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Six Philly men earn USILA Scholar All-American honors

Monday, 31st May 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/31/10

Drexel's Colin Ambler (left) and Matt McCormick earned USILA Scholar All-American Honors (Photo courtesy of Drexel Univ. athletics)

Six Philly men have been named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) 2010 Scholar All-Americans for Divisions I, II, and III.

The honorees include:
Senior attackman Colin Ambler (Abington), Drexel;
Senior defenseman Matt McCormick (Malvern Prep), Drexel;
Senior defenseman Ken Clausen (Hill School), Virginia;
Senior goalie Kevin Friedenberg, Swarthmore College;
Senior defenseman Evan Guerrero, Lehigh; and
Senior attackman Eric Farris (Pottsgrove), Ursinus.

Ambler and McCormick are just the third and fourth Dragons ever to receive the prestigious award.

Ambler was Drexel’s John Semanik Award winner as the school’s top senior male athlete. He scored 22 goals and had 16 assists for the Dragons in 2010 and finished his career ranked eighth on the career assist list. Ambler, who plays attack, is also 11th all-time at the school in both goals and points. He was a co-captain the last two seasons.

Ambler was honored by the CAA in each of his four seasons, once as a First Team pick, twice as a Second Team selection and was CAA Rookie of the Year in 2007. In the classroom, Ambler compiled a 3.62 grade-point average and will graduate in June with a business administration degree.

McCormick was also a two-time captain for the Dragons and a key member of the nationally-ranked defense. Drexel’s defense is ranked seventh in the country entering championship weekend, allowing just 8.33 goals per game. The extra-man unit, to which McCormick is a major contributor, is eighth in the nation with a .746 kill percentage.

McCormick was twice named a First Team All-CAA pick and was a Second Team selection in 2010. He was an All-Rookie pick as a freshman. McCormick started every game in his four seasons at the school. He has a 3.02 grade-point average and is majoring in psychology.

The two seniors led Drexel to a school-record 41 wins during their four seasons. In addition, Drexel won a share of two CAA regular-season titles and became the first team in school history in any sport to qualify for four straight CAA tournaments.

The Dragons, who were ranked as high as seventh in the country in 2010, finished the 2010 season with a 10-5 record and defeated four teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Clausen earned 2010 All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament honors while helping UVa to its first ACC title since 2006. The Downingtown native is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, while helping anchor the nation’s No. 3 defense.

He is the founder of Mustache Madness, a charity for prostate cancer research and awareness, raised nearly $32,000 in November 2009 during the inaugural event. He is No. 6 in the nation with 2.18 caused turnovers per game and has helped spearhead a defensive effort that has allowed only Towson to exceed its goals scored average per game.

Clausen also was named a first-team All-American for the Cavaliers, who fell to Duke, 14-13, in the NCAA semifinals Saturday. He also was named the co-winner of the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s outstanding defensive player. He shared the distinction with North Carolina’s Ryan Flanagan.

Friedenberg finished first in the Centennial Conference in save percentage (12.46) while finishing the season with a 9.43 goals-against average and .570 save percentage. He recorded a season-high 17 saves in a victory over Washington College – the Garnet’s first over the Shoremen since 1953 – while holding opponents to under 10 goals in nine of Swat’s 13 games.

Farris, who was an All-Centennial honorable mention selection, was the Bears’ leader in goals with 30 and points with 36. He also picked up 18 groundballs in just 13 games.



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