CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The four teams to qualify for this weekend's upcoming Patriot League Tournament have more to celebrate as the All-Patriot League team and major awards were announced Tuesday morning by the League office.
Twenty-four of the 26 student-athletes to earn All-League honors are competing in the tournament, as well as four of the five recipients of major awards.
Army sophomore attackman John Glesener was named the Offensive Player of the Y ear, while senior teammate Brendan Buckley was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year. Lehigh sophomore Matt Poillon was named Goalkeeper of the Year, and Bucknell freshman attackman Sean Doyle garnered the Rookie of the Year nod. The final award went to Holy Cross' Jim Morrissey, who was named Coach of the Year.
Voting was conducted by the seven head coaches who could not cast a ballot for themselves or their own student-athletes.
Lehigh earned the most All-League selections with seven, followed by Bucknell and Army with six apiece. Colgate was next with five on the All-League squad, while Holy Cross and Navy achieved one each.
Twelve of the 26 All-Leaguers are seniors, followed by seven sophomores, five juniors and a pair of freshmen.
Glesener moved up to attack from midfield this season and it paid immediate dividends. The sophomore leads the League in points per game (4.67) and has the second-highest point total (56 on 29 goals and 27 assists). He was just as effective in League games, leading the way in goals (3.00) and points (5.33) per game in those six contests while taking second (2.33) in assists per game. Glesener was also recognized with placement on the All-League first team. He is Army's second Offensive Player of the Year in three seasons (Jeremy Boltus, 2011), and the seventh in program history named to the honor.
Buckley, also one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, is the League's reigning Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's lacrosse and adds another trophy to his career haul as Defensive Player of the Year. He is Army's fourth straight to win the honor, joining former Black Knight standouts Bill Henderson (2010-11) and Tim Henderson (2012). He's the seventh from Army to garner the award since its inception in 1995. Buckley has picked up 21 groundballs and caused 19 turnovers in 12 games thus far, and has been marking the oppositions' top scoring threat all season long. He guarded Colgate's Peter Baum, the reigning Tewaaraton and Enners awards winner, in their March 31 showdown and held him pointless for the first time in 54 games. Buckley earned first-team All-League laurels for the second straight season.
Poillon becomes the third back-to-back recipient of the Goalkeeper of the Year honor, joining Navy's Matt Russell (2005-06) and Army's Adam Fullerton (2007-08). The sophomore from Mount Sinai, N.Y., enters the postseason with the League's second-best goals-against average (7.70) and save percentage (.595). He owns a record of 9-2 on the season, including a 6-0 mark in Patriot League play. In League contests Poillon posted a League-best .620 save percentage while taking second with a 6.96 goals-against average. He is also a first-team All-League honoree for the second year in a row.
Doyle is the League's top goal-scoring rookie with 25 tallies in 12 games, and his 2.08 goals-per-game clip is sixth in the League. He increased that average to 2.5 per outing in six League games, good for fourth in the League, with 15 goals in six games. He finished tied for second in conference contests with 3.83 points per game, and enters the tournament averaging 3.25 points. Doyle is Bucknell's seventh Rookie of the Year and first since Charlie Streep in 2009. The Bison have had four of the last eight Rookies of the Year, including Joe Mele (2006) and Austin Winter (2007).
Morrissey makes history as the first from Holy Cross named Coach of the Year in men's lacrosse. The Crusaders are 6-8 overall entering Tuesday afternoon's season finale at home against Dartmouth, and posted a 2-4 record in League play, including their first win over Navy. He's presided over a Holy Cross team that has taken care of the ball all season with a League-low 13.21 turnovers per game, an average that ranks ninth in the nation. The team's six victories are its most since 2007, while a potential seventh win Tuesday would be the program's most since 1988.
Two of Lehigh's conference-best seven All-League selections were placed on the first team by the head coaches. Besides Poillon, senior defender Mike Noone made the top squad. He owns a team-best 21 caused turnovers in 13 games entering Friday, and has picked up 26 groundballs. Five Mountain Hawks were second-team honorees, including seniors David DiMaria (attack), Brian Hess (midfield), Ryan Snyder (face-off specialist), junior Ty Souders (defense) and sophomore Patrick Corbett (midfield). DiMaria is currently tops in the League in total points with 57, one ahead of Glesener, while his points-per-game average is second (4.07). He is also third in assists per game (2.21). Corbett is fourth on the team with 20 points and Hess is sixth with 16. Snyder is fourth in the League winning at a .509 clip at the midfield line, and Souders is second on the team with 18 caused turnovers.
