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Albany's Lyle Thompson and Scott Marr and UMBC's Pat Young took home America East Men's Lacrosse major awards Wednesday to highlight the 2013 awards reception.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Lyle Thompson Tabbed Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year Highlighting Annual Awards

Release: 05/01/2013
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After recording the second-most points by any player in conference history, Albany’s Lyle Thompson has been unanimously selected the 2013 America East Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year, highlighting the league’s end of season awards and all-conference teams, which were announced Wednesday evening at an awards reception held on the campus of Stony Brook University, site of the 2013 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Thompson’s coach, Scott Marr, earned Coach of the Year recognition after leading the Great Danes to the league’s regular-season title while UMBC’s Pat Young took home Rookie of the Year accolades. 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.

Thompson, a sophomore attacker, is having arguably the best season in America East history. He has racked up a conference-best 93 points on 40 goals and 53 assists, the second-most points in a single-season among America East players all-time. Thompson, who leads the nation averaging 6.64 points per game, paces America East in assists and is just one shy of the league’s single-season mark. A three-time America East Player of the Week selection this season, Thompson tallied 38 points in five conference games, the most in conference history. He is one of 25 nominees for the Tewaraaton Award, given to the nation’s top player.

Young, a freshman midfielder, leads UMBC with 34 points this season and is tied for the team lead with 28 goals. He’s ninth overall among league leaders in goals and second among rookies. Young, who has earned three America East Rookie of the Year awards this season all coming in the last three weeks, powered UMBC to a 3-2 conference mark by tallying 18 points (14 G, 4 A) in conference play, the most among the league’s rookies and seventh overall. Two of those scores were game winners in one-goal wins over Stony Brook and Binghamton.

Marr, who’s in his 13th season as Albany’s head coach, led his squad to an 11-4 regular-season mark, which included a perfect 5-0 America East slate and road wins over national powerhouses Syracuse and Johns Hopkins. The three-time America East Coach of the Year leads an Albany squad that peaked at No. 10 in the national rankings this season and is currently ranked 12th both polls. Marr’s Great Danes feature a high-powered offense that leads the nation averaging 15.8 goals per game.

Thompson is joined as a first-team attacker by teammate and brother, Miles, and Hartford’s Kevin O’Shea. Miles Thompson, a junior, missed six games due to injury but led the league averaging 3.9 goals per game (35 total) and ranked second with 6.0 points per contest (54 total). O’Shea had 36 points (29 G, 7 A), 26 of which came against America East foes.

Young made the first-team midfield, the lone freshmen on the first team. He’s joined by Stony Brook’s Jeff Tundo, a repeat first-team choice and Hartford’s Rory Nunamacher. Tundo, a senior, ranks second among league leaders with 58 points on 34 goals and 24 assists while Nunamacher, a junior, had 24 points for the Hawks.

Albany’s Jon Newhouse, a junior, Hartford’s Ben Liebel, a senior, and Stony Brook’s Bryan Judge, a sophomore, are the first-team defenders, while Hartford’s Frank Piechota is the first-team goalkeeper after ranking second among league leaders with a .512 save percentage.

The first-team specialists are headlined by a pair of Hawks, Alex Matarazzo, a long stick midfielder, and Tate Klidonas, a short stick midfielder who earned second-team honors last year. UMBC’s Phil Poe, a junior, is the first-team faceoff specialist after winning a league-best 58.4 percent of his draws

The second team attackers consist of Albany’s Ty Thompson, who ranks third in points (57), UMBC’s Scott Jones and Vermont’s Drew Philie. Albany’s Ryan Feurstein, Michael Antinozzi and Challen Rogers comprise the second-team midfield while the second-team defenders are Albany’s Cody Futia and Jack Nickla and Binghamton’s Chris Bechle. Albany’s Blaze Riorden is the second-team goalkeeper. The second-team specialists are Stony Brook’s JJ Laforet, a long stick midfielder, Albany’s Mike Woods, a short stick midfielder ,and Hartford’s Adam Yee, a faceoff specialist.

Young, Rogers, Bechle and Riorden are accompanied on the all-rookie squad by Albany’s Derrick Eccles, John Maloney and Kevin McNally, Hartford’s Jack Bobzien, UMBC’s Nate Lewnes, Stony Brook’s Brody Eastwood and Chris Hughes and Vermont’s Justin Rosenberg.

Futia, Klidonas and Nunamacher are also all-academic honorees after excelling on the field and sustaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA in the classroom. Joining the trio are Binghamton’s Garrett Augustyn and Shane Warner, Hartford’s Andrew Cacchio, Garrett Dollard, Brendan Lake and Drew Haig, UMBC’s Neill Lewnes and Ethan Murphy and Vermont’s A.J. Masson. Those selections were chosen by a committee made up of America East sports information directors, academic advisors and faculty athletic representatives.

Thiry-three of the 40 All-Conference, All-Rookie and All-Academic sections will be in action at the 2013 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which will be held at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium. Action begins on Thursday, May 2 with #2 Hartford playing #3 UMBC in the first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. and #1 Albany taking on #4 Stony Brook at 7 p.m. The championship game will be played on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. and air live on ESPNU as well as WatchESPN apps.

For more information on the Championship, including links to live stats and streaming video, visit Championship Central.


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