All-Patriot League Men's Team Announced
from press release
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.—The 2010 Men's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team and major awards were announced Tuesday morning by the Patriot League office. Army, the top seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, was honored with six All-Patriot League selections and two of the League's major awards, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Lafayette also received two major awards, Offensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Army's Bill Henderson was tabbed Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, while his teammate, Garrett Thul, was voted Rookie of the Year. Lafayette's Terry Mangan was voted Coach of the Year, while Lafayette senior Steve Serling received Offensive Player of the Year honors. Navy sophomore RJ Wickham rounded out the major-award winners, taking home Goalkeeper of the Year honors.
Like Army, Bucknell had six student-athletes named to the All-Patriot League team. Navy placed five team members on the All-Patriot League squad, while Colgate had four. Rivals Lafayette and Lehigh each had three players placed on the All-Patriot League team, while Holy Cross had one. The All-Patriot League teams and major awards were selected by the League's coaches, who could not vote for their own players.
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Bill Henderson and Rookie of the Year Garrett Thul helped lead a resurgent Army squad to an undefeated Patriot League record. The Black Knights finished 6-0 in League contests, meaning Army will serve as the top seed and host school at the Patriot League Tournament for the second time in the past three seasons. Henderson, a junior, has started all 13 of Army's games. He has helped the Black Knights hold their foes to 9.43 goals per game, including 8.43 per game in League play. He has scooped up 37 ground balls while often being asked to guard the opponent's top offensive threat. Henderson is the third Army student-athlete to win the award, joining KJ Dworczyk (1998) and Matt Luyster (2005).
Thul was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week four times during the season. He leads all Patriot League freshmen and ranked second in the League overall with 34 goals. Thul has had three game-winning goals, including two in Patriot League play. He has totaled 42 points, including 23 in Patriot League competition. Thul is the ninth player from Army to win the award and the first since Matt Scheel was named Rookie of the Year in 2005.
After leading Lafayette to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in school history, Terry Mangan was named Patriot League Coach of the Year. The Leopards opened the season with a program-best six straight wins. Since joining the Patriot League in 1991, Lafayette has never had more Patriot League wins than the three it claimed this season. The Leopards have also never topped their current win total of eight. It is the first time that a Lafayette coach has won the award since Bill Lawson received the inaugural honor in 1991.
One of Mangan's seniors, Steve Serling, was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He is the first Leopard to claim the honor since Jamie Murray won the initial award in 1991. Serling has scored a League-best 36 goals to pace the Patriot League's top scoring team. In addition to his 36 goals, Serling also has 11 assists to give him 47 points.
Since the first Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year award was first recognized in 2005, a Navy player has claimed the honor three times. Wickham joins two-time winner Matt Russell, who won the award in 2005 and 2006. A nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy, Wickham leads the Patriot League and ranks second in the nation in save percentage, stopping 61.5 percent of the shots he has faced. He also ranks in the top 10 nationally in goals-against average, allowing just 8.35 goals per outing.
Leading the All-Patriot League honorees is Bucknell senior Austin Winter, who was named a First-Team selection for the fourth straight season. He is the sixth student-athlete to be named to the All-Patriot League team four times. He is just the second player to receive First-Team All-Patriot League recognition four straight seasons, joining Army's Tim Pearson (1999-2002).
Winter is joined as a First-Team All-Patriot League selection by teammates Ryan Klipstein and Jake Clarke, both of whom are juniors. Klipstein was named to the All-Patriot League team for the first time in his career after a regular season in which he produced 32 goals and 39 points. He racked up 20 goals during Patriot League play, which led all players. Clarke was named a First-Team All-Patriot League performer for the second straight season. He ranks eighth in the nation with a 59.5 faceoff percentage and has recorded a League-best 64.9 faceoff percentage in Patriot League contests.
Henderson was named a First-Team All-Patriot League selection for the second consecutive season. He is joined by his brother, Tim Henderson, and fellow Army teammate Jeremy Boltus as First-Team honorees. Tim Henderson, a sophomore defensive midfield specialist, ranks second in the Patriot League and 10th in the nation with 2.00 caused turnovers per game. Boltus leads the Patriot League and ranks ninth in the nation with 4.15 points per contest. He has three game-winning goals this season, including two in Patriot League outings.
Wickham was placed on the All-Patriot League team for the first time in his career. Two of his teammates, Patrick Moran and Michael Hirsch, join Wickham as First-Team All-Patriot League selections. Moran, a senior midfielder, was named a First-Team All-Patriot League member for the third consecutive season. Moran has three game-winning goals this season, all of which have come in Patriot League contests. He enters the Patriot League Tournament with 24 goals and eight assists. Hirsch, a junior defender, is on the All-Patriot League team for the first time in his career. He has helped the Navy defense hold its foes to 8.46 goals per game, the ninth-lowest total in the nation. Hirsch and the Mids' defensive unit have allowed a League-low 7.27 goals per Patriot League contest.
Serling is on the All-Patriot League team for the second time in his career, though it is the first time he has received First-Team recognition. Joining him as a First-Team selection is Lafayette teammate Tom Perini. The junior received All-Patriot League honors for the first time in his career after averaging 2.31 goals per game. Of his 30 goals, six have been game-winners. Perini also has six assists on the season.
