2011 All-ECAC Teams and Awards Announced

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CENTERVILLE, Mass. Two Loyola University Maryland players, senior defender Steve Dircks and sophomore attack Mike Sawyer earned All-ECAC Lacrosse League First Team honors, and senior face-off specialist John Schiavone was named to the Second Team, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Dircks, a three-year starter on defense, solidified his status as one of the top defenders in the game with a strong senior season. Entering the ECAC Championships, Dircks is second on the team with 14 caused turnovers, and he also has 18 ground balls. He has helped Loyola hold opponents to just eight goals per game.

The All-ECAC honor is the second of Dircks' career. He earned Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2008. Dircks missed the 2009 season with a knee injury, but he returned to the starting lineup last season and has 33 caused turnovers and 69 ground balls in his career.

Sawyer leads Loyola in both goals (27) and points (32) this season, and he is second in the league with 2.25 goals per game, a total that is 15th in NCAA Division I. Sawyer has scored at least one point in every game this season and has multi-point efforts in eight contests.

The 2009 ECAC Rookie of the Year and All-ECAC Second Team member, Sawyer has scored three or more goals four times and had five-goal games against both Bellarmine and at Duke. He followed those contests with a four-goal output against Denver.

Schiavone earned postseason All-ECAC honors for the third year in a row after earning Second Team laurels as a sophomore and First Team honors last year. He has won 55.2-percent of face-offs this year (116 of 210) and has a team-leading 63 ground balls.

The 2010 All-American won a season-high 17 of 24 restarts at Ohio State, and he has five games with seven or more ground balls. He picked up nine at Duke and had back-to-back eight ground ball efforts at Ohio State and against Fairfield. He followed those games with seven each at Georgetown and against Hobart.

The Greyhounds start play in the first-ever ECAC Championships on Thursday when they take on Fairfield at 4 o'clock (Mountain)/6 o'clock (Eastern) in Denver, Colo.

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Fairfield University men's lacrosse junior Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.) was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Keeper of the Year on Tuesday afternoon. The first Stags major postseason award winner since 2005 and the first for the program since joining the ECAC, Cipriano was also voted to the All-ECAC First Team by the league's head coaches.

Cipriano headlined four Stags selected to All-ECAC teams, with Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.) earning his second consecutive selection to the league's First Team. Sam Snow (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Drew Palmer (Webster, N.Y.) were both named to the All-ECAC Second Team. The four selections is the second most for Fairfield in its six seasons in the league, one shy of the five named to All-League teams last spring.

"I am pleased that my fellow ECAC coaches recognized the efforts that these four young men put forth during the 2011 season," said third-year Stags head coach Andy Copelan. "Charlie is in the midst of what I consider an All-America type campaign, while Brent, Sam and Drew have all played at a high-level throughout the year."

Cipriano, a graduate of The Herricks School, earned the league's Defensive Player of the Week accolade three times this season. He finished the regular season sixth in the nation with a .593 save percentage, a number which is tops in the ECAC. Cipriano stopped a career-best 153 shots this season which is the ninth-best single-season effort in Fairfield history. He allowed more than nine goals in just two games this season and his league-leading 7.63 GAA is the lowest number among ECAC keepers. Cipriano played 826:43 in net for Fairfield and started all 14 contests this season. He also ranks second on the roster with 28 ground balls and has caused five turnovers.

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