May 1, 2013

Trocchi, Paradiso Lead GNAC Conference Kudos

from press release

BOSTON, Mass. – The Great Northeast Athletic Conference has announced the 2012-2013 All-GNAC Men's Lacrosse Teams as well as major awards after this weekend's championship which saw top-seeded Norwich University take down second-seeded Mount Ida College, 9-7, in the Championship.

Mount Ida College sophomore attack Michael Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.) was named the 2013 GNAC Player of the Year. The sophomore led the Mustangs to an 11-8 overall record, while compiling an 8-1 GNAC record, leading the team to earn the No. 2 seed in the GNAC tournament. Trocchi was the GNAC leader in total points, totaling 68 points on the year. The attack-man dished out 42 assists, which was also the most in the GNAC. The sophomore also contributed with 26 goals on the season for the Mustangs. In a March 16th game against Rivier University, Trocchi scored three goals while handing out seven assists for 10 points on the day, in a 11-6 victory. Trocchi was a huge factor in the success of Mount Ida for the year.

Norwich University goalie Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) was named the GNAC 2013 Defensive Player of the Year for his Cadets. The junior defensive anchor for the Cadets led the GNAC in save percentage, stopping 64.3% of the shots he faced. Additionally, Paradiso led the league in goals allowed, letting in just 66 on the year, an astounding 40 less goals than any other goalie on the year. The Westford, Mass. native compiled a GNAC best 5.87 goals against average for the season. He led his Cadet's to a 9-0 regular season GNAC record and the top seed in the GNAC playoffs. Norwich would go on as the top seed to win the GNAC Championship, and currently have a record of 12-3 overall heading into the NCAA tournament. Paradiso was also named the GNAC tournament MVP.

Norwich University head Coach Neal Anderson also took home the 2013 GNAC Coach of the Year award for his Cadets. In his fifth season with the Cadets, Anderson guided his team to an undefeated season in GNAC play, with a perfect 9-0 regular season. Under Anderson, the Cadets would remain perfect in the GNAC playoff's, clinching the program's first-ever GNAC Championship. The coach has helped the team put together a 12-game win streak going into the Division III Men's Lacrosse NCAA tournament.

Mount Ida College freshman Phil Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) has been named the 2013 GNAC Rookie of the Year. The freshman attack-man was second in the league in points, putting together 61 on the year. Pichel was also second in the league in goals, scoring a 40 for the Mustangs. The rookie sensation also dished out 21 assists on the year, which was good for third in the GNAC ranks. In a March 23rd contest versus Becker College, the freshman erupted for six goals en route to a 12-5 victory for the Mustangs. The freshman was a key factor in helping Mount Ida to an 8-1 GNAC conference record, and contributed greatly to the success of the Mustangs over the course of the 2013 season.

2013 All-Conference Team

FIRST TEAM
Michael Trocchi Attack Sophomore Mount Ida Danvers, Mass.
Andy Puopolo Attack Sophomore Lasell Duxbury, Mass.
Ian Mendoza Attack Junior Norwich Mount Airy, Md.
Nick Yacuzzi Midfielder Senior Mount Ida Oakham, Mass.
Dylan Fernandes Midfielder Sophomore Lasell Billerica, Mass.
Max Smith Midfielder Junior Emerson Gillette, N.J.
Nate Fortezzo Short Stick Specialist Senior Norwich Branford, Conn.
Josh Menge Long Stick Specialist Senior Norwich Hagaman, N.Y.
Thomas Andrews Defense Senior Norwich Hartland, Vt.
Nick Maurias Defense Senior Mount Ida Peabody, Mass.
Pat Heffernan Defense Freshman Emmanuel Pembroke, Mass.
Mark Paradiso Goalie Junior Norwich Westford, Mass.

SECOND TEAM
Dave Deschenes Attack Sophomore Becker Gales Ferry, Conn.
Seth Fuller Attack Sophomore Norwich Wheaton, Ill.
Jeff Petersen Attack Senior Becker Syracuse, N.Y.
Joe Ignagni Midfielder Senior Becker Kingston, Mass.
Andrew Hamill Midfielder Junior Saint Joseph's (ME) Wolfeboro, N.H.
Aaron Canarelli Midfielder Senior Norwich New Hartford, N.Y.
Michael Rogers Short Stick Specialist Freshman Emmanuel New Haven, Conn.
Atticus Robert Long Stick Specialist Senior Lasell Deerfield, N.H. Eric Marcantonio Defense Sophomore Lasell Lexington, Mass.
Bert Comins Defense Senior Saint Joseph's (ME) Newbury, Mass. Matt Keiler Defense Senior Lasell Salem, Mass.
Christopher Driscoll Goalie Senior Saint Joseph's (ME) Saco, Maine

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Trocchi Attack Sophomore Mount Ida Danvers, Mass.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mark Paradiso Goalie Junior Norwich Westford, Mass.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Phil Pichel Attack Freshman Mount Ida Hopkinton, Mass.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Neal Anderson Norwich

SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM
Jason Baker Defense Senior Anna Maria Billerica, Mass.
Michael Monoz Goalie Senior Becker Avon, Conn.
Tommy Driscoll Goalie Senior Daniel Webster South Boston, Mass.
Matt Ulrich Defense Senior Emerson Pittsburgh, Pa.
Brian O'Reagan Attack Junior Emmanuel Milton, Mass.
Robbie Palazzo Attack Sophomore Lasell Redding, Conn.
Kareem Cope Midfielder Sophomore Mount Ida Stamford, Conn.
Judd Baggett Midfielder Senior Norwich Newtown, Conn.
Kyle Graham Midfielder Freshman Rivier Londonderry, N.H.
Jordan Grant Midfielder Senior Saint Joseph's (ME) Windsor, Maine

2013 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Dave Deschenes Attack Sophomore Becker Gales Ferry, Conn.
John DeAngelis Midfielder Junior Becker Swampscott, Mass.
Michael Rogers Midfielder Freshman Emmanuel New Haven, Conn.
Justin Kelly Midfielder Freshman Emmanuel Collegeville, Pa.
Michael Trocchi Attack Sophomore Mount Ida Danvers, Mass.
Craig Bray Goalie Junior Mount Ida New Canaan, Conn.
Michael Whitney Defense Sophomore Mount Ida Chaska, Minn.
Ian Mendoza Attack Junior Norwich Mount Airy, Md.
Nate Fortezzo Midfielder Senior Norwich Branford, Conn.
Josh Menge LS Midfielder Senior Norwich Hagaman, N.Y.
Ian Thomas Attack Junior Norwich Barrington, R.I.

2013 TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Mark Paradiso Goalie Junior Norwich Westford, Mass.


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