Northeast Conference All-NEC Teams and Player Awards

The three-member All-NEC Second Team attack combined for 112 points while helping their teams reach the postseason. Bryant's Peter McMahon (Wilton, CT/Wilton) made his third straight appearance on an All-NEC team after scoring 13 goals and accumulating 33 points in 15 games. Quinnipiac's Michael Sagl (West Islip, NY/West Islip) scored the third most points in the league with 44 on the strength of 22 goals and 22 assists. An All-NEC Rookie Team pick last year, he averaged 3.38 points per game, good enough for third in the NEC. Robert Morris' Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial) led the Colonials in scoring with 25 goals and totaled 35 points in 13 games played this season. Among the league leaders, he placed fifth in goals per game (1.92) and sixth in points per game (2.69).

At second team midfield, Robert Morris' Tyler Digby (Westminster, British Columbia/New Westminster) provided the Colonials with 28 points, scoring 21 goals and adding seven assists. Wagner's Colin O'Rourke (Worcester, MA/St. John's Shrewsbury) capped off a great career on Grymes Hill, ranking first in program history in points and third in goals and assists. This season he scored 25 goals and tallied assists for 35 points to rank first on the team in scoring and sixth in the league points per game (2.69).

Two Bobcats occupied the final two midfielder spots. Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, MA/Hingham) posted 25 points on the season while Matt Diehl (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) added 23. For Diehl, it marks the second straight season he has earned an All-NEC honor after landing a spot on the rookie squad in 2012.

The second team defense was highlighted by Robert Morris' Ben Lewis (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia Central). A three-time All-NEC honoree now, Lewis played and started in 11 games while producing 31 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. Mount St. Mary's defenseman John Anderson (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) makes his first appearance on an All-NEC squad. The Annapolis, MD native played in 12 games, 10 of which were starts, and recorded 13 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Completing the team. RMU's Luc Magnan (Pine Falls, Manitoba/The Hill Academy) scooped up 24 ground balls and recorded 19 caused turnovers in 13 games this season.

Bryant's Gunnar Waldt (Freeland, MD/St. Paul's School) earned the second team goalkeeper spot after winning six games in 2013. He ranked first in goals against average (9.22) and save percentage (.563) and helped the Bulldogs hold opponents under 10 goals in eight games this season.

Sacred Heart's Stephen Kontos (Danvers, MA/Danvers/KUA) filled in the All-NEC Second Team specialist position. Anchoring the faceoff X, he won 191 faceoffs and boasted a faceoff winning percentage of 61 percent. He also scooped up 79 ground balls and totaled one goal and four points on the year.

Ten players made up the All-NEC Rookie Team, including Morrell, Rankel and Waldt.

Robert Morris' Luke Laszkiewicz (Oshawa, Ontario/Westminster Prep) scored 27 points with 18 goals and nine assists while playing attack this season for the Colonials. Wagner's Griffen LeClaire (White Rock, British Columbia/The Hill Academy) also had a knack for the net, knocking home 21 goals and 30 points for the Green & White.

Quinnipiac's Billy Oppeheimer (Conshohocken, PA/Germantown Academy) dished out eight assists and recorded 13 points in nine games, and Bryant's Colin Gantz (Denver, CO/Kent Denver Country Day) scored 14 goals in 16 games, earning the starting nod 15 times.

Nicholas Beaudoin (Welland, Ontario/Notre Dame College Prep) of Robert Morris, Alex Dodge (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West) of Sacred Heart and Dylan Baumgardner (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) of Quinnipiac rounded out the rookies. Beaudoin appeared in nine games with five goals and six points. He also won 75 faceoff attempts and gobbled up 42 ground balls. Dodge scored four goals and totaled seven points for the Pioneers, while Baumgardner helped on the defensive effort in nine games for the Q.

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2013-05-01



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