May 2, 2012

Wright, Van de Veerdonk Lead SUNYAC Awards

from press release

 – The State University of New York Athletic Conference has announced the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year awards for the 2012 men's lacrosse season. The awards are voted on by the conference coaches.

For the first time the SUNYAC had co-Player's of the Year. Oneonta State junior face-off specialist Jimmy van de Veerdonk (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley) and Cortland senior attack Greg Wright (Irondequoit, NY/West Irondequoit) shared the honor.

Van de Veerdonk has started 13 of the team's 14 games, posting a team-high 35 goals, 110 groundballs and a face-off percentage of .650. His 2.50 goals per game lead the conference while his 7.86 ground balls per game rank 18th in Division III. He has been ranked nationally all season in the top-20 in face-off percentage. A first team All-SUNYAC selection, van de Veerdonk led Oneonta to a 3-3 conference record as the fourth-seed in the tournament.

Wright started all 16 games, posting 28 goals and 30 assists for a team and conference high 58 points. The attackman scored 27 of his points against conference opponents (14 goals and 13 assists). A first team All-SUNYAC selection, Wright led the Red Dragons to a perfect 16-0 overall record and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. He ranks 60th in points per game (3.63) in Division III.

Geneseo freshman attack Steven Cregan (Rochester, NY/Brighton) was named the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year after posting nine goals and 19 assists against conference teams as the Knights finished with a 5-1 league record. Cregan has started all 12 regular season games, leading the team with 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists). His 44 points and 32 assists lead the conference while his assists per game (3.67) rank third in Division III. The Knights will serve as the second-seed in the SUNYAC Tournament which starts Wednesday May 2 when they host third-seeded Plattsburgh. Cregan, a first-team All-SUNYAC selection, is the fourth Geneseo player to earn Rookie of the Year honors since the award was started in 2002 and the first since Craig Lange was honored in 2008.

SUNY Cortland head coach Steve Beville has been named Coach of the Year for the third time in his career, gaining his previous awards in 2008 and 2010. In his sixth season at the helm, he has guided his team to a current 16-0 overall record and 6-0 in conference play, completing the first-ever undefeated regular season in Cortland history. His team currently ranks sixth in Division III in goals-against average (5.44). The Red Dragons will serve as the No. 1 seed in the SUNYAC Tournament for the third straight year and will host fourth-seeded Oneonta on Wednesday, May 2.

2012 All-SUNYAC Men's Lacrosse Teams

First Team
Name Team Pos. Yr. Hometown/High School
Steven Cregan Geneseo A Fr. Rochester, NY/Brighton
Mike Tota Cortland A Sr. Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder
Greg Wright Cortland A Sr. Irondequoit, NY/West Irondequoit
Joe Slavik Cortland M So. Binghamton, NY/Seton Catholic
Jim van de Veerdonk Oneonta M Jr. Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley
John Wettack Geneseo M So. Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island
Frank DiSanti Geneseo FOS Jr. Melville, NY/Half Hollow Hills E.
Jack Kennedy Cortland LSD Sr. Camillus, NY/West Genesee
John Felix Geneseo SSD Jr. Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale
Doug Meehan Cortland SSD So. Sayville, NY/Sayville
Derek Drance Geneseo D Sr. Huntington, NY/Harborfields
Craig Sullivan Cortland D Jr. Duxbury, MA/Duxbury
Brian Winterfeldt Cortland D So. Merrick, NY/Calhoun
Mike Kaminski Cortland G Jr. Sayville, NY/Sayville

Second Team
Name Team Pos. Yr. Hometown/High School
Tim Lawrence Plattsburgh A So. Kings Park, NY/Kings Park
Joe Kramer Plattsburgh A Jr. Lindenhurst, NY/Lindenhurst
Rob Kunz Potsdam A So. Watertown, NY/Immaculate Heart
Matt Rakoczy Cortland M Fr. Clifton Park, NY/Albany Academy
Nate Thomas Brockport M Sr. Cortland, NY/Cortland
Nick Travers Plattsburgh M Jr. Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East
Nick Jarvis Cortland FOS Jr. Syracuse, NY/Onondaga Central
Charlie Dullea Plattsburgh LSD So. Brasher Falls, NY/St. Lawrence
Rashaun Durden Potsdam D Sr. Buffalo, NY/Williamsville East
Hugh O'Gorman Oneonta D Sr. Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley
Ryan Phillips Plattsburgh D Jr. Levittown, NY/Levittown-Division
Michael Greubel Geneseo G Jr. North Merrick, NY/Mepham
Ian O'Brien Oswego G Sr. Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs

Honorable Mention
Name Team Yr. Pos. Hometown/High School
Riley Austin Brockport M So. Rochester, NY/Eastridge
Jared Flath Potsdam M So. Dexter, NY/General Brown
Eric Miccio Oswego D Sr. Syracuse, NY/West Genesee

Co-Players of the Year: Greg Wright, Cortland and Jim van de Veerdonk, Oneonta
Rookie of the Year: Steven Cregan, Geneseo
Paul Rose Coach of the Year: Steve Beville, Cortland

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