Kelly, Crane among finalists for Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award
North Carolina junior midfielder Frankie Kelly (Calvert Hall) and Loyola freshman defenseman Jason Crane (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel), North Carolina junior defender Zoe Skinner (Towson High) and Notre Dame junior defender Molly Shawhan, who lives in Fulton, are among the 10 finalists for the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award.
Established in 2011 in honor of the late Virginia player, a Cockeysville native, the award recognizes the selfless acts of initiative and commitment by Division I lacrosse players. Athletes are chosen based on the following criteria: dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship.
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The winners (one female, one male) will be announced in late May. Formerly given to lacrosse players in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the award was opened to all of Division I this year.
Hutson named top player in CAC
York sophomore attackman Tyler Hutson (Winters Mill) became the first player to win Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year the year after being selected by the coaches as the Rookie of the Year. He joins Salisbury's Jeff Bigas (2002 Rookie, 2005 Player) as the only players to win both awards. Frostburg State freshman attackman Spencer Love (Winters Mill) and coach Tommy Pearce won Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. Hutson was joined on the All-CAC first team by York junior midfielder Seth Krolus (Loyola); Mary Washington junior attackman Luke Dick (Archbishop Spalding); St. Mary's senior attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston), sophomore midfielder Matt Tarrant and senior defenseman Justin Harty; and Salisbury senior midfielder Eric Kluge, junior defenseman Josh Martin, senior defenseman Brett Baer (Westminster), senior faceoff specialist Tyler Granelli, freshman short stick Preston Dabbs, junior long pole Zeke Smith and junior goalie Alex Taylor (Glenelg). The second team included Frostburg State junior attackman Ryan Serio (Chesapeake-AA); Frostburg State sophomore defenseman Zack Burkhardt (Eastern Tech), sophomore defenseman Paul Newman (Archbishop Spalding) and junior long pole Korey Bosley; St. Mary's junior attackman Ben Love (McDonogh) and senior faceoff specialist Albert Mitchell; Salisbury junior attackman Rhett DePol and junior midfielder Greg Korvin (Arundel); Salisbury junior midfielder Tyler Smith and sophomore defenseman Knute Kraus; Wesley senior faceoff specialist Michael McQuarrie (C. Milton Wright); and York senior defenseman Justin Gordon (Archbishop Curley) and York freshman goalie Caleb Abney (Fallston).
Commonwealth Conference: Stevenson junior attackman Chris Dashiell was named Player of the Year. Mustangs freshman goalie Dimitri Pecunes (Calvert Hall) was selected as Rookie of the Year and Paul Cantabene as Coach of the Year. Dashiell was joined on the first team by senior midfielder Peter Green (Hereford), senior defenseman Parker Bratton (McDonogh), junior defenseman Kyle Holechek (Loyola), sophomore midfielder Billy Burgoyne, sophomore defenseman Callum Robinson, sophomore short-stick specialist Connor Curro (St. Paul's) and freshman faceoff specialist Brent Hiken (Pikesville). The Mustangs' second-team selections included junior long pole Ryan Rubenstein (Boys' Latin), senior midfielder Nick Rossi (Towson), sophomore attackman Pat Candon and sophomore attackman Mark Pannenton. Albright faceoff specialist Darian Meador (Westminster) also made the second team. Stevenson sophomore faceoff specialist Sam Wyatt and Pecunes made honorable mention, as did Lycoming freshman attackman Michael Cooper (Archbishop Spalding).
America East: UMBC freshman midfielder Pat Young was voted Rookie of the Year by the league's six head coaches and was the lone freshman on the All-America East first team. He was joined on the first team by Retrievers junior faceoff specialist Phil Poe. Senior attackman Scott Jones made the second team. UMBC freshman attackman-midfielder Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) joined Young on the rookie team. Senior defenseman Ethan Murphy and senior midfielder Neill Lewnes (St. Mary's) made the academic team.
