April 23, 2014

Limestone Sweeps Conference Carolinas Kudos

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Conference Carolinas All-Conference Men's Lacrosse Teams were determined by vote from each head coach of participating institutions. Nominations are collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine First Team, Second Team, Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year award winners. Awards are announced during Conference Tournament Championships.

This year's award winners are as follows:

Offensive Player of the Year

Mike Messenger, Limestone
Sophomore midfielder Mike Messenger burst onto the scene this season with the Saints as he has produced 44 points on 27 goals and 17 assists and added 26 groundballs in helping Limestone to a No. 3 national ranking. A two-time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week selection, the High Point University transfer registered four goals and an assist in a season opening win. He later equaled that production in a win over No. 4 Seton Hill and topped it with four goals and two assists in a Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship clinching victory over Pfeiffer. He becomes the sixth Saint to earn league Player of the Year honors, and the fifth straight award winner.

Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Starnino, Limestone
Senior defenseman Anthony Starnino has established himself as one of the best in the nation at his position and becomes the first Saint to earn Conference Carolinas Defender of the Year in just the second year of the award. This season he has compiled 33 caused turnovers and 41 groundballs to go along with a goal and two assists. He is currently seventh in NCAA DII with an average of 2.36 caused turnovers per game and recorded six caused turnovers and six groundballs against Rollins in February before coming away with eight caused turnovers, three groundballs and an assist in an 8-5 win over No. 4 Tampa on March 22.

Freshman of the Year

Kevin Reisman, Limestone
Not just the top freshman in Conference Carolinas, freshman faceoff specialist Kevin Reisman has proven to be one of the best in the nation, particularly at the center "X". This season he is an incredible 148-of-215 in faceoffs and has 122 groundballs in just 14 games. Those numbers come out be 8.71 groundballs per game and a .688 winning percentage, both of which are third in NCAA DII. He has won 10 or more faceoffs and reached double-digit groundballs seven times this year, including 19 faceoff wins twice. On March 30 he went an amazing 19-of-20 on faceoffs and collected 19 groundballs, the latter ranking as the most on record by a Saint. He was selected as Conference Carolinas Player of the Week earlier this season following that performance.

Coach of the Year

J.B. Clarke, Limestone
Limestone head coach J.B. Clarke earns his first Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year honor as he has taken a team with no returning All-Americans to a 13-1 overall record and the No. 3 ranking in the country and guided them to the program's eighth straight Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship. This season the Saints have defeated four nationally ranked teams, including No. 4 Tampa, No. 4 Seton Hill and No. 8 Merrimack with their lone loss coming by just four goals to No. 1 and defending national champion Le Moyne. Clarke earned his 200th career victory earlier this season against Merrimack and has Limestone positioned for a record extending 15th straight berth in the NCAA DII Tournament

All-Conference

First Team

Attack
Todd Nakasuji, Limestone
Dan Shields, Mount Olive
Connor Sellars, Belmont Abbey

Midfield
Mike Messenger, Limestone
Steven Tilmon, Pfeiffer
Joshua Williams, Limestone
Scotty Steele, Belmont Abbey

Long Pole Midfielder
Devin Cruz, Belmont Abbey
Michael Triolo, Pfeiffer

Specialist
Kevin Reisman, Limestone

Defense
Anthony Starnino, Limestone
Claymore Wade, Pfeiffer
Glenn Trovato, Limestone

Goalkeeper
Hayden Kirk, Pfeiffer
Patrick Sheridan, Limestone

Second Team

Attack
Matt Shields, Mount Olive
Kyle Rhatigan, Limestone
Tucker Hammock, Pfeiffer
Robert Hope, Pfeiffer

Midfield
Spencer Allen, Pfeiffer
Nico Shewey, Mount Olive
Colton Watkinson, Limestone
Joey McGinley, Belmont Abbey

Long Pole Midfielder
PJ White, Limestone
Sean Shewey, Mount Olive

Specialist
Jamar Peete, Limestone

Defense
Luke Morris, Mount Olive
Peter Papaleonti, Limestone
David Lehman, Pfeiffer

Goalkeeper
Ross Bowman, Mount Olive


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