TOWSON, Md. – Catholic's Brendan Englert is the Landmark Conference men's lacrosse coaches' pick as Player of the Year. Susquehanna's Connor Moran was chosen as the Rookie of the Year.
Unfortunately Englert's career was cut short when he passed away tragically prior to the end of the season, but the Landmark coaches were unanimous when voting him as the Player of the Year. The junior attackman earned First Team All-Landmark recognition after earning Second Team honors last year and Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. He racked up 31 goals with 21 assists to lead the conference in points and tie for first in assists during the regular season. Englert scored 11 goals and added seven assists in four conference games including three goals and two assists in an overtime loss to Drew.
Joining Englert on the first team are attackmen Joseph Eck, Geoff Harty and Taylor Nelson. A Second Team honoree last season, Eck led the Landmark in goals per game with 32 in 14 games. Harty scored 33 goals and added 14 assists during the regular season for USMMA. Nelson led Scranton with 21 goals and 17 assists in 14 games.
Drew's Steve Gentile earned First Team honors as the Rangers' top midfielder. He scored 18 goals during the regular season including eight in Landmark games. Goucher's Pierce Ingram scored 24 goals and added eight assists for the top-seeded Gophers while Scranton senior Dillon McInerney was awarded First Team honors for the second consecutive year. The Royals' second leading scorer, McInerney racked up 25 goals and seven assists during the regular season.
Marcus Cheatham, Tim Cleary and Tristan Morris were named to the First Team in specialized positions. A short stick defensive midfielder, Cheatham wrapped up his conference career as a four-time All-Landmark selection at Susquehanna. He had 35 ground balls during the regular season. Cleary is considered Scranton's top long stick midfielder and best all-around defensive player. A First Team honoree last year, Cleary finished the regular season with 14 caused turnovers and 49 ground balls. Goucher's Morris won a conference-high 133 face-offs during the regular season at .506 percent won.
Defensively, Drew's Dominick Reda earned First Team honors for the second consecutive year. He finished the regular season with 12 caused turnovers and 49 ground balls. Bryce Carson of Goucher led the Landmark with 32 caused turnovers and picked up 56 ground balls. Rounding out the First Team defensemen is Susquehanna senior Dave Rinaldi. Rinaldi is always responsible for the opponent's top attackman and finished with 17 caused turnovers and 34 ground balls for the Crusaders.
Connor Mishaw had another strong year in between the pipes for Goucher on the way to earning First Team recognition for the second year in a row. The senior helped the Gophers go undefeated in the Landmark with a 4.93 goals against average and 70.7 save percentage. He finished with 177 saves during the regular season.
Moran ranked second on the team in scoring for Susquehanna this season before being voted Rookie of the Year. He started every game and scored 20 goals with 20 assists during the regular season. He added three goals in each of the Landmark tournament games as the third-seeded Crusaders won their first conference championship.
Merchant Marine head coach Tom Gill and his staff were honored with Coaching Staff of the Year recognition. The Mariners went 0-6 in the Landmark last season and improved by leaps and bounds this season as they went 3-3 in the conference and earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Gill led the team to an upset of No. 1 Goucher in the semifinals and advanced to his second championship game.
|Player of the Year||Rookie of the Year||Coach of the Year|
The 2013 Landmark Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams:
|First Team||Second Team|
||Wash. & Jefferson
||Catholic||Jr.||Fayetteville, N.Y.||Austin Lein
||Susquehanna||Jr.||New Vernon, N.J.|
||Chester Springs, Pa.
|Zachary Fratella||Goucher||Sr.||Wilmington, Del.|
||Drew||Sr.||Franklin Lakes, N.J.||John Kerrigan||Susquehanna
||Sr.||Maple Glen, Pa.
|Long Stick Midfield|
|Long Stick Midfield||Brian Sowyrda||Susquehanna
|Short-Stick Defensive Midfield|
|Short-Stick Defensive Midfield||Mike Deliberti||Scranton||Jr.||Fairfield, Conn.|
|Marcus Cheatham*#||Susquehanna||Sr.||Reisterstown, Md.|
|Face-Off Specialist||Matt Finor||Scranton||So.||Churchville, Pa.|
|Tristan Morris||Goucher||So.||Houston, Texas|
||Boca Raton, Fla.|
||Wyomissing, Pa.||Sean Slattery
||Floral Park, N.Y.||Brendan Synan
* 2012 First Team All-Landmark
^ 2011 First Team All-Landmark
# 2010 First Team All-Landmark