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“2014 All-BIG EAST” Men’s Lacrosse Team Awards Features Six Denver First Team Selections


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All-BIG EAST Team and Major Awards in Men’s Lacrosse

Attack Player of the Year – Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr.
Midfielder of the Year – Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr. (&)
Defensive Player of the Year – John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM
Goalkeeper of the Year – Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr.
Coach of the Year – Joe Amplo, Marquette

First Team All-BIG EAST
Wes Berg, Denver, Jr., A ^
Tyler Melnyk, Marquette, R-Sr., A
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^
Erik Adamson, Denver, Jr., M
Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M ^
Peter Conley, Georgetown, Fr., M
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Fr., D
B.J. Grill, Marquette, R-So., D ^
Chris Conroy, Villanova, Sr., D
John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^
Tyler Knarr, Georgetown, Gr., FOS ^
Jamie Faus, Denver, Sr., GK (at-large selection)
Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr., GK

Second Team All-BIG EAST %
Jack Bobzien, Denver, So., A
Scott Bieda, Rutgers, So., A
Kevin Cernuto, St. John’s, Sr., A
Kyle Whitlow, Marquette, R-So., M
Anthony Terranova, Rutgers, R-Sr., M
Ryan Fitzgerald, St. John’s, Sr., M
Jack Curran, Villanova, So., M
Nick Contino, Rutgers, Sr., D
Mark DiFrangia, St. John’s, Jr., D
Chris Piccirilli, Villanova, Sr., D
Liam Byrnes, Marquette, R-So., LSM
Joe Nardella, Rutgers, Jr., FOS
Dan Willis, Villanova, Fr., GK

Key
& – unanimous selection for Midfielder of the Year
^ – unanimous first-team selection
% – second team included four midfielders because of a tie in the voting

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Lee Zink Voted “2013 MLL Defensive Player Of The Year”


Denver Outlaws Lee Zink 2013 MLL Defensive Player of the Year

Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has named Lee Zink of the Denver Outlaws, the 2013 Warrior Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by MLL coaches and general managers.
“It’s such an honor to be named Defensive Player of the Year,” said Zink. “This has been a really special season with a great team. I think everything has really come together to lead to the success we’ve had on the field so far. I’m really excited for this weekend to try to win a championship.”
Zink earned all 16 possible first place votes, the only player to win an end of the year award by a unanimous decision this season. Brodie Merrill of the Hamilton Nationals and Mike Evans of the Chesapeake Bayhawks trailed with five second place votes each and four and two third place votes respectively.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” Zink continued when told about the unanimous vote. “A special thanks to all the coaches and GMs. It’s a great honor.”
“There are not enough superlatives to describe Zink,” said Outlaws head coach Jim Stagnitta. “He’s discreet, unassuming, not flashy, but when you look at the numbers his matchups put up against him you know he’s able to neutralize the best players in the world. He’s a consummate professional who juggles work, graduate school and lacrosse and I’ve never been around a defender who does what he does.”
Zink picked up the award for the second time in as many seasons, becoming the second player to ever garnish Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. The Denver defenseman remains only the sixth player to win the award in MLL’s 13-year history.
A 10-year MLL veteran, Zink led the Outlaws to a perfect 14-0 record, the first undefeated regular season in League history, and Denver’s second consecutive regular season title. Zink started in all 14 games on the back line, recording 21 groundballs, including a season-high four groundballs on two occasions.
Zink was chosen as the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, hailing from the University of Maryland. Since his professional debut, Zink has cemented himself as one of the best shut down defenders in the League. Twice this season he has been awarded Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after shutting down the opposing team’s leading scorer. The captain anchored a strong defensive unit which led the League in fewest goals against per game; fewest shots per game, as well as the best penalty kill record.

