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Men’s college honors: Haverford College’s Murphy is Coach of Year, Gettysburg’s O’Donnell (La Salle) is Player of the Year in Centennial Conference; Spahr (Penncrest) honored by ECC

Sunday, 10th May 2009

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/10/09  

    Seven members of Centennial Conference men’s runner-up Haverford College were selected for league honors and head coach Mike Murphy was named the Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, Gettysburg senior midfielder Tom O’Donnell (La Salle) was named league Player of the Year after leading the Bullets to the conference title.

    Sophomore Max Hjelm (Conestoga) was one of three attack-men that earned First-Team honors within the league. The only second-year player on either the First- or Second-Team, Hjelm led the conference in goals (47) and was second in the league in points per game with a 3.56 average. His mark of 2.81 goals per game ranked 30th in the nation.

    Junior teammates Brian Fleishhacker and Grant Firestone, as well as senior Peter Hannapel earned Second-Team honors. Fleishhacker, an attackman, was second on the team and fourth in the league in goals and moves up to the Second-Team after earning Honorable Mention honors last season.

    Firestone, a long-stick middie, scored one of the team’s most memorable if not most important goals of the season when he found the back of the net against McDaniel College in the conference tournament semifinal with just 0.8 seconds remaining in the first quarter of Haverford’s 9-8 victory. The goal was his first of the season.

    Hannapel earned his place on the Second-Team all-conference squad as a face-off specialist. Over the 2009 season he won 60 percent (84-of139) of his face-offs for the Fords.

    Named to the Honorable Mention all-conference team were middies Travis Gregory, a sophomore, and junior Andrew Kim, along with defenseman and sophomore Scott Kelley.

    Murphy (Duke ’91) guided the 2009 Fords to their first regular season conference title in program history. His 64 career wins at the school tie him with program founder Dana Swan for the most coaching victories. Murphy’s winning percentage of .615 (64-40) makes him the winningest coach in the program’s 38 years of competition.

    O’Donnell, a second-team all-conference selection last season, is the third consecutive Bullet to be named player of the year and the ninth overall. He is the first midfielder to earn Centennial Conference Player of the Year honors since Washington’s Steve Berger in 2004 and is just the second Gettysburg middie to pick up the award, joining current assistant coach Tommy Pearce, who won it in 2001.

    O’Donnell has made his mark as an outstanding two-way player this season and is second on the squad in assists (15) and third in points (31). He has also poured in 16 goals, fourth among the Bullets, for a team that leads the Centennial Conference in scoring (10.88 gpg). O’Donnell has also been an instrumental part of Gettysburg’s defensive unit that ranks second in the conference in goals-against average (7.19).

Centennial Conference All-league picks with Philly ties

First Team
A-Max Hjelm, Haverford………………………………………………………….So Devon, PA / Conestoga
M-Tom O’Donnell, Gettysburg #………………………………………………. Sr Montgomeryville, PA / La Salle
Specialist-Thayer Damm, Washington # …………………………………… Sr Huntingdon Valley, PA / La Salle
Second Team
A-Brian Fleishhacker, Haverford %……………………………………………Jr Manhasset, NY / Manhasset
M-Eric Farris, Ursinus……………………………………………………………….Jr Pottstown, PA / Pottsgrove
D-Max Wilson, Swarthmore………………………………………………………Jr Great Falls, VA / Langley
LSM-Grant Firestone, Haverford # …………………………………………….Jr Wilmington, DE / Brandywine
Specialist-Peter Hannapel, Haverford ……………………………………….. Sr Overland Park, KS / Rockhurst Jesuit
Honorable Mention
A-Noah Wilkinsky, Franklin & Marshall %………………………………. Sr Ardmore, PA / Valley Forge Military
M-Bill Warner, McDaniel………………………………………………………… Sr Yardley, PA / La Salle
M-Andrew Kim, Haverford ……………………………………………………….Jr Annapolis, MD / Key School
D-Scott Kelley, Haverford ………………………………………………………..So Wallingford, PA / Strath Haven
GK-Tony Aquilino, Ursinus %…………………………………………………. Sr Abington, PA / Archbishop Wood
GK-Kevin Friedenberg, Swarthmore ………………………………………….Jr Needham, MA / Needham
Player of the Year – Tom O’Donnell, Gettysburg, Sr., M
Coach of the Year – Mike Murphy, Haverford

Mercyhurst’s Spahr (Penncrest) is first-team All-ECC

     Mercyhurst senior defenseman Matt Spahr (Penncrest) was named to the All-East Coast Conference First Team squad. Spahr makes his second appearance on the first team. Despite playing in eight games due to injury, Spahr (18 groundballs, 15 caused turnovers) made the most of his time, picking up 18 ground balls and causing 15 turnovers. He also scored two goals in an 8-7 victory over Dowling back on March 25. Mercyhurst went 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the ECC.

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