ECAC Announces 2002 Major Award Winners
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - May 9, 2002 - The ECAC released their 2002 men's lacrosse major award winners list for this season. Five Nittany Lions were honored for their performances throughout the year.
Freshman midfielder Will Jones (Annapolis Md./DeMatha) was awarded the Rookie of the Year award along with Gene Tundo of Massachusetts. Jones finished third on the team in goals with 11 while tallying two assists and 13 groundballs. In his first collegiate match of his career, Jones scored three goals against Notre Dame including the game-winning goal in overtime. Jones earned the ECAC Rookie of the Week honor for his performance against the Irish, and made the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll after scoring a goal in the Penn State loss to Navy.
Senior captain Will Driscoll (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) was named to the first team All-ECAC list. Driscoll led Penn State in points with 55, goals with 48, and shots with 121. He became the new Penn State Career goals leader after his match against Delaware and he currently holds the record with 127 career goals. Twice this season, Driscoll was named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week and twice earned a spot on the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll. Driscoll earned the "Friends Top Scorer Award" and was named team MVP.
Three Nittany Lions earned a spot on the second team All-ECAC list. Senior captain Sean Droogan (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) made the list after he finished the year second on the team in assists with 11 and third on the team in points with 19. Droogan's best match of the year came against Massachusetts where his scored one goal and added two assists.
Junior defenseman Matt Zappia (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy) was the second Lion named to the list. Zappia finished the year with one assist and 32 groundballs. He was honored ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after holding the Virginia Cavaliers to their second lowest goal scoring game of the season. Zappia earned the Andrew Lockhart Award for the best defensive player of the year for the Lions.
Sophomore Rob Bateman (Parkton, Md./Hereford) was the final Nittany Lion named to the list. Bateman had seven assists on the season and scored two goals both of which came against Virginia. He led the team and the ECAC in groundballs with 94. Bateman was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after he contained six groundballs against Navy and also earned a spot on the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll once on the year. Bateman was awarded the "Friends Groundball Award" after he collected the most groundballs for the team for the year.
2002 Major Awards:
Offensive Player of the Year-
Defensive Player of the Year-
Rookie of the Year (Tie)-
Coach of the Year-
2002 First Team All-ECAC A Will Driscoll, Penn State, Sr., Fairport, N.Y. A Dan Paccione, Massachusetts, Sr., Amityville, N.Y. A Marc Morley, Massachusetts, Sr., Canton, N.Y. M Steve Dusseau, Georgetown, Sr., Columbus, Ohio M Chirs Fiore, Massachusetts, Jr., Freeport, N.Y. M Trevor Walker, Georgetown, Jr., Haverford, Pa. M Kevin Leveille, Massachusetts, Jr., Delmar, N.Y. D Matt McFarland, Massachusetts, Sr., Garden City, N.Y. D Brad Kerwin, Rutgers, Sr., Camillus, N.Y. D Brant Gresham, Georgetown, Jr., New Cannaan, Conn. G Scott Schroeder, Georgetown, Sr., Summit, N.J. LS Kyle Sweeny, Georgetown, Jr., Springfield, Pa. 2002 Second Team All-ECAC A Joe Kestermann, UMBC, Jr., Dumfries, Va. A Mike Hammer, Georgetown, Jr., Fairfax, Va. A Eddie McKinnon, Navy, Sr., Davidsonville, Md. M Don Little, Massachusetts, Sr. Clifton Park, N.Y. M Ben Bailey, Navy, So., Memphis, Tenn. M Justin Smith, UMBC, So., University Park, Md. M Sean Droogan, Penn State Sr., Glen Head, N.Y. D Matt Zappia, Penn State, Jr., Canandaigua, N.Y. D Tom Fallon, Massachusetts, Jr., Shaker Heights, Ohio D Micah Sybor, Navy, Sr., Baltimore, Md. G Jon Higdon, Navy, Sr., Edgewater, Md. LS Rob Bateman, Penn State So., Parkton, Md.