Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/28/14
From Press Release
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team held its annual awards banquet on Sunday at the Wood Dining Room on Mountaintop Campus. The afternoon featured a look back to the 2014 season and handing out of team awards while also honoring the senior class.
Lehigh posted a 13-5 overall record last season, including 6-2 in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks, who didn’t lose back-to-back games all season, advanced to the Patriot League Championship Game for a third straight year after beating Navy in the quarterfinals and avenging a regular season loss to Army with a last-second 12-11 semifinal victory.
Following brunch, Coach Cassese addressed those in attendance and a 2014 highlight video was viewed. The seniors were then honored and team awards were announced.
Dan Taylor was named the team’s Player of the Year after an outstanding junior campaign. Just named a captain for the 2015 season, Taylor led the team with career highs in goals (47), assists (29) and points (76). He led the Patriot League in scoring and was named first team All-League and an honorable mention All-American. Taylor had seven or more points on five occasions as the Mountain Hawks were 5-0 in those games. He posted double-figure points in his last eight games and 13 of his 17 games played. He was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week four times, including the last three weeks of the regular season. The 76 points are good for fifth in league history and second in school history in the Patriot League era. He led the Patriot League and finished in the top-10 nationally in scoring last season.
The 2014 Scholar-Athlete Award went to Ty Souders (Emmaus), who graduated with over a 3.50 grade point average in Finance. He garnered multiple academic awards, including being named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for a third consecutive year, becoming a USILA Scholar All-American and being named a Senior CLASS Award first team All-American. Souders was a three-time All-Patriot League honoree and two-time All-American over his decorated career.
Jimmy Cahill received the 2014 Coach’s Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and work ethic, both on and off the field. As a senior, Cahill enjoyed a career year for the Mountain Hawks as the team’s top short-stick defensive midfielder. He played strong defense throughout the year (32 groundballs, 16 caused turnovers) while also contributing on the offensive side with a career-high four goals. Off the field, Cahill finished up his degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The Mountain Hawks recently wrapped up their fall competition schedule as they look ahead to a challenging spring 2015 slate. Lehigh is looking to advance to a fourth straight Patriot League Championship Game and win a third title in that span. The Mountain Hawks are also looking to advance to the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years.