PAWTUCKET, RI - Western Connecticut State University freshman attack Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY) has been named 2017 Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year. He and three other Colonials were named to the LEC All-Conference Second Team on Tuesday.
Joining Caldwell on the Second Team are freshman midfielder Ryan Reuling (Groton, CT), freshman defender Matthew Kolasinski (Smithtown, NY) and sophomore face-off specialist and midfielder Ryan Yursha (Middletown, DE).
official release from Adam Sopris - Little East Conference Assistant Commissioner
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference announced its 2017 Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams and Major Awards as voted on by the eight LEC head coaches. The Keene State Owls finished the season on top of the regular season standings with a 7-0 record and has extended its current winning streak against Little East opponents to 40 games, with their last conference loss occurring in 2012.
Keene State's senior midfielder, Bryan Rotatori (Grafton, Mass.) was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year, marking the fifth consecutive season a member of the Owls took home the top offensive award (Tyler McKelvie, Ian Hart). Rotatori played in all 16 games during the 2017 season and scored 32 goals (8th in LEC) and added 23 assists (3rd in the LEC). Rotatori ranks seventh in the Little East with his 55 total points earned. Rotatori broke the Keene State school record for career assists when he tallied three assists in the Owls' 23-4 win over Western Connecticut State on April 25. In the programs upset win over No. 15 Bowdoin, Rotatori scored three goals, including his 100th goal of his stellar career. Rotatori was also named to the All-LEC First Team for the second consecutive season.
The University of Southern Maine junior, Sam Hornblower (Portland, ME) was named the 2017 LEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The Huskies' defensive leader finished third in the conference with 31 caused turnovers and placed inside the top-10 with 56 ground balls. Hornblower played a majority of his time guarding his opponents' talented offensive scorers all season long. Hornblower started all 16 games for the Huskies and added 12 points on eight goals and four assists in 2017.
Western Connecticut's newcomer, Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, N.Y.) was named the 2017 LEC Rookie of the Year. Caldwell led all freshman with 47 goals during the 2017 campaign. Caldwell added 20 assists to tally a total of 65 points, which is tied for second in the Little East. Caldwell trails only Rob Hart, an All-LEC First Team performer from Keene State. Caldwell's offensive prowess helped the Colonials recover from a sub-par 2016 season. Caldwell was also honored as a member of the All-LEC Second Team.
In 2017, the UMass Boston Beacons accomplished its best conference finish in 2017 with a 5-2 record and secured the program's first ever appearance in the LEC men's lacrosse championship game as the No. 2 seed. As a result, the coaching peers of the Little East Conference voted UMass Boston's head coach Tyler Low as the 2017 recipient of the LEC Coach of the Year award.
The All-Little East First Team is made up of eight members from Keene State College, followed by two members from Eastern Connecticut State and UMass Boston, Southern Maine and UMass Dartmouth each had one All-LEC First Team performers in 2017.
The All-Little East Second Team is comprised of four members from Western Connecticut State, three members from Keene State College, two members from Eastern Connecticut and Plymouth State and UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth each added one member to the All-LEC Second Team.
2017 Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse
Offensive Player of the Year
Bryan Rotatori, Senior, Keene State
Defensive Player of the Year
Sam Hornblower, Junior, Southern Maine
Rookie of the Year
Eric Caldwell, Freshman, Western Connecticut State
Coach of the Year
Tyler Low, 7th season, UMass Boston
All-Little East First Team
Attack Rob Hart Sr. Keene State
Attack Tyler Reilly Sr. Keene State
Attack Calvin Lee Sr. UMass Boston
Midfielder Bryan Rotatori Sr. Keene State
Midfielder Hunter Arnold Jr. Keene State
Midfielder Harrison Urda Jr. Eastern Connecticut
Defender Sam Hornblower Jr. Southern Maine
Defender Thomas Jenoski Sr. Keene State
Defender Mike Wiedenfeld Sr. Keene State
Long Stick Steve Hamel So. Keene State
Short Stick Ryan Askham Sr. Keene State
Specialist Jesse Schulze Sr. Eastern Connecticut
Goalkeeper Matt LaFond Sr. UMass Dartmouth
All-Little East Second Team
Attack Nicco Sorrentino Sr. Plymouth State
Attack Matthew Rougeot Jr. Eastern Connecticut
Attack Eric Caldwell Fr. Western Connecticut
Midfielder Ryan Reuling Fr. Western Connecticut
Midfielder Jordan Torres Jr. UMass Dartmouth
Midfielder Paul Beling Jr. Keene State
Defender Brandon Charney Sr. Keene State
Defender Matthew Kolasinski Fr. Western Connecticut
Defender Matt Murphy So. UMass Boston
Long Stick Adam Haversat Sr. Plymouth State
Short Stick Connor Nolan Fr. Keene State
Specialist Ryan Yursha So. Western Connecticut
Goalkeeper Chris Gorman Jr. Eastern Connecticut