May 24, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior attackman Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y.) has been named a 2012 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Thursday morning. Cunningham is the fourth player under Head Coach Mike Corrado's tenure to earn All-America status.
Cunningham finishes his career as one of the most decorated men's lacrosse student-athletes in program history, earning BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, First Team All-BIG EAST and Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors during the 2012 season. The senior attackman was also a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee and concluded his four-year career with 69 goals, 81 assists, and joined the prestigious club of athletes who've eclipsed the 100-point mark with 150 career points. At Villanova, Cunningham currently ranks 4th all-time with 81 assists, 5th all-time with 150 points and 14th all-time with 69 goals.
Cunningham averaged 2.87 points per game and was tied for 10th in the BIG EAST averaging 1.40 goals per game during the 2012 campaign. Prior to the start of the season, Cunningham was drafted as the 19th overall selection in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Boston Cannons.
During his four years with the team, Cunningham led the Wildcats to their first two NCAA postseason appearances in program history during the 2009 and 2011 seasons and helped Villanova reach their highest ranking at No. 7 in the USILA Coaches poll in 2011. He is part of the winningest class in Villanova Lacrosse history who posted a collective record of 40-20 (.666). The Class of 2012 was a part of the 2009 CAA Tournament Championship and was the first-ever Villanova men's lacrosse team to gain an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, carving out a unique legacy in program history.
Villanova finished the 2012 season with an 8-7 overall record, going 4-2 in the BIG EAST. The Wildcats earned the No. 2 seed in the inaugural BIG EAST Championship but fell to third-seeded and eventual BIG EAST Champions Syracuse, 15-6, in the semi-final contest on May 3rd.