Eleven Patriot Leaguers Selected for USILA/LaxWorld Senior North/South Game

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell's Billy Eisenreich was one of 11 from the Patriot League selected for the USILA Division I-II Senior North/South Game.
Bucknell's Billy Eisenreich was one of 11 from the Patriot League selected for the USILA Division I-II Senior North/South Game.

May 24, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – A Patriot League-record 11 men’s lacrosse student-athletes have been selected to participate in the 71st annual United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/LaxWorld Division I-II Senior North/South All-Star game, it was announced late Wednesday evening.

The annual contest, which features the best senior men’s lacrosse players not still competing in the NCAA semifinals, will take place Friday at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m., and tickets will be available for purchase at the game for $5. The Division III contest is scheduled just before at 3 p.m.

This year’s tally surpasses the previous mark of 10 All-Star selections from the Patriot League set last spring.

The game had already taken on a League flavor when the head coaches for the contest were announced earlier this month. Army’s Joe Alberici is heading up the North squad, while Lehigh’s Kevin Cassese is serving as co-head coach of the South team with Towson’s Shawn Nadelen. Earlier this week it was announced that Colgate head coach Mike Murphy would reunite with Alberici on the North sidelines. Murphy served as an assistant at Army for eight seasons, including the final six on Alberici’s staff.

Murphy is fresh off leading the Raiders to their first trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals following a 13-11 upset of No. 1-ranked and sixth-seeded Massachusetts in the first round.

Cassese, the Patriot League Coach of the Year, guided Lehigh to its first Patriot League Tournament title in program history and accompanying NCAA Tournament berth.

Army, Bucknell and Lehigh tied with three selections apiece for the North/South game, while Colgate and Navy each had one student-athlete chosen.

Eight All-Patriot League selections and one major award winner highlight the list. Army long pole Tim Henderson, who was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year along with earning first-team honors, was chosen to the North squad with fellow Black Knights Larry LoRusso (defense) and Devin Lynch (midfield). Lynch also received first-team All-League laurels last month.

Joining the three from Army on the North squad is Colgate middie Jeff Ledwick, also a first-team All-League honoree.

Seven of the League’s representatives are on the South roster. Bucknell’s three include attackman Billy Eisenreich, midfielder Nick Gantsoudes and long pole Jason Neithamer. Lehigh’s representatives are attackman Adam Johnston and the Lao-Gosney twins, Cameron and Roman, at midfield. The South team is rounded out by Navy goalkeeper RJ Wickham.

Eisenreich, Gantsoudes, Wickham and Roman Lao-Gosney were first-team All-League honorees last month, while Cameron Lao-Gosney earned second-team laurels.

Henderson, LoRusso and Lynch played in all 15 games for the Black Knights this season. Henderson finished the year with three goals and three assists for six points along with 57 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers. LoRusso tallied 17 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers while scoring once, while Lynch finished second on the team in goals (21) and fourth in points (27). Five of his goals were with the man advantage.

Ledwick, in 18 games for Colgate, scored 32 goals and 47 points, both of which were the third-highest in each category on the team. Nine of his goals were on extra-man opportunities, and he logged one game-winner with 14 ground balls.

Eisenreich was the first player in the nation to reach the 30-30 club in goals and assists, finishing with 34 and 32 for 66 points while playing in all 16 games for the Bison. Gantsoudes and Neithamer also saw action in all 16 games this season, with the former finishing sixth on the team with 31 points (22g, 9a). Neithamer did not score, but picked up 31 ground balls and logged 12 caused turnovers on the defensive side.

Roman Lao-Gosney finished third on the Mountain Hawks with 26 points and fourth with 20 goals, while his brother Cameron logged 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points. Johnston was the team’s third-highest goal scorer with 22, while his 24 points were fourth.

Wickham finished up his career at the Naval Academy with a very strong senior season. He led the League making 11.25 saves per game, while his .570 save percentage was second among League goalkeepers and his 8.87 goals-against average was third.

2012 USILA/Lax World Division I-II Senior North/South Game

Division I-II North (Coached by Army’s Joe Alberici and Colgate’s Mike Murphy)
Tim Henderson, Army, LSM
Larry LoRusso, Army, D
Devin Lynch, Army, M
Jeff Ledwick, Colgate, M

Division I-II South (Coached by Lehigh’s Kevin Cassese)
Billy Eisenreich, Bucknell, A
Nick Gantsoudes, Bucknell, M
Jason Neithamer, Bucknell, LSM
Adam Johnston, Lehigh, A
Cameron Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, M
Roman Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, M
RJ Wickham, Navy, GK