leads the squad with 28 caused turnovers. Ehrhardt has also been a factor in Maryland’s transition offense, scoring two goals and adding two assists. This is Ehrhardt’s first All-America honor as a long pole. He earned second team honors in 2013 as a close defenseman.

Murray, a native of Merion Station, Pa., earns his third All-America honor after helping the Terrapin defense rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense. He has 17 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers for the season. Murray is just the 10th defender in the 89-season history of Maryland men’s lacrosse to earn All-America honors three times.

Raffa, a native of Syosset, N.Y., earns his first All-America honor after posting one of the finest seasons ever for a Maryland faceoff man. Raffa ranks second in the nation with a .678 faceoff winning percentage and is 11th in the country in groundballs per game at 7.71. He has totaled 108 groundballs heading into the NCAA semifinals, which is the sixth-most groundballs in a single season for a Terp since 1981 when groundballs were first officially kept. Raffa has also scored five goals and added one assist this season.

The four first team selections mark the most for a Terrapin team since 1976 when Mike Farrell, Ed Mullen, Roger Tuck and Frank Urso were first team honorees.

The No. 7-seeded Terps face No. 6 seed Notre Dame on Saturday, May 24, in the Final Four in Baltimore. The Terps/Fighting Irish match-up will be the second game of the Saturday doubleheader that features No. 1 Duke meeting No. 5 Denver in the first game at 1 p.m.

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Hopkins has five players pick up USILA All-America honors

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2014 USILA All-America Team it was announced today. Senior defenseman Jack Reilly (Niskayuna, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) and junior long stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino (Oakdale, NY/Connetquot) both earned second team honors, while junior attackman Wells Stanwick (Baltimore, MD/Boys’ Latin), sophomore attackman Ryan Brown (Sykesville, MD/Calvert Hall) and sophomore midfielder Holden Cattoni (De Winton, Alberta/West Island College) all earned honorable mention status. This is the 11th time in head coach Dave Pietramala’s 14 seasons that Johns Hopkins has produced five or more All-Americans.

Reilly and Pellgrino anchored a Johns Hopkins defense that held 11 of 16 opponents to nine goals or less and surrendered an average of 8.94 goals per game. Reilly started all 16 games on close defense for the Blue Jays and totaled 20 ground balls, six caused turnovers and one goal. This is the first time Reilly has been selected as an All-American and he routinely drew the assignment of covering the opposition’s top attackman. He was the only returning starter among JHU’s goalie and three close defensemen this season.

Pellegrino, the first Johns Hopkins junior to serve as a captain since Jake Bryne in 2006, played in all 16 games at the pole and had 27 ground balls, a team-high 13 caused turnovers, three goal and two assists. Pellegrino was the only non-senior long stick defensive middie to earn first, second or third team honors and one of just two non-seniors among the six LSMs honored.

Stanwick is Johns Hopkins’ only repeat selection to the All-America team as he makes his second appearance on the honorable mention listing. He led the Blue Jays in scoring with 23 goals and 44 points for 67 points. His 44 assists are the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Jack Thomas had 45 in 1973. In addition, his 67 points are the most by a Blue Jay since Terry Riordan had 69 in 1995 and are tied for the 11th-highest single-season mark in school history.

Brown made the seamless transition back to his natural position of attack this season. He tied for the team-lead in goals (40), finished second in points (54) and fourth in assists (14). His 40 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins sophomore since Terry Riordan had 47 in 1993 and he is just the fourth sophomore in school history to score 40 or more goals in a season. He netted a career high eight goals against Syracuse early this season; that is the second-highest single-game total in school history, surpassed only by a nine-goal effort by William Logan against Virginia in 1927.

Cattoni rounds out Johns Hopkins’ All-Americans with his nod to the honorable mention listing. He scored 29 goals and added six assists for 35 points to rank third on the team in goals and fourth in points. He led all Johns Hopkins midfielders in goals and points. Cattoni, the only player on the team to score at least one goal in all 16 games this season, had eight multi-goal games and nine multi-point games to his credit this season. His 29 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins midfielder since Brian Christopher had 30 in 2009.

Johns Hopkins posted an 11-5 record and made its 42nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before being eliminated.

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UMBC attackman Gregoire named USILA All-American

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Perry, N.Y. – UMBC attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was selected as a 2014 United States Lacrosse Association All-American, as the teams were announced today.

The attackman earned honorable mention honors after setting a UMBC single-season goals record with 48 scored in his senior campaign. He broke the mark of 47, recorded by attackman Jason Smith in 1992.

Gregoire earned America East First Team honors on the attack, alongside USILA First Team All-Americans Lyle and Miles Thompson of America East foe Albany.

Through games ending May 18, Gregoire stands third in the nation with 3.20 goals scored per game and 18th in the country with 3.80 points per contest.

