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Outstanding Midfielder Award

  • Division I - Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award
    • Myles Jones - Duke University

  • Division II - Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award
    • Joe Corapi - LeMoyne College

  • Division III - Fran McCall Award
    • Allister Warren - Rochester Institute of Technology


Long Pole Midfielder Award

  • Division II - Graeme Hossack - Lindenwood University

  • Division III - Matthew Hossack - Rochester Institute of Technology

Outstanding Attackman

  • Division I - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
    • Kevin Rice - Syracuse University

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

  • Division III - Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award
    • Ryan Lee - Rochester Institute of Technology

Specialty Player

  • Division II - Kevin Reisman - Limestone College

Short Stick Specialist

  • Dvision III - Preston Dabbs - Salisbury University

Face-Off Specialist

  • Division III - Drew Simoneau - Nazareth College

Outstanding Goalie

  • Division I - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
    • Kyle Bernlohr - University of Maryland

  • Division II - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
    • Alex Krawec - LeMoyne College

  • Division III - Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award
    • Patrick Johnson - Rochester Institute of Technology


Outstanding Defenive Player

  • Division I - William C. Schmeisser Award
    • Matt Landis - University of Notre Dame

  • Division II - William C. Schmeisser Award
    • Justin Goodwin - Lake Erie College

  • Division III - William C. Stiles Memorial Award
    • Knute Kraus - Salisbury 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
    • Kevin Reisman - Limestone College

  • Division III - Iroquois Nationals Award
    • Matthew Hossack - Rochester Institute of Technology

USILA Special Awards

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

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 2014 Howdy Myers Man of the Year Award is being presented to:

John Danowski, Men's Lacrosse Coach Duke University

Cemented as one of the top coaches in college lacrosse, John Danowski has led the Duke men's lacrosse team to unprecedented success during his eight-year tenure. Danowski was introduced as Duke's eighth head men's lacrosse coach in 2006 and quickly led the Blue Devils to some of the most successful lacrosse seasons in school history and to three NCAA Championships in five seasons.

At the helm of the Blue Devils lacrosse program, Danowski has compiled an impressive 128-32 record in leading Duke to seven ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles, eight straight appearances in the national semifinals, four in the NCAA title match and ultimately to the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national titles. The most recently NCAA crown put Danowski, a winner of 347 career games, among a small group of nine coaches to win three national titles and among eight to capture consecutive crowns.

While the success on the field is unsurpassed in Duke lacrosse history, the student-athletes excellence in the classroom also is unrivaled. In only 8 seasons, Danowski mentored 54 All-Americans, 15 Scholar All-Americans, 25 All-ACC choices and two Tewaaraton Trophy winners. Over the years he has been honored with induction into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame, four Conference Coach of the Year Awards and four Sportsmanship Awards.

It is evident that John Danowski has given of himself unselfishly while contributing to the game of lacrosse. It is our pleasure to present him with this award.

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.
The 2014 recipient of the Frenchy Julien Award is:

Chuck Winters, USILA Director of Officiating Services

Chuck Winters originally came to Bowling Green intending to play football, however by the time he graduated in 1969, he was among the top lacrosse players in the nation and earned All- American honors after a 17-goal senior season.

For nine years Chuck was head coach at SUNY Cortland which included national championships in 1973 and 1975. He also served as an Assistant Athletic Director at SUNY-Cortland for 6 years, Associate Athletic Director at Army for 6 years, and Athletic Director at Gettysburg College, a position he held for 13 years. He was on the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee as the secretary-rules editor for 19 years and was a member of the USILA Executive Committee from 1980-1983.

His many individual honors include induction into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Bowling Green State University Hall of Fame. Chuck is also a recipient of the IMLCA Lifetime Service Award. During his coaching career his teams participated in the NCAA Division III tournaments for 9 years, the SUNYAC Championships for 5 years and from 1973-1983 he mentored 41 USILA All Americans and 17 North South Classic players.

For the past five years Chuck has worked diligently as the Director of Officiating Services for the USILA. His responsibilities include the administration and management of the assignment, evaluation, and other officiating services to USILA member institutions. It is our pleasure to honor Chuck for his dedication and continuing support of the game of lacrosse.

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.
The 2014 Doyle Smith Award is being presented to:

John Jiloty, former Editor-in-Chief of Inside Lacrosse

John Jiloty was the Editor-in-Chief of Inside Lacrosse since October 2001 and served as its Vice-President. His experience included internships with The Washington Times and the Syracuse Newspapers as well as freelance work for ESPN The Magazine and The Washington Post. In addition to co-authoring "Lacrosse For Dummies", he also helped write "Lacrosse: North America's Game", and was the sole author of "Undefeated: Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse in the 2005 Season". Jiloty was recognized in the 2002 Best American Sports Writing for a piece on the National Lacrosse League. He is a 2000 graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications where he covered men's lacrosse for three seasons as assistant and head sports editor of The Daily Orange.

In his thank you article for Inside Lacrosse, John shared that when he decided to join Inside Lacrosse he had no idea he would eventually be doing TV shows on ESPN2, events in NFL stadiums in front of 25,000 fans, building a network of seven websites, creating a social media reach of nearly 600,000 or leading a glossy magazine that would win national awards.
He goes on to say that the appreciation and respect everyone in lacrosse has offered him and Inside Lacrosse over the years is really a testament to the sport. Interacting with the athletes and especially getting to know the players as they evolve from recruits to college stars is especially gratifying.

John has recently taken a position as Social Media Manager for The Martin Group, a creative marketing firm in Buffalo, NY. It is our pleasure to be honoring him today for all that he has done for the sport of lacrosse.

The 2014 USILA Coaches of the Year
USILA NEWS RELEASE December 8, 2014

United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association

Each year the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honors three outstanding coaches in each division. The recipients for 2014 are the following:

Division I
Eric Seremet, Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, United States Air Force Academy

Eric Seremet is in his seventh season as the head coach for the Air Force lacrosse program. In 2014 Coach Seremet led the program to their best season ever. The Falcons compiled an 11-6 overall record and secured their highest win total since 1988. The Falcons were able to clinch a share of the regular season conference title before going on to win the ECAC Tournament title, earning their first NCAA bid since 1988. Air Force went on to play in the NCAA play-in game, capturing its first NCAA tournament win in program history.

Division II
J.B. Clarke, Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Limestone College
J.B. Clarke enters his fourth year at the helm of the Limestone men's lacrosse program. In 2014, Coach Clarke accomplished something that only two other men had achieved in the 25-year history of Limestone men's lacrosse - win an NCAA Division II National Championship. On their way to a national title and a program record 19-1 mark, Clarke's players proved to be a team in the truest sense of the word. Additionally, Clarke earned his 200th victory of his career this season.

Division III
Mike Daly, Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Tufts University
Mike Daly has been at the helm of Tufts University Men's Lacrosse since 1999. In 2014, the Jumbos won their second NCAA Division III Championship. Finishing 21-2 last spring, the Jumbos set a program record for victories in a season. Coach Daly oversaw a prolific Tufts offense which scored 423 goals to set an NCAA All-Divisions record for a single season. The Jumbos' 45 assists in five NCAA Tournament games set another national mark. Under Daly's leadership, Tufts has compiled a 17-5 record in NCAA Tournaments overall.



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