Ivy League: Harvard senior goalie Harry Krieger (St. Paul's) was named to the All-Ivy second team. Krieger started every game for the Crimson and played all but 22 minutes. The Timonium native ranked second in the conference in saves per game (11.21), third in save percentage (.536) and sixth in goals against average (9.95). Crimon senior defenseman Jason Gonos (St. Mary's), Brown sophomore midfielder Alex Jones (Severn) and Brown senior defenseman Sam Ford (McDonogh) received honorable mention.
Big East: Notre Dame junior midfielder Jim Marlatt was chosen to the All-Big East first team for the second straight season. He was the Fighting Irish's leading scorer from the midfield this season with 18 goals and nine assists. Joining him on the first team was Villanova freshman midfielder John Kluh (St. Mary's). St. John's senior goalie Jeff Lowman (Severna Park), Villanova senior attackman Jack Rice (Boys' Latin) and Providence junior midfielder Andrew Barton (St. Paul's) were chosen to the second team.
ALC recognizes local Florida trio
Three Baltimore-area women at Florida received top honors when the American Lacrosse Conference announced its position players of the year and all-conference teams Wednesday. Offensive Player of the Year went to Kitty Cullen (McDonogh), Midfielder of the Year to Brittany Dashiell (John Carroll) and Defensive Player of the Year to Sam Farrell (Severna Park). Johns Hopkins freshman Dene' DiMartino was named Rookie of the Year. The No. 2 Gators (16-1), who are seeded first for the ALC tournament beginning today at Johns Hopkins, also had the Goalie of the Year, Mikey Meagher, and the Coach of the Year, Amanda O'Leary. The first team includes two of last year's five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award: Dashiell and Nothwestern's Taylor Thornton, a four-time All-ALC selection. Two other players with local ties were named to the first team: Penn State's Maggie McCormick (Liberty) and Johns Hopkins' Taylor D'Amore. Florida's Ashley Bruns (Mount Hebron) and Emily Dohony (Hereford), Ohio State's Katie Chase (Glenelg) and Tayler Kuzma (C. Milton Wright), Penn State's Jenna Mosketti (Fallston) and Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill) and Johns Hopkins' Sammy Cermack were named to the second team.
Big East: Five Loyola women received All-Big East honors, including first-team selections Marlee Paton and Taryn VanThof. The Greyhounds, who are seeded third in the Big East Tournament which begins today at Georgetown, also had three second-team selections: Annie Thomas (John Carroll), Hannah Schmitt and Maddy Lesher. Several other players with local ties also made the teams. Notre Dame's Margaret Smith (McDonogh) was named to the first team and Georgetown's Kelsi Bozel (Notre Dame Prep) and Sophia Thomas (Maryvale) made the second team. Syracuse's Alyssa Murray was named Attacker of the Year and teammate Becca Block, Defensive Player of the Year. Connecticut's Lauren Kahn was the Midfielder of the Year and Huskies' coach Katie Woods was named Coach of the Year.
Commonwealth Conference: Stevenson junior midfielder Marissa Meiklejohn (Old Mill) was named Player of the Year. The Mustangs' Kathy Railey was named Coach of the Year. Meiklejohn was joined on the All-Commonwealth first team by Stevenson junior attacker Leah Warner (Northeast), senior defender Olivia Baker (Catholic), sophomore defender Meg Gill (North Harford) and sophomore goalie Leanne Bittner (Loch Raven) and Lebanon Valley sophomore midfielder Bailey Benz (Howard). The second team included Messiah junior attacker Lizzy Keeney (Dulaney); Elizabethtown senior midfielder Emily Butler (Mount de Sales); Lebanon Valley sophomore midfielder Anna Pagels (North Carroll) and Lycoming senior defender Lindsay Schilling (South Carroll). Honorable mention included Elizabethtown sophomore midfielder Caitlin Knight (Institute of Notre Dame) and senior defender Alexis Morris (North Harford); Stevenson sophomore midfielder Amanda LeGar (Liberty); Messiah sophomore midfielder Carly Bajus of Arnold; and Hood freshman goalie Lauren Couch (Old Mill).
—From Sun staff reports