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2014 USILA Position Players of the Year

Outstanding Midfielder Award

  • Division I - Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award
    • Tom Schreiber - Princeton University

  • Division II - Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award
    • Andrew Chadderdon - LeMoyne College

  • Division III - Fran McCall Award
    • Kyle Aquin - Rochester Institute of Technology


Long Pole Midfielder Award

  • Division II - Danny McDermott - New York Institute of Technology

  • Division III - Zeke Smith - Salisbury University

Outstanding Attackman

  • Division I - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
    • Lyle Thompson - University at Albany

  • Division II - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
    • Sal Tuttle - Adelphi University

  • Division II - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
    • Luke Miller - New York Institute of Technology
  • Division III - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
    • Cole Bailey - Tufts University

Specialty Player

  • Division II - Greg Puskuldjian - Adelphi University

Short Stick Specialist

  • Dvision III - Preston Dabbs - Salisbury University

Face-Off Specialist

  • Division III - Brent Hiken - Stevenson University

Outstanding Goalie

  • Division I - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
    • Niko Amato - University of Maryland

  • Division II - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
    • Patrick Sheridan - Limestone College

  • Division III - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
    • Stefan Basile - Union College


Outstanding Defenive Player

  • Division I - William C. Schmeisser Award
    • Joe Fletcher - Loyola University

  • Division II - William C. Schmeisser Award
    • Andrew Wagner - Mercyhurst University

  • Division III - William C. Stiles Memorial Award
    • Kyle Holecheck - Stevenson University


Outstanding Player of the Year

  • Division I - Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award
    • Lyle Thompson - University at Albany

  • Division II - Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award
    • Luke Miller - New York Institute of Technology

  • Division III - Iroquois Nationals Award
    • Corey Elmer - Cabrini College

USILA Special Awards

Each year the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honors three outstanding individuals for their contributions to the collegiate lacrosse game.

The Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award
Leann Parker - The Ohio State University

Leann Parker is in her 15th year in the Ohio State Athletics Communications office and was promoted to director in October 2012. She is in her 14th year as the communications contact for the men's lacrosse program, handling all media relations. She always is willing to go above and beyond for the program. She was honored with the Service to Ohio State Lacrosse Award in 2011.
Through her efforts, members of the Ohio State men's lacrosse team have won, or been finalists for a number of awards. Leann also understands the importance of academics and community service to the program and ensures both receive attention, through photos, tweets and releases.

  The Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award is presented in honor of the career of outstanding service provided to lacrosse by longtime Virginia Assistant Sports Information Director Doyle Smith. Smith defined the game of collegiate lacrosse through his media releases and statistical and national poll coverage of the sport. His contributions to the former NCAA Lacrosse Rulebook and Guide paved the way for many of the sport's great media efforts today on TV, the Internet, and in print. The winner of this award can come from college sports information offices or from the media. The nominee has contributed greatly to the promotion and coverage of the sport.
One of Leann's responsibilities with the men's lacrosse program is communication with the team's alumni, friends and family. She has created a newsletter to keep the group informed and updated on events. She also manages all social media accounts for the men's lacrosse team. The program's instagram account is second nationally with more than 1,800 followers, while the squad's twitter account is one of just 11 NCAA Division I men's lacrosse team accounts with more than 4,800 followers. The team's facebook page has nearly 1,800 likes. She keeps the accounts updated regularly, even when the team is out of season.

Leann is also the communications contact for two other sports and handles media relations for several special projects, including the athletics hall of fame and scholar-athlete programs. She oversees the student staff in the communications office and manages many of the day-to-day functions of the office. She is truly a part of the lacrosse family and someone that has made a significant impression on the Ohio State Lacrosse program.

The Frenchy Julien Service Award
William "Bill" Lawson - Lafayette College

Coach Lawson was the winningest coach in Lafayette lacrosse. He retired following the 2002 season, ending a 37-year career at Lafayette in which he coached three different sports. He later returned in 2007 as a volunteer assistant men's lacrosse coach and for the past three years had served as a volunteer assistant at DeSales.

  The Frenchy Julien Service Award is presented in honor of former Chief Referee, Joseph R. Frenchy Julien for outstanding and continuous service to the sport of lacrosse. This individual has rendered a lifetime of service, accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

One of the most well-respected lacrosse coaches in the nation, Lawson was inducted into the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002. Prior to that he was the 1991 Patriot League Coach of the Year, the North-South All-star lacrosse game coach twice, the 2000 USILA Howdy Myers Man of the Year, and in 2001 was one of a select few who coached at the U.S. National Team tryouts for the 2002 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships. He annually served as a clinician at the NCAA-sponsored YES (Youth Education through Sports) Clinic held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships.

Coach Lawson leaves a legacy of tolerance and appreciation, as well as frankness and honesty. In his career he has passed these skills on, to well over 6000 Lafayette athletes (he coached swimming, diving, and tennis as well.) He taught the players life lessons while keeping the day to day operations in perspective.

