Seven Warriors Named to NEILA All New England Team; Lunney Named Player of the Year
NORTH ANDOVER, MA - The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced its 2012 All New England Lacrosse Teams in Division's I, II and III on Tuesday. Seven Warriors were named to the team and junior Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) was named Player of the Year for the second straight season.
"It is great to have so many of our players represented on the All New England squad this year," said head coach Mike Morgan. "Each player has worked very hard to be at this level as a player and it is well deserved. Our program has been successful over the past few years because of our many contributors and it is nice to see so many of them receive recognition."
The NEILA is the regional authority for New England College Lacrosse. The goal of the NEILA is to heighten and develop the game at all levels in the New England Region and the organization is unique to college lacrosse, as it is the only regional body supporting the game at all levels. Coaches in each Division select the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year, as well as, the All New England teams.
Leading New England with seven first-team selections, Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.), Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY), Steven Frey (Madison, CT), Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.), Peter Schielke (Ridgefield, CT) and Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) were also named to the first team.
Last year's NEILA All-New England Player of the Year, Lunney, a first-team all-conference selection, led the conference with 45 goals and 59 points in 2012. Lunney scored at least one goal in all 16 games and scored three or more goals in 10 games, including a season-high six goals and four assists at Assumption in the regular season finale.
Melaugh, the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, was an attack selection to the team. He finished his junior campaign with 44 goals and 57 points, ranking him second in the conference in goals behind Lunney. While only playing in 13 games on the season, Melaugh led the nation in goals per game with 3.38 goals and points per game with 4.38 points per contest.
Perdie, a second-team all-conference selection, finished third on the Warriors with 20 goals and 40 points in his junior season. He finished with 14 ground balls, three man-up tallies and ranked third on the team with 87 shots.
Frey, a NEILA first-team selection last year, was the long-stick midfielder selection to the team. He anchored Merrimack defensive midfield with 24 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.
Arguably the best faceoff specialist in the league if not the country over the past four seasons, Maggio won 59% of his draws this season, setting school records for faceoff percentage, faceoff wins, ground balls in a season and ground balls in a career. Maggio closed out his senior campaign scooping up 87 ground balls to give him 410 career ground balls, ranking him first over all three divisions in ground balls in a career among active players. Maggio is a two-time NEILA All New England selection.
Schielke, a preseason All-American and first-team all-conference selection, led the Warriors with a career-high 42 caused turnovers while getting 34 ground balls.
In his sophomore season, Holland started all 15 games in which he saw action, picking up 35 ground balls and causing 20 turnovers, while earning second-team NE-10 honors.
Merrimack finished with a 13-3 record including a perfect 6-0 record at Martone-Mejail Field, advancing to the Northeast-10 Championship for the fourth straight season after defeating the Adelphi Panthers in the NE-10 Semifinals.