ECAC Names All-Conference Team, Awards
from press release
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Eastern College Athletic Conference Commissioner Rudy Keeling announced today the 2012 ECAC Lacrosse League All-Conference Team.
Ohio State junior attackman Logan Schuss earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in a vote conducted by league coaches. Other major award winners were 2012 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year Scott Ratliff, a junior defenseman for Loyola Maryland, and Fairfield goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano, who earned Goaltender of the Year honors.
Two Denver Pioneers earned major awards as junior midfielder Chase Carraro was named Specialist of the Year and midfielder Wes Berg earned the 2012 ECAC Rookie of the Year award.
Loyola Maryland head coach Charlie Toomey was named Coach of the Year honors after the Greyhounds finished the regular season with a 12-1 record.
Schuss was a major catalyst for an Ohio State offense that used two wins late in the season to earn a No. 2 seed in the ECAC Lacrosse Championship Tournament. The junior scored 38 goals and 17 assists during the regular season, including 18 goals in conference play. Schuss led the conference with 4.17 points per game in-conference, and finished tied for first in goals and tied for eighth in assists with seven.
Loyola Maryland, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ECAC Lacrosse League tournament, led the league in caused turnovers per game with 9.46 and ground balls per game with 33.46. Ratliff, who picked up 30 caused turnovers and 52 during the season to lead the team in both categories, was the cornerstone for a team that started the season with 12 straight victories. Hailing from Marietta, Ga., Ratliff also made an impact on offense, tallying 13 points on six goals and seven assists.
Cipriano, the 2011 ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year, defended his title with a strong year for the tournament-bound Stags. The senior finished second in the ECAC in saves per games in-conference, making 12.00 per game en route to a 4-2 ECAC record. The two-time ECAC Defensive Player of the Week finished the regular season with an 11-3 record, making 159 saves on 474 shots faced.
Carraro finished the season with a .626 winning percentage on face-offs who was part of a Denver front that led the ECAC with a 191-124 faceoff record -- a 60.1 percent success rate. In conference games, the junior won 60 percent of his face-offs (78). Carraro finished the regular season with 13 goals and four assists for 17 points, including a game-winning goal, during an 8-5 campaign for the Pioneers.
In February, Berg was named the 2012 ECAC Pre-Season Rookie of the Year. The talented freshman from Coquitlam, British Columbia, did not disappoint, scoring 20 goals and adding six assists for 26 points. Berg’s 12 in-conference goals ranked for second-best on the squad. He helped a Pioneers offense that finished first in the conference in goals per game (12.23), assists per game (7.69) and shot percentage (.332).
An all-rookie team was selected for the first time this season.
2012 ECAC Lacrosse League All-Conference Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Logan Schuss, Jr., Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Scott Ratliff, Jr., Loyola Maryland
Goalkeeper of the Year: Charlie Cipriano, Sr., Fairfield
Specialist of the Year: Chase Carraro, Jr., Denver
Rookie of the Year: Wes Berg, Fr., Denver
A - Logan Schuss, Jr., Ohio State
A - Mike Sawyer, Jr., Loyola Maryland
A - Mark Matthews, Sr., Denver
M - Brent Adams, Sr., Fairfield
M - Davis Butts, Jr., Loyola Maryland
M - Sam Snow, Jr., Fairfield
D - Scott Ratliff, Jr., Loyola Maryland
D - Dayton Gilbreath, Sr., Air Force
D - Joe Bonanni, Sr., Ohio State
SPEC - Chase Carraro, Jr., Denver
GK - Charlie Cipriano, Sr., Fairfield
A - Eric Lusby, Sr., Loyola Maryland
A - Alex Love, So., Hobart
A - John Snellman, Sr., Fairfield
M - Chase Carraro, Jr., Denver
M - Jeremy Noble, So., Denver
M - Cameron Flint, Jr., Denver
D - Keenan Ochwat, Sr., Ohio State
D - Joe Fletcher, So., Loyola Maryland
D - Drew Palmer, Sr., Fairfield
SPEC - Bobby Dattilo, Sr., Hobart
GK - Greg Dutton, So., Ohio State
A - Keith Dreyer, Fr., Air Force
A - Tristan Sperry, Fr., Fairfield
A - Andrew Federico, Fr., Fairfield
M - Wes Berg, Fr., Denver
M - Jesse King, Fr., Ohio State
M - Taylor Vanderbeek, Fr., Hobart
D - Carson Cannon, Fr., Denver
D - Davis Gunter, Fr., Air Force
D - Bobby Schmitt, Fr., Bellarmine
SPEC - Bryan Price, So., Air Force
GK - Ryan LaPlante, Fr., Denver
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