SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its 2018 Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams and major award winners Friday morning. Eight of the nine CCC schools were represented on this year's All-Conference list. CCC Regular-Season Champion Western New England led the way with 12 selections.
Highlighting the Golden Bears' list of honorees was sophomore Nick Gamba (East Islip, N.Y.) who was voted the 2018 Offensive Player of the Year. Endicott's Hayden Souza (West Hartford, Conn.) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year and also added his second-consecutive Short-Stick Specialist of the Year honor. Salve Regina's Pat Leary (Wakefield, Mass.) was picked as the Rookie of the Year with Nichols' Steven Moutsoulas (Salem, Mass.) being named the Senior Scholar-Athlete. Curry head coach Tim Murphy was named Coach of the Year and Nichols won the Team Sportsmanship award.
Voting for the All-CCC teams and each of the major awards was conducted by the conference's nine men's lacrosse head coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.
Gamba, Souza, and Leary were all also part of the thirteen-member All-CCC First Team. Joining Leary at attack were Jared Ward (Littleton, Mass.) from Western New England and Alex Zadworny (Florence, Mass.) from the University of New England. Endicott's Nick Arcadipane (Groveland, Mass.) and WNE's Nicholas Beauchamp (Wilbraham, Mass.) joined Gamba as the First Team midfielders. On defense were Roger Williams' Shawn Errasti (Duxbury, Mass.), Enidcott's Grant Garrity (Duxbury, Mass.), and WNE's Mitch Weiss (Westfield, Mass.) with the Golden Bear's Steven Kerr (Hopkinton, Mass.) serving as the First Team goaltender. Zach White (Milford, Mass.) from Curry was the First Team faceoff midfielder, Adam Race (Erieville, N.Y.) was the First Team long-stick midfielder, and Souza was the First Team short-stick specialist.
There were 16 players recognized as All-CCC Second Teamers with six of them representing Western New England. They were midfielder Justin Holl (Mount Laurel, N.J.), defenders Kevin Faustich (Seymour, Conn.) and Connor Gilgen (Ridgewood, N.J.), faceoff midfielder Hunter Cocks (Walden, N.Y.), long-stick midfielder Oskar Djusberg (Abington, Mass.), and short-stick specialist Marc Fiocco (Somers, N.Y.). Curry also had a sizeable contingent on the Second Team with four selections as attacker Devin Newell (Medford, Mass.), midfielders Andrew DeLeary (Wakefield, Mass.) and MJ Urbano (Wakefield, Mass.), and defender Chris McGreevy (Rocky Point, N.Y.) were all honored. Endicott and Roger Williams each had two Second Team picks with attacker Jack Sutherland (Sudbury, Mass.) and goalie Patrick Dean (Westhampton, N.Y.) representing the Gulls and midfielders Justin MacIntyre (Norwalk, Conn.) and Peter Navarro (Londonderry, N.H.) representing the Hawks. Nichols midfielder Brayden Carroll (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Salve attacker Andrew Fera (Cranston, R.I.) rounded out the Second Team.
Fourteen student-athletes earned All-CCC Third Team recognition. The Colonels' Tom Cashin (Boxford, Mass.), the Bison's MacKenzie Martin (Merrimack, N.H.), and the Golden Bears' Mikey Wood (Southborough, Mass.) were the three Third Team attackers. The midfield included a pair from Salve Regina in Brendan Kelly (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Ethan Robson (Lincoln, R.I.), plus Wentworth's Jacob Eldred (Goffstown, N.H.). On defense were Endicott's Andrew Fithian (Marshfield, Mass.), Nichols' Matt O'Connell (Woburn, Mass.), and UNE's Dan Giroux (Saco, Maine). Nichols goaltender Brian McKinley (Nashua, N.H.) was the Third Team selection. The specialists were Derek Yannone (Lynnfield, Mass.) from Endicott as the faceoff midfielder, Brian Brockwell (Duxbury, Mass.) from Roger Williams and Mike Mongelli (Roslyn, N.Y.) from Salve Regina as the long-stick midfielders, and Andrew Markham (Peabody, Mass.) as the short-stick specialist.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nick Gamba, Western New England
Gamba was one of the Western New England's most prolific scorers as he potted 30 goals for the Golden Bears to tie for the team lead. He also had 19 assists giving him 49 points on the year. He scored 17 of his goals in conference play ranking him seventh in the league. He also had nine CCC-only assists giving him 26 points which was fifth in the league. His biggest offensive game of the year came against Roger Williams in which he scored six goals. That game was included in the week ending April 15 and he was awarded the CCC Offensive Player of the Week.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR/SHORT-STICK SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR
Hayden Souza, Endicott
Souza was part of an Endicott defensive unit that allowed the fewest goals in conference play with a 7.09 goals-against average. A shutdown defensive player, Souza collected four or more ground balls on six occasions and had four caused turnovers against a very strong Amherst team. That game fell in the week ending March 25 in which Souza was named Defensive Player of the Week.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Pat Leary, Salve Regina
Leary was the leading goal-scorer in the CCC with 51 tallies in his freshman campaign for Salve Regina. He was also second in points with 73. He had eight games in which he scored five or more points and two six-goal games. Leary was also a factor defensively with at least one ground ball in 15 of 16 games. Leary was the CCC Rookie of the Week four times. He was honored in the weeks ending Feb. 25, March 4, April 1, and April 15.
