Hofstra's Skudin Named Colonial DPOY
from press release
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Senior defenseman Mike Skudin has been named the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year to lead eight Hofstra Pride student-athletes named to the All-CAA teams, the conference office announced Friday.
In addition to Skudin, Pride players named to the All-CAA first team included seniors Jay Card and Adam Mojica and sophomores Ian Braddish and John Antoniades. Hofstra's All-CAA second team selections were seniors Jamie Lincoln and Steven DeNapoli and junior Andrew Gvozden. The eight first and second team selections tie the 1999 team's school mark for most all-conference selections.
Skudin, a native of Long Beach, New York, was the only senior on the Pride's close defensive unit that has posted the top goals against average (5.93 GAA) in the country through May 1. A four-year letterman, he led the Pride's young defense with 26 ground balls and was tied for the team lead with 16 caused turnovers while starting all 15 games for the 13-2 Pride. Skudin earned his second All-CAA honor after being named to the all-conference second team in the 2010. He picked up a season-high five ground balls at Delaware, four at Towson and three against Colgate, Harvard and Penn State. Skudin also forced four turnovers in the Pride's CAA regular season championship clinching victory over #20 Penn State on April 30.
Card, a native of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, earned his fourth All-CAA honor including his third first team honor. The two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America honorable mention selection leads the Pride in scoring in 2011 with 28 goals and 15 assists for 43 points while starting all 15 games. He ranks 42nd in points per game and 40th in goals per game in Division I through May 1. Card recorded eight multi-goal games including four goals against Massachusetts and three goals four times (Harvard, Air Force, Manhattan and St. Joseph's). The 2009 CAA Player of the Year dished out multi-assists in four games with a season-high of three against Harvard. Card, who was also the 2008 CAA Rookie of the Year, has recorded a point in 43 consecutive games. He is currently second in goals (121), fifth in points (179) and 13th in assists (58) on Hofstra career charts.
Mojica, a native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, is another four-year letterman who earned his first All-CAA honor after being an all-conference second team pick in 2010. Regarded as one of the top long-stick midfielders in the game, he recorded one goal and one assist, picked up 26 ground balls and caused nine turnovers in 2011. Mojica, who scored his lone goal against Manhattan and posted an assist on a goal at Sacred Heart, picked up four ground balls against Delaware in the CAA semifinals and three in contests against UMass, Fairfield, Towson and St. John's. He also forced two turnovers against Towson, UMass, and Penn State.
Braddish, a native of West Islip, New York, earned his first All-CAA first team honor at midfield in 2011. The transfer from the University of North Carolina was fourth on the team in scoring with 16 goals and a team-high 16 assists for 32 points while starting nine of the 16 games that he played. Braddish, who was moved to the first midfield after six games and has been on a tear ever since, notched 10 goals and 15 assists in his last eight starts. He scored a season-high three goals and four points in the Pride's win over Penn State. He also scored two goals against Harvard, Air Force, Manhattan and Fairfield. Braddish dished out a career-high four assists at St. Joseph's and two in games against Penn State, Towson, Drexel and UMass. The former Under Armour All-American at West Islip High School also picked up nine ground balls on the season.
Antoniades, a native of Hauppauge, New York, earned his first All-CAA first team selection after being a CAA All-Rookie team selection in 2010. The Pride's face-off specialist is currently ranked third in Division I in face-off percentage and is 22nd in ground balls per game. Antoniades has won 170 of 257 face-offs for a .661 winning percentage and leads the team with 82 ground balls while adding one goal and four assists. He won 16 of 22 face-offs against Princeton, 15 of 19 against Air Force, 15 of 20 against UMass, 15 of 21 against Drexel, 14 of 18 against Fairfield, 12 of 18 against Delaware and 11 of 15 at St. Joseph's. Antoniades picked up nine ground balls against Princeton, Manhattan and Delaware and eight against UMass, Harvard and Drexel. He scored his lone goal of the season at Towson and assisted on goals against Delaware, Towson, Drexel and Princeton.
Lincoln, a native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, earned his second consecutive All-CAA second team accolade following his transfer, after two seasons, from the University of Denver. The 2008 and 2010 USILA All-America honorable mention leads the Pride with 29 goals and 10 assist for 39 points while starting all 15 games. He currently ranks 40th in goals per game and is 80th in points per game in Division I. Lincoln posted multi-goal games in eight contests including a season-high of five against Harvard and Towson. He also scored four goals against Princeton and tallied three assists against St. John's and two versus Air Force. Lincoln picked up 20 ground balls on the season including five against Drexel.
DeNapoli, a native of Hewlett, New York, earned his second All-CAA second team award in 2011 after picking up the honor in 2009. Regarded as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the game, he recorded four goals and three assists in 15 games. He is tied for the team lead with 16 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 57 ground balls. DeNapoli, a 2008 CAA All-Rookie team selection, picked up three or more ground balls in 12 of the 15 games including a season-high seven against Princeton and Sacred Heart and six against Air Force. DeNapoli, who scored against Drexel, Towson, St. Joseph's and Delaware and notched two assists against Manhattan and one against Princeton, forced four turnovers against Princeton and three at Sacred Heart.
Gvozden, a native of Millersville, Maryland, earned his first All-CAA second team accolade after being named to the CAA All-Rookie team in 2009. The junior goalie has recorded a 5.70 goals against average, a .621 save percentage and a 13-2 record while starting all 15 games in 2011. He currently leads the nation in goals against average and save percentage. Gvozden posted a .809 save percentage, making 17 saves and allowing four goals in a win over Penn State, a .786 mark with 11 saves and three goals allowed against St. John's, and a .727 save mark against Colgate. He allowed seven goals or less in 12 of the 15 games, facing 389 shots, and allowing just 80 goals on the season.
The CAA also announced that Drexel senior attackman Scott Perri has been voted the 2011 CAA Player of the Year, Penn State freshman goalie Austin Kaut was named the CAA Rookie of the Year, and Penn State's Jeff Tambroni and Massachusetts' Greg Cannella will share the CAA Coach of the Year award.
Perri paced the league in scoring this season as a senior with 39 goals and a league-best 27 assists in 14 games for the Dragons. Kaut, who also as named the All-CAA first team goalie, posted a 7.90 goals-against average and a .634 save percentage. Cannella led his squad to its second CAA Championships berth in two seasons after finishing with a 4-2 conference mark. Tambroni, in just his first season at the Penn State, guided the Nittany Lions from a 2-11 overall mark and a 1-4 league record in 2010 to a 7-6 regular season record and a 4-2 league mark and the second seed in the CAA Championship Tournament in 2011.