April 20, 2015
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament host Navy picked up two major awards and landed four student-athletes on the All-Patriot League teams announced on Monday by the League office.
Sophomore defenseman Chris Fennell and head coach Rick Sowell were named Patriot League Defender and Coach of the Year, respectively, in the voting of the nine Patriot League head coaches who could not cast a ballot for themselves or their own student-athletes.
The Mids finished the Patriot League regular season with a 6-2 mark, tied with Colgate for first place atop the standing. Navy was awarded the top seed as a result of its 7-6 win over the Raiders on March 21 and will host the semifinal and final round of the six-team Patriot League tournament at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday and Sunday.
All five major awards went to teams that are participating in the Patriot League postseason. Lehigh senior attack Dan Taylor was recognized as the Offensive Players of the Year, Army West Point senior Sam Somers is the Goalkeeper of the Year and Colgate freshman Anthony Abbadessa won a close vote for Rookie of the Year.
Fennell missed the tail end of his freshman campaign due to a broken leg, but emerged this season to help bolster a Navy defense that held nine opponents to less than 10 goals and are 15th nationally at 8.42 goals allowed per game. The Milford, N.J. native came on strong in the final month of the season and was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, ECAC South Division Defensive Player of the Week and Select Sector SPDR National Player of the Week for his performance in a 10-7 win over rival Army West Point.
Taylor was picked 38th overall by the Denver Outlaws in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft in January after finishing in the top 10 nationally with 76 points (37 goals, 29 assists) as a junior. The Calgary, Alberta native is once again one of the top scorers among NCAA Division I players with 74 points (40 goals, 34 assists) heading into the Mountain Hawks quarterfinal clash at Bucknell on Tuesday. Taylor's 4.93 points per game leads the Patriot League by 1.33 points per contest.
Also an MLL draft pick, Somers is third nationally with a 7.19 goals against average after leading the nation in that category as a junior before suffering a season-ending injury late in 2014. The senior has kept the Black Knights in every contest as only two opponents have scored more than 10 goals against Army West Point this season and none has tallied more than a dozen. Somers, who was chosen 51st overall by the Rochester Rattlers, leads the Black Knights into a quarterfinal round matchup at Loyola Maryland.
Abbadessa has provided an offensive spark in his freshman season at Colgate with 20 goals and 11 assists while starting all 12 games this season for coach Mike Murphy. The Arizona native registered at least one point in the first 11 games of his career including five points in wins over Vermont and Lehigh and a career-high six as Colgate edged Holy Cross 14-13. Abbadessa was recognized as the Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the week three times this season.
Navy started off the season by handing Sowell the 100th win of his coaching career and the Mids kept on winning en route to its first top seed in the Men's Lacrosse tournament since 2007. After helping rebuild programs at Georgetown, Dartmouth, St. John's and Stony Brook, Sowell became the eighth coach in the 100-plus year history of Navy lacrosse in 2011 and has guided the Mids into the PL postseason in back-to-back years after a three-year absence.
Army West Point, Colgate and Loyola Maryland each placed five student-athletes on the All-Patriot League first or second teams. Lehigh and Bucknell join Navy with four players apiece as all six teams in the postseason had at least four representatives. Boston University and Holy Cross each had two players named to the teams and Lafayette had one to round out the 32-player squads.
A total of 11 players are repeat selections on the All-Patriot League teams led by Taylor who returns on the first unit and Somers who was elevated from his spot on the second team a year ago. Also recognized on the first team for the second year in a row is Army senior attack John Glesener, Colgate junior midfield Matt Clarkson and Loyola sophomore midfield Brian Sherlock. Bucknell senior midfield David Dickson, Navy FOS Brady Dove and Colgate senior attack Ryan Walsh moved up from the second team to first team in 2015 and Holy Cross senior midfield Terry McKenna and Lehigh senior midfield Kurtis Kaunas repeat as second team selections.
The 2015 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament starts Tuesday with two quarterfinal contests that will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network. No. 5 seed Army West Point will play at No. 4 Loyola Maryland in a 4 p.m. contest and No. 3 Bucknell will host No. 6 Lehigh at 7 p.m. The winners advance to Friday's semifinal round at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Both semifinal games and the Patriot League Championship at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
2015 All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards in Men's Lacrosse
Dan Taylor, Lehigh, Sr., A
John Glesener, Army West Point, Sr., A
Zach Herreweyers, Loyola Maryland, Jr., A
Ryan Walsh, Colgate, Sr., A
Brian Sherlock, Loyola Maryland, So., M
Matt Clarkson, Colgate, Sr., M
David Dickson, Bucknell, Sr., M
Cal Dearth, Boston U., So., M
Chris Fennell, Navy, So., D
Pat Frazier, Loyola Maryland, Sr., D
Austin Schultz, Army West Point, Jr., D
Ben Kellar, Bucknell, Sr., D
Brady Dove, Navy, So., FOS
Alex Spring, Bucknell, Jr., LSM
Sam Somers, Army West Point, Sr., G
Nikko Pontrello, Loyola Maryland, Sr., A
Sean Wilkinson, Holy Cross, Jr., A
Cole Johnson, Army West Point, So., A
Ryan Joseph, Bucknell, Sr., M
Cameron Williams, Colgate, Jr., M
Terry McKenna, Holy Cross, Sr., M
Kurtis Kaunas, Lehigh, Sr., M
Lukas Mikelinich, Lehigh, Sr., D
Casey Eidenshink, Lehigh, Jr., D
Matt Yeager, Colgate, Sr., D
Erik Cannon, Lafayette, So., D
Sam Talkow, Boston U., So., FOS
Graham Savio, Loyola Maryland, So., FOS
Jimbo D'Aprile, Army West Point, Sr., LSM
Matt Rees, Navy, So., LSM
John Connors, Navy, Jr., G
Brandon Burke, Colgate, So., G
** Extra players due to ties in the voting
Offensive Player of the Year: Dan Taylor, Lehigh, Sr., A
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Fennell, Navy, So., D
Goalkeeper of the Year: Sam Somers, Army West Point, Sr., G
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Abbadessa, Colgate, Fr., A
Coach of the Year: Rick Sowell, Navy