May 24, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Eight Patriot League men’s lacrosse student-athletes were singled out for All-America status when the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced its awards Thursday.
The list of eight was headed up by the sole first-team honoree in Colgate junior Peter Baum, who is one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, the winner of which will be announced May 31.
Lehigh led with a League-high three honorees, while Army and Colgate tied with two apiece. Bucknell placed one.
Five of the eight honorees earned placement on either the first, second or third teams, the most to be recognized on the top three squads since 2005 when the League placed seven.
Joining Baum with All-America status from the USILA were Army attackman Garrett Thul (third team), Bucknell attackman Billy Eisenreich (third team), and Lehigh’s Roman-Lao Gosney (third team; midfield) and Ty Souders (third team; defense). The three who earned honorable mention status were Colgate midfielder Jeff Ledwick, Army long pole Tim Henderson and Lehigh goalkeeper Matt Poillon.
Baum’s record-breaking season came to an end Sunday when Colgate fell to Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals. It was the first such trip for the Raiders, who one week before defeated No. 1-ranked, sixth-seeded and undefeated Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The junior attackman out of Portland, Ore., set school and League records in goals (67) and points (97) this season, and came just three points shy of becoming the first player in the nation with 100 since 1999.
Baum’s heroics this spring bridged the regular season and the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders earned the right to host the League’s four-team playoff thanks to his game-winning goal in the final seconds of the Raiders’ regular-season finale at Bucknell. Colgate trailed 6-1 in the first half but mounted a rally that Baum finished off with a tremendous individual effort in the final seconds to cap the come-from-behind 11-10 win.
One week later Baum was unstoppable in the League Tournament, setting the two-game tournament records for assists (10) and points (18), which included him breaking the single-game points mark of nine in the semifinals and matching it two days later in the championship game. Baum’s 18 total points annihilated the old two-game record of 11.
Baum was instrumental in Colgate’s upset of UMass in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. Held to just one assist in the first half, he scored twice in the second, with his second goal with less than four minutes remaining providing the Raiders with much-needed insurance in the 13-11 victory.
Earlier this month Baum was named one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and the University Club of Washington, D.C., to the most outstanding men’s and women’s lacrosse player in the country.
Baum becomes Colgate’s first first-team All-America since 2009 (Brandon Corp), while earning his second All-America nod. He was an honorable mention last year. He ranks second all-time in League history with 130 goals, just eight shy of the career record with his senior year to come.
Eisenreich, the first player in the nation to have 30 goals and 30 assists this season, becomes Bucknell’s first All-America to earn third-team honors or better since Chris Cara in 2005. He ended the season with 66 points, tying him for ninth on the League’s single-season list, and he earned first-team All-Patriot League laurels at the end of the regular season.
Thul put together another standout season offensively. The junior was named first-team All-League up front and finished second in the League in total goals (39) and goals per game (2.60). He ranks seventh in League history with 122 goals, placing him second among active players behind Baum. He’s been named first-team All-League in all three of his years at Army.
Thul and Eisenreich joined Baum as one of 25 official candidates announced for the Tewaaraton Award in late April.
Lao-Gosney and Souders, both first-team All-Leaguers at the end of the regular season, became the first two Mountain Hawks to earn All-America status above honorable mention in the Patriot League era (since 1991), and first overall since Jeff Jenkins earned honorable mention laurels in 1994. Souders emerged as one of the team’s top close defensemen in tallying 31 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers for a defense that ranked among the nation’s best all season, while Lao-Gosney was a major offensive contributor from the midfield with the team’s third-highest point total of 26 (20 g, 6 a).
Henderson, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, played in all 15 games for the Black Knights this season, tallying six points (3 g, 3 a) while picking up 57 ground balls and logging 20 caused turnovers. It’s the second straight year he’s earned an honorable mention All-America laurel.
Ledwick was a significant reason that Colgate’s effort was ranked at or near the top of the national standings in 2012. The senior earned his first All-America recognition after scoring 32 goals and 47 points, finishing third on the Raiders in both categories. Nine of his goals came with the extra man.
Poillon was named first-team All-League and garnered the League’s Goalkeeper of the Year nod at the end of the regular season. He finished the spring campaign leading the League and currently sits second in the nation with a 6.75 goals-against average, while his .597 save percentage is fourth in the country.
The USILA will announce its major individual awards Friday.
2012 USILA All-America Team
Peter Baum, Colgate, Jr., A
Billy Eisenreich, Bucknell, Sr., A
Garrett Thul, Army, Jr., A
Roman Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, Sr., M
Ty Souders, Lehigh, So., D
Jeff Ledwick, Colgate, Sr., M
Tim Henderson, Army, Sr., LSM
Matt Poillon, Lehigh, Fr., GK