Crowley Named America East Player of Year
from press release
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Stony Brook University, the
sixth-ranked team in the nation and the top seed for the upcoming
America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship, has been rewarded
for its success with a pair of end of season awards as Kevin
Crowley (New Westminster, Ontario/New Westminster) was unanimously
chosen the conference’s Player of the Year and Rick Sowell
was tabbed Coach of the Year on Tuesday afternoon. University of
Vermont’s Drew Philie (Sandwich, Mass./Deerfield Academy) was
tabbed Rookie of the Year to cap the three major award honorees.
The winners, along with the all-conference teams, were determined
in a vote by the league’s head coaches (coaches could not
vote for their own players).
Crowley, a junior midfielder, has established himself as one of the best players in the country, racking up 65 points on 40 goals and 25 assists this season in being named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. His totals place him first nationally with 5.0 points per game. Also chosen as a first-team all-conference selection for the third straight year, Crowley ranks second among league leaders in goals and tied for second in assists. A two-time conference Player of the Week (April 12, May 3), Crowley led the league with 17 goals in league play and ranked second with 28 points.
Sowell, who is in his fourth season at Stony Brook, has led his program to its best season at the Division I level. The Seawolves have won 10 games, their most since 2002, and completed their first-ever unbeaten conference slight en route to the program’s first-ever outright regular-season title. Stony Brook, which is currently ranked sixth in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and seventh in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Poll, bolsters the second-best offense in the nation averaging 14.3 goals per game. Sowell’s squad features six all-conference honorees, including a league-best five first-team choices.
Philie, a freshman attack, ranks third among America East leaders with 54 points, is tied for third with 25 assists and tied for fifth with 29 goals. His 26 points in league play were tied for third-best, while he was tied for first with 15 assists. A two-time America East Rookie of the Week, Philie was also named the conference’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Year. He tied the league’s single-game record with eight assists in a win over Binghamton on April 3 and has led Vermont to its first conference tournament berth since 2003.
Stony Brook was also well represented on the all-conference squads, led by first-team attackers Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) and Jordan McBride (New Westminster, Ontario/New Westminster). Compitello leads the league with 33 assists and ranks second with 62 points, while McBride paces the conference and is tied for third nationally with 45 goals. Also on the first-team squad is UMBC’s Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), who ranks sixth with 25 goals, 16 of those coming in league play.
Crowley is joined on the first-team midfield unit by University of Hartford’s Carter Bender (Caledon, Ontario/Brewster Academy (N.H.)) and UMBC’s Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield), a repeat first-team honoree. The duo ranks fifth and eighth among league leaders in assists, respectively.
The first-team defense is made up of University at Albany’s Brendan Gleason (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), Binghamton University’s Derrick Danieu (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) and UMBC’s Matt Kresse (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville). Danieu is a repeat choice, while Kresse was a second-team selection a year ago.
Stony Brook’s Charlie Paar (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington/Nassau CC), who leads the league with a .538 save percentage, is the first-team goalkeeper.
The first-team specialists are longstick midfielder Steve Waldeck (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) from Stony Brook, shortstick midfielder Maxx Davis (Balitmore, Md./Friends) from UMBC and faceoff specialist Tim Fallon (Lowell, Mass./Lawrence Academy) from Hartford. Waldeck, a first-team choice for the third straight year, ranks second among league leaders with 86 ground balls, while Davis tallied 23 points and 31 ground balls for the Retrievers. Fallon leads the country in both ground balls (9.4 pg) and face-off percentage (62.2 percent).
The second team consists of Phile, who is joined at attack by Albany’s Dave Brock (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) and Hartford’s Aidan Genik (Toronto, Ontario/Univ. of Western Ontario). The midfielders are Binghamton’s Kevin Donlon (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Comsewogue), Hartford’s Jared Franze (Glenville, N.Y./Niskayuna) and Vermont’s Liam Thomas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J./Christian Brothers Acad.). The defenders are Albany’s Mark Kelly (Syracuse, N.Y./East Genesse), Hartford’s Conor Flynn (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) and Vermont’s Matt Jankow (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown HS West). The second-team goalkeeper is Scott Bement (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) from Hartford and the specialists are long stick midfielder Mike Camardo (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland) from UMBC, shortstick midfielder Michael Cudmore (Ashburn, Ontario/All Saints Catholic) from Hartford and faceoff man Adam Rand (Niantic, N.Y./East Lyme) from Stony Brook.
Phile and Franze are accompanied on the all-rookie squad by Albany’s Matt Mackenzie (Stony Plain, Alberta/The Hill Academy) and Dwayne Stewart (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague), Binghamton’s Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland), Tyler Perrelle (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and Matt Springer (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), Hartford’s Rory Nunamacher (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland), UMBC’s Nick Doub (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) and Vermont’s A.J. Masson (Newmarket, Ontario/St. Andrew’s College)
Twenty-two of the 36 all-conference sections will be in action at the 2010 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which begins on Tuesday, May 4 with semifinal action. For more information on the Championship, including links to live stats, radio broadcasts and streaming video, log on to the conference’s official website www.AmericaEast.com and navigate to Men’s Lacrosse Championship Central.
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