May 4, 2012

Romano Leads MAC Commonwealth All-Stars

from press release

– The Middle Atlantic Conference has announced the 2012 All-Commonwealth men's lacrosse teams. Lycoming College's Stephen Romano earns Player of the Year honors. Albright College's Bryan Smith was awarded Rookie of the Year and his coach Jake Plunket earned Coach of the Year.

Romano becomes the first repeat conference player of the year in the MAC since Elizabethtown's Frank Puzzangara in 2006-07. He joins Messiah's Jono Linebaugh (2004-05) and Puzzangara as the only players in conference history to win the award twice. The dynamic attackman finished the regular season in the Commonwealth Conference in goals (2.57) and third in points (3.50). He posted seven-goal games against Messiah, scoring the game-winner in overtime, and SUNY Geneseo. During the season, he won three Commonwealth Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week awards, giving him seven in his career.

Amazingly, despite consistently drawing double teams and the opponent's best defender, he still managed to post six hat tricks during the season. Smith ranked sixth in the conference in scoring, totaling 31 goals, 22 assists and 53 points on the season. He also picked up 54 ground balls. He had three games with four goals or more, including a five-goal, six-point effort in a win over Richard Stockton. Smith had three man-down tallies on the year.

In his first season as a head coach, Jake Plunket led a brand-new varsity program to a 16-3 mark and the #1 seed in the MAC tournament. His team, which comprised of 26 freshmen and three sophomores, was ranked nationally in scoring offense and upset defending champion Widener on the road in the regular season before falling to the Pride in a hard-fought Commonwealth championship game. His inaugural recruiting class featured the conference Rookie of the Year, three All-Conference selections, and eight Player of the Week nods.

First Team

Position Name School Year Hometown/High School
ATT Johnny Casey Widener Junior Glenside, PA/Abington
ATT Malik Pedroso Lebanon Valley Sophomore Binghampton, NY/Chenango Valley
ATT Stephen Romano Lycoming Junior Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.
MID Cory Boushell Elizabethtown Junior Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg
MID Robert Clemens Widener Sophomore Aston, PA/Sun Valley
MID TJ Holston Albright Freshman Gambrills, MD/Arundel
MID Heath Kupecky Messiah Junior King of Prussia, PA/Upper Merion
DEF Andrew Kruter Lebanon Valley Sophomore Bellmore, NY/John F. Kennedy
DEF Victor Marchetti Lycoming Senior Cortland, NY/Homer
DEF Nick Thompson Elizabethtown Junior Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven
LSM Charlie Bytheway Widener Junior Glen Mills, PA/Garnet Valley
SSP Scott Sutton Lebanon Valley Junior Laurel, MD/Reservoir
GK Brendan Corcoran Elizabethtown Senior Hershey, PA/Western Reserve Acad.

Second Team

Position Name School Year Hometown/High School
ATT Josh Fox Widener Junior Wynnewood, PA/Lower Merion
ATT Ethan Payne Lycoming Senior Farmington, NY/Victor
ATT Phillip Potter Albright Freshman Cortland, NY/Cortland
MID Mark Kane Widener Senior Morton, PA/Ridley
MID Ryan Shewell Widener Senior Ellicott City, MD/Loyola Blakefield
MID Bryan Smith Albright Freshman Adams, NY/South Jefferson Central Adams
MID Kyle Sproles Messiah Junior Lititz, PA/Manheim Township
DEF Jacob Buzby Alvernia Senior Cochranville, PA/Bishop Shanahan
DEF Drew Cortese Messiah Sophomore Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township
DEF Jared Nies Messiah Senior Jamesville, NY/Jamesville De-Witt
LSM Sean Keiper Messiah Junior Allentown, PA/Parkland
SSP Matt Emerson Messiah Junior Brookeville, MD/Sherwood
GK Mac Nestler Widener Sophomore Chatham, NJ/Chatham

Player of the Year: Stephen Romano, Lycoming
Rookie of the Year: Bryan Smith, Albright
Coach of the Year: Jake Plunket, Albright

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