All-Centennial Conference 2010 Teams and Awards

LANCASTER, Pa. Six members of the third-ranked Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) team, which was announced by conference officials on Tuesday.

Senior midfielder Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) was selected to the first team and was honored as the conference's player of the year, as Gettysburg claimed the award for the fifth year in a row and the 10th time overall.

Also capturing first-team recognition were senior attackman Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and senior defenseman Timothy Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown). Junior midfielder Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) and junior defenseman John Odierna (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) were second-team selections while junior midfielder Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) gained honorable mention.

McGrath became the second consecutive Bullet midfielder to be named CC Player of the Year, following Tom O'Donnell '09, and he earned All-Centennial Conference honors for the second year in a row after landing second-team recognition last year. He has put together his best season at Gettysburg statistically, setting career-highs for goals (38), assists (18), points (56), and ground balls (38) while leading the team in goals and points.

Among the Centennial Conference leaders, he ranks seventh in goals per game (2.94), seventh in assists per game (1.06), and fourth in points per game (3.29). McGrath tied a career-high with five goals in wins over then-No. 5 Dickinson College and Franklin & Marshall College, and he dished out a career-high four assists in the Centennial Conference championship game against Haverford College.

Brody became just the fourth player to be named All-Centennial Conference four times at Gettysburg and the first since Pat Vaughan '07 from 2004-07. Also a first-team pick in 2008, Brody has enjoyed another outstanding season, ranking second on the team with 30 goals and third among the Bullets with 15 assists. He is second on the team with 45 points and has set a career-high with 30 ground balls.

In the Centennial Conference, he is 10th in both assists per game (0.88) and points per game (2.65), and he became just the fifth player in school history to score 200 points when he reached the milestone in a win over Ursinus College on April 10. He remains fifth in points (207) while ranking sixth in goals (137) and seventh in assists (70).

Kurpis captured his second straight all-conference honor after gaining first-team status last year as well. He has helped lead a defense that leads the Centennial Conference and ranks 11th in Division III in goals allowed per game (6.41). For the season, he has picked up 29 ground balls while ranking second on the squad with 20 caused turnovers. Kurpis has also notched one goal and one assist on the offensive end.

Lynch, Odierna, and Cahill were all first-time All-CC selections. A second-year starter, Lynch has turned in career-best numbers of 32 goals, eight assists, and 40 points. He is the team's second-leading goal scorer and ranks fourth among the Bullets in points. He poured in nine goals over a two-game stretch early in the season, posting a career-high five in a come-from-behind win at Hampden-Sydney College before tossing in four in a victory over Goucher College. Lynch is currently ninth in the Centennial Conference in goals per game (1.88).

Odierna, a first-time All-CC selection, has performed well in his first full season as a starter. He has aided the defense with a team-leading 24 caused turnovers to go with 37 ground balls fourth among the Bullets. In one of his top performances of the season, he scooped four ground balls and caused four turnovers in a win over Ursinus.

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