CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After leading the conference in scoring during the regular season, Albany’s Joe Resetarits has been selected the 2012 America East Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year highlighting the league’s end of season awards and all-conference teams, which were announced Tuesday afternoon. Stony Brook’s Mike Rooney took home Rookie of the Year honors while his coach, Jim Nagle, earned Coach of the Year accolades after leading the Seawolves to the league’s regular-season title in his first season on Long Island. The winners, along with the all-conference teams, were determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who could not vote for their own players or themselves.
Resetarits, a senior attacker, leads America East and ranks fifth nationally in both points per game (4.21 ppg, 59 total) and goals per game (2.93 gpg, 41). Also a first-team all-conference selection for the third time, Resetarits was even more productive against America East foes, averaging 5.60 points per game in league play. Resetarits, whose brother Frank also won Player of the Year honors for the Great Danes in 2007, earned Player of the Week honors on April 16.
Rooney, a redshirt freshman attacker, leads the Seawolves in scoring with 30 goals (2.14 gpg), which ranks sixth among league leaders, while his 38 points (2.71 ppg) are tied for sixth. The leading freshman scorer in the country, Rooney earned five America East rookie awards during the season, the most one player has ever won.
Nagle led the Seawolves to their third straight America East regular-season title despite taking over a roster that lost 15 players from last year’s team, including its top four scorers. Nagle’s squad leads the league holding teams to 9.53 goals per game and is one of the most efficient man-up teams in the country, scoring on 48.9 percent of its attempts, which ranks sixth.
Resetarits is joined as a first-team attacker by Hartford’s Carter Bender and UMBC’s Scott Jones, both second-team choices last season. Bender, a senior, ranks third among league leaders in points (48), fourth in points per game (3.43) and tied for fourth in both total goals (31) and goals per game (2.21 gpg). Jones paced the Retrievers in scoring and ranks second in the conference in goals (34) and goals per game (2.83 gpg).
Binghamton’s Michael Antinozzi headlines the first-team midfield. The sophomore, who twice earned Player of the Week honors this season, is third in scoring (32 g, 2.46 gpg). He is joined by Stony Brook’s tandem of Robbie Campbell and Jeff Tundo, who combined for 31 goals and 37 assists. Campbell, a second-team choice last year, ranks eighth in the league with 2.91 points per game while Tundo is tied for the league lead in assists (25).
Stony Brook’s Kyle Moeller is one of four repeat first-team selections and leads the defenders. The America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, Moeller has led a unit that is tops in America East allowing only 9.43 goals per game. Seniors Travis Lyons from Albany and Scott Kessler from Hartford join Moeller as first-team defenders.
The Seawolves’ Adam Cohen earned first-team goaltender honors after registering a league-best 9.94 goals-against average. The Duke transfer, who earned America East Player of the Week honors on April 9, also led the league in save percentage (.515).
The first-team specialists are headlined by a pair of senior repeat selections in Ben Waldron, a long stick midfielder from Binghamton and Jared LeVerne, a shortstick midfielder from Stony Brook. Waldon contributed seven points for the Bearcats while leading them in ground balls (51) and caused turnovers (31) while LeVerne had six points and led the Seawolves with 41 ground balls. UMBC’s Phil Poe, a sophomore who earned Player of the Week accolades on April 23, is the first-team faceoff specialist. He leads the conference in ground balls with 5.67 per game, which also ranks 15th nationally. His .534 faceoff percentage leads the league for players with at least 100 draws.
The second team attackers are a trio of prolific scorers. Albany’s Miles Thompson ranks second in points (52) while Vermont’s Drew Philie is seventh in goals (29) and Geoff Worley is fifth in points (44). Hartford’s Jared Franze and Rory Nunamacher comprise the second-team midfield along with UMBC’s Scott Hopmann. The second-team defenders are Albany’s Cody Futia, Binghamton’s Greg Cove and UMBC’s Aaron Verardi. The Hawks’ Scott Bement is the second-team goaltender, his third career all-conference citation. Hartford’s Ben Knapton, who ranks fourth nationally in caused turnovers (2.43 ctpg), is the second-team long stick midfielder. His teammate, Tate Klidonas, is the second-team short stick midfielder, while Albany’s Keith Olson is the second-team faceoff specialist.
Rooney is accompanied on the all-rookie squad by Albany’s Mike Miller, Will Stenberg and Lyle Thompson, Binghamton’s J.T. Hauck, Hartford’s Kevin O’Shea and Ty Schuldt, UMBC’s Derek Bertolini and Vermont’s Jeremy Hutchens and Makoa Kaleo.
Twenty-nine of the 36 all-conference sections will be in action at the 2012 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which begins on Wednesday, May 2 with semifinal action. The championship game will be played on Saturday, May 5 at 3 p.m. and air on ESPN3 with a re-airing on Sunday, May 6 at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.
For more information on the Championship, including links to live stats and streaming video, visit Championship Central.