All-Patriot League Teams, Major Awards Announced

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. The four teams that qualified for this weekend's Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament are well represented on the All-League team and major awards, which were announced Tuesday by the League office.

All-League voting was conducted by the seven head coaches who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes or themselves. The All-League team is normally made up of 24 student-athletes with 12 on each team, but ties in the voting expanded the first team to 15 members, while the second team boasts 11.

Twenty-three of the 26 student-athletes to earn All-League honors will be participating in this weekend's tournament, along with all five major award winners.

[ Note: The full listing of awards is at the end of this post. ]

Colgate and Lehigh, the tournament's No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, each captured two major awards. Colgate junior Peter Baum was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Ryan Walsh nabbed the Rookie of the Year honor. Lehigh freshman Matt Poillon was named Goalkeeper of the Year, while fellow Mountain Hawk Kevin Cassese was honored as Coach of the Year.

Third-seeded Army collected the fifth major award, as senior Tim Henderson was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Both Baum and Henderson fulfilled their major awards expectations, and each was named Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the head coaches in the weeks leading up to the regular season.

Lehigh led with eight All-League honorees in all, while Army, Bucknell and Colgate tied with five apiece. Navy, which tied with Bucknell for fourth place at 3-3 in the League but missed out on the tournament because of a head-to-head tiebreaker loss, rounded out the team with three selections.

Baum is one of several cogs in the wheel of Colgate's potent offense that currently sits second in the nation averaging 13.54 goals per game. A junior from Portland, Ore., Baum leads the country averaging 3.92 goals and is second with 5.23 points per contest. He enters the tournament with the League lead in goals (51) and points (68). His goal total is the third-highest single-season total in League history, while his points tally is tied for sixth. He also ranks third in the League in shooting percentage, with 40.8 percent of his attempts finding the back of the net. Baum joins fellow Raiders Derek Laub (1993) and Brandon Corp (2007-09) to garner the Offensive Player of the Year tag.

Henderson, a senior long stick midfielder, has been a stalwart for the Black Knights in his four seasons at West Point. He comes from a tremendous pedigree, as his older brother Bill was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and again in '11. Henderson enters the tournament ranked second on his team with 19 caused turnovers and 54 ground balls. He is also a key to the Army transition game and has contributed offensively with three goals and three assists for six points. As a junior last season, Henderson was the only long stick to earn honorable mention USILA All-America status and was a preseason second-team All-America honoree by the Face-Off Yearbook.

Poillon, a freshman, earned the starting goalkeeping job at Lehigh at the start of the season and has not relinquished it. The Mount Sinai, N.Y., native leads the Patriot League in goals-against average (6.00) and save percentage (.617), which ranks him second and fourth, respectively, nationally in those categories. Poillon has surrendered a League-low 82 goals this season, while his 9.43 saves per game are third best in the League. He is the first Lehigh player named to the award since its inception in 2005.

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2012-04-24



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