Denison Takes Broom to NCAC Honors
from press release
CLEVELAND -- Denison seniors Austin Campbell (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) and Eddie Vita (Coronado, CA/Coronado) have been named the Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively, to highlight the 2014 All-North Coast Athletic Conference men's lacrosse selections after balloting by league coaches.
Campbell, who is an All-NCAC first-team selection for the third year in a row, collected his second-straight Defensive Player of the Year Award after anchoring the Big Red's defensive unit that has only allowed 89 goals in 17 games this season. The senior long stick midfielder leads the league with 29 caused turnovers and is seventh among NCAC players with 55 groundballs. In addition, Campbell has netted five goals and passed out five assists this season for 10 total points.
Vita is making his second-straight appearance on the first team and third overall after he was also a second-team selection in 2012. Vita has been the league's most balanced offensive player as he is tied for the lead with 61 points after tallying 34 goals and dishing out a league-leading 27 assists. In 17 games this season, Vita has connected on 46.6 percent (34-of-73) of his shots and has also totaled 32 groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Denison freshman attack Luke Walsh (Buffalo, NY/Nichols School/Deerfield Academy) was named the North Coast's Newcomer of the Year by vote of the league coaches. Walsh, who also garnered first-team accolades in his rookie season, is tied with Vita for the league lead in points with 61 after burying 43 goals and handing out 18 assists through 17 games.
Denison senior midfielder Chapin Speidel (Charlottesville, VA/St. Annes's-Belfield) was named to the top team for the second year in a row, while DU senior defender Tommy Harrison (Westford, MA/Rivers/Kimball Union) makes his second career appearance on the first team after also earning the honor in 2012. Speidel was a second-team selection in 2012, while Harrison was named to the second team last spring.
Ohio Wesleyan junior Ryan McMahon (Springfield, VA/The Bullis School) elevated to the first team after earning back-to-back second-team selections from 2012-13, while OWU senior defender Stephen Coyne (Huntington, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) makes his debut on the top team after earning second-team laurels in 2013.
The junior trio of OWU attack John Umbach (Montclair, NJ/Montclair), OWU midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms, CT) and Denison defender Drew Newman (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) all jumped to the top squad after earning honorable-mention nods last year.
Denison sophomore specialist Eric Baumgardner (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College), Ohio Wesleyan junior defender Steve Barnett (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and Denison sophomore midfielder James Meager (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) each make their All-NCAC debut on the first team.
Denison head coach Mike Caravana earned Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in his career by a vote of the league coaches. Caravana guided the Big Red to their 15th league title this season with a perfect 7-0 record against league foes, and also led DU to its first NCAC Tournament title with a 14-5 triumph over arch-rival Ohio Wesleyan in the championship game. Caravana, who owns a 225-81 record in 21 total years at Denison, will lead the Big Red into the 2014 NCAA Div. III Tournament with a perfect 17-0 record.
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