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.@SJUHawks_MLAX’s Wray, Rastivo, Jones earn major NEC awards

Wednesday, 15th June 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 6/15/16
From Press Release

Saint Joseph’s head coach Taylor Wray was voted the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season, junior attackman Mike Rastivo was tabbed both the NEC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, repeating the second honor for the second straight year, and junior goalkeeper T.J. Jones was selected the NEC Defensive Player of the Year as the top-seeded NEC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament host Saint Joseph’s claimed four of the five major awards and placed seven Hawks on the NEC All-Conference teams.

Rastivo and Jones are joined on the 2016 NEC All-Conference First Team by three-time All-NEC First Team defenseman senior John Winchell (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), sophomore midfielder Kyle Cain, senior midfielder Kevin Forster (La Salle), and junior face-off specialist Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley), while junior long stick midfielder Connor Kubikowski was selected to the NEC All-Conference Second Team.

Wray led the Hawks to an 11-3 overall record and 5-1 conference mark en route to a share of the NEC regular-season title in Saint Joseph’s third season in the league. This is Wray’s third Coach of the Year honor after leading the Hawks to back-to-back 6-0 regular-season league records from 2014-15. Under his direction, Saint Joseph’s is 17-1 all-time in NEC regular-season games and has now guided the Hawks to three consecutive 11-win seasons.

Rastivo tied for the NEC lead in assists per game (1.57) and ranked second in both points per game (3.93) and goals per game (2.36) at the conclusion of the 2016 regular season to earn both Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors, along with First Team recognition. The attackman out of South Setauket, New York led the Hawks with 55 points on 33 goals and 22 assists, both team-best numbers, and earned NEC Player of the Week accolades twice throughout the 2016 season. Rastivo netted a game- and season-high six goals, including the late-game equalizer, against Bryant en route to SJU’s 9-8 overtime victory. He is now a two-time Offensive Player of the Year (2015-16), two-time First Team selection (2015-16), Player of the Year (2016), and All-Rookie Team selection (2014) in his NEC career.

A four-time NEC Defensive Player of the Week this season, Jones turned in an outstanding junior campaign in which he turned in a league-best 58.9 save percentage and league-best 7.24 goals against average, which rank third and fourth, nationally. The Basking Ridge, New Jersey native posted a 6.85 goals against average and 63.6 save percentage through six league contests with 68 saves and 39 goals allowed and held a trio of NEC teams – Wagner, Sacred Heart, and Mount St. Mary’s – to just five goals per contest. The junior also made 14 saves, including seven in the second quarter alone, in SJU’s 9-8 overtime win over Bryant. Jones had earned All-NEC Second Team and All-Rookie honors in 2014.

Earning his third consecutive All-NEC First Team nod on defense, Winchell turned in a team-best 15 caused turnovers and added 21 ground balls in all 14 starts as SJU’s anchor on the back line. The senior out of Glen Ridge, New Jersey turned in three ground balls against Wagner and Robert Morris and added two ground balls and two caused turnovers against Sacred Heart and three ground balls and two caused turnovers against Mount St. Mary’s in league play this year.

The NEC leader in shot percentage (42.3%), Forster ranked sixth in the NEC in assists per game (1.15) and ninth in goals per game (1.69) and points per game (2.85) this season. The senior out of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and Maryland transfer ranked in SJU’s top three in goals (22), assists (15), and points (37) in his second season with the Crimson and Gray. He had earned All-NEC Second Team recognition last season.

Lanham dominated from the face-off circle this season to finish the regular-season ranked first in the NEC in winning percentage from the X (64%) and third in ground balls per game (5.23). The junior out of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania double-digit face-offs nine times on the season, including four times in the conference against Wagner (16-of-18), Sacred Heart (15-of-23), Robert Morris (14-of-23), and Mount St. Mary’s (14-of-18). Lanham’s 64% (155-of-242) currently ranks fifth nationally. He had earned All-NEC Second Team recognition last season.

First Team
Name School Pos Yr Hometown/High School (Previous School)

Tucker James Bryant A Jr Essex Fells, NJ/Bergen Catholic
Luke Laszkiewicz Robert Morris A Sr Oshawa, Ontario/Westminster Prep
Mike Rastivo Saint Joseph’s A Jr South Setauket, NY/Choate/Ward Melville
Bubba Johnson Mount St. Mary’s MF Jr Wyoming, DE/Caesar Rodney
James Rahe Robert Morris MF Sr Aldergrove, British Columbia/W.J. Mouat
Kyle Cain Saint Joseph’s MF So Wantagh, NY/Wantagh
Kevin Forster Saint Joseph’s MF Sr Jenkintown, PA/La Salle
Kyle Mummau Bryant D Jr Carlsbad, CA/La Costa Canyon
Arik Andreen Hobart D Jr Eden Prairie, MN/Eden Prairie
John Winchell Saint Joseph’s D Sr Glen Ridge, NJ/Glen Ridge
Ryan O’Donoghue Sacred Heart LSM Jr Port Jefferson Station, NY/Comsewogue
Mike Lanham Saint Joseph’s FOS Jr Garnet Valley, PA/Garnet Valley
T.J. Jones Saint Joseph’s GK Jr Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge

Second Team
Name School Pos Yr Hometown/High School (Previous School)
Shane Morrell Bryant A Sr Glen Mills, PA/Episcopal Academy

Frank Brown Hobart A Jr Salamanca, NY/Silver Creek
Mark Hojnoski Mount St. Mary’s A Gr West Springfield, MA/West Springfield
Tom Kennedy Bryant MF So Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale
Ryan Sharpe Bryant MF Jr Aldergrove, British Columbia/W.J. Mouat
Cooper Stefaniak Hobart MF Sr Lancaster, NY/St. Francis
Eric Rankel Robert Morris MF Sr Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West
Anthony Johnson Bryant D So Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Prep
Chas South Bryant D So Lincroft, NJ/Taft School
Chase Godfrey Sacred Heart D Sr Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
Connor Kubikowski Saint Joseph’s LSM Jr Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood
Andrew Spallanzani Hobart FOS So Clarkstown, NY/Don Bosco Prep
Gunnar Waldt Bryant GK Sr Freeland, MD/Saint Paul’s School

All-Rookie Team
Name School Pos Yr Hometown/High School (Previous School)

Mike Vailas Bryant LSM Fr Bedford, NH/Bedford
Chris Aslanian Hobart A Fr Westfield, NJ/Hun School of Princeton
Bryan Hancock Hobart M Fr Highlands, CO/Mountain Vista
Chris DiPretoro Mount St. Mary’s A Fr Owings, MD/Calverton
Jack Mangan Mount St. Mary’s DM Fr Bayville, NY/Chaminade
Eddie Smith Robert Morris A Fr Victoria, British Columbia/Claremont
Alex Heger Robert Morris GK Fr Carmel, IN/Carmel
Greg Price Sacred Heart GK Fr Yardley, PA/Holy Ghost Prep
Max Tuttle Sacred Heart MF Fr Castle Rock, CO/Castle View
Matt Sefcik Wagner GK Fr Towaco, NJ/Morristown-Beard School

Player of the Year: Mike Rastivo, Saint Joseph’s
Offensive Player of the Year: Mike Rastivo, Saint Joseph’s
Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. Jones, Saint Joseph’s

Rookie of the Year: Chris Aslanian, Hobart
Coach of the Year: Taylor Wray, Saint Joseph’s



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