December 7, 2010

Coaches Pick Denver to Win ECAC

from press release

CAPE COD, Mass. -- The seven coaches in the ECAC Division I Lacrosse League have cast their votes and selected the 2011 Preseason All-ECAC Team, as well as Preseason Defensive, Offensive, and Rookie of the Year honorees.

Five of the 12 players named are from Loyola, which has been picked to finish second by the league's coaches. Defending league champion Denver has been picked to finish first this year behind Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Mark Matthews and Preseason Rookie of the Year Jamie Faus.

Air Force's 2010 All-ECAC Team selection, Dayton Gilbreath, has been selected the 2011 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Two Fairfield players were selected to the team, and the third attackman reigns from Ohio State.

Denver's roster contains the ECAC Preseason Rookie of the Year for the second year in a row. Faus, a goalkeeper from Lakeville, Conn., played at Salisbury School. He was selected as an All-American in 2009, as well as the 2009 Western New England Seconday School Lacrosse Administration Division I Best Goalie.

Matthews returns to ECAC recognition after being selected to the 2010 All-ECAC first team. Last spring, the Ontario native played all 17 games for the Pioneers, scoring in 15 of them. His eight hat tricks contributed to his team-leading 38 goals, averaging 2.12 per game; that was good enough for fourth in the ECAC. Before attending Denver, the communications major was a Team Canada member.

Gilbreath joins his brother, Bryan, on the defensive end of the preseason All-ECAC Team, as well as being selected the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The junior, an All-American while in high school in Washington, was part of the 2010 All-ECAC first team. He was also selected to the preseason All-ECAC team last year.

ECAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Denver
2. Loyola
3. Fairfield
4. Ohio State
5. Hobart
6. Air Force
7. Bellarmine

Preseason All-ECAC Team

A Mark Matthew, Jr., Denver
A ALex Demopoulos, Jr., Denver
A Logan Schuss, So., Ohio State
M Brent Adams, Jr., Fairfield
M Eric Lusby, Sr., Loyola
M Josh Hawkins, So., Loyola
D Dayton Gilbreath, Jr., Air Force
D Bryan Gilbreath, Sr., Air Force
D Brendan McTague, Sr., Fairfield
D Steve Dircks, Sr., Loyola
FO John Schiavone, Sr., Loyola
G Jake Hagelin, Sr., Loyola

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Mark Matthews, Denver
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Dayton Gilbreath, Air Force
Preseason Rookie of the Year: Jamie Faus, Denver


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