America East All-Conference Squads and Award Winners

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Stony Brook University, the sixth-ranked team in the nation and the top seed for the upcoming America East Men's Lacrosse Championship, has been rewarded for its success with a pair of end of season awards as Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, Ontario/New Westminster) was unanimously chosen the conference's Player of the Year and Rick Sowell was tabbed Coach of the Year on Tuesday afternoon. University of Vermont's Drew Philie (Sandwich, Mass./Deerfield Academy) was tabbed Rookie of the Year to cap the three major award honorees. The winners, along with the all-conference teams, were determined in a vote by the league's head coaches (coaches could not vote for their own players).

Crowley, a junior midfielder, has established himself as one of the best players in the country, racking up 65 points on 40 goals and 25 assists this season in being named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. His totals place him first nationally with 5.0 points per game. Also chosen as a first-team all-conference selection for the third straight year, Crowley ranks second among league leaders in goals and tied for second in assists. A two-time conference Player of the Week (April 12, May 3), Crowley led the league with 17 goals in league play and ranked second with 28 points.

Sowell, who is in his fourth season at Stony Brook, has led his program to its best season at the Division I level. The Seawolves have won 10 games, their most since 2002, and completed their first-ever unbeaten conference slight en route to the program's first-ever outright regular-season title. Stony Brook, which is currently ranked sixth in the USILA Coaches' Poll and seventh in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Poll, bolsters the second-best offense in the nation averaging 14.3 goals per game. Sowell's squad features six all-conference honorees, including a league-best five first-team choices.

Philie, a freshman attack, ranks third among America East leaders with 54 points, is tied for third with 25 assists and tied for fifth with 29 goals. His 26 points in league play were tied for third-best, while he was tied for first with 15 assists. A two-time America East Rookie of the Week, Philie was also named the conference's Fans' Choice Player of the Year. He tied the league's single-game record with eight assists in a win over Binghamton on April 3 and has led Vermont to its first conference tournament berth since 2003.

Stony Brook was also well represented on the all-conference squads, led by first-team attackers Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) and Jordan McBride (New Westminster, Ontario/New Westminster). Compitello leads the league with 33 assists and ranks second with 62 points, while McBride paces the conference and is tied for third nationally with 45 goals. Also on the first-team squad is UMBC's Matt Latham (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), who ranks sixth with 25 goals, 16 of those coming in league play.

Crowley is joined on the first-team midfield unit by University of Hartford's Carter Bender (Caledon, Ontario/Brewster Academy (N.H.)) and UMBC's Kyle Wimer (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield), a repeat first-team honoree. The duo ranks fifth and eighth among league leaders in assists, respectively.

The first-team defense is made up of University at Albany's Brendan Gleason (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), Binghamton University's Derrick Danieu (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) and UMBC's Matt Kresse (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville). Danieu is a repeat choice, while Kresse was a second-team selection a year ago.

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2010-05-04



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