Eight Tars Earn Nod on 2019 All-SSC Teams

Eight Tars Earn Nod on 2019 All-SSC Teams

Schimek, Hansen Earn First Team Honors


WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 24, 2019) – The Rollins men's lacrosse team placed a program best eight players on this season's All-Sunshine State Conference teams, including two first team selections, league officials announced Wednesday.  Voting for the All-SSC Men's Lacrosse Team was conducted amongst the league's head coaches.

Evan Schimek and Roy Hansen earn the nod as First Team All-SSC Selections, Ryan Dunn and Greg Taicher were named to the Second Team, Wyatt Todd earns Honorable Mention honors, while Rob Champigny, Will Eckert, and Cam Reeves were tabbed on the All-SSC Freshman Team.

Schimek earns the second All-SSC selectin of his career, but picks up his first nod on the All-SSC First Team.  The 2018 Second Team selection leads the team in caused turnovers with 34, and has amassed a team second-best 42 ground balls.  Starting all 14 games for the Tars so far this season, Schimek has added a goal and an assist as a long pole defender, with his lone goal scored in a man-down situation.  The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native currently ranks fifth in Division II for caused turnovers per game (2.43), and sits third in conference standings for total caused turnovers and second in caused turnovers per contest. 

Hansen picks up the first All-SSC honor of his career after a standout senior season as a short stick defensive midfielder.  The Medford, N.J. native has started all 14 games for the Tars, notching four assists, 27 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers.

Taicher picks up his third All-SSC nod of his career, earning Second Team honors to his 2018 Honorable Mention selection, and 2017 Second Team accolade.  The Berwyn, Pa. native has amassed a team second-best 32 goals, while adding a team high 20 assists for 52 points on the season.  The senior compiled a shots on goal percentage of .709 as he fired off 86 shots and 61 shots on frame, and added 25 ground balls and four caused turnovers.  He currently ranks 12th in SSC standings in goals, eighth in goals per game, 12th in assists, seventh in assists per game, 11th in points, and seventh in points per game.

Earning his first ever All-SSC nod is defender Wyatt Todd, who finds a place as an Honorable Mention recipient after an outstanding junior season. Todd earned 26 ground balls and seven caused turnovers in his time on the field, and was instrumental in helping the Tars hold opponents to just 130 goals all season.

Also earning their first All-SSC honors of their careers are freshmen Rob Champigny, Will Eckert, and Cam Reeves, who were placed on the league's All-Freshman squad.

As a short stick defensive midfielder, Champigny earned 19 ground balls and caused two turnovers while helping the Tars to an .850 percent success rate on clears, including an .890 percent success rate in conference action.

Eckert earns the nod after a knockout freshman season that saw him earn nine starts while seeing time in 12 total games, playing a total of 577:30 minutes.  The Bristow, Va. native holds onto a save percentage of .486 as he has earned 88 saves while allowing 93 goals, owning a goals against average of .966.  Eckert has also compiled 27 ground balls and five caused turnovers in his time on the field.  He currently ranks second in league standings for goals against average (9.66), seventh in save percentage (.486), seventh in saves per game (7.33), and eighth in total saves (88).

Last, but not least, is Reeves, who earns his first All-SSC award after an inaugural campaign with the Tars that saw him win 87-of-160 faceoff attempts, good for a win percentage of .543.  Reeves added three goals and one assist, while amassing 41 ground balls and earning one caused turnover.

A total of forty-six student-athletes have been recognized as All-Conference honorees in the sixth year of Sunshine State Conference men's lacrosse. Lynn University, regular season champions, boast nine All-SSC awards including Coach of the Year.

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Shortly after becoming the NCAA Division II leader in career goals, the University of Tampa's Andrew Kew has been voted SSC Player of the Year by conference coaches. In 15 games for the Spartans, Kew tallied 81 points from 50 goals and 31 assists with a .365 shooting percentage. The senior attackman from Oakville, Ontario is the SSC leader in goals per game (3.33) and points per game (5.40) and is second in assists per game (2.07) and shots per game (9.13). Kew becomes the second Tampa athlete to be named league Player of the Year1.

Gunner Gebelein from Palm Beach Atlantic University is awarded Freshman of the Year honors after starting in 16 games for the Sailfish this season. The Huntingtown, Maryland product shone brightly on the defensive end for PBA, ranking first in conference caused turnovers per game (2.44) and eighth in ground balls per game (5.25). Gebelein is the first male athlete from PBA to be named Freshman of the Year in the SSC2, the first Sailfish to earn an individual award in lacrosse, and the first freshman defensive player to earn First Team All-SSC honors3.

SSC coaches select Lynn's Brian Kingsbury as the 2019 SSC Coach of the Year. The first and only head coach of the Fighting Knights earns the honor after guiding the program to its first-ever double-digit win season (11-3). Under Kingsbury's leadership, the Fighting Knights have risen to the No. 15  team in the USILA national poll, won their first SSC regular-season title, and will host in the conference postseason tournament. The honor is the second of his Kingsbury's career4.

Kew highlights the repeated All-SSC award winners as he receives his fourth consecutive conference award,  which includes three straight First Team selections. Those athletes earning First or Second Team accolades for the third time in their careers are Jake Mosher McGraw (Tampa), Austen Lison (Florida Southern College), Dryden Brous (Lynn), Thomas Tatarian (Saint Leo University), and Logan Sweeney (Florida Tech).  In total, 15 of this year's 32 upperclassmen award winners repeat as an All-SSC selection.

Player of the Year: Andrew Kew, Tampa
Freshman of the Year: Gunner Gebelein, Palm Beach Atlantic
Coach of the Year: Brian Kingsbury, Lynn

2019 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC First Team

ATT

Andrew Kew*~‡&

Tampa

Sr.

Oakville, Ontario

ATT

Charlie Kurtenbach^

Saint Leo

Sr.

Issaquah, Washington

ATT

Phil Buque

Saint Leo

Jr.

Whitby, Ontario

MID

Reid Chaconas^

Florida Tech

Jr.

Westminster, Maryland

MID

Xander Cosenza

Lynn

So.

Bay Shore, New York

MID

Jake Mosher McGraw*+

Tampa

Jr.

Saint John, New Brunswick

LSM

Austen Lison@+†

Florida Southern

Sr.

Leesburg, Virginia

FO

Ross Dickerson*

Tampa

Jr.

Berlin, Maryland

FO

Dryden Brous*~%

Lynn

Jr.

