All-Northeast Conference (NEC) 2012 Teams and Awards

The All-NEC Second Team Attack saw two players from Robert Morris redshirt junior Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario/The Hill School) and senior Casey Abbott (San Jose, CA/Bellarmine Prep) join All-NEC veteran Brett Schmidt (Great Mills, MD/St. Mary's Ryken) in the all-star mix.

Morton, making his first appearance on a league team, pumped in 27 goals and totaled the third most points in the league with 45. He averaged 1.93 goals per game, good enough for third in the conference, and ranked fifth in points per game, tallying 3.21 through 14 games played.

Abbott added 17 goals and 28 points to the RMU attack while grabbing 22 ground balls and causing seven turnovers. Schmidt, making his third All-NEC appearance, matched teammate Scalley for the team-lead in points with 44 thanks to a 26-goal, 18-assist effort this season. He also tied Scalley in points per game (3.38) and ranked fifth overall in goals per game (2.00).

Bryant's Max Weisenberg (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach), Robert Morris' Kevin Brownell (Burlington, Ontario/Central), Wagner's Nick DePhillips (Glen Ridge, NJ/Glen Ridge/Ohio State) and Sacred Heart's Matt Ferrino (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) dotted the second-team midfield.

Weisenberg was a balanced scoring threat in 2012, netting 15 goals and dishing out 13 assists for 28 points. He also added 21 ground balls to his resume. Brownell chipped in 15 goals as well and accumulated 23 points for the league's top offense. DePhillips led the Seahawks with 24 scores and 27 points while Ferrino tacked on 16 goals and dished out five assists for 21 points, ranking fifth in scoring on the Sacred Heart squad.

On defense, Sacred Heart's Andrew Newbold (Loveland, OH/Loveland) played and started in all 13 games this season and helped the Pioneers limit teams to 11 goals per game. Statistically, he contributed 40 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers.

Mount St. Mary's Kevin Downs (San Rafael, CA/St. Ignatius), a rookie pick in 2011, earned the starting nod in 10 of his 13 games played and accounted for seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Ben Lewis (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia Central) from Robert Morris makes his second appearance on the second-team after picking up 25 ground balls to go with 17 caused turnovers this season.

Sacred Heart's Ryan Hughes (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) landed the second-team goalkeeper spot after posting 140 saves and a 4-6 record, including a victory over then-No. 15 Yale with 12 stops.

Robert Morris' Mike Grosz (St. Louis, MO/Parkway West) rounded out the second-team as the specialist. The Colonials' top faceoff man, Grosz had a 54% FO winning percentage after winning 172 of his 315 attempts. He also gobbled up 107 ground balls.

The NEC All-Rookie Team consisted of 10 players, four of which hailed from Quinnipiac.

Mike Sagl (West Islip, NY/West Islip) starred as the Bobcats top scorer this season, netting 16 goals and totaling 31 points. Matt Diehl (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) ranked right behind him with 28 points, including a team-high 17 assists. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, CT/St. Joseph's) placed fifth overall on the team with 10 goals and 15 points. Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, CT/South Windsor) completed the Hamden, CT group after picking up 21 ground balls and causing five turnovers as one QU's starting defenders this season.

Bryant was well represented as well, placing three players on the team. Along with Massa, midfielder Brian Schlansker (Glenville, NY/Niskayuna) and defenseman Connor Dent (Havertown, PA/St. Joseph's Prep) were honored as all-rookie picks. Schlansker scored eight goals and had two assists for 10 points while Dent started in 13 of 15 games played, contributing 23 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

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2012-05-03



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