Northeast Conference All-NEC Teams and Player Awards

Smithfield, RI Top-seeded and Northeast Conference tournament host Bryant claimed two of the five major awards and placed 10 student-athletes on the all-conference teams, it was revealed Thursday evening.

Sophomore midfielder Kevin Massa (Huntington, NY/Elwood John Glenn) was named the NEC Player of the Year while freshman attackman Shane Morrell (Glen Mills, PA/Episcopal Academy) garnered the NEC Rookie of the Year honor.

Mount St. Mary's attackman Andrew Scalley (Arnold, MD/Archbishop Spalding) earned the NEC Offensive Player of the Year award after leading the league in scoring, and Robert Morris' long stick midfielder Sean Meagher (Chesterfield, MO/St. Louis University) hoisted the NEC Defensive Player of the Year plaque. Sacred Heart head coach Tom Mariano was voted as the coach of the year by his peers for leading the Pioneers to the playoffs for the first time in NEC league history.

Held on the campus of Bryant University, the pre-tournament banquet brought together all four teams Bryant, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart participating in the 2013 NEC Men's Lacrosse Tournament for an evening of recognition.

Massa won his second major award in as many years after capturing the NEC Rookie of the Year award in 2012. He was masterful at the faceoff X again this season, leading both the conference and the country in every statistic. The three-time NEC Player of the Week posted a 257-106 faceoff wins-loss record and captured 194 ground balls along the way, tying the NCAA single-season mark. Additionally, he averaged 12.12 ground balls per game, besting his next closest competitor by nearly 2.20 GBs. On the offensive end, he scored three goals and dished out six assists for nine points. Massa also was the unanimous All-NEC First Team Specialist, his second such honor of his career.

Scalley had a record-breaking season while playing attack for Mount St. Mary's. The Arnold, MD native set the NEC record for points in a season with 66 on the strength of 30 goals and 36 assists. He averaged the most points per game (4.40) in the league and ranked sixth among NCAA Division I players. He also set the mark for points in a game this season with 10 in a win over Manhattan after putting on a pair of nine-point performances in victories over Delaware and Georgetown. The second all-time leading in scorer in Mount St. Mary's history with 220 points, Scalley was also a unanimous selection on the All-NEC First Team. It marks the fourth straight year he has earned All-NEC accolades, three times as a first team member.

Meagher was one of the main reasons Robert Morris led the country in caused turnovers this season (10.69 ctpg). A native of Chesterfield, MO, Meagher produced an NEC-leading 28 turnovers through 13 games played, averaging the 11th most per game in the country (2.15). He also scooped up 36 ground balls and recorded three points with two goals and one assist. The 6-foot-4 junior also garnered a spot on the All-NEC Second Team.

Morrell made it two straight years a Bryant player has taken home NEC Rookie of the Year honors. The Glen Mills, PA native scored 26 goals and dished out 16 assists for a team-high 42 points, averaging the most points per game by a rookie (2.62) and the ninth most by all players in the league. A three-time NEC Rookie of the Week, Morrell also contributed 28 ground balls to a Bulldog team that led the NEC and placed second in the country with 38.06 pickups per game. He also highlighted a group of seven Bryant players that earned All-NEC First Team honors.

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