Army had the most first-team selections with four. Joining Glesener and Buckley on the top squad were senior attackman Garrett Thul and freshman face-off specialist Alex Daly. Thul boasts a League-best 37 goals entering this weekend's tournament, and Daly is tops in the League in percentage at the X (.566) after going 34-for-41 in his team's last two games against Navy and Holy Cross. Sophomore classmates Jimbo D'Aprile (defensive midfield) and Sam Somers (goalkeeper) represented the Black Knights on the second team. D'Aprile has 20 groundballs and two assists in 12 games, while Somers boasts a League-best 6.48 goals-against average and .605 save percentage entering Friday's showdown with Bucknell.
Bucknell placed two on the first team and four on the second team. Both of the Bison's first-team honorees were at midfield in sophomore David Dickson and freshman Thomas Flibotte. Dickson is the League leader in total assists (a school single-season record 42) and assists per game (3.00), while his 3.17 average during League play was also first. Flibotte is tied for eighth in the League with teammate Chase Bailey with 2.07 goals per game. Bailey, a senior, was named second-team All-League at attack with classmates Mike Huffner (defense) and Ryan Gutowski (face-off specialist), and junior Jackson Place (defense). Place has a team-high 24 caused turnovers this season, while Huffner, a Senior CLASS finalist, is second with 20. Gutowski is winning face-offs at a .524 clip thus far.
Senior Peter Baum, also a Senior CLASS finalist, heads up Colgate's five All-League selections. Baum was named to the first team at attack, while juniors Jimmy Ryan (midfield) and Bobby Lawrence (defense) also made the top squad. Baum is tied for second in the League at 2.54 goals and third with 3.54 points per game. For the season he has 33 goals and 13 assists for 46 points, and is currently the League's all-time leading goal scorer with 163. He is now a four-time first-team All-League selection. Ryan is fourth on the Raiders with 23 points (15, 8), and Lawrence is second in the League with 28 caused turnovers. Senior Robert Grabher (face-off specialist) and sophomore Ryan Walsh (attack) made the second team. Grabher is winning face-offs at a .525 clip, and took all but 21 of his team's chances at the X. Walsh is tied with Baum at 2.54 goals per game, while his 3.38 points per game are sixth in the League.
The All-League squad was rounded out by one selection each from Holy Cross and Navy. Junior Mid long pole Pat Kiernan earned first-team laurels for the first time after making the second team a season ago. He sits tied for second in the League in total groundballs 68, while his 5.23 per-game average is third. Senior midfielder John Hannan represented the Crusaders on the second team. He's second on the team with 23 goals and tied for third with 26 points. Three of his tallies were with the extra man.
The 2013 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament starts Friday with two semifinal contests, both on CBS Sports Network. No. 2 seed Bucknell battles third-seeded Army at 4:30 p.m., while host and No. 1 seed Lehigh takes on fourth seed Colgate at 7:30 p.m. The winners advance to Sunday's championship game at 3 p.m. All three games will take place at Lehigh's Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa.
2013 All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards in Men's Lacrosse
Offensive Player of the Year - John Glesener, Army, So., A Defensive Player of the Year - Brendan Buckley, Army, Sr., D Rookie of the Year - Sean Doyle, Bucknell, Fr., A Goalkeeper of the Year - Matt Poillon, Lehigh, So. Coach of the Year - Jim Morrissey, Holy Cross
First Team John Glesener, Army, So., A Garrett Thul, Army, Sr., A (**!) Peter Baum, Colgate, Sr., A (***) David Dickson, Bucknell, So., M (!) Thomas Flibotte, Bucknell, Fr., M Jimmy Ryan, Colgate, Jr., M Brendan Buckley, Army, Sr., D Bobby Lawrence, Colgate, Jr., D (*) Mike Noone, Lehigh, Sr., D (!) Alex Daly, Army, Fr., FOS Pat Kiernan, Navy, Jr., LSM (!) Matt Poillon, Lehigh, So., GK (*)
Second Team & Chase Bailey, Bucknell, Sr., A Ryan Walsh, Colgate, So., A (!) David DiMaria, Lehigh, Sr., A (!) John Hannan, Holy Cross, Sr., M Patrick Corbett, Lehigh, So., M Brian Hess, Lehigh, Sr., M Mike Huffner, Bucknell, Sr., D (**) Jackson Place, Bucknell, Jr., D Ty Souders, Lehigh, Jr., D (*) Ryan Gutowski, Bucknell, Sr., FOS Robert Grabher, Colgate, Sr., FOS (*) Ryan Snyder, Lehigh, Sr., FOS (*!) Jimbo D'Aprile, Army, So., D-Mid Sam Somers, Army, So., GK
& - Second team features 14 student-athletes because of a tie in the voting * - Number of previous first-team accolades ! - Number of previous second-team accolades