Navy Men's Lacrosse Trio Garners All-Patriot League Honors
April 24, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Three members of the Navy men's lacrosse team garnered All-Patriot League recognition it was announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon, including senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y) who garnered First-Team All-Patriot League kudos for the second time in his career. Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and second-year long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) were both named to the league's second team.
Twenty-six student-athletes made up this year's All-Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Team with 15 first-teamers and 11 named to the second team. Twenty-three of the 26 will be participating in this weekend's tournament, along with all five major award winners.
Colgate and Lehigh, the tournament's No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, each captured two major awards. Colgate junior Peter Baum was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Ryan Walsh nabbed the Rookie of the Year honor. Lehigh freshman Matt Poillon was named Goalkeeper of the Year, while the Mountain Hawks' Kevin Cassese was honored as Coach of the Year.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Army collected the fifth major award, as senior Tim Henderson was named Defensive Player of the Year.
First-Team All-Patriot League
RJ Wickham - Sr., GK, Penn Yan, N.Y. (Penn Yan Academy)
2010 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year
2010, `12 First-Team All-Patriot League
Earning First-Team All-Patriot League recognition for the second time in his career, RJ Wickham enjoyed an outstanding senior career that led him to being named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week three times. He registered an 8.87 goals-against average, surrendering 102 goals in nearly 700 minutes of action. Meanwhile, he turned aside 135 shots for a 57.0 save percentage which stands as the nation's 11th-best mark and the league's second best. Thanks to double-digit saves in five of the last six contests, Wickham posted an 11.25 saves per game mark which ranks ninth nationally and leads the Patriot League.
Wickham had three memorable performances in goal this season, two of which led to huge wins for the Midshipmen. He put together a 12-save effort against Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. to lead Navy to a 12-11 win over the then 12th-ranked Raiders, who enter this weekend's Patriot League Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Two games later he was spectacular in goal against 12th-ranked Maryland where he faced a lofty 52 shots and made a season-high 18 stops. In last Saturday's regular-season finale, Wickham may have put together the finest performance of his career, anchoring a Navy defense that surrendered just two goals against a Johns Hopkins team who was averaging nearly 11 goals per game. The two-goal output marked the fewest goals in a game by the Blue Jays since April 2, 1966, when Princeton dealt it a 7-1 loss. Additionally, it was fewest in series history by Hopkins since May 9, 1925, when the Mids earned an 8-1 win in Annapolis. Wickham, who made countless point-blank saves en route to his season-high tying 18, became the first Navy goaltender to twice beat Hopkins since Kelly Award winner Dennis Wedekind, who claimed wins over the Blue Jays in 1963, `64 and '65.
Wickham, who was named the 2010 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year and raked in first-team all-league honors, stands sixth on the Mids' career saves list with 479.
Second-Team All-Patriot League
Tucker Hull - So., A, Charlotte, N.C. (Providence)
2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year
2012 Second-Team All-Patriot League
After garnering Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors a year ago as Navy's leading scorer (23-15=38), sophomore Tucker Hull once again led the Mids in scoring this spring and was named a Second-Team All-Patriot League performer. Hull registered 47 points on 23 goals and 24 assists, becoming Navy's first 40-point scorer since Nick Mirabito posted 46 points in 2008. Addtionally, the 47 points are the most by a Navy player since Jon Birsner directed the Mids to an NCAA Tournament bid in 2006 behind his 54-point effort.
Ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in points per game, he is currently 15th among the Div. I standings, averaging 3.92 points per game while his 2.00 assists per game is the country's seventh best. Hull had countless appearances this season in which he put up spectacular numbers. Joining Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990), he became one of only three players in program history to post three eight-point games in a season by way of his eight-point efforts against VMI (6G, 2A), Lafayette (3G, 5A) and Holy Cross (3G, 5A). He opened the 2012 campaign by punching in a career-high six goals and added a pair of assists. The six goals are the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006. In that same game, he paired up with fellow sophomore attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) to score 17 points, including 11 of the Mids' 14 goals. It marked the first time a Navy tandem has combined for 11 goals since Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan pitched in six and five goals, respectively, to help guide the Mids to a 16-8 win over Princeton on April 8, 1978.
