FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cadets pair named Offensive,
Defensive Players of the Year
WINTHROP, Mass. – After a year in which it won a share of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular-season title and appeared in the league title game, Norwich University senior attacker Josh Jenkins has been selected as the 2018 Men's Lacrosse GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, while Cadets senior defender Zach Adler was named the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year.
The league's head coaches voted upon all major awards and all-conference selections, which were announced on Monday afternoon by the conference office. For the complete list of honorees and All-Sportsmanship Team selections, please see below.
Jenkins ranked second in the GNAC in goals (45), tied for fourth in assists (22) and tied for second in points (67) as Norwich went 8-1 in GNAC regular-season play. Adler helped anchor a Cadets defense that allowed just 73 goals in nine league games.
Jenkins and Adler were both First Team All-GNAC choices as well, as the Cadets had a league-leading five on the First Team, including junior midfielder Cody Moore, senior longstick midfielder Matt Whear and senior defender Thomas Carlson.
Anna Maria College junior Paul Schwarz was selected as the GNAC Goalkeeper of the Year, as the netminder led the conference in saves (359) and save percentage (.674) for the AMCATS.
Mount Ida College freshman midfielder Mike Alibrandi was voted the league's Rookie of the Year after notching 16 goals and 23 assists for the Mustangs. The 23 helpers rank third among GNAC leaders.
Receiving GNAC Coach of the Year honors was Anna Maria's Nate Mayo, who helped guide the AMCATS into the GNAC Tournament as the No. 8 seed.
Joining Jenkins at attacker on the First Team were Johnson & Wales University (RI) senior Eric Russo and Lasell College senior Austin Tomasetti. Entering JWU's NCAA Tournament matchup following winning the GNAC title at Norwich this past Saturday, Russo leads the GNAC in points (83) and assists (42). Tomasetti, meanwhile, was second among GNAC leaders in both points (67) and assists (40).
At midfielder, JWU junior Ben Farrell and Lasell junior Ryan Madden joined Moore on the First Team. Farrell has 34 goals and 20 assists entering the NCAA Tournament. Madden had 41 goals and 17 assists for the Lasers.
Lasell senior Greg Klaum was the choice at First Team shortstick midfielder, while Emmanuel College senior Michael Sousa was the selection at First Team faceoff specialist. Lasell junior David Sheehan was the other First Team defender alongside Norwich's Adler and Carlson.
A – Eric Russo, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., West Grove, Pa.)
A – Austin Tomasetti, Lasell (Sr., Elmsford, N.Y.)
A – Josh Jenkins, Norwich (Sr., Centennial, Colo.)
M – Ben Farrell, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Jr., Baltimore, Md.)
M – Ryan Madden, Lasell (Jr., Hingham, Mass.)
M – Cody Moore, Norwich (Jr., Canton, N.Y.)
LSM – Matt Whear, Norwich (Sr., Duxbury, Mass.)
SSM – Greg Klaum, Lasell (Sr., Floral Park, N.Y.)
F/O – Michael Sousa, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Sr., Cranston, R.I.)
D – David Sheehan, Lasell (Jr., Tewksbury, Mass.)
D – Zach Adler, Norwich (Sr., Stratham, N.H.)
D – Thomas Carlson, Norwich (Sr., Hebron, Conn.)
GK – Paul Schwarz, Anna Maria (Jr., Staten Island, N.Y.)
A – Charlie Moran, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Sr., Maitland, Fla.)
A – Kyle Ton, Mount Ida (Jr., Norwich, Conn.)
A – Colby Larsen, Rivier (Jr., Windham, N.H.)
M – Mike Alibrandi, Mount Ida (Fr., Holliston, Mass.)
M – Sean Brady, Rivier (Jr., Tewksbury, Mass.)
M – Eric Guinasso, Rivier (Jr., Pelham, N.H.)
LSM – Owen Macca, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Jr., West Hartford, Conn.)
SSM – Joseph Santangelo, Norwich (Jr., Fallston, Md.)
F/O – Jack Dwyer, Norwich (Sr., Shelburne, Vt.)
D – Travis Duhamel, Lasell (Sr., Deerfield, N.H.)
D – Raymond Emery, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Abington, Mass.)
D – Liam Skinner, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Irving, Texas)
GK – Cam Hayward, Mount Ida (Sr., Derry, N.H.)
A – Brandon Pavoni, Anna Maria (So., Granby, Mass.)
A – Liam Ryan, Rivier (Sr., Dorchester, Mass.)
A – Michael Finn, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Quincy, Mass.)
M – Alex McCormack-Kuhman, Lasell (Sr., Wells, Maine)
M – Marcus Donahue, Mount Ida (Sr., Braintree, Mass.)
M – Joe Kelland, Rivier (Sr., Watertown, Mass.)
LSM – Matt Carnevale, Lasell (So., Beverly, Mass.)
SSM – TJ Gannon, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., Methuen, Mass.)
F/O – Ben Werner, Lasell (So., Boxford, Mass.)
D – Shayne Rix, Mount Ida (Jr., Westwood, Mass.)
D – Jack Nordin, Rivier (So., Dunbarton, N.H.)
D – Tom Lisiecki, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., South Boston, Mass.)
GK – Connor Trainor, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Franklin, Mass.)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Josh Jenkins, Norwich
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Zach Adler, Norwich
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR – Paul Schwarz, Anna Maria
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Mike Alibrandi, Mount Ida
COACH OF THE YEAR – Nate Mayo, Anna Maria
INSTITUTIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Norwich
Jack Kerner, Albertus Magnus (Sr., Merrick, N.Y.)
Dan Rinkus, Anna Maria (Sr., Harwinton, Conn.)
Jack Boyle, Emmanuel (So., Milford, Mass.)
Jacob deMey, Johnson & Wales (Jr., Putnam Valley, N.Y.)
Austin Tomasetti, Lasell (Sr., Elmsford, N.Y.)
Matt Curran, Mount Ida (Jr., Abington, Mass.)
Matthew Thresher, Norwich (Sr., Somers, Conn.)
Logan Bateman, Regis (Mass.) (Fr., Claremont, N.H.)
George Landry, Rivier (Sr., Nashua, N.H.)
Peter Wood, Saint Joseph's (Maine) (Jr., Gloucester, Mass.)
Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.
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