May 26, 2009

Maude Named NCAC Player of Year

from press releases

CLEVELAND - After advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 11th time in school history and locking up their 11th North Coast Athletic Conference Championship, Denison's Dan Maude was named the 2009 NCAC Player of the Year and Mike Caravana received his fourth NCAC Coach of the Year honor as 13 members of the Big Red squad earned All-NCAC recognition.

Maude, a two-time USLIA All-American, finished the 2009 season ranked third in the team in goals scored with 30.  On May 2 against Stevenson University, Maude scored his 100th career goal.  He is a four-time al-conference selection and a three-time All-NCAC first-team pick.

Joining Maude on the first team were seniors Nate Hall and Jim Minor, junior Connor Detjen and sophomore Tanner Smith.

This is Hall's first, first-team award after being named to the second-team in 2008.  This year he was second on the team in points with 20 goals and a career-high 31 assists. In 60 career games, Hall scored 48 goals and tallied 78 assists to go along with 80 ground balls.  Minor is making his second-straight appearance on the first-team as a defenseman.  He helped the Big Red rank as the nation's number-two defense, holding the opposition to just 6.18 goals per game.

From the face-off/defensive midfield spot, Detjen is making his second-straight first-team appearance after finishing 10th in the nation in face-off percentage (.653).  Making his inaugural appearance on the NCAC all-star list was Smith who came off the bench to provide 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 17 games. 

On the All-NCAC second-team Denison was represented by sophomore Emmett Jones, senior Ted Gulyas, junior Cy Ryan and first-year's Alex Hardt and Davis Lukens.

Jones was second on the team and in the conference in goals scored with 40.  In two seasons he has scored 68 goals in just 32 games played.  Gulyas had an outstanding senior year after making the move to the defensive midfield.  He was second on the team in ground balls with 52.

Ryan stepped into the large shoes of four-time All-NCAC performer Taylor Nissi and earned second-team honors by bolstering the stingy Big Red defense.  The long stick added 27 ground balls.

In the midfield a pair of rookies in Hardt and Lukens combined for 30 goals and 13 assists while giving the conference a glimpse at the future of the Big Red offense.

Rounding out Denison's all-conference selections were junior attack Brady Burton senior midfielder Nick Jacobs and senior defenseman Matt Edenbaum.  Burton led the conference with 53 goals scored and enters his senior season with 152 career goals.  Jacobs has played in 63 career games and has scored 16 goals while gathering 93 ground balls and winning 145 face-off's.  In his first year as a starter, Edenbaum was outstanding alongside Minor and junior John Payne in the DU defense.

In his 16 seasons as the Big Red head coach, Caravana has posted a record of 159-68 (.700).  This was his fourth NCAC Coach of the Year award. His previous honors from the conference office came in 2002, 1997 and in 1994.

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