Brush Repeats as Second Team Selection

WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 27, 2017) - The Rollins men's lacrosse team placed five student-athletes on the All-Sunshine State Conference teams, including two three Second-Team selections, league officials announced, Thursday.  Voting for the All-SSC Men's Lacrosse Team was conducted among the league's head coaches.

Lucas Brush repeats as a Second-Team selection this year, and is joined by Greg Taicher and Austin Jackson.  Newcomers Blake Buell and Eric NeCamp earned a nod on the All-SSC Freshman Team for their efforts in their first season.

Brush, who picked up second team All-SSC honors in 2016, gets the nod once again after leading the Tars in ground balls with 44 and caused turnovers with 24, good for fourth in the SSC.  The Dublin, Ohio native started all 14 contests for the Tars, and ranks 24th in Division II in caused turnovers per game, and sits fourth in single season program records in total caused turnovers and fifth in caused turnovers per game in a season.

Jackson earns his first ever All-SSC honor after a solid season that saw him consistently shut down his opponents on defense.  The Dublin, Ohio native saw time in all 14 games, earning 13 starts, and earned 12 ground balls and eight caused turnovers while holding his adversaries at bay.

Taicher picks up his first All-SSC nod after a standout season that saw him set new program records for points and goals in a season, as well as finish sixth in program record books for assists in a season.  The Berwyn, Pa. native racked up a team best 37 goals and 14 assists for 51 points on the year, while adding 31 ground balls and five caused turnovers.  Taicher sits 22nd in DII and third in the SSC in goals per game, and 34th in the nation and fifth in the SSC in points per game.  His 31 ground balls were good for a team third best.

Buell earns All-SSC Freshman Team honors after a season that saw him notch nine goals and four assists for 13 points.  The Dallas, Texas native saw time in 13 games for the Tars, adding 16 ground balls and one caused turnovers.  His shots on goal percentage of .714 was one of the best on the squad this season.

NeCamp joins Buell on the All-Freshman squad after an solid first season with the Tars where he played in 11 games, earning eight starts.  The Powell, Ohio native tallied six goals and added three assists, while posting a shots on goal percentage of .733.  NeCamp added 18 ground balls on the year.

University of Tampa, Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Champions, boasts 13 All-SSC awards. In all, 41 student-athletes were recognized in the fourth year of Sunshine State Conference men's lacrosse.

Conor Whipple of the University of Tampa is named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year for the third time in his career. Whipple, a senior from Tampa, becomes the ninth SSC athlete to win a Player of the Year award three times1. Whipple leads the SSC and the nation in Points per Game (5.33) and Assists per Game (3.20). In conference, Whipple is also Top-5 in Goals (32), Shots (114) and Shots per Game (7.60)

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Dryden Brous of Lynn University is named Freshman of the Year. Brous won 131 of 192 faceoffs for a .682 winning percentage during the regular season. He ranks first in the SSC and fifth nationally in Faceoff Winning Percentage. The Ocean City, Maryland product is the first Fighting Knight athlete to win a SSC men's lacrosse individual award.

SSC coaches voted Rory Whipple Coach of the Year for a third time2. The Tampa skipper earns the honor after going 5-0 in the SSC and 12-4 overall in 2017. Whipple has compiled a 55-13 overall record in the last four seasons and is undefeated in SSC play since men's lacrosse was adopted as a league sport in 2014. This year, he became the All-Time winningest coach in NCAA Division II history.

Conor Whipple repeats as a first team honoree for a fourth consecutive year. He is the first SSC men's lacrosse athlete to reach this achievement. Marty Heyn and Charlie Cummins of Tampa both earn first team accolades for a third time. Nick Wynne of Florida Tech earns his second first team award.

Player of the Year: Conor Whipple, Tampa
Freshman of the Year: Dryden Brous, Lynn
Coach of the Year: Rory Whipple, Tampa


2017 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC First Team

Attack

Andrew Kew^

Tampa

So.

Oakville, Ontario

Attack

Conor Whipple*~+

Tampa

Sr.

Tampa, Florida

Attack

Nick Wynne~@

Florida Tech

Sr.

Sykesville, Maryland

Midfielder

Logan Sweeney

Florida Tech

So.

Sykesville, Maryland

Midfielder

Chris Vetter

Tampa

Sr.

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Midfielder

Michael Urso

Lynn

So.

