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Defending NEC Men’s Lacrosse Champion Bryant Picked to Repeat in 2013

0 Comments 07 February 2013

Somerset, NJ – The Northeast Conference men’s lacrosse coaches have voted and defending league champion Bryant has been picked to win the title again in 2013.

The Bulldogs were a unanimous pick in this year’s NEC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll, claiming five first-place votes to best second-ranked and NEC Finalist Mount St. Mary’s, which claimed the final first-place tally. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Last year’s regular-season champion, Robert Morris, was voted third, followed by Quinnipiac in fourth. Sacred Heart and Wagner rounded out the six-team poll in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Bryant (14-4, 4-1 NEC) capped off a grand season by winning its first NEC Championship with a 12-6 victory over Mount St. Mary’s and earning a spot in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll (#19). Led by seventh-year head coach Mike Pressler, the Bulldogs posted a 10-3 record in non-conference play before going 4-1 in NEC action.

Pressler’s squad ranked first or second in nearly every statistical category but really shined on defense and at the faceoff X. The folks from Smithfield, RI led the league in goals allowed (7.54), caused turnovers (153/8.50 avg), ground balls (671/37.28 avg) and boasted a man-down unit that squashed nearly 75% (.746) of its opponents’ extra-man opportunities.

Seniors Mason Poli (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown East) and Glenn Maiorano (Easton, CT/Fairfield Prep) helped the defense rank eighth nationally and both return for the 2013 season. Poli, a two-time USILA Honorable Mention All-American and multiple All-NEC First Team pick, provided 44 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers while playing a major role in the transition game, scoring 19 goals and totaling 25 points. He was selected 27th overall by the Charlotte Hounds in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Draft earlier in January. Maiorano, an All-NEC First Team pick as well, captured 58 ground balls and caused 33 turnovers, a figure that ranked 14th nationally.

NEC Rookie of the Year Kevin Massa (Huntington, NY/Elwood John Glenn) was sensational in giving the Bulldogs control of the ball, winning 64% (.639) of his faceoffs taken to place tops in the league and third overall in the country. He also gobbled up 137 ground balls, which also topped the league.

Junior Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, CT/Greenwich) senior Peter McMahon (Wilton, CT/Wilton) combined for 98 points and helped the Bulldogs average 11.78 goals per game, good for 10th in Division I lacrosse. Dunster racked up 36 goals and 14 assists for 50 points, averaging 2.00 goals per game (4th NEC) and 2.78 points per game (7th NEC). McMahon netted 23 goals and dished out 25 assists (1.39 apg/5th NEC) at attack, averaging the ninth-most points per game in the league at 2.67 ppg. Both players represented the Bulldogs on the All-NEC First Team.

After playing in its second straight NEC Title game, Mount St. Mary’s (6-9, 2-3 NEC) looks to make it 3-for-3 in 2013. The Mountaineers won the title in 2011 and upset top-seeded Robert Morris, 16-15, in overtime last season to setup the matchup with Bryant last season. This year, head coach Tom Gravante returns the services of eight players who started in the 2012 title game, including his three top scorers in seniors Andrew Scalley (Arnold, MD/Archbishop Spalding), Brett Schmidt (Great Mills, MD/St. Mary’s Ryken) and Bryant Schmidt (Great Mills, MD/St. Mary’s Ryken).  Scalley led the team with 53 points made up of 29 goals and 24 assists, earning All-NEC First Team honors for his effort. He ranked third in both points per game (3.53) and assists per game (1.60 apg), and placed sixth in goals per game (1.93 gpg). Brett Schmidt, an All-NEC member and a 2013 MLL Draft Pick (38th/Rochester), ranked second with 29 goals and 19 assists, while his twin brother, Bryant, posted 29 goals and 36 points. Both players tied Scalley for sixth in the league in goals per game and ranked in the top-10 in points, with Brett checking in at No. 5 (3.20 ppg) and Bryant No. 10 (2.40 ppg).

In his second season as head coach of Robert Morris (11-4, 5-0 NEC), Drew McMinn looks to keep the offense going after watching his team lead the country in scoring offense for a second straight season (14.38 gpg). Despite graduating the NEC’s Player and Offensive Player of the Year in Kiel Matisz, the 2012 NEC Coach of the Year brings back seniors Jake Hayes (Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial) and Dave Morton (Orangeville, Ontario/The Hill School). Hayes led the NEC and placed sixth in the country in goals per game (2.80), totaling 42 strikes along with 61 points. He also ranked second on the circuit in points per game, averaging 4.27 ppg. Morton, another all-league pick, placed fourth in points per game (3.27 ppg) on the strength of a 30-goal, 19-assist campaign.

Picked fourth, Quinnipiac (3-11, 2-3 NEC) saw four of its freshman step up and play major roles in 2012, earning All-NEC Rookie honors. Sophomores Mike Sagl (West Islip, NY/West Islip) and Matt Diehl (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) ranked 1-2 in team scoring, with Sagl posting 16 goals and 33 points and Diehl netting 11 goals and 28 points. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, CT/St. Jospeh’s) registered 10 goals and six assists from the midfield position, while Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, CT/South Windsor) played and started in all 14 games at defense, scooping up 24 ground balls and causing eight turnovers.

Sacred Heart (4-9, 1-4 NEC) also saw its underclassmen step up and contribute last season. Junior Cody Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Londonderry) led the team in scoring and placed eighth in the league in points per game (2.69 ppg) after tallying 35 through 13 games. Overall, he scored 17 goals and handed out 18 assists. Junior Ryan Hughes (Bayport, NY/Bayport-Blue Point) was exceptional in goal, recording 11 straight games of double-digit saves, including 12 in a 13-12 win over then-No. 15 Yale. Junior defenseman Andrew Newbold (Loveland, OH/Loveland), an All-NEC Second Team member, helped Hughes’ cause, starting in all 13 games while recording 40 ground balls and causing 12 turnovers.

Wagner (1-13, 1-4 NEC) saw a vast improvement in play from its previous season under the tutelage of head coach Matt Poskay. The Seahawks played in several close games and were in the hunt for a playoff spot heading into the last game of the season. Senior Nick DePhillips (Glen Ridge, NJ/Glen Ridge (Ohio State)) returns after a season in which he tallied 27 points (24g, 3a) and earned a spot on the All-NEC Second Team.

The NEC Men’s Lacrosse Championship takes place May 3 & 5 at the home of the high seed. The top four teams in the regular season standings will advance to the postseason event. Beginning this year, the winner of the NEC Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 32nd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States – New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 23 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website ( and digital network (, or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (@NECsports).

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