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Loyola’s Ricci (Conestoga) is ECAC Defensive Player of the Year; Adams (Springfield-D) makes second team

Monday, 11th May 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/11/09

    Loyola senior long-stick midfielder P.T. Ricci (Conestoga) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year

    Along with Ricci, Loyola senior defender Steve Layne (Malvern Prep) earned Second Team honors. Meanwhile, Penn State senior goalie Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco) was a second-team pick.

    By being named Defensive Player of the Year, Ricci puts the finishing touches on an excellent year. Over the last two seasons, Ricci has flourished into arguably the nation’s premier long-stick midfielder. In 2009, he led the country in caused turnovers (51) and was second in groundballs-a-game (6.36) among players not face-off specialists. Behind Ricci, the Greyhounds ranked fourth nationally with an average of 38.29 groundballs-a-game.

    “P.T. has had a great career at Loyola, and I’m glad to see him earn this recognition,” said Loyola coach Charley Toomey. “He is a game-changer and it’s a very nice award for an outstanding young man.”

    A First Team preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse, Ricci commonly guarded the opposition’s best midfielder while also contributing on the offensive end with two goals and five assists.

    Against Bryant, he recorded career-highs of 13 groundballs and three points. For the year, he scooped 91 groundballs, good for fifth on the Loyola single-season groundball list. His 84 groundballs from 2008, when he was named a First Team All-ECAC selection, stands seventh on the list. His career numbers include 232 groundballs and 115 caused turnovers.

   Layne had 48 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers, second on the team to Ricci.

   Adams, who was the three-time defending ECAC Goalie of the Year, earned second team laurels this season, missing out on a clean sweep of first team All-ECAC honors in his final campaign. Massachusetts’ Doc Schneider was the first team selection by the league’s coaches. Adams led the ECAC with 212 saves and had a .652 save percentage to go along with a 7.96 goals against average.

Penn’s Andrzejewski and Collins, Cornell’s Moyer are All-Ivy League  

    Penn has two representatives on the All-Ivy League team in seniors Craig Andrzejewski (attack) and Drew Collins (midfield).

    Andrzejewski is a second-team selection this year, while Collins received honorable mention.

    Meanwhile, Cornell featured first-team defender Matt Moyer, a Tower Hill (DE) grad from Chadds Ford.

    Andrzejewski — who was a first-team honoree last year and a second-team recipient in 2007 — finished as Penn’s scoring leader for the third year in a row, scoring a team-high 24 goals and 35 points. He was second on the squad with 11 assists. In Ivy play, he had eight goals and four assists for a team-leading 12 points. He scored at least two points in four of Penn’s six Ivy games, and overall he had 10 multi-point games on the season. Andrzejewski will graduate with 79 career goals, 62 career assists and 141 career points; he is ninth all-time in both assists and points, and 12th in career goals.

    Collins earned All-Ivy recognition for the first time in his career. After missing last season due to a knee injury suffered in the season opener, Collins got off to a slow start this season but finished with 12 goals and three assists for 15 points. His goal and point totals were both fourth on the team. Against Ivy League opposition, he had seven goals and two assists. Collins had five multi-point games, including four against Princeton and two in a win at Brown

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