Steven Moutsoulas, Nichols
Moutsoulas is double majoring in accounting and finance and currently holds a 3.97 GPA. He has received a number of academic awards in his time at Nichols including being a High Honors Scholar certificate holder, a two-time Chi Alpha Sigma member, and the recipient of a number of scholarships. He has been on the Dean's List for High Honors eight straight semesters and has a Level 2 Tutor Certification from College Reading and Learning Association.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tim Murphy, Curry
Murphy wins his first CCC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Colonels to one of their most successful seasons in program history. They went 5-3 in conference (10-5 overall) and earned the No. 3 seed in the CCC Tournament. Curry averaged 13.20 goals per game to lead the conference, while also leading the league in ground balls. Two of their conference losses were by two goals or fewer and they were the only team other than undefeated Western New England to beat No. 2 seed Endicott.
2018 ALL-CCC MEN'S LACROSSE TEAMS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCC
A - Pat Leary, Fr., Salve Regina
A - Jared Ward, Jr., Western New England
A - Alex Zadworny, Jr., University of New England
M - Nick Arcadipane, So., Endicott
M - Nicholas Beauchamp, Sr., Western New England
M - Nick Gamba, So., Western New England
D - Shawn Errasti, Jr., Roger Williams
D - Grant Garrity, Jr., Endicott
D - Mitch Weiss, Fr., Western New England
G - Steven Kerr, Sr., Western New England
FOM - Zach White, Jr., Curry
LSM - Adam Race, So., University of New England
Short-Stick - Hayden Souza, Jr., Endicott
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCC
A - Andrew Fera, Sr., Salve Regina
A - Devin Newell, Jr., Curry
A - Jack Sutherland, Fr., Endicott
M - Brayden Carroll, Jr., Nichols
M - Andrew DeLeary, So., Curry
M - Justin Holl, Sr., Western New England
M - Justin MacIntyre, Sr., Roger Williams
M - Peter Navarro, Fr., Roger Williams
M - MJ Urbano, Jr., Curry
D - Kevin Faustich, Fr., Western New England
D - Connor Gilgen, Sr., Western New England
D - Chris McGreevy, Sr., Curry
G - Patrick Dean, Jr., Endicott
FOM - Hunter Cocks, Jr., Western New England
LSM - Oskar Djusberg, So., Western New England
Short-Stick - Marc Fiocco, Sr., Western New England
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCC
A - Tom Cashin, Sr., Curry
A - MacKenzie Martin, Sr., Nichols
A - Mikey Wood, Sr., Western New England
M - Jacob Eldred, Jr., Wentworth
M - Brendan Kelly, Fr., Salve Regina
M - Ethan Robson, So., Salve Regina
D - Andrew Fithian, Fr., Endicott
D - Dan Giroux, Sr., University of New England
D - Matt O'Connell, Jr., Nichols
G - Brian McKinley, Jr., Nichols
FOM - Derek Yannone, Jr., Endicott
LSM - Brian Brockwell, So., Roger Williams
LSM - Mike Mongelli, Jr., Salve Regina
Short-Stick - Andrew Markham, Sr., University of New England
Offensive Player of the Year – Nick Gamba, Western New England
Defensive Player of the Year/Short-Stick Specialist of the Year – Hayden Souza, Endicott
Rookie of the Year – Pat Leary, Salve Regina
Senior Scholar-Athlete – Steven Moutsoulas, Nichols
Coach of the Year – Tim Murphy, Curry
Team Sportsmanship – Nichols
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.