The Liberty League announced its men's lacrosse annual award winners and all-conference teams on Tuesday, and St. Lawrence University had 10 student-athletes honored including five on the First Team, which is most in the conference.
The Saints had unanimous choices on the First Team in long stick middie Josh Robinson and defenseman Brian Wilber, while co-captains Cam Scullen and Davey Hovey and junior Pierson Fowler were also voted to the Liberty League's top squad.
Robinson, Wilber and Scullen all helped to solidify the league's stingiest defense, allowing the fewest goals in the conference this spring. Robinson has a team-high 29 caused turnovers and has added four goals and 44 ground balls, while Wilber has helped keep opposing attackmen in check throughout his senior year, as both he and Robinson earn all-conference accolades for the first time.
Scullen leads the Saints with 62 ground balls while chipping in 13 caused turnovers. He's added five points (2g,3a) and is key both offensively and defensively in the transition game. The Hingham, MA native is now a two-time all-conference honoree, but this is his first year on the First Team at short stick specialist.
Hovey is a first teamer at attack for the second consecutive year, as he leads St. Lawrence into the post-season with 33 points (10g,23a) and is second in the conference in assists per game (1.64). Fowler, who was a Second Team honoree last spring, has 16 points (15g,1a) including a game-winner and 13 ground balls to lead the Scarlet and Brown's midfield unit.
Sophomore defenseman Jack Roberts emerged as one of the league's top defenders this year, and he was rewarded with Second Team All-Conference honors. The Sewickley, PA native was the lone St. Lawrence player on the second team, finishing the regular season with 13 caused turnovers and 21 ground balls.
Four Saints were given Honorable Mention status, including seniors Jack Nuland, Mac Johnson and Tucker Garfield and rookie standout Jeremy Vautour, all of whom earned all-conference honors for the first time.
Nuland emerged as the starting goaltender and finished the year as the top primary starter in the league in goals against average (6.35). He owns an 8-3 record and a .594 save percentage entering the post-season. Johnson finished second on the Saints' roster with 21 goals including two game-winners, while Garfield has 11 goals (10g,1a) and 17 ground balls.
Finally, Vautour has had a fantastic rookie year for St. Lawrence, leading the team with 23 goals on the season. The Hampton, NB native is a four-time Liberty League Rookie of the Week and leads the way in game-winning goals in conference play (2).
Nationally-ranked No. 3 RIT nearly swept the Liberty League's major awards, as Jack Krzyston won Offensive Player of the Year, goaltender Pat Johnston was the Defensive Player of the Year, and Jake Coon and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year. Vassar's Noah Parson was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
St. Lawrence will host Clarkson University in the Liberty League Semifinals on Friday, May 3 at 4:00pm at Hall-Leet Stadium. The winner of that rivalry game will square off with the winner of RIT and Union on Sunday for an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Friday's game between the No. 16 Saints and Golden Knights will be broadcasted on America One.