We are please to have Bill's wife Peggy and family with us today as we honor one of lacrosse's great coaches.


The Howdy Myers Award
Walter Alessi - MIT

Walter Alessi has enjoyed a legendary career at MIT, collecting numerous postseason honors since beginning his Tech voyage in 1975. With a 245-260 record in tote, Alessi ranks first all-time in wins at the Institute by a substantial margin.

  The Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award is presented in honor of one of the sport's most outstanding coaches. Howdy Myers coached 17 championship teams at St. Paul's, Johns Hopkins, and Hofstra. Myers was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971. The nominee for this award should have contributed to the game of lacrosse in a capacity over and above the normal efforts and in so doing, has shown unselfish and untiring devotion to the game.
The 1995 New England Division III Coach of the Year, Alessi received his eighth Pilgrim League Coach of the Year award in 2009. He was named the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Man of the Year in 2007 for his outstanding years of service. Since then, the honor was renamed "The Alessi Award" and is given out annually at the NEILA East-West All-Star Game. Alessi was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation in 1999 and was the inaugural recipient of the Vincent Lobello Sportsmanship Award in 1980.

Alessi started his coaching career at Rogers High School and St. George's School in Middletown, R.I. Upon departing St. George's, the school named its lacrosse most valuable player award in Alessi's honor. From 1973-75, he taught and coached at Westwood (Mass.) High School, where he started the lacrosse program on a club basis.

Alessi is currently a member of the ECAC Division III Tournament selection committee. He previously served as the president and then the secretary/treasurer of the NEILA, participated on the New England rating board, and chaired the East-West All-star Game. Walter Alessi has given of himself unselfishly while contributing to the game of lacrosse.
The 2013 USILA Coaches of the Year

Division I
John Danowski - Duke University

Cemented as one of the top coaches in college lacrosse, John Danowski has helped lead the Duke men's lacrosse team to unprecedented success during his seven-year tenure. Duke finished 2013 with a 16-5 record and a share of the ACC regular season title after starting the year 2-4, the Blue Devils righted the ship and won 14 of its final 15 games of the season and ultimately the 2013 National Title. In Danowski's seven years at the helm of the Blue Devil lacrosse program, he has compiled an impressive 111-29 record in leading Duke to six ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles, seven appearances in the national semifinals, three in the NCAA title match and the 2010 and 2013 national titles. In only seven seasons, Danowski helped mentor 44 All-America selections, 22 All-ACC choices, two Tewaaraton Trophy winners, two USILA Attackman of the Year award recipients, a USILA Defenseman of the Year, a USILA Midfielder of the Year and 11 USILA Scholar All-America picks. Danowski, second among active coaches with 330 career victories, etched his name in the NCAA lacrosse records book in 2013 as he became the 11th head coach to win multiple national titles. Danowski's efforts were recognized nationally as he was picked as one of five nominees for the 2013 ESPY Coach of the Year. .

Division II
Dan Sheehan - LeMoyne College

Dan Sheehan, the only coach at LeMoyne College to lead his team to a national championship, has served as the men's lacrosse head coach for 16 seasons. As one of the nation's most successful lacrosse coaches, he enters his 17th season with a 220-40 overall mark.

In 2013, Sheehan led the Dolphins to their fourth National Championship. After entering the Northeast-10 Conference Championships as the third seed, they claimed their 11th Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Seeded third in the NCAA Tournament's North Region, LeMoyne started its run to a fourth national title. During the National championship game, the Dolphins rattled off six straight goals in the third and fourth quarters en route to the victory.

Sheehan has guided LeMoyne to 11 NCAA tournament berths in the last 12 years - its only trips to the national tournament in program history and four NCAA Championships. He has also made 11 NE-10 Tournament Championships. Sheehan is a seven-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, 2000 USILA Division II Coach of the Year and 2010 FieldTurf Division II Coach of the Year. Sheehan was just recently inducted into the Upstate New York Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of fame.

Division III
Jake Coon - RIT

Jake Coon enters his fourth season at the helm of the RIT men's lacrosse program. In those four seasons, Coon has led RIT to an impressive 49-10 record, three straight conference titles, and three straight trips to the NCAA Div. III Tournament. Coon has coached 13 All-American selections, 31 All-Conference selections and three conference player of the year..

In 2013, Coon led the Tigers to a 16-3 record and a Liberty League title in the Tigers first season in the conference and a third straight trip to the NCAA Div. III Tournament. It was the third straight league title after winning back-to-back Empire 8 Championships in 2010 and 2011.

Coon is a strong believer in community service. His student-athletes are the most active in that regard on campus, regularly volunteering by mentoring young students in the Rochester community.

Jake was the 2011 USILA Division III Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Nazereth Hall of Fame in 2009.



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