May 7, 2010

Seaman Named CAA Coach of the Year

from press release

RICHMOND, Va. – After leading 20th-ranked Towson University to its fourth outright Colonial Athletic Association regular season title, Coach Tony Seaman has been named as the 2010 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year, it has been announced by CAA officials.

In addition, five Tiger players were honored by the CAA. Senior midfielder Will Harrington (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.), graduate student midfielder Christian Pastirik (St. Mary’s H.S./Annapolis, Md.) and sophomore defenseman Marc Ingerman (Newtown H.S./Sandy Hook, Conn.) were named as first team selections while junior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.) earned second team honors.

Freshman midfielder Ryan DeSmit (Friends School/Towson, Md.) was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team.

In his 12th season as the Tigers’ coach, Seaman has led Towson to a 96-82 overall record, including a 7-7 record this year. He has coached the Tigers to three CAA championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, the Tigers have qualified for the CAA Tournament in seven of the last eight years and have earned the top seed four times, including this year.

Facing one of the most demanding schedules in college lacrosse, the Tigers started the season with a 1-5 record. Since then, they have won six of the last eight games, including a 13-6 victory over Massachusetts on Wednesday night in the CAA semi-finals. The Tigers also posted their first five-game win streak since 2005 and won their first four CAA games to clinch the regular season title.

Seaman, who has been named as the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year three times in his career, also earned CAA Coach of the Year notice in 2004 after leading the Tigers to the CAA championship. 

Currently in his 29th season as an NCAA Division I coach, Seaman has compiled a 260-155 record. He started the season ranked 13th among active Division I coaches in win percentage while his 260 victories rank eighth among active Division I coaches.

Named to the All-CAA first team for the second straight season, Harrington is the Tigers’ second-leading scorer with 26 goals and five assists. He scored a career-high five goals in the Tigers’ 14-11 loss to Stony Brook on March 6 and added three goals in the Tigers’ 10-9 victory at seventh-ranked Massachusetts on April 10.

Harrington, who has scored 49 goals in his two seasons at Towson, also contributed a “hat trick” at Maryland on March 13 by scoring three goals. He is the only Towson player to score a goal in all 14 games this season.

Harrington is tied for the CAA lead with seven extra-man goals and has scored 15 extra-man goals in the last two seasons.

A transfer from Cornell University, Pastirik is the CAA’s fourth-leading scorer with 46 points. He leads the Tigers with 27 goals and 19 assists. He scored a career-high four goals in the Tigers’ 12-10 loss against 15th-ranked Hofstra on May 1 and contributed a career-high five assists in a win over Drexel.

Honored as the CAA Player of the Week on March 22, Pastirik scored three goals, including the game-winner with six seconds left, in the Tigers’ 10-9 victory over Navy on March 16.

Pastirik also contributed two goals with four assists in the Tigers’ loss at Stony Brook.

A second team All-CAA selection last year, Ingerman has started all 14 games for the Tigers this season and has 13 ground balls with five caused turnovers. He posted a season-high three ground balls against Drexel in the Tigers’ 8-7 victory on April 17 and also had two ground balls in three other games. After missing his freshman season with a knee injury two years ago, Ingerman has started all 31 games for the Tigers.

Love is ranked second in the CAA with a .561 save percentage while his 9.07 goals against average ranks third in the CAA. Since becoming the Tigers’ starter prior to their victory over Navy, he has led the Tigers to a 7-4 record and has a .560 save percentage.

Named as the CAA Co-Player of the Week on April 12, Love led the Tigers to wins over UMBC and Massachusetts by stopping 56.7 per cent of the shots he faced while allowing 8.00 goals per game. He had a career-high 16 saves in the Tigers’ loss against top-ranked Virginia on March 21 and posted 15 saves against Penn State on April 24.

In the Tigers’ win over the Minutemen on Wednesday night, Love made 11 saves and allowed just five goals.

DeSmit has won 27 of 69 face-offs this season while recording ten ground balls. He won 11 of 19 face-off attempts with a season-high five ground balls against Drexel and had seven face-off wins in 19 attempts against Penn State.

The Tigers, who are trying to win their fourth CAA title, will host second-seeded Delaware on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The CAA champion will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

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