Brown Lacrosse Captains Named; Team Awards Announced

Charlie Kenney '10 Alumni Award
Recently this award was renamed for one of Brown's own, a man who we called a captain and a true friend. We still feel the pain of Charlie's death, and we honor him in many ways, one being this award. Presented annually to the lacrosse player who through sportsmanship, performance and influence contributed the most to the sport at Brown, our winner this year resembles Charlie's relentless positive and happy spirit. Similar to Charlie, he has a joy of fierce competition, a love of his teammates and a passion to be a difference-maker. Although only a freshman in 2013, he matured into such a difference-maker as the season progressed, highlighted by scoring the game-winning goals in each of the final two games of the season. His goal with 37 seconds remaining against Bryant gave Brown the victory, as did his left-handed shot down the alley versus Dartmouth in the 3rd overtime. He found a way to get the job done, just as Charlie always did. This year's Charlie Kenney Alumni Award winner and Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (organizational track) concentrator is Brendan Caputo '16.

Dom Starsia '74 Coaches Award
The Dom Starsia '74 coaches' award is presented by the coaching staff to the player who best represents the spirit of Brown lacrosse. There are so many men of Brown Lacrosse who compete without excuse and who bring the Brown State edge to each practice and contest. Selecting one winner was not easy, but one man stood out, with his play and his presence, with words and without them. Prior to the UMass game, the first in which he would be the starter as a Brown Bear, this man walked onto Garber Field and went through his warm-ups like he was a grizzled veteran. He left a lasting impression that the defense and the cage were always his, and he would get the job done. He earned the win in that game and proceeded to have a 7-4 record in the goal as a freshman. He earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for his 15 save performance in the win over Harvard, and his 19 saves versus Dartmouth allowed us multiple opportunities to win, which we finally did in the 3rd overtime. The coaches' award recipient this year is BEO Organizational Track concentrator Jack Kelly '16.

Most Valuable Defensive Player
The 2013 Defensive MVP was an impregnable force. He was given the top match-up time and time again, being asked to defend the opponent's best offensive threat. And he never failed in his assignment. This defenseman kept some of the most prolific scorers in the nation frustrated most of the contest. But what separated him from other great shutdown defensemen was his uncanny knack for putting the ball on the ground. In an age where the technology behind stick design has made it much tougher to dislodge the ball, this defenseman defied the odds and was tremendously skilled at creating loose balls. The highlight of this was the Providence game, where he had 10 LBCs. While many awards inexplicably escaped his honor for most of his career, he did earn national recognition as a Senior CLASS First Team All-American in 2013 as well as Academic All-American. The 2013 Defensive MVP goes to the graduated Pre-Med and current Med School student Clay Del Prince '13.

Jim Tepper Award
Established in 1991, this award is given in honor of Jimmy Tepper to the most improved player of the program. While this year's recipient did not make a huge impact early in his career, he did make a major statement his senior year as he became an established offensive threat at midfield. After a major setback with a torn Achilles Heel during the 2012 season, this man faced a significant uphill climb if he were to ever compete again collegiately. Nine months of intensive rehabilitation and never-ending determination resulted in this man being stronger with his fitness and a better lacrosse player. He wanted to make an impact and he committed himself to making Brown Lacrosse better. No longer was he satisfied with just being on the field, as he proved by stepping up and scoring 15 goals in 2013, including hat tricks against Princeton and Cornell. This year's Jimmy Tepper Most Improved Player is recent graduate and former Pre-Med turned Philosophy concentrator Alex Jones '13.

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