Boynton Beach, Florida

LSM

Addison Abramson

Florida Tech

So.

Reisterstown, Maryland

SSDM

Grant Hughes

Florida Tech

Sr.

Windemere, Florida

FOGO

Sam Watts

Tampa

Jr.

Buffalo, New York

FOGO

Dryden Brous

Lynn

Fr.

Ocean City, Maryland

Defense

Marty Heyn~+

Tampa

Sr.

Gaitherburg, Maryland

Defense

Jake Bye

Saint Leo

Jr.

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Defense

Charlie Cummins*~

Tampa

Sr.

Penfield, New York

Goalie

Dan Flock

Florida Tech

So.

Ellicott, Maryland

         

2017 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC Second Team

Attack

Greg Taicher

Rollins

So.

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Attack

Jake Gilmour*

Saint Leo

Jr.

Pickering, Ontario

Attack

Kyle Pauwels

Saint Leo

Jr.

Kamloops, British Columbia

Midfielder

Tyler Kopen

Florida Southern

Sr.

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Midfielder

Anthony Visintin

Saint Leo

Jr.

Wading River, New York

Midfielder

Jake Mosher McGraw

Tampa

Fr.

Saint John, New Brunswick

LSM

Austen Lison*

Florida Southern

So.

Leesburg, Virgina

SSDM

Lucas Brush^

Rollins

Jr.

Dublin, Ohio

SSDM

Jack Tyrrell

Tampa

So.

Medford, New Jersey

FOGO

Lance Pavlina

Florida Tech

Jr.

Desert Vista, Arizona

FOGO

Austin DiPietro

Saint Leo

Fr.

Clermont, Florida

Defense

Austin Jackson

Rollins

Jr.

Dublin, Ohio

Defense

Luke Posner

Tampa

Jr.

Madisonville, Louisiana

Defense

Tom Filipow*=

Florida Tech

Sr.

Fairfield, New Jersey

Goalie

Tom Tatarian

Saint Leo

So.

Shoreham, New York

         

2017 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC Honorable Mention

FOGO

Jeff Phelps

Florida Southern

So.

Springfield, Virginia

Attack

Cody Dyer^%@

Florida Southern

Sr.

Slingerlands, New York

         

2017 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC Freshman Team

FOGO

Dryden Brous

Lynn

Fr.

Ocean City, Maryland

Midfielder

Jake Mosher McGraw

Tampa

Fr.

Saint John, New Brunswick

FOGO

Austin DiPietro

Saint Leo

Fr.

Clermont, Florida

Midfielder

Blake Buell

Rollins

Fr.

Dallas, Texas

Attack

Bryan Wright

Tampa

Fr.

Moorestown, New Jersey

LSM

Ethan Ticehurst

Saint Leo

Fr.

Coquitlam, British Columbia

Midfielder

Kevin Dyer

Florida Southern

Fr.

Slingerlands, New York

Midfielder

Reid Chaconas

Florida Tech

Fr.

Westminster, Maryland

Midfielder

Matt Shand

Saint Leo

Fr.

Whitby, Ontario

SSDM

Bryce Johnson

Florida Tech

Fr.

Iamsville, Maryland

Attack

Eric NeCamp

Rollins

Fr.

Powell, Ohio

Midfielder

Devin Sparks

Saint Leo

Fr.

Lagro, Indiana

Midfielder

Adam Utter

Florida Southern

Fr.

Temecula, California


* = 2016 First Team
^ = 2016 Second Team
% = 2016 Honorable Mention
~ = 2015 First Team
= = 2015 Second Team
# = 2015 Honorable Mention
+ = 2014 First Team

1Three-time Player, Runner, or Swimmer of the Year Winners (No athlete has won four times): Conor Whipple, Tampa, MLAX (14, 16-17), Colett Rampf, Saint Leo, WXC (14-16), Berkley Whaley, Tampa, WVB (13-15), Jeb Halfacre, Florida Southern, MSWIM (11-13), Allison Macsas, Tampa, WXC (03-05), Emelie Karlsson, Barry, WSOC (02-03, 05), Jeff Klauk, Florida Southern, MGOLF (98-00), Cindy Yuan, Barry, WVB (96-98), Richard Sharpe, Florida Tech, MSOC (91-93).
2Rory Whipple and Conor Whipple were also named SSC Coach of the Year and Player of the Year in 2014 and 2016.