Hull Named Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year
Senior defenseman Michael Hirsch concluded his career as a two-time First-Team All-Patriot League selection
April 26, 2011
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 attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) who was named the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Senior defenseman Michael Hirsch (Schwenksville, Pa.) and senior midfielder Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) were both named to the league's first team.
Patriot League Rookie of the Year Tucker Hull - Fr., A, Charlotte, N.C. (Providence) Recently named the eighth-best freshman in the country by Inside Lacrosse, Hull enjoyed a spectacular rookie campaign as Navy's leading scorer, along will fellow freshman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.). Ironically, Hull and Jones ended their first season at Navy with identical stats - a team-high 23 goals to go along with 15 assists for 38 points. Remarkably the dynamic duo also paced the Mids in Patriot League play with 20 points. Hull turned in a team-best 13 goals in conference action to complement his seven assists. Hull was also responsible for five extra-man goals over the course of the year and punched in the Mids' first man-down goal since Joe Lennon scored against Army on April 12, 2008.
Tied as the nation's fourth-best best point producer in the country this season, he averaged 2.92 points per game. In fact, Hull produced a point in 12 of the 13 games, with Hopkins being the lone team to keep him off the stat sheet in 2011.
One of just 11 players in program history to score 20 or more goals in his rookie campaign, Hull turned in the sixth-most goals in school history with 23. It's the most goals by a Navy freshman since Nick Mirabito finished the 2005 season with 27. Meanwhile, his 15 assists this season are tied as the seventh most in school history by a freshman and the most since Ian Dingman dealt out 17 in 2003. Finally, his 38 points are tied as the fourth most by a plebe in Navy history, registering the most since Dingman's 40-point performance in 2003.
With both Hull and Jones posting 23 goals this spring, they become Navy's first rookie tandem to score 20 or more goals in school history. The duo also became the first tandem to each score four goals in a game (not the same game) as rookies. While only six different freshmen have scored four goals in a game during Richie Meade's 17-year coaching run at Navy, no two freshmen have scored four goals in the same season until this year.
Hull is just the second Navy player to garner Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Year honors since the Mids joined the league in 2004, joining Billy Looney who picked up the honor in 2004.
First-Team All-Patriot League Michael Hirsch - Sr., D, Schwenksville, Pa. (Perkiomen Valley); 2010, `11 First-Team All-Patriot League Not only was Hirsch the most veteran member of Navy's defensive unit, the three-year starter was also assigned to the opponent's most prolific player throughout the 2011 campaign. Hirsch made 45 appearances during his career, earning starting nods in each of the last 28 contests. After leading the Mids in caused turnovers a year ago with 17, he once again recorded 17 takeaways to pace the Mids in 2011 which included a career-high six against Colgate. Nationally, Hirsch stands 49th with 1.31 caused turnovers per contest. He was also one of the leaders in ground balls, picking up 21 over the course of the season.
The Mids' defensive unit surrendered 9.62 goals per game in 2011 and ranked 38th nationally. Hirsch was also a member of the Mids' man-down defense which squelched 27 of the opponents' 40 extra-man opportunities for a 67.5 percentage and a No. 35 ranking.
Andy Warner - Sr., A, Corning, N.Y. (Corning East); 2011 First-Team All-Patriot League, 2010 Second-Team All-Patriot League Earning All-Patriot League honors for second time in his career, Warner closed out his career by making a selfless move in changing positions his senior campaign. For the good of the team, Meade asked Warner to move from attack, the position he had played his first three seasons, to midfield. Warner flourished in his new position, producing 33 points on 12 goals and a team-high 21 assists. He recorded a point in all 12 games in which he saw action, including a spectacular two-goal, six-assist performance in leading the Midshipmen to a victory over Towson at home. Although he scored just one extra-man goal for the Mids, short of the eight he scored a year ago, he dealt out assists on another five man-up goals for Navy.
A starter in 43 of the final 44 games of his career (missed this year's Georgetown game), he closed out his four seasons at Navy riding a 24-game point scoring streak that began on March 2, 2010 at Lehigh. He scored 64 points on 29 goals and 35 assists during the streak and is tied as the 21st-longest active streak nationally.
On April 16, he became just the 29th player in program history to join Navy's 100-Point Club and the first Mid to join the elite group since Nick Mirabito, a 2008 graduate, who stands seventh all-time with 158 points (96-62). With his assist against Johns Hopkins last Saturday, he concluded his career tied for 25th on the Mids' all-time points list, alongside Mike Hannan (1976-78), Bob Pell (1970-72) and John Carter (1956-58), with 101 points.
Additionally, Warner etched is named onto the Mids' all-time assists leader board. Ranked 15th, he dealt out 52 assists over four years and is the first Navy player to add his name to the list since Nick Mirabito who recorded 96 assists from 2005-08.
2011 Men's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team
Player, School Yr. Pos.
Jeremy Boltus, Army Sr. A
Garrett Thul, Army So. A
Peter Baum, Colgate So. A
Billy Eisenreich, Bucknell Jr. M
Charlie Streep, Bucknell Jr. M
Andy Warner, Navy Sr. M
Ryan Snyder, Lehigh So. FO
Tim Henderson, Army Jr. DM
Bill Henderson, Army Sr. D
Michael Huffner, Bucknell So. D
Michael Hirsch, Navy Sr. D
Tom Palesky, Army Sr. GK
Second Team Player, School Yr. Pos. Ryan Klipstein, Bucknell Sr. A Tom Perini, Lafayette Sr. A Dante Fantoni, Lehigh So. A Mike Danylyshyn, Bucknell Sr. M Andrew Mould, Colgate Sr. M Jonathan Stumpf, Lehigh Sr. M Jim Carroll, Colgate Sr. FO Jake Clarke, Bucknell Sr. DM Dave Tucciarone, Colgate Sr. D Larry LoRusso, Army Jr. D Alex Lyons, Bucknell Sr. D Richard Bradley, Lehigh Sr. D Kyle Feeney, Bucknell So. GK
Offensive Player of the Year: Jeremy Boltus, Army Defensive Player of the Year: Bill Henderson, Army Goalkeeper of the Year: Tom Palesky, Army Rookie of the Year: Tucker Hull, Navy Coach of the Year: Frank Fedorjaka, Bucknell