April 30, 2014
Richie Hurley (Offensive Player of the Year), Casey Dowd (Faceoff Specialist of the Year) and head coach John Svec (Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year) headlined Siena Lacrosse's MAAC award winners at the conference's banquet in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Saints set a program record with 11 All-MAAC selections and six Second Team All-MAAC honorees.
Brendan Meehan and Conor Prunty joined Hurley on the All-MAAC First Team, while Nate Barry, Colin Clive, Tommy Cordts, Kyle Curry, Adam Hall and Jake Kissick earned Second Team honors. Freshmen Joe Arcarese and Jordan Barlow were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Hurley is the Saints' fifth MAAC Offensive Player of the Year with all coming in the past eight seasons as he joins Matt Girsh (2007), Ryan Duggan (2010) and Bryan Neufeld (2011, 2012). The red-shirt junior captain out of Setauket, N.Y. currently ranks fourth nationally in both points per game (4.93) and assists per game (2.86). Recently named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, Hurley's 69 points are 25 more than the MAAC's second leading scorer. A three-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, Hurley carries a 31-game point scoring streak into the MAAC Championships.
Siena's all-time career leader in both groundballs (341) and faceoffs won (576), Dowd becomes the first Saint to earn Faceoff Specialist of the Year honors. A junior by way of Madison, Conn., Dowd also recently broke his own program single-season record for groundballs and has tallied 133 to date. He ranks sixth nationally in groundballs per game (9.50) and 14th in faceoff win percentage (.590).
Svec is the MAAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his first three seasons at the helm of the Saints. He has guided Siena to the program's sixth MAAC Regular Season Championship in the past eight seasons and fourth undefeated conference regular season record in the past six years. Siena, which won twice as many conference games as any other league foe in winning the regular season title by three games, entered this week tied for the national lead for the most true road wins with six while also receiving votes in the USILA Coaches' Poll for the second straight week.
Other MAAC major award winners included Manhattan's Sean McMahon and Marist's Pat Eaker who were named Co-Long Stick Midfielders of the Year and Detroit's Jason Weber who was tabbed as both the conference's Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year.
A red-shirt senior out of Rockville Centre, N.Y., Meehan also earned First Team All-MAAC honors in 2012. He has appeared in nine games making seven starts on close defense, picking up 17 groundballs. Meehan's 41 career caused turnovers are third most in program history.
The MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, Prunty has tallied 28 points on 21 goals this spring. The junior midfielder out of Yorktown Heights, N.Y. carries a 31-game point scoring streak and 16-game goal scoring streak into the MAAC Championships and is just one point shy of 100 for his career.
Named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Apr. 14, Barry has notched 22 points and ranks second on the Saints with 11 assists. A native of Holderness, N.H., the junior midfielder has scored a point in 32 of his past 33 games.
Clive ranks second on the Saints in both points with 29 and goals with 24 which ranks tied for eighth in the MAAC. Siena's active career scoring leader with 138 points, the senior out of Massapequa, N.Y. is tied for the MAAC lead with three game-winning goals. Earlier this spring, Clive was named one of just 20 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
A four-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, Cordts has started all 14 games in goal posting a 9.90 goals against average and .519 save percentage. A red-shirt sophomore from East Northport, N.Y., Cordts' 7.38 goals against average in league play tops the conference.
Curry has come on strong down the stretch, tallying multi-goal performances in six of his past eight games. A red-shirt senior midfielder from Littleton, Mass., Curry has totaled 23 points this spring on 21 goals which include four hat tricks.
A native of Bedford, N.H., Hall has excelled at long stick midfield over his four years with the Saints. Also named a Second Team All-MAAC selection last season, Hall leads the Saints in caused turnovers this spring with 11 and ranks fifth in program history with 29.
Kissick has started all 14 games on close defense this season. The junior out of Cohasset, Mass. has picked up 16 groundballs and caused six turnovers.
Arcarese has seen key minutes this spring at long stick midfield for the Saints and appeared in all 14 games. The Fairport, N.Y. native has tallied seven groundballs and caused seven turnovers.
A native of Glastonbury, Conn., Barlow was a three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week. The attackman has tallied four hat tricks and scored two game-winning goals this spring. Barlow has started all 14 games, scoring 24 points on 19 goals.
The Saints also placed five student athletes on the MAAC All-Academic Team in red-shirt seniors Curry and Michael Scott, junior JD Heinz and sophomores Tyler Lutjen and Justin Rehm.
The MAAC Regular Season Champion Saints begin their quest for the program's third MAAC Championship Thursday at 4 p.m. against fourth seeded Canisius in the conference semifinals in Poughkeepsie.