May 21, 2009

Kehoe Leads MD3 Award Winners

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Headlined by senior long-stick midfielder Tommy Kehoe's (Coraopolis, Pa./Sewickley Academy) selection as the Iroquois National award as the Division III Player of the Year, the fifth-ranked Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team had six players earn all-America honors as named by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), it was announced Wednesday.

Kehoe becomes the first Bullet to be named Division III Player of the Year in Gettysburg's storied men's lacrosse history. He was also named the Long-Pole Midfielder of the Year and landed a spot on the all-America first team.

Named to the all-America second team were senior midfielder Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College) and senior defenseman Yanni Peary (South Portland, Maine/Cape Elizabeth). Earning third-team recognition were senior attackman Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and senior goalie Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School [Conn.]) while junior defenseman Tim Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) garnered honorable mention status.

Kehoe earned his second straight all-America award after copping second-team recognition last year. He is the second Bullet in as many years and the fifth overall to earn a national player of the year citation, joining Andrew McGann '08 (Defenseman, 2008), Pat Vaughan '07 (Goalie, 2006, 2007), Mike Plantolt '01 (Defenseman, 2001), Tim McGinnis '02 (Goalie, 2002), and Andrew Barter '99 (Goalie, 1999).

A dynamic athlete and shut-down midfielder, Kehoe has helped lead the Bullets to the NCAA Division III championship game by spearheading a Gettysburg defense that has limited its opponents to 7.37 goals per game. Regularly charged with covering the opponent's top midfielder, Kehoe has racked up 59 ground balls - second among the Bullets - and is third on the team with 20 caused turnovers. Also a spark to Gettysburg's transition game, he has contributed three goals for the season. He was also an All-Centennial Conference First Team selection.

O'Donnell and Peary are also repeat all-America picks after appearing on the honorable mention squad in 2008. O'Donnell, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, has notched 18 goals and 16 assists this season and has scored a point in all but two games. An outstanding two-way midfielder, he has scored a goal in four of the team's five playoff games this year. A First Team All-Centennial Conference selection, Peary has helped anchor the Bullets defense while accumulating 35 ground balls and leading the team with 29 caused turnovers. In one of his top performances of the season, he held Stevenson's leading scorer to zero points in Gettysburg's 12-7 victory over the top-ranked Mustangs in the NCAA semifinals.

Pucci, a first-time all-American, has enjoyed a fine season as the team's leading goal scorer. Named to the All-Centennial Conference First Team, he has nearly doubled his previous career high for goals scored, racking up 34 tallies this season. He has also dished out 16 assists for a team-leading 50 points. In one of his top performances of the year, he posted two goals and three assists in Gettysburg's 12-5 win at No. 8 Haverford in the Centennial Conference championship game. Pucci also reached the 100-point plateau early in the season and currently has 133 points on 69 goals and 64 assists.

Furshman became an all-American for the second year in a row following his honorable-mention selection last year. The goalie of record in every game this season, he is coming off one of the top performances in his career after making a season-high 15 saves - one shy of his career-high - in the Bullets NCAA semifinal win over Stevenson. Also a Second Team All-Centennial Conference recipient, he has posted a 7.05 goals-against average and .554 save percentage for the season but has been even better during the team's current 14-game winning streak, when he has held down a 5.98 GAA and a .598 save percentage.

Another integral part of the Bullets defense, Kurpis captured his first all-America award. A First Team All-Centennial Conference member, he has accumulated 23 caused turnovers - second among the Bullets - and 43 ground balls.

Gettysburg (16-3) takes on No. 4 SUNY Cortland on Sunday in the NCAA Division III Championship game, slated for noon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The game will be televised on CBS College Sports Network.

2009 Division III Award Winners

Iroquois National Award - Outstanding Player
Tom Kehoe (Gettysburg)

Lt. Col. J.I. Turnball Award - Outstanding Attackman
Steve Kazmier (Stevenson)

Fran McCall Award - Outstanding Midfielder
Kylor Berkman (Salisbury)

William C. Stiles Memorial Award - Outstanding Defensive Player
Terrence Malangone (Wesleyan)

Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award - Outstanding Goalie
Gordon Cohen (Washington College)

Long Pole Midfielder of the Year Award
Tom Kehoe (Gettysburg)

Speciality Player Award
P.J. Santora (St. Lawrence)

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