PAWTUCKET, R.I. - After claiming its fourth straight Little East Conference (LEC) Championship and eighth overall, 11 Owls from the Keene State men's lacrosse prorgram were named to All-Conference teams, as end of the season awards were announced today.
Highlighting the accolades was senior Bryan Rotatori, as the midfielder was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year. Rotatori has capped off his impressive career with a standout senior season, garnering First Team All-Conference honors in addition to the LEC major award. Along with his 35 goals this season, the midfielder has dished out a team-high 25 assists that led him to become the Keene State all-time assists leader with 110 currently in his career. This is the fifth straight year that a Keene State student-athlete has earned the Offensive Player of the Year honor, as Rotatori joins three-time receipent Tyler McKelvie '16 and Ian Hart '13.
Seniors attack Robert Hart, attack Tyler Reilly, defender Thomas Jenoski, defender Mike Wiedenfeld, and short stick Ryan Askham, along with junior attack Hunter Arnold and sophomore long stick Steve Hamel, were all named First Team All-Conference selections, which is the most in program history with eight honorees, as there were seven receipents in 2015.
Hart, Arnold and Reilly have proven to be offensive powerhouses throughout the season and crucial parts of the Owls front line, as Hart tops the team and the LEC with 77 points from 54 goals and 23 assists. Arnold follows with 50 goals and 22 assists, while Reilly rounds out the top three on the team with 37 goals and 15 assists.
As one of the Owls' top defenders, Wiedenfeld was assigned to guard the top attackman of every opposing team for Keene State. The senior currently holds the record for career caused turnovers with 63 and recently broke the single season record for caused turnovers with 32, while scooping up 31 grounds balls.
An instrumental part of the Owls defense, Jenoski has collected 26 ground balls and forced 18 caused turnovers, while Askham was key in the defensive midfield position, registering three goals, two assists, 37 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Hamel had a breakout sophomore campaign, as the long stick midfielder played in all 17 games and earned a team second-best 56 ground balls with 27 caused turnovers.
Beling has been an important part of the Owls offense, playing in all 17 games, and has added 17 goals and 14 assists, while Charney has tallied 15 ground balls and seven caused turnovers as a leader on the backline.
In his first season with the Owls, Nolan was dynamic in the short stick midfielder position, tallying six goals with three assists and picking up 23 ground balls.
Keene State will travel to No. 10 Tufts on Wednesday, May 10th for Second Round action of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The contest will begin at 4:00 p.m.