May 21, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy senior defenseman Andy Tormey (Syracuse, N.Y.) and junior attackman Tim Paul (Parkton, Md.) were among the 79 student-athletes named to the 2009 USILA All-America teams announced Thursday morning. Both first-time recipients of the honor, Tormey and Paul become the 268th and 269th different Midshipmen to garner the more than 425 All-America certificates in Navy lacrosse history. Navy has had at least one player recognized on the All-America team since the award was first handed out in 1922 (88 years).
Tormey set upon his senior year with several challenges laid in front of him. Not only was he selected by his peers to lead the team as its captain, but he also was called upon by head coach Richie Meade to mentor a defense that juggled four different starting combinations over the course of the season and featured only one returning starter, Tormey.
The 2009 Honorable Mention All-American not only anchored a defense that is ranked seventh in the nation (7.69 GPG), he played an instrumental role among the Mids’ No. 1-ranked man-down unit that surrendered just six goals on 40 attempts (.850). The 85.0 success rate is tied as the 12th best in NCAA history and best since the 2005 St. John’s squad squelched 86.2 percent of its opponents extra-man opportunities.
A first-time First-Team All-Patriot League selection, Tormey led the Midshipmen to their fifth Patriot League Tournament title in Navy’s six-year membership of the conference. He was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team after two stellar defensive performances against Colgate and Bucknell. He opened the tournament by holding Colgate’s Kevin Colleluori without a shot until the fourth quarter. Colleluori, who scored his only point of the game in the final period, came into the semifinal contest ranked fourth nationally in points per game and third in goals per game. Tormey followed up with an equally impressive effort against Bucknell’s top goal producer Joe Mele, whose only shot came with 1:10 remaining in the game.
Tormey paced the Mids in caused turnovers, forcing the opposition to cough up the ball 32 times, nearly twice as many as Tormey’s next closest teammate. Additionally, along with faceoff specialist Frankie Coppola (Bethesda, Md.), he led Navy with 44 ground balls.
Over the course of the season, Tormey picked up several honors, including being named to the 2009 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. He was also among the 10 Div. I men’s lacrosse players who were named finalists for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The only defenseman on the list and one of two players to represent the Patriot League for the prestigious award, he was selected from a pool of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete.
An American Politics and Law major, Tormey will graduate from the Naval Academy on Friday and will be commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. He will pursue a surface warfare career aboard the USS Carter Hall.
Paul, meanwhile, was also an Honorable Mention All-America selection this spring after pacing the Midshipmen in the scoring column with 32 points on 18 goals and 14 assists. The two-time Second-Team All-Patriot League attackman produced points in nine of Navy’s first 10 games before suffering a severe ankle sprain in the opening minutes of the second half of the Mids’ contest against Maryland. Paul would sit out the next two games - Army and Johns Hopkins - before seeing limited action against Colgate and Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament. Though he would not score a point in the Mids’ triple-overtime win against Colgate, his goal just minutes into the fourth quarter of the Patriot League Championship Game against the Bison gave the Mids a two-goal advantage. He closed out the year by assisting former Loyola-Blakefield High School teammate Joe Lennon on Navy’s first goal against third-ranked Duke in the NCAA Tournament two weeks ago.
With just three games remaining in Div. I lacrosse this season (Saturday’s semifinals and Monday’s championship), Paul is ranked 55th in the country and sixth in the Patriot League in assists per game, averaging 1.00 per contest. For the first time in his collegiate career, he dealt out double-digit assists with 14, two more than he amassed in his first two seasons combined.
By season’s end, Paul, a member of the 2009 Tewaaraton Åward Watch List, produced either a goal or an assists in 12 of the 14 games he played in during the season. Among his 45 career games, he has recorded a point in 34 contests and two or more points in 23 games. Since taking over the starting job on April 6, 2007, he has been held without a point in just five of the 33 contests.
Paul has scored two or more goals in 22 of the 45 games over the last three seasons, including seven times during the 2009 campaign. In fact, he rattled off a combined seven goals in the Mids’ first three games and six goals in consecutive games against Holy Cross, Colgate and Georgetown.
Through three seasons, Paul has amassed 83 points on 57 goals and 26 assists. He is just 17 points shy of becoming the 29th player in program history to reach 100 points.
Tormey and Paul were among the five players representing the Patriot League to be selected to the All-America squads — Colgate’s Brandon Corp (1st Team, Attack), Bucknell’s Austin Winter (HM, Attack) and Bucknell’s Billy Haire (HM, Defense).
The 2009 USILA All-American Awards Reception will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Saturday evening beginning with a dessert reception from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.
2009 USILA All-American Teams
Attack - Billy Bitter (North Carolina), Brandon Corp (Colgate), Ned Crotty (Duke), Danny Glading (Virginia), Kenny Nims (Syracuse)
Midfield - Matt Abbott (Syracuse), Shamel Bratton (Virginia), Mark Kovler (Princeton), Max Seibald (Cornell)
Defense - Ken Clausen (Virginia), Michael Evans (Johns Hopkins), Matt Moyer (Cornell)
Goalkeeper - Jordan Burke (Brown)
Attack - Zack Greer (Bryant), Jack McBride (Princeton), Ryan Young (Maryland)
Midfield - John Glynn (Cornell), Ben Hunt (North Carolina), Michael Kimmel (Johns Hopkins), Peet Poillon (UMBC)
Defense - Parker McKee (Duke), Sid Smith (Syracuse), Chad Wiedmaier (Princeton)
Goalkeeper - Doc Schneider (Massachusetts)
Attack - Garrett Billings (Virginia), Ryan Hoff (Notre Dame), Rob Pannell (Cornell), Max Quinzani (Duke)
Midfield - Brian Carroll (Virginia), Brian Christopher (Johns Hopkins), Sean Delaney (North Carolina), Brad Ross (Duke)
Defense - Ryan Flanagan (North Carolina), Regis McDermott (Notre Dame), Chris Peyser (Princeton), Max Schmidt (Maryland)
Goalkeeper - Scott Rodgers (Notre Dame)
Attack - Stephen Boyle (Johns Hopkins), Jay Card (Hofstra), Grant Catalino (Maryland), Brian Caulfield (Albany), Jim Connolly (Massachusetts), Joel Dalgarno (Ohio State), Thomas Davis (Princeton), Ryan Hurley (Cornell), Stephen Keogh (Syracuse), Shane Koppens (Loyola), Jordan McBride (Stony Brook), Thomas Muldoon (Brown), Tim Paul (Navy), Kyle Wharton (Johns Hopkins), Austin Winter (Bucknell)
Midfield - Michael Colleluori (Hofstra), C.J. Costabile (Duke), Dan Groot (Maryland), Dan Hardy (Syracuse), Alex Hopmann (UMBC), Brian Karalunas (Villanova), Grant Krebs (Notre Dame), Anthony Muscarella (Hofstra), Peter Ricci (Loyola), Richard Sgalardi (Princeton), Mike Timms (Virginia), Shane Walterhoeffer (North Carolina), Joel White (Syracuse), Kyle Wimer (UMBC)
Defense - Sam Barnes (Notre Dame), Steve Bauer (Georgetown), Peter Fallon (Brown), Diogo Godoi (Massachusetts), Billy Haire (Bucknell), Matt Kelly (Virginia), John Lade (Syracuse), Christian Scuderi (Hofstra), Andy Tormey (Navy)
Goalkeeper - Andrew Adams (Penn State), Jeremy Blevins (UMBC), Tyler Fiorito (Princeton), Brent Herbst (Siena)
### Go Navy ###