LEC Announces 2017 Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams

LEC Announces 2017 Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference announced its 2017 Men’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams and Major Awards as voted on by the eight LEC head coaches. The Keene State Owls finished the season on top of the regular season standings with a 7-0 record and has extended its current winning streak against Little East opponents to 40 games, with their last conference loss occurring in 2012.

Keene State’s senior midfielder, Bryan Rotatori (Grafton, Mass.) was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year, marking the fifth consecutive season a member of the Owls took home the top offensive award (Tyler McKelvie – 3x, Ian Hart -1x). Rotatori played in all 16 games during the 2017 season and scored 32 goals (8th in LEC) and added 23 assists (3rd in the LEC). Rotatori ranks seventh in the Little East with his 55 total points earned. Rotatori broke the Keene State school record for career assists when he tallied three assists in the Owls’ 23-4 win over Western Connecticut State on April 25. In the programs upset win over No. 15 Bowdoin, Rotatori scored three goals, including his 100th goal of his stellar career. Rotatori was also named to the All-LEC First Team for the second consecutive season.

The University of Southern Maine junior, Sam Hornblower (Portland, ME) was named the 2017 LEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The Huskies’ defensive leader finished third in the conference with 31 caused turnovers and placed inside the top-10 with 56 ground balls. Hornblower played a majority of his time guarding his opponents’ talented offensive scorers all season long. Hornblower started all 16 games for the Huskies and added 12 points on eight goals and four assists in 2017.

Western Connecticut’s newcomer, Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, N.Y.) was named the 2017 LEC Rookie of the Year. Caldwell led all freshman with 47 goals during the 2017 campaign. Caldwell added 20 assists to tally a total of 65 points, which is tied for second in the Little East. Caldwell trails only Rob Hart, an All-LEC First Team performer from Keene State. Caldwell’s offensive prowess helped the Colonials recover from a sub-par 2016 season. Caldwell was also honored as a member of the All-LEC Second Team.

In 2017, the UMass Boston Beacons accomplished its best conference finish in 2017 with a 5-2 record and secured the program’s first ever appearance in the LEC men’s lacrosse championship game as the No. 2 seed. As a result, the coaching peers of the Little East Conference voted UMass Boston’s head coach Tyler Low as the 2017 recipient of the LEC Coach of the Year award

The All-Little East First Team is made up of eight members from Keene State College, followed by two members from Eastern Connecticut State and UMass Boston, Southern Maine and UMass Dartmouth each had one All-LEC First Team performers in 2017.

The All-Little East Second Team is comprised of four members from Western Connecticut State, three members from Keene State College, two members from Eastern Connecticut and Plymouth State and UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth each added one member to the All-LEC Second Team.

 

2017 Little East Conference Men’s Lacrosse 

Offensive Player of the Year

Bryan Rotatori, Senior, Keene State

Defensive Player of the Year

Sam Hornblower, Junior, Southern Maine

Rookie of the Year

Eric Caldwell, Freshman, Western Connecticut State

Coach of the Year

Tyler Low, 7th season, UMass Boston

 

All-Little East First Team

Attack              Rob Hart                      Sr.        Keene State

Attack              Tyler Reilly                  Sr.        Keene State

Attack              Calvin Lee                    Sr.        UMass Boston

Midfielder       Bryan Rotatori            Sr.        Keene State

Midfielder       Hunter Arnold             Jr.        Keene State

Midfielder       Harrison Urda             Jr.        Eastern Connecticut

Defender         Sam Hornblower         Jr.        Southern Maine

Defender         Thomas Jenoski          Sr.        Keene State

Defender         Mike Wiedenfeld        Sr.        Keene State

Long Stick        Steve Hamel               So.       Keene State

Short Stick       Ryan Askham              Sr.        Keene State

Specialist        Jesse Schulze              Sr.        Eastern Connecticut

Goalkeeper     Matt LaFond               Sr.        UMass Dartmouth

 

All-Little East Second Team

Attack              Nicco Sorrentino         Sr.        Plymouth State          

Attack              Matthew Rougeot      Jr.        Eastern Connecticut

Attack              Eric Caldwell               Fr.        Western Connecticut

Midfielder       Ryan Reuling               Fr.        Western Connecticut

Midfielder       Jordan Torres              Jr.        UMass Dartmouth

Midfielder       Paul Beling                  Jr.        Keene State

Defender         Brandon Charney        Sr.        Keene State

Defender         Matthew Kolasinski    Fr.        Western Connecticut

Defender         Matt Murphy               So.       UMass Boston

Long Stick        Adam Haversat           Sr.        Plymouth State

Short Stick       Connor Nolan              Fr.        Keene State

Specialist        Ryan Yursha                So.       Western Connecticut

Goalkeeper     Chris Gorman              Jr.        Eastern Connecticut