February 10, 2012

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Lakers the Pick in ECC

from press release

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.
– The defending National Champion, Mercyhust Lakers, have been tabbed as the 2012 preseason favorite in East Coast Conference men's lacrosse. Senior Eddie Plompen (West Islip, N.Y.) of C.W. Post has been named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) of Mercy has been named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Mercyhurst accumulated 118 total points with eight first place votes to take the top spot in the preseason poll. The Lakers are coming off a season in which they finished 14-2 (8-2 in ECC play). Their final win, a 9-8 victory over Adelphi, gave the team the first National Championship in program history. Four starters and 25 players return for Mercyhurst in their quest to capture the ECC title and defend their national title.

C.W. Post, last season's ECC champion and one of four teams to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, had two place votes to come in second in the preseason poll. Dowling rounds out the top three with the final first place vote and 97 points.

The 2012 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year has been awarded to senior Eddie Plompen from C.W. Post. Plompen is coming off a standout year in which he led the Pioneers in goals (54) and assists (18). He finished in the top six nationally in both points per game and assists per game as well. His efforts on the season earned him spots on the USILA All-America and ECC All-Conference First Teams. Prior to the 2012 season, Plompen has also been named a USILA Preseason Second Team All-American.

Mercy goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo has been named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. DiCarlo was last season's ECC Goalkeeper of the Year after posting an 11-3 record between the pipes to go along with a conference leading .636 save percentage. He also finished second in the conference in saves per game at 12.86. DiCarlo's play was recognized on a national level in addition to the ECC, as he earned a spot on the USILA All-America First Team and was named the USILA Goalkeeper of the Year.

2012 East Coast Conference Preseason Poll

Rank School Points
1. Mercyhurst (8) 118
2. C.W. Post (2) 110
3. Dowling (1) 97
4. NYIT 90
5. Mercy 77
6. Seton Hill 56
7. Chestnut Hill 48
8. Lake Erie 47
9. Molloy 45
10. Wheeling Jesuit 22
11. Dominican 16

(first place votes)

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Eddie Plompen, Sr., ATT., C.W. Post
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. DiCarlo, Jr., GK, Mercy


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