Colgate received a pair of First-Team All-Patriot League selections, including first-time honoree Peter Baum. In his first season with the Raiders, the midfielder broke the school's freshman record for single-season goals with 27, breaking the previous mark of 19 set by Brandon Corp in 2006. Receiving First-Team accolades for the first time in his career was senior defensive midfield specialist Mike Crown, who was named a Second-Team selection a year ago. Crown tallied four goals, one assist and 51 ground balls in his final season in Hamilton.
Rounding out the First-Team selections is Lehigh senior Evan Guerrero. A defender, Guerrero started all 15 games for the Mountain Hawks. He finished the season with one goal and 32 ground balls.
Thul highlights the Second-Team selections. He is joined by teammates Sean O'Sullivan and Tom Palesky. O'Sullivan, a sophomore midfielder, has notched 13 goals and five assists in just eight games this season. Of his 18 points, 13 have come in Patriot League contests. Palesky, a junior goalkeeper, ranks in the top 25 nationally in save percentage and goals-against average. He made 12.00 saves per game in six Patriot League outings.
Bucknell also has three Second-Team All-Patriot League selections, junior Alex Lyons and sophomores Charlie Streep and Jason Neithamer. Streep, a sophomore attackman, was named to the All-Patriot League team for the second consecutive year. He has notched 36 points, including 14 in Patriot League contests. He has 22 goals and 12 assists. Lyons and Neithamer, both defenders, are first-time honorees. Lyons leads the Patriot League and ranks second in caused turnovers per game with 2.69 per contest. Neithamer has started all 13 games and has scooped up 48 ground balls.
Juniors Jim Carroll and Greg Perkins represent Colgate as Second-Team All-Patriot League honorees. Carroll won 59 percent of his faceoffs, while Perkins, a defender, had one assist and 21 ground balls in 12 games.
Cameron Lao-Gosney and Will Scudder represent Lehigh as Second-Team All-Patriot League selections. Lao-Gosney, a sophomore midfielder, notched 22 goals and eight assists to finish with a team-best 30 points. Scudder, a junior, won 55.8 percent of his faceoffs.
Navy is represented by Second-Team All-Patriot League choices Joe Lennon and Andy Warner. Lennon, a senior midfielder, has produced 15 goals and seven assists. Warner, a junior attackman, has provided the Mids with 17 goals and 14 assists.
Rounding out the All-Patriot League selections are Second-Team honorees Doug Broussard of Holy Cross and Kevin Dunbar of Lafayette. Broussard, a junior defender, finished with two goals and three assists while ranking second in the Patriot League with 73 ground balls. Dunbar, a senior midfielder, racked up 13 goals and 17 assists for the high-scoring Leopards.
The announcement of the 2010 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be on Tuesday afternoon.
The 2010 Patriot League Tournament will begin Friday, April 30 in West Point, N.Y. Top-seeded Army will host the tournament. The Black Knights will meet fourth-seeded Bucknell at 3 p.m. on Friday at Michie Stadium. In the other semifinal, No. 2 Navy will square off against No. 3 Lafayette at 5:45 p.m. The championship will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. All three tournament games will be carried by CBS College Sports.
First-Team All-Patriot League
Jeremy Boltus, Army, Jr., Attack
Austin Winter, Bucknell, Sr., Attack
Tom Perini, Lafayette, Jr., Attack
Ryan Klipstein, Bucknell, Jr., Midfielder
Peter Baum, Colgate, Fr., Midfielder
Steve Serling, Lafayette, Sr., Midfielder
Patrick Moran, Navy, Sr., Midfielder
Jake Clarke, Bucknell, Jr., Face-off Specialist
Tim Henderson, Army, So., Defensive Midfield Specialist
Mike Crown, Colgate, Sr., Defensive Midfield Specialist
Bill Henderson, Army, Jr., Defenseman
Evan Guerrero, Lehigh, Sr., Defenseman
Michael Hirsch, Navy, Jr., Defenseman
RJ Wickham, Navy, So., Goalkeeper
Second-Team All-Patriot League
Garrett Thul, Army, Fr., Attack
Charlie Streep, Bucknell, So., Attack
Andy Warner, Navy, Jr., Attack
Sean O'Sullivan, Army, So., Midfielder
Kevin Dunbar, Lafayette, Sr., Midfielder
Cameron Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, So., Midfielder
Joe Lennon, Navy, Sr., Midfielder
Jim Carroll, Colgate, Jr., Face-off Specialist
Will Scudder, Lehigh, Jr., Face-off Specialist
Alex Lyons, Bucknell, Jr., Defenseman
Jason Neithamer, Bucknell, So., Defenseman
Greg Perkins, Colgate, Jr., Defenseman
Doug Broussard, Holy Cross, Jr., Defenseman
Tom Palesky, Army, Jr., Goalkeeper
Offensive Player of the Year: Steve Serling, Lafayette
Defensive Player of the Year: Bill Henderson, Army
Goalkeeper of the Year: RJ Wickham, Navy
Rookie of the Year: Garrett Thul, Army
Coach of the Year: Terry Mangan, Lafayette
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