From Press Release
Saint Joseph’s head coach Taylor Wray was voted the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, sophomore attack Mike Rastivo (South Setauket, N.Y./Choate Rosemary Hall/Ward Melville) was tabbed the NEC Offensive Player of the Year, and freshman attack Chris Blewitt (Lincoln Park, N.J./Bergen Catholic) was selected the NEC Rookie of the Year as the top-seeded Northeast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Tournament host Saint Joseph’s claimed three of the five major awards and placed nine Hawks on the NEC All-Conference teams, it was revealed on Wednesday evening at the NEC Men’s Lacrosse pre-tournament banquet in Philadelphia.
Rastivo is joined on the 2015 NEC All-Conference First Team by graduate student midfielder Ryan McGee (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains), senior long stick midfielder Will Farrell (St. Joseph’s Prep), and junior defenseman John Winchell (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) – all repeat All-Conference First Team honorees.
Senior defenseman Kevin Barrow (Avon Grove), junior attack Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep), redshirt junior midfielder Kevin Forster (La Salle College High), and sophomore face-off specialist Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) have been selected to the All-Conference Second Team while Blewitt’s Rookie of the Year nod earned him a spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team.
Wray led the Hawks to a 6-0 conference record en route to the NEC regular-season title in Saint Joseph’s second season in the Northeast Conference. This is Wray’s second Coach of the Year honor after leading the Hawks to an identical 6-0 regular-season conference record in 2014; under his direction, Saint Joseph’s is 12-0 all-time in NEC regular-season games.
Rastivo boasted 3.67 points per game and 2.53 goals per game to lead the NEC in both scoring categories at the conclusion of the regular season. The attack out of South Setauket, N.Y. led the Hawks with 55 points on 38 goals and 17 assists this year and earned NEC Player of the Week honors three times throughout the 2015 season. Rastivo scored at least one goal in all 15 games this year en route to nine multi-goal games, with three goals against Wagner, five goals against Sacred Heart, and a career-best nine points on a career-best six goals and three assists against Robert Morris. This is Rastivo’s second career All-Conference nod, having been selected to the All-Rookie team last season.
Blewitt led all SJU freshmen in every offensive category and capped an outstanding rookie campaign with 26 points on 16 goals and 10 assists. The freshman scored in 10 games, including five multi-goal games, in 15 appearances with 14 starts. Blewitt scored the overtime game-winner – a behind-the-back score – against Hobart on April 18 to clinch SJU’s right to host the 2015 Northeast Conference Championships.
McGee led the NEC with 2.00 assists per game, tied for second in points per game (3.50), and tied for seventh in goals per game (1.50) to earn a midfield spot on the 2015 NEC All-Conference First Team. The graduate student midfielder totaled 49 points on 28 goals and a team-best 21 assists for the Crimson and Gray. McGee netted the game-winning goal at the buzzer to lift the Hawks to an 8-7 win over Bryant in the NEC opener on March 29 and tallied nine goals and 12 assists in NEC games. This is McGee’s second career All-Conference First Team nod, having been selected to the All-First Team as the NEC Offensive Player of the Year last season.
Farrell was voted the top long stick midfielder in the league for the second consecutive year after putting together an outstanding defensive season with 49 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers in 15 appearances. Farrell combined for 15 ground balls over a three-game span vs. Robert Morris, Wagner, and Mount St. Mary’s, including a season-high six against RMU, and averaged 3.5 ground balls per game and 1.2 caused turnovers per game in NEC action.
In an outstanding junior season in which he recorded 24 ground balls and a team-best 21 caused turnovers as a 15-game starter on the Hawks’ defensive unit, Winchell also takes home his second career NEC All-Conference First Team honor. The junior combined for seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in back-to-back contests vs. Mount St. Mary’s and Hobart and averaged 1.8 ground balls per game and 1.5 caused turnovers per game in NEC play.
Earning the second All-NEC Second Team selection of his career, Barrow was a steadfast factor on the Hawks’ defensive unit this season and recorded 19 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers in 14 starts; Barrow averaged 1.6 ground balls per game and 1.0 caused turnovers per game in NEC action. Swanick (19G, 3A) and Forster (16G, 16A) combined for 35 goals and 19 helpers for the Crimson and Gray this season while Lanham went .567 (148-of-261) from the X and scooped up a team-best 67 ground balls.
#1 Saint Joseph’s (10-5, 6-0 NEC) will face #4 Mount St. Mary’s in the first of two NEC semi-final games this Thursday, April 30. Opening face-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
Tucker James – A – Bryant
Alex Love – A – Hobart
Michael Rastivo – A – Saint Joseph’s
Collins Gantz – M – Bryant
Eric Rankel (Downingtown West) – M – Robert Morris
Alex Dodge – M – Sacred Heart
Ryan McGee – M – Saint Joseph’s
Connor Dent (St. Joseph’s Prep) – D – Bryant
Kyle Mummau – D – Bryant
John Winchell – D – Saint Joseph’s
Will Farrell (St. Joseph’s Prep) – LSM – Saint Joseph’s
Kevin Massa – FO – Bryant
Gunnar Waldt – G – Bryant
Shane Morrell (Episcopal Academy) – A – Bryant
Luke Laszkiewicz – A – Robert Morris
Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) – A – Saint Joseph’s
Brendan Saylor – M – Hobart
James Rahe – M – Robert Morris
Brian Masi – M – Sacred Heart
Kevin Forster (La Salle) – M – Saint Joseph’s
Chase Godfrey – D – Sacred Heart
Kevin Barrow (Avon Grove) – D – Saint Joseph’s
Daniel Valencia – D – Wagner
Cody O’Donnell – LSM – Bryant
Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) – FO – Saint Joseph’s
Jackson Brown – G – Hobart
Tom Kennedy – M – Bryant
Cam Ziegler – A – Bryant
Chas South – D – Bryant
Matt Vierheller – G – Mount St. Mary’s
Carter Yepsen – M – Robert Morris
Julian Garritano – M – Sacred Heart
Mike Calvagna – M – Sacred Heart
Chris Blewitt – A – Saint Joseph’s
Andrew Streilein (Lenape) – A – Wagner
Billy Orme – M – Wagner
Player of the Year: Kevin Massa – Bryant
Offensive Player of the Year: Michael Rastivo – Saint Joseph’s
Defensive Player of the Year: Gunnar Waldt – Bryant
Rookie of the Year: Chris Blewitt – Saint Joseph’s
Coach of the Year: Taylor Wray – Saint Joseph’s
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