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Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Middie Drew Snider Awarded “2013 MLL Most Improved Player Of The Year”; 34-Point Increase Over 2012


Denver Outlaws Drew Snider Most Improved Player

Midfielder Drew Snider has been named the Warrior MLL Most Improved Player of the Year based on votes from the MLL’s coaches and general managers, the league announced on Thursday.
“This award means a lot to me,” said Snider. “We’re having a great season thus far and the credit goes to my teammates, my supportive coaching staff and this wonderful organization. I couldn’t be happier.”
Snider improved his point output from 12 points in 2012 to 46 points in 2013. That 34-point increase represented the second-highest improvement in that category among all MLL players, behind his teammate Chris Bocklet (+35). The next closest was Ryan Young at +22. Snider’s goal output went from 10 to 31. That 21-goal increase was also the second-most in the league behind Bocket’s +25.
“Snider is the prototypical player in this League,” Outlaws coach Jim Stagnitta said. “He has such a diverse skill set and he will continue to get better. We’ve asked him to do several things this season especially in the last few games when we asked him to play a little more defense. We gave him a bigger role to play and are very pleased with his versatility and performance.”
Snider emerged as a key contributor who rarely left the field for the Outlaws on the club’s way to a perfect 14-0 season. He contributed on both ends of the field, adding 30 ground balls to his 46-point total, which ranked seventh in Major League Lacrosse this year. Snider’s 30 ground balls ranked sixth among midfielders this season. His 31 goals ranked third and his 48 points ranked fourth among his position.

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NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Graduate Eric Law Awarded NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship


Recently graduated University of Denver men’s lacrosse student-athlete  Eric Law (Denver, Colo.) was award one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Postgraduate Scholarship. Law graduated this spring with a degree in management and a 3.77 cumulative GPA.    “I am so thrilled and honored to be given this award to continue my education,” Law said. “It would not have been able to happen without all the help from the great people here at the University of Denver. A special thanks to Nancy Sampson, coach Tierney, Barbara Stuart and everyone else who made this opportunity possible. This award should be shared by many people at the University due to their efforts to make it happen. They have, and continue to do, so much for me and I am forever grateful for their efforts and forever proud to be a Denver Pioneers.”   Law was awarded a $7,500 scholarship to pursue part-time or full-time postgraduate study at a university or professional school and has until August 31, 2016 to use his award.    “Eric is a great model of a true student-athlete and we are so proud of him and what he has accomplished while at the University of Denver,” said Peg Bradley-Doppes, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations. “Eric has not only proven himself on the field, but has also led by example in the classroom. We look forward to seeing all the great things that Eric will achieve.”   Law closed out his collegiate career having tallied 152 points off 86 goals and 66 assists through 53 games played. He finished third in points and assists, and sixth in goals in the Pioneers’ all-time record book. The Denver-native was also named a 2013 USILA Scholar All-American and a USILA Honorable Mention All-American.     “What a perfect way for a special young man to put an exclamation point on his amazing career,” said Bill Tierney, Denver men’s lacrosse head coach. “Eric has made us proud since the day he walked in the door at DU and has become the model of what we search for in recruiting future Pioneers.”

Recently graduated University of Denver men’s lacrosse student-athlete Eric Law (Denver, Colo.) was award one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Postgraduate Scholarship. Law graduated this spring with a degree in management and a 3.77 cumulative GPA.
“I am so thrilled and honored to be given this award to continue my education,” Law said. “It would not have been able to happen without all the help from the great people here at the University of Denver. A special thanks to Nancy Sampson, coach Tierney, Barbara Stuart and everyone else who made this opportunity possible. This award should be shared by many people at the University due to their efforts to make it happen. They have, and continue to do, so much for me and I am forever grateful for their efforts and forever proud to be a Denver Pioneers.”
Law was awarded a $7,500 scholarship to pursue part-time or full-time postgraduate study at a university or professional school and has until August 31, 2016 to use his award.
“Eric is a great model of a true student-athlete and we are so proud of him and what he has accomplished while at the University of Denver,” said Peg Bradley-Doppes, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations. “Eric has not only proven himself on the field, but has also led by example in the classroom. We look forward to seeing all the great things that Eric will achieve.”
Law closed out his collegiate career having tallied 152 points off 86 goals and 66 assists through 53 games played. He finished third in points and assists, and sixth in goals in the Pioneers’ all-time record book. The Denver-native was also named a 2013 USILA Scholar All-American and a USILA Honorable Mention All-American.
“What a perfect way for a special young man to put an exclamation point on his amazing career,” said Bill Tierney, Denver men’s lacrosse head coach. “Eric has made us proud since the day he walked in the door at DU and has become the model of what we search for in recruiting future Pioneers.”

High School Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Announces “2013 Western Boys Lacrosse Bob Scott Award Winners”; Senior Players Who “Honor The Game”


A US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award winner is a senior player recognized by each area chairman who truly honors lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in his community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve his game, and is an exemplary member of his team. He exemplifies the spirit of the game, on and off the field.