The fifth-year senior, who earned his first undergraduate degree in political science in 2013, finished his career with 96 goals, which is tied for 12th place on UMBC’s all-time list.  He became the 31st Retriever to reach the 100-point plateau and amassed a total of 113 points – tied for 22nd on the school’s list.

Notes: Gregoire became UMBC’s 31st All-American at the NCAA Division I level and the 13th Retriever attackman to earn the honor… The two-year team captain is the first Retriever to earn the citation since Kyle Wimer was honored in 2010.

Pronunciation Note: Gregoire is pronounced greg-WAHR

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Five Blue Jays nab All-American honors

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins senior defenseman Tucker Durkin was named a First Team USILA All-American on Thursday and four other Blue Jays were named to the team as well. Joining Durkin were senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton, who grabbed second team honors, and senior goalie Pierce Bassett, senior defenseman Chris Lightner and sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick, who all earned honorable mention status.

Durkin earned his third straight All-America honor as he nabbed second team honors as a sophomore and first team honors last season, when he was also named the William C. Schmeisser Award recipient as the nation’s top defensive player. This season he led a Johns Hopkins unit that ranks third nationally in scoring defense (7.79). Durkin led the team in caused turnovers (16) and finished fifth in ground balls (32) while regularly drawing the assignment of marking the opposition’s top attackman. While matchups can change throughout a game, the three attackmen he primarily marked in his final three games combined for a total of just two assists in that time.

Durkin is the first Johns Hopkins defenseman since Michael Evans (2007-09) to earn All-America honors three times, the first since Rob Doerr (1998-99) to earn First Team All-America honors in back-to-back seasons and the first to earn first and second team honors a combined three times since Dave Pietramala grabbed first team honors from 1987-89.

Poppleton is making his first appearance on the All-America team with his second team selection. He won 161-of-235 (.685) faceoffs this season and grabbed a team-high 89 ground balls. He ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 15th in ground balls per game (6.85). His .685 winning percentage is a Johns Hopkins single-season record, while his 161 faceoffs won are the eighth-highest single-season total in JHU history. He finishes his career having won 351-of-545 (.644) faceoffs and is the school record-holder in career faceoff winning percentage.

Bassett is also making his third appearance on the All-America team after earning second team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention status last season. He posted a 7.59 goals against average and a .604 save percentage this season and currently ranks fourth in the nation in GAA and third in save percentage. His .604 save percentage is the best at Johns Hopkins and the first above 60% since 2005, when Jesse Schwartzman posted a .626 mark. He is the first Johns Hopkins goalie to earn All-America honors three times since Brian Carcaterra turned the trick from 1998-2000.

Lightner is making his first appearance on the team as well after enjoying a strong final season at Homewood. He teamed with Durkin to give the Blue Jays one of the most experienced and effective defensive tandems in the nation. Lightner started all 13 games he played in this season and had a career-high 36 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. His 36 ground balls ranked third on the team, while he was fourth in caused turnovers.

Stanwick took over as the leader of the Blue Jay offense and led the team in scoring with 24 goals and 23 assists for 47 points. He had 11 multi-point games to his credit and had seven games with four points or more on the year. Stanwick is the first sophomore attackman at Johns Hopkins to earn All-America honors since Kyle Wharton in 2009 and he currently ranks fourth in the nation in shooting percentage (.500).

 

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Fletcher, Ratliff lead seven Greyhounds with All-America honors

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Fletcher, Ratliff Lead Seven Greyhounds With All-America Honors

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse defender Joe Fletcher became the first Greyhounds player to earn United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America First Team honors since 2001 on Thursday morning when he was one of seven Loyola players named to the various All-America teams.

Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned Second Team recognition, while attackers Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward, midfielders Davis Butts and Josh Hawkins and defender Reid Acton earned honorable mention.

Loyola’s seven honorees match Duke University and the University of Maryland for the most from any NCAA Division I school this year. It also matches the program high that was set in 1998 and matched in 1999 and 2012.

All but Ward are repeat All-Americans after earning the honors last year, and Sawyer is the school’s first three-time All-American since David Metz received honors from 1999-2001.

Fletcher cemented his status as one of the top defenders in the nation this year by continuing to be among the best one-on-one defenders in the game. He led all ECAC Lacrosse League close defenders in ground balls with 64, and he was also credited with 17 caused turnovers.

An honorable mention All-American and member of the NCAA All-Tournament team last year, Fletcher continued his momentum this year by picking up at least two ground balls in all 16 of the Greyhounds contests. Fletcher is also recognized as a leader on the Loyola campus outside of lacrosse; he was recently named one of 14 members of the 2013-2014 Green and Grey Society, a group of student leaders that excel inside and out of the classroom who are student liaisons to the Loyola administration.

