LoCascio and Corrado Earn Top BIG EAST Honors, Six Named All-BIG EAST
May 1, 2013
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - The BIG EAST Conference announced its men's lacrosse major award winners and all-conference teams at the annual awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1st prior to the start of the BIG EAST Championship.
Villanova's John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year while juniors Christopher Conroy (Chatham, N.J.) and Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.), freshman John Kluh (Lothian, Md.) and LoCascio were selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Seniors Max Hart (Bethesda, Md.) and Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.) were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Head Coach Mike Corrado was also named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year after a stellar conference showing in 2013.
Head Coach Mike Corrado was selected as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the second time after earning the laurels during the 2010 season. Corrado guided the Wildcats to a 5-1 conference mark, earning a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and having the No. 1 strength of schedule in the nation. The award marks the third conference Coach of the Year honor for Corrado since 2009 when he was named the CAA Coach of the Year and BIG EAST Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year after being named to the 2012 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team prior to the start of the season. The defenseman was also chosen to the All-BIG EAST First Team and leads the NCAA averaging 3.92 caused turnovers per game. For the season, the junior has tallied 75 ground balls, 47 caused turnovers, two goals and four assists in just 12 games. At Villanova, LoCascio ranks 2nd all-time with 81 career caused turnovers and is 18th all-time with 154 ground balls and also served as a team captain for the Wildcats this season.
Conroy (Chatham, N.J.) earns postseason laurels in 2013 after serving as a two-year starter on defense for Villanova. For the season, the junior close defenseman has collected 19 ground balls, caused 15 turnovers and is recognized as one of the top coverage defensemen in the country. For his career, Conroy has nabbed 32 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers.
Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.) earns First Team All-BIG EAST honors after being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2012 and a unanimous selection to the 2013 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team. The junior faceoff specialist has won 173-of-301 (.575) attempts from X this season and has collected a team-high 91 ground balls. Croonquist currently ranks 13th in the NCAA with a .575 win percentage and is currently 3rd all-time at Villanova with a .590 career win percentage. For the season, he has recorded five games winning at least 15 face-off's and has tallied the best single-game performance in the NCAA this year after winning 22-of-24 (.914) attempts from X against Syracuse on March 23rd.
Kluh (Lothian, Md.) is one of three freshman to appear on the All-BIG EAST First Team, a first since the conference began sponsoring lacrosse in 2010. The midfielder is third on the team with 25 points via 16 goals and nine assists and averages 1.92 points per game. In BIG EAST contests, Kluh was third on the team with 14 points and was second with 10 goals.
Hart (Bethesda, Md.) earns his first appearance on the All-BIG EAST Second Team after another solid year as a mainstay on the Villanova offense. The senior co-captain has posted 18 goals and 10 assists on the season and is second on the team with 28 points in 2013. For his career, Hart has tallied 44 goals and 20 assists as a midfielder.
Rice (Baltimore, Md.) makes his third appearance on an All-BIG EAST postseason team after being named a 2011 and 2012 First Team All-BIG EAST selection and 2013 All-BIG EAST Preseason honoree. The senior attackman has a team high 30 goals and 30 points in 2013 and moved into 3rd place all-time on Villanova's goal scoring list with 121 career goals. For his career, Rice has tallied 125 points via 121 goals and four assists while picking up 53 ground balls as a four-year starter on the Villanova offense.
St. John's Kieran McArdle was selected as the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, Syracuse's JoJo Marasco was chosen as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and Rutgers freshman Kris Alleyne was chosen as the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year in addition to LoCascio and Corrado's honors. Voting was conducted among the league's seven head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
The All-BIG EAST First Team is made up of four players from Notre Dame, four from Villanova, three from Syracuse, two from St. John's and one from Rutgers. Cernuto, McArdle, Marasco and Megill were picked as unanimous selections.
2013 BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Awards
BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
*unanimous selection ^ extra players added due to voting ties