Adelphi's Ege, C.W. Post's Messina Headline ECC Men's Lacrosse All Conference Teams

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Central Islip, N.Y. - Junior attack Eddie Ege of Adelphi University and Rockville Centre, N.Y. has been named the East Coast Conference (ECC) Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year, headlining the 2008 ECC All Conference Awards as voted by the conference coaches.

Ege led the Panthers with 22 goals and 52 assists for 74 points over 12 games including an 8-29-37 mark in ECC play. Ege also finished as the ECC leader in points per game (6.17) and assists per game (4.33) average.

Midfielder Michael Messina of LIU/C.W. Post and Sayville, N.Y. earned Rookie of the Year honors after a freshman campaign that included four goals and five assists for nine points and 10 groundballs over 14 contests.

Gordon Purdie of Adelphi was named Coach of the Year. In his first season with the Panthers, he guided Adelphi to a 7-5 overall mark including a 3-3 record in ECC play which included a late season victory over nationally ranked Dowling College.

The ECC All Conference First Team included Ege as well as fellow Adelphi teammate Jesse Corben; Greg Cerar of LIU/C.W. Post; Nick Cotter and Joe Biondolillo of Dowling; Keith Galante of Molloy College; Mike Thon, Matt Spahr and Jason LaShomb of Mercyhurst; and Keith Henderson, Kevin Hennessy, Christian Scuderi and Brett Neal of NYIT.

The Second Team included Ryan Kelly of Adelphi; David Loftus, Matthew Dimler and Bryan Leonard of C.W. Post; Ryan Campbell, Kyle O'Brien, Kyle Rubisch, and Nick Tracey of Dowling; Chris Eline of Mercyhurst; Rob Humann of Molloy; and Matt Messina and Jared Garcia of NYIT.

2008 East Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse All Conference Team

First Team

Yr.

Position

School

Hometown

Eddie Ege

Jr.

Attack

Adelphi

Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Keith Henderson

Jr.

Attack

NYIT

Port Jefferson Station, NY

Greg Cerar

Jr.

Attack

C.W. Post

Farmingdale, N.Y.

Kevin Hennessy

Jr.

Midfield

NYIT

West Babylon. N.Y.

Nick Cotter

Sr.

Midfield

Dowling

Whitby,

Keith Galante

Jr.

Midfield

Molloy

Plainedge, N.Y.

Mike Thon

Jr.

Midfield

Mercyhurst

Penfield, N.Y.

Joe Biondolillo

So.

Long Stick Midfield

Dowling

Holtsville, N.Y.

Jesse Corben

Sr.

Specialist

Adelphi

Merrick, N.Y.

Christian Scuderi

So.

Defense

NYIT

West Islip, N.Y.

Matt Spahr

Jr.

Defense

Mercyhurst

Media, Penn.

Brett Neal

Sr.

Defense

NYIT

Chandler, Ariz.

Jason LaShomb

Jr.

Goalkeeper

Mercyhurst

Rush, N.Y.

 

Second Team

Yr.

Position

School

Hometown

Ryan Campbell

Sr.

Attack

Dowling

Brampton, Ont.

Kyle O'Brien

So.

Attack

Dowling

Whitby, N.Y.

David Loftus

Jr.

Attack

C.W. Post

Merrick, N.Y.

Matthew Dimler

Sr.

Midfield

C.W. Post

Long Valley, N.J.

Matt Messina

Jr.

Midfield

NYIT

Sayville, N.Y.

Chris Eline

So.

Long Stick Midfield

Mercyhurst

Jarrettsville, Md.

Jared Garcia

Sr.

Specialist

NYIT

Bethpage, N.Y.

Kyle Rubisch

So.

Defense

Dowling

Brampton, Ont.

Bryan Leonard

Jr.

Defense

C.W. Post

Yorktown, N.Y.

Ryan Kelly

Jr.

Defense

Adelphi

Baldwin, N.Y.

Nick Tracey

Sr.

Goalkeeper

Dowling

Farmingville, N.Y.

Rob Humann

Sr.

Goalkeeper

Molloy

Hicksville, N.Y.

Player of the Year:        Eddie Ege, Adelphi
Rookie of the Year:        Michael Messina, C.W. Post
Coach of the Year:         Gordon Purdie, Adelphi