Junior Chris Robertson and senior Joe Arcarese highlighted the Men’s Lacrosse Awards Show after being named Offensive Player of the Year and Long Stick Midfielder of the Year, respectively. The two were also named to MAAC First Team, while Ryan Ghaderi and Keenan Cook earned Second Team honors and Ross Filtch was named to the All Rookie Team.
Robertson is the sixth MAAC Offensive Player of the Year in Siena history and the first since Richie Hurley in 2014. He is also the first First Team attackman since Richie Hurley in 2015. Robertson led the MAAC with 35 goals and was second as he scored 2.50 goals per game. His 2.50 goals per game ranked 22nd in the nation. He had seven man-up goals and one man-down goal, where his man-up goals were ranked second in the league and second in the NCAA. The Dundas, Ontario native ended his season on a 13-game scoring streak which is tied for ninth best of all active NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse players.
Arcarese is the first Long Stick Midfielder of the Year for Siena. The MAAC first began awarding a Long Stick Midfielder of the Year award in 2010. The Fairpoint, New York native played in all 14 games this season. He was second on the team with 16 caused turnovers, tied for seventh best in a single-season. His 1.14 caused turnovers per game were fifth best in the league and 64th best in the NCAA. After a four-year career, Arcarese ended his time in the Green and Gold with 52 caused turnovers, just one shy of tying the record 53. He picked up a team-high 37 ground balls, which was 10th most in the MAAC. The senior scored five goals and dished out one assist during the year. This is the first season the MAAC has named long stick midfielders to the First Team.
Ghaderi caused 19 turnovers during his senior campaign which is the fourth most in a single-season in Siena history. He averaged 1.36 caused turnovers per game which was best in the league and 36 best in the NCAA. On his career he finished with 37 for the fourth most in Siena history. The Ridgewood, New Jersey native played and started in every game for the Saints this season. He served as one of four captains for the Saints. The senior picked up 22 ground balls during the year. Ghaderi is the first defenseman to be named to the MAAC Second Team for Siena since 2014 and the eighth overall.
Cook played in all 14 games for the Saints this season. The Courtice, Ontario native scored 14 goals while dishing out eight assists in the Green and Gold. He tallied one man up and one man down goal, while also picking up six ground balls. Cook had two goals in the 11-10 victory over Canisius and one goal in the win against reigning MAAC Champions Quinnipiac. The sophomore was named to the All MAAC Rookie team last season.
Filtch played in 12 games for the Saints in his freshman campaign. The Marcellus, New York native scored four goals and dished out two assists for Siena. He tallied the game-winning goal against Manhattan on Apr. 8. Filtch picked up three ground balls during the season. He earned one MAAC Rookie of the Week honor.
The MAAC also announced that nine Saints were named to the All-Academic Team. The men’s program has accumulated a 3.00 cumulative grade point average. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Seniors Ghaderi and Devin Votta along with juniors Tim Cousin, Aaron Lewis, Colin McLaughlin, Eric Munn, Brian Prunty, Luke Van Schepen, Mike Vitale were named to the Academic team.