Hull, who has produced a point in 23 of the 25 games (Johns Hopkins 2011, Army 2012) in his first two seasons, will head into his junior campaign with 85-career points, just 15 shy of becoming only the 30th player in what will be the program's 106th year of college lacrosse.
Second-Team All-Patriot League
Pat Kiernan - So., LSM, Ridgewood, N.J. (Ridgewood)
2012 Second-Team All-Patriot League
Sophomore Pat Kiernan is arguably one of the best long poles in the country and was rewarded for his strong play this season by being named a Second-Team All-Patriot League member as a specialist. Perhaps the most versatile pole in the country next to Duke's CJ Costabile, Kiernan could do just about anything thrown at him by the coaching staff this season, whether it was causing turnovers, picking up ground balls, scoring and even facing off. Despite missing two games after breaking his hand, he recorded the second-most caused turnovers on the team with 14 and the third-most ground balls with 36.
One of the nation's top-scoring defensemen, he registered a program-best 10 points on seven goals and three assists this spring. On a national scale, he is one of just 10 active long poles who have produced 10-plus points over their career and is the only sophomore.
2012 Men's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team Offensive Player of the Year Peter Baum, Colgate Defensive Player of the Year Tim Henderson, Army Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon, Lehigh Rookie of the Year Ryan Walsh, Colgate Coach of the Year Kevin Cassese, Lehigh
First Team Player Yr. Pos. Patriot League Honors Peter Baum, Colgate Jr. A 10-11-12 1st Billy Eisenreich, Bucknell Sr. A 11-12 Garrett Thul, Army So. A 10 ROY, 10 2nd, 11-12, 1st Nick Gantsoudes, Bucknell Sr. M 12 1st Roman Lao-Gosney, Lehigh Sr. M 12 1st Jeff Ledwick, Colgate Sr. M 12 1st Devin Lynch, Army Sr. M 12 1st Robert Grabher, Colgate Jr. FO 12 1st Tim Henderson, Army Sr. LSM (Spec.) 09 2nd, 10-11-12 1st, 10-12 DPOY Mike Huffner, Bucknell Jr. D 11-12 1st Brendan Buckley, Army Jr. D 12 1st Ty Souders, Lehigh So. D 12 1st Matt Poillon, Lehigh Fr. GK 12 1st Kyle Feeney, Bucknell Jr. GK 11 2nd, 12 1st RJ Wickham, Navy Sr. GK 10 GOY, 10-12 1st
Second Team David DiMaria, Lehigh Jr. A 12 2nd Tucker Hull, Navy So. A 11 ROY, 12 2nd Ryan Walsh, Colgate Fr. A 12 ROY, 12 2nd David Dickson, Bucknell Fr. M 12 2nd Cameron Lao-Gosney, Lehigh Sr. M 12 2nd Derek Sipperly, Army Sr. FO 12 2nd Ryan Snyder, Lehigh Jr. FO 11 1st, 12 2nd Pat Kiernan, Navy So. LSM (Spec.) 12 2nd Mike Noone, Lehigh Jr. D 12 2nd Bobby Lawrence, Colgate So. D 12 2nd Lukas Mikelinich, Lehigh So. D 12 2nd 1st/2nd -- First or Second Team OPOY -- Offensive Player of the Year DPOY -- Defensive Player of the Year ROY -- Rookie of the Year GOY -- Goalkeeper of the Year
Notes: Due to a tie in the voting, there are four midfielders on the first team, and therefore just two on the second team
Poillon, Feeney and Wickham all tied with the same number of votes in All-League voting. Per League policy, all three are named first-team All-League, and when determining a major award, the student-athlete with the most first-place votes wins. Poillon had the most first-team votes, and is therefore the Goalkeeper of the Year.