Northeast Conference All-NEC Teams and Player Awards

Mariano was named coach of the year after leading the Pioneers to their first NEC postseason appearance. SHU won three games in league this season and finished in a tie for second place in the standings.

Overall, 24 student-athletes were recognized on the All-NEC First and Second Teams.

Senior Brett Schmidt (Great Mills, MD/St. Mary's Ryken) completed the first team attack, marking his fourth straight honor by the NEC. He ranked first in the league in goals (34) and goals per game (2.27), and placed second in points (60) and points per game (4.00). A 2013 Major League Lacrosse draft pick (Rochester/5th Round), his 60 points were the eighth most by an NCAA Division I player this season.

Looking at the midfield, Bryant's Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, CT/Greenwich) anchored one of the top lines in the conference. A now two-time All-NEC First Team pick, Dunster racked up 29 goals in 16 games this season, averaging 1.81 per contest, the ninth-most in the league. Overall, he tallied 39 points with 10 assists to go along with 29 ground balls.

Sacred Heart's Matt King (Brewster, NY/Brewster) recorded 36 points with 26 goals and 10 assists in 13 games this season. He scored two game-winning goals, including the deciding tally against Robert Morris, and struck once while man-down.

Alex Zomerfeld (Port Jefferson, NY/Comsewogue) of Bryant played and started in all 16 games this season. He scored 23 goals, including five on the man-up unit, and totaled 37 points. The Port Jefferson, NY native also captured 46 ground balls, the second-most among Bulldogs not taking faceoffs.

Robert Morris rookie Eric Rankel (Philadelphia, PA/Downingtown West) had a big year in 2013. The Philadelphia, PA native ranked second in scoring among all NEC rookie with 21 goals and 33 points and contributed solid numbers away from the cage with 17 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

On defense, Bryant took two of the top spots after leading the league in goals allowed. Junior Matt MacGrotty (New Westminster, British Columbia/Taft School) highlighted the D, boasting the second-most caused turnovers in the league with 23. He also scooped up 29 ground balls while playing in 16 games for the Bulldogs this season. Along side him, senior Glenn Maiorano (Easton, CT/Fairfield Prep) started in 14 of 15 games played and contributed 54 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. A repeat selection on the All-NEC First Team, he also added one goal to his 2013 resume.

Sacred Heart's Andrew Newbold (Loveland, OH/Loveland) completed the unit. In 13 games for the Pioneers, he scooped up 38 ground balls and caused 21 turnovers while contributing on offense with three goals and four points.

Quinnipiac's Gill Conners (Ballston Spa, NY/Saratoga) earned the first team goalkeeper spot. The former Onondaga Community College star anchored the Bobcat defense in 13 games this season. He made a league-leading 179 saves, averaging the sixth-most saves per game in the country at 13.77 spg, and posted 10 or more saves in each NEC game, including 15 or more on three occasions. He finished the regular season with a 6-7 record and tied for the league lead in save percentage (.563).

Senior Mason Poli (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown East) was unanimously voted as the top long stick midfielder in the league. A former two-time Honorable Mention All-American and a 2013 MLL draft pick of the Charlotte Hounds, Poli led all long poles in scoring again with 13 goals, including one game-winner, and seven assists. He recorded 29 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers as he made his third straight appearance on the first team.

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2013-05-01



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