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MLAX: Lasell's Madden-Sheehan-Anderson Trio Earns GNAC Major Awards


Lasell leads way with a
dozen all-conference selections

WINTHROP, Mass. – Lasell College, which earned the regular-season title and top seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament, has captured three major awards and placed 12 on the annual all-conference teams, which were announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lasers placed 10 student-athletes on the First and Second Teams combined. The selections are voted upon and selected by the GNAC's nine head coaches.

Lasell senior attacker Ryan Madden was named the GNAC Offensive Player of Year, while senior David Sheehan was voted GNAC Defensive Player of the Year and freshman James Anderson took home GNAC Rookie of the Year honors.

Madden finished second in the GNAC with 70 points on 48 goals and 22 assists, while Anderson contributed 36 goals and 13 assists as a rookie. Sheehan had 67 ground balls and a league-leading 44 caused turnovers while anchoring the GNAC's stingiest defense, as the Lasers allowed just 40 goals in eight league contests.

Also earning First Team honors from the Lasers were seniors Mike Susi and Evan Abatiell. To boot, Lasell was recognized as the GNAC's institutional sportsmanship award winner in the sport of men's lacrosse.

Anna Maria College senior Paul Schwarz was voted the GNAC Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight year, as he posted an impressive .600 save percentage. Schwarz was tested often all season long, as he made 195 saves in 765:00 of action for the AMCATS.

Norwich University, which upset top seed Lasell on the road in the GNAC Championship game for their second-ever conference crown, placed four on the First team in senior midfielder Cody Moore, junior longstick midfielder Peter Orlandella, senior face-off specialist Joseph Santangelo, senior defender Jacob Center.

The Cadets get set to take on New England College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Tuesday, May 7 at Tufts.

Saint Joseph's College of Maine senior attacker Michael Finn – the GNAC's leader in goals with 49 – was a First Team selection under third-year head coach Bill Cosentino, who was voted the GNAC Coach of the Year by his peers after the Monks earned the No. 3 seed in the GNAC Tournament.

From Anna Maria, junior attacker Brandon Pavoni was selected to the First Team after registering 45 goals and 23 assists for 68 points.

Johnson & Wales University (RI) senior midfielder Ben Farrell rounded out the First Team after scoring 31 goals to go with 19 helpers for the Wildcats.

First Team
A – Brandon Pavoni, Anna Maria (Jr., Granby, Mass.) 
A – Ryan Madden, Lasell (Sr., Hingham, Mass.) 
A – Michael Finn, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Quincy, Mass.)
M – Ben Farrell, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
M – Mike Susi, Lasell (Sr., Gorham, Maine) 
M – Cody Moore, Norwich (Sr., Canton, N.Y.) 
LSM – Peter Orlandella, Norwich (Jr., Wayland, Mass.)
SSM – Brendan Johnson, Lasell (Jr., Plymouth, Mass.) 
F/O – Joseph Santangelo, Norwich (Sr., Fallston, Md.) 
D – Evan Abatiell, Lasell (Sr., Rutland, Vt.) 
D – David Sheehan, Lasell (Sr., Tewksbury, Mass.) 
D – Jacob Center, Norwich (Sr., Glens Falls, N.Y.) 
GK – Paul Schwarz, Anna Maria (Sr., Staten Island, N.Y.) 

Second Team
A – Andrew Fidalgo, Lasell (So., Wilbraham, Mass.) 
A – Colby Larsen, Rivier (Sr., Windham, N.H.) 
A – Shane Puleo, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (So., Nashua, N.H.) 
M – Ben Hartig-Orr, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Sr., Reading, Vt.) 
M – Colby Buccheri, Lasell (So., Rowley, Mass.)
M – Eric Guinasso, Rivier (Sr., Pelham, N.H.) 
LSM – Alex Osmanski, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (So., Abington, Mass.)
SSM – Christian Williams, Norwich (Jr., Lagrangeville, N.Y.) 
F/O – Ben Werner, Lasell (Jr., Boxford, Mass.) 
D – Tyler Rose, Lasell (Fr., Springfield, Mass.) 
D – Jake Giannelli, Norwich (Sr., Norwich, Conn.)
D – Raymond Emery, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Abington, Mass.)
GK – Alex Beauchemin, Lasell (Fr., Westfield, Mass.) 

Third Team
A – Matt Katon, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Sr., East Falmouth, Mass.) 
A – James Anderson, Lasell (Fr., Medway, Mass.) 
A – Dylan McSparren, Rivier (So., Warwick, R.I.) 
M – Matt Gelb, Johnson & Wales (RI) (So., Huntington, N.Y.) 
M – John Jennings, Norwich (Jr., Riva, Md.) 
M – Zack Hamilton, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (So., Pepperell, Mass.) 
LSM – Dan Gorman, Lasell (Jr., Wilbraham, Mass.) 
SSM – Zach D'Amico, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Fr., Wrentham, Mass.)
F/O – Shane Fors, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Jr., Ledyard, Conn.)
D – Kyle Benning, Anna Maria (Jr., Puyallup, Wash.) 
D – Connor Prangley, Emmanuel (Mass.) (Jr., Nashua, N.H.) 
D – Sean Wallace, Norwich (So., Sandy Hook, Conn.) 
GK – Nick Kandra, Norwich (So., Crofton, Md.) 

David Sheehan, Lasell
Paul Schwarz, Anna Maria
James Anderson, Lasell
Bill Cosentino, Saint Joseph's (Me.)
Lasell College

Mykel Stinson, Albertus Magnus (So., Bridgeport, Conn.) 
James Wieliczko, Anna Maria (Sr., Holderness, N.H.) 
Jacob Hill, Emmanuel (Jr., Westford, Mass.) 
Jake deMey, Johnson & Wales (Sr., Putnam Valley, N.Y.) 
David Sheehan, Lasell (Sr., Tewksbury, Mass.) 
Ian Kriger, Norwich (Sr., Burlington, Mass.) 
George Nicolopoulos, Regis (Sr., Windham, N.H.)
Chris Pennie, Rivier (Sr., Wilmington, Mass.) 
CJ Caron, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (So., Rindge, N.H.)

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. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.