Deady Named Rookie of Year, Takac Earns First Team Honors
2014 NEAC men’s lacrosse All-Conference Teams
GANSEVOORT, N.Y. The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its 2014 men’s lacrosse All-Conference selections today and Brenden Deady was named as the Rookie of Year, one of the top four individual honors bestowed upon a player. Senior Doug Takac grabbed a spot on the First Team marking first post-season honor after three seasons of competition in the NEAC. Junior Elliott Russillio and sophomore-eligible Drew Ulbrich slotted a spot on the Second and Third Teams, respectively. Hilbert went 5-3 in NEAC play and earned a 3rd seed in the post-season tournament.
With First, Second and Third team honors awarded by position, 36 athletes were chosen by the eight conference head coaches. Senior Brock Levick (Medaille) earned the Offensive Player of the Year honor while Scott Miller (Keuka) grabbed the Defensive Player of the Year. Deady’s impact in goal for the Hawks garnered his first big award at Hilbert as the NEAC Rookie of the Year and Medaille’s Michael Carbery was named the Coach of the Year.
Midfielder Doug Takac was the solo Hawk on the First Team. His team-best 20 assists propelled him to 34 points in his final but first injury-free season at Hilbert. He started all 12 games and picked up 32 ground balls which placed him second on the team trailing behind the face-off specialist.
Elliott Russillio earned a spot on the Second Team on Attack. The junior finished the regular season with second-best 22 goals and eight assists with a team-best .741 shots on goal percentage.
Joining his fellow field players on the Third Team was Drew Ulbrich. Ulbrich was one of the many Hilbert players who stepped up their efforts and out-performed opponent’s expectations this year. Ulbrich tallied 18 goals and added 12 assists as a midfielder. He also scooped up 18 ground balls and scored three man-up goals for the Hawks.
Besides the Rookie of the Year tag, Deady was also slotted on the Third Team in goal. He earned a starting role early in the season and went 6-3 between the pipes posting a .578 save percentage with 134 saves and 98 goals allowed, which were top-five markers in the NEAC. He produced double-digit save totals in seven of his 11 appearances, including twice making 20-plus stops. He was named as the NEAC Defensive Player of the Week on April 28 after he posted a career high 24 saves against La Roche College.
Keuka College (7-0) and Morrisville (6-1) placed combined for a total of 17 athletes of the 36 spots. Keuka earned 10 with five players sitting in the First Team. Cazenovia, who did not qualify for post season, had six players while Medaille (4th seed) and Hilbert (3rd seed) trailed with five and four athletes. Wells College and SUNYIT each finished with two honors.