All-Northeast Conference (NEC) 2012 Teams and Awards

Two teams of 12 players - three attackmen, four midfielders, three defensemen, one goalkeeper and one specialist - and a 10-man rookie squad were also announced at the banquet.

The first-team attack was made up of two players who have previous All-NEC experience and a newcomer who tied for the league-lead in scoring.

Joining teammates Love and Massa on the first team, junior Peter McMahon (Wilton, CT/Wilton) had another sensational season at attack for head coach Mike Pressler and the Bryant Bulldogs. The now-three-time all-conference performer led his team in scoring with 21 goals and 44 points and contributed 29 ground balls to a squad that ranks first in the nation in that category, scooping up 37.94 GBs per game. In the league, he ranks seventh overall in points per game, averaging 2.75 per contest

Mount St. Mary's Andrew Scalley (Arnold, MD/Archbishop Spalding) earned his second straight appearance on the All-NEC First Team after a season in which he finished first on the team in scoring. The Arnold, MD native netted 23 goals and handed out 21 assists for 44 points, averaging the second-most points per game in the league at 3.38.

Junior Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial) of Robert Morris seemed like he couldn't miss when he had the ball this season. The Colonial attackman scored 40 goals on 69 shots, boasting the second-best shooting percentage in the country at 58%. He finished the regular season with 58 points, tying for the team- and conference-lead in scoring with teammate Matisz. Additionally, Hayes ranked in a tie for first in points per game (4.14) and occupied the top spot in goals per game (2.86). He also added 27 ground balls to his third-year resume.

At first-team midfield, Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, CT/Greenwich) of Bryant, Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario/John McCrae) and Bryant Schmidt (Great Mills, MD/St. Mary's Ryken) of Mount St. Mary's joined Matisz to complete four-man unit. Dunster finished second in scoring behind teammate McMahon with 31 goals and 43 points, ranking him sixth in the league in goals per game (1.94) and ninth in points per game (2.69).

Buchanan put up the sixth-best points per game average (2.85) in the NEC after accumulating 37 on the strength of 15 goals and a team-high 22 assists. Through 13 games played, he averaged 1.69 assists per game, a figure that places him second in the league in that category. Schmidt, meanwhile, makes his third straight appearance on the first team after netting 28 goals and finishing third on the Mount with 34 points. He ranks fourth in the league in goals per game (2.15) and 10th overall in points per game (2.62).

Defensively, the All-NEC First Team saw the repeat selection of Bryant's Mason Poli (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown East), a 2012 Tewaaraton nominee. Poli, who was named to the first-team a season ago, proved to be a threat on both sides of the ball, anchoring a defense that held opponents to 7.72 goals per game while contributing 19 goals and 25 points to the offense. He also scooped up 40 ground balls and caused nine turnovers.

Joining him on the first team, teammate Glenn Maiorano (Easton, CT/Fairfield Prep) scooped up 24 ground balls while contributing to that stout defensive effort. Quinnipiac's Chris Coppolecchia (Somers, NY/Somers) rounded out the group. He proved to be one of the top takeaway defenders in the country, causing a nation-leading 3.31 turnovers per game and finishing the regular season with 43 caused turnovers. He also added 61 ground balls.

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2012-05-03



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