August 26, 2014

McCabe Named Interim Coach at Montclair

from press release

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The Montclair State Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Leo O. McCabe as the interim head coach for the men's lacrosse program. McCabe takes over for Chris Kivlen, who stepped down after three seasons to become an assistant coach at Cornell University.

As Defensive Assistant at MSU the past three seasons, McCabe helped turn the Red Hawks into one of the top defensive units in Division III during that time. Montclair was ranked in the top tier of Division III each year, including the 2013 campaign when it ranked fourth in the nation at 5.89 goals per game. The Red Hawks also held opponents to seven goals or less 28 times in 54 contests during that three season span.

Five times McCabe's defenders earned All-America honors during his tenure including goalkeeper Michael Dorn, who was also chosen as the Skyline Conference Player of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. In addition, goalkeeper Mark Glander was tabbed All-America in 2012 while defensemen Mike Lade earned All-America honors in 2013. Defenseman Ryan Young, the 2014 Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year, became the first freshman in MSU history to be named All-America this past season. Young set new school single-game and single-season records for caused turnovers.

McCabe spent 11 years coaching on the high school level, including seven at Seton Hall Prep where he mentored U.S. High School All-Americans Chris O'Dougherty and Andrew Blasko. O'Dougherty went on to play at Rutgers and later appeared for the Washington Stealth and Chesapeake Bayhawks of the National Lacrosse League as well as the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, while Blasko played collegiately at Johns Hopkins University. McCabe also spent time at Morristown High School where he coached 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft pick Pat Laconi, who was picked ninth overall by the Charlotte Hounds following a very successful career at Loyola College in Maryland. He also coached at St. Joseph's Regional in Montvale, NJ before coming to Montclair State.

McCabe also put together an outstanding collegiate playing career at Hobart College where he helped the Statesmen to three consecutive NCAA Division II Championship games from 1974-76, winning the national crown in 1976. McCabe was named the recipient of the Kent W. Marbury Award at Hobart for that season.

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