A US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award winner is a senior player recognized by each area chairman who truly honors lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in his community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve his game, and is an exemplary member of his team. He exemplifies the spirit of the game, on and off the field.

California-Orange County – Austin Birch, G (St. Margaret’s, 2013)
Idaho – Eric Timmons, A (Skyview, 2013)
Nevada – Kieran Eissler, M (Coronado HS, 2013)
Washington – Zach Oelsner, M (Washington State Prep, 2013)
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NCAA Lacrosse: “Legacy” Video, An All-Access Look At 2012 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Team One Matchup With Ohio State Wins 2013 Emmy Award


Legacy Michigan Lacrosse Team One VideoLegacy,” an all-access look at the University of Michigan men’s lacrosse Team One matchup against Ohio State in the 2012 Battle at the Big House, produced for MGoBlue.com won an Emmy Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last weekend (June 15) at MotorCity Casino Soundboard Theater in Detroit.

Legacy Emmy AwardWriter/producer Michael O’Leary and his group of Britta O’Leary, Jonathan Campbell and Martin Vloet took home the win in the Photographer-Program (Non-News) category. The piece was narrated by actor Zach McGowan, and was also nominated for Sports-One Time Special as well as Writer-Program.

“These annual lacrosse videos have been nominated before, but it’s pretty special to be recognized this year as an Emmy winner,” said O’Leary, who played under men’s lacrosse head coach John Paul from 2001-05, earning All-CCLA second team honors as a midfielder in 2004. “However, it’s more than a professional recognition of the craft, it’s a testament to Coach Paul’s understanding and leveraging of unique media and communication vehicles. Our group was granted unprecedented and completely unrestricted access to the players, coaches and staff throughout the entire process, which allows us to focus on being creative. The ability to do something like this is just a small part of what Coach Paul has always encouraged, which is to be leaders and the best in everything we do and establish an elite Division I culture. It was a privilege to play for him and it’s a continued pleasure to give back to team every year.”

Overall, O’Leary has been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards and has won six. His resume also boasts four College Sports Media Award category wins, including one in 2011 for College Sports Video of the Year, which was entitled “Timeless” and featured a historical look at Michigan Stadium and the U-M football team.

For more:  http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/061913aae.html

NCAA Lacrosse: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Attacker Rob Pannell Named “2013 USILA Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award” As Oustanding Lacrosse Player


Cornell Men's Lacrosse Attacker Rob Pannell USILA Player of the Year

For the second time in his career, Cornell senior Rob Pannell has been named the USILA’s Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the Outstanding Men’s Lacrosse Player in Division I. He becomes the fifth two-time winner of the award and will lead the Big Red into the NCAA semifinals this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa.
Pannell joins a who’s who of lacrosse greats to take home the trophy twice in a career – Larry Quinn, Johns Hopkins (1984, 1985); Gary Gait, Syracuse (1988, 1990); Casey Powell, Syracuse (1997, 1998); Matt Danowski, Duke (2007, 2008).
Pannell, a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, has been named a first-team All-American in each of his past three seasons after earning a third-team selection as a freshman in 2009. He joins Paul Schimoler ’89, Ryan McClay ’03 and Max Seibald ’09 as the only Big Red men’s lacrosse players to earn four All-American honors during his career. Earlier this season, he became the first-ever three-time Ivy League Player of the Year in men’s lacrosse and just the fourth player in the history of Division I college lacrosse to be named conference player of the year three times during their career. He enters championship weekend with the NCAA career scoring lead within reach. He needs six points to match Danowski’s record of 343 points and seven points to break the record.
In his final campaign on East Hill, Pannell has matched or exceeded his career season highs with 53 assists, 42 goals and 95 points, just 10 points off the school single-season record. He has registered at least one point in a school-record 71 straight contests and has registered at least three points in 25 consecutive games. Pannell has registered at least three assists in 12-of-17 contests this season, handing out a season-high six assists last weekend against Ohio State in the NCAA quarterfinals. Pannell was named Ivy League Player of the Week four times during the season. A three-year Cornell team captain, he has led his team to a 56-15 overall record (21-3 Ivy League), four Ivy League titles, three Final Four appearances and a spot in the 2009 national championship game.

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