Coaches Tab Stony Brook To Win America East Men's Lacrosse Title
Feb. 26, 2002
Boston, Mass. - In the reshuffled America East Conference, three of the four teams in last year's America East Championship are gone and just two teams remain from last year's men's lacrosse teams. With the new balance of power, newcomer Stony Brook University is picked to finish first according to a vote of the conference's coaches. The Seawolves received five of a possible six first-place votes and 35 total points. On the women's side, Boston University, runner-up in last year's America East Championship, is the preseason favorite to win its second America East Conference women's lacrosse title in the last three years. The Terriers received four of a possible five first-place votes and 24 total votes.
Stony Brook (7-7 overall in 2001) joins the America East after competing for the last two seasons in the ECAC Lacrosse League. The Seawolves feature a veteran squad with 13 seniors that will look to build upon their strong finish last year which saw the team win four of its last five games. Senior attackman Kevin Pall will lead the offense. Last year he finished with a school and career best 50 goals. His 3.57 goals per game average ranked first in the nation as he became the first Stony Brook lacrosse player in Division I history to capture the national scoring title. Pall has now scored in 30 straight games
Pall is joined by Eric Hatkewitz and Steve Armsworthy as the three Seawolves that were recognized as preseason honorable mention All-Americans. It is the first time in the program's Division I history that a Stony Brook player has received All-America honors. Hatkewitz emerged as a force as a long-stick middie last season while Armsworthy starred in the goal in his first season with the Seawolves. The Catonsville Community College transfer posted a 6-3 record to go along with a 8.62 GAA and a .643 save percentage. Armsworthy's .643 save percentage ranked third in the nation behind only Trevor Tierney of Princeton and Pat McGinnis of Maryland.
Behind Stony Brook, the University of Hartford, (1-4 America East in 2001, 6-8 overall) which returns last season's leading scorer and Second Team All-Conference selection Brian LaMastro, is picked to finish second with 25 points. LaMastro tallied 13 goals and 16 assists in 2001. He was second in America East in scoring, and led the conference in assists. The Hawks lost just one of their top five scorers, returning senior scoring threats in LaMastro, Kevin Garvey, Tyler Francey and Frank Fenimore. Quinnipiac (14-2 overall in 2001), another new addition to America East men's lacrosse, is picked to finish third with 23 points. Quinnipiac posted its best record in school history in 2001. Quinnipiac was also perfect in MAAC play and earned the MAAC regular season title. Seniors Joe and Mike Baglio have been selected as preseason Honorable Mention All-Americans by InsideLacrosse.com. Joe Baglio finished last season with 78 points on 49 goals and 29 assists. Mike Baglio scored 46 goals and added 14 assists. University of Vermont (2-3 America East in 2001, 8-6 overall), which qualified for the America East Championship last season, is picked to finish fourth with 20 points. University at Albany (3-8 overall in 2001) was picked to finish fifth with 17 points, and Binghamton University, which just elevated its club team to play its first season at Division I level in 2002, with six points rounds out the poll.