Ratliff garnered Second Team recognition this year after earning Third Team honors last season. A USILA Scholar All-American this year, Ratliff led Loyola in two defensive and possession categories, picking up 77 ground balls while causing 29 turnovers.

He continued to make his mark on the offensive end, as well, as he broke his own school record for goals in a season by a long-pole player, scoring 14 this year after tallying 12 in 2012. Ratliff set the modern-day collegiate record for goals in a game by a long-pole with four against Fairfield. He wrapped up his career with 30 goals and 14 assists, and he is second all-time at Loyola with 88 career caused turnovers and seventh with 217 ground balls.

Sawyer earned All-America honors for the third-straight year after leading the Greyhounds with 36 goals this year; he added seven assists for 43 points. Sawyer concluded his Loyola career with 128 goals, the second-most in school Division I history, and his 154 points are eighth in that category.

Ward had a breakout season on attack for the Greyhounds and was the team’s leading point-scorer with 62. He led the team in assists with 35 while also scoring 27 goals. In a late February game against UMBC, Ward became the first Loyola player since Tim Goettelmann in 2000 to score 10 points in a game, and he also had seven goals in the contest, the most by a Greyhound since Gavin Prout had that many in a 2001 outing.

Butts was the primary focus of opponent defensive midfields during the season, routinely drawing the long-pole assignment while leading the Greyhounds’ first midfield. He finished the year with eight goals and 11 assists, and he finished with 43 career goals and 30 assists.

Hawkins continued to be one of the best short-stick defensive midfielders in the game, recording 25 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers in just nine games this season. He also had a career-best season in transition scoring, posting 11 goals and two assists in those nine contests. During his four years at Loyola, Hawkins posted 26 goals and nine assists for 35 points; his 172 ground balls are 14th in school Division I history, and his 34 caused turnovers are tied for fifth.

Acton was a three-year starter on defense and two-time All-American for Loyola as a premier inside defender for the Greyhounds. He totaled 22 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers this season. In his career, he finished with 85 ground balls and 53 caused turnovers, the third-most in school history.

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Towson’s DeNapoli, Wascavage pick up All-American honors

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON MEN’S LACROSSE PAIR EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Andrew Wascavage and Thomas DeNapoli Garner USILA Honorable Mention All-America Accolades

TOWSON, Md. - Senior Andrew Wascavage and junior Thomas DeNapoli have been selected as Honorable Mention All-Americans, the USILA announced on Thursday.

It is the first such honor for both players. They join 40 other Tigers who have earned Division I All-American honors since 1980. The pair are the Tigers first honorable mention All-Americans since midfielder Christian Pastirik earned the honor is 2010.

“I am extremely excited about Andrew and Thomas receiving All-American recognition,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “They both had terrific years and are very deserving of it. For Andrew to finish his senior year playing his best lacrosse and be considered one of the best goalies in the Division I was what allowed our team the opportunity to win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship and earn a berth to the NCAA tournament.

“Thomas’s offensive production was extremely impressive and I expect him to have an even better senior year.  I am proud to have had the opportunity to coach these young men and to have them represent Towson Lacrosse in all they do.”

Wascavage was Towson’s starting goalkeeper in 2013. A captain and one of only four seniors, he finished the year with a 9.33 goals-against average (GAA) and a .592 save percentage. Wascavage started all 18 games this season, playing 1067:32 minutes and facing 665 shots. He scored his first career assist and point when he assisted on junior John Fennessy’s goal against St. Joseph’s on April 27. Wascavage’s .570 career save percentage is the best in Towson history and his 9.55 career GAA stands him fifth all-time at Towson. He earned Most Outstanding Performer honors at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament after posting 26 saves, a .591 save percentage and a GAA of 9.00 in two games.

“I am really happy about receiving this award,” said Wascavage. “It’s a great honor. Being an All-American is something you set a goal for when you start playing college lacrosse and I’m glad to have reached my goal.”

DeNapoli was selected first-team All-CAA by the league’s head coaches after leading Towson in goals (41), assists (19) and points (60). He also earned All-CAA Tournament honors after scoring three goals on five shots and posting three assists for six points over two games. The junior tallied the game-winning goal in the CAA championship to assure the Tigers their first league crown since 2005. He became just the sixth Tiger since 1971 to score 40 or more goals in a season and the first to do so since 2001. A starter in all 18 games, DeNapoli posted eight multi-goal games, including a career-high seven goals at UMBC and six at No. 17 Drexel. In six of those games he notched hat tricks.

“It is very special,” said DeNapoli. “A lot of players dream about being an All-American. I share this award with every single player on my team. I’m really happy for Andrew since he hasn’t received the kind of recognition this season he deserves.”

The Tigers finished their season 10-8 overall – their first 10-win season since 2005 and first winning season since 2007. Towson won the CAA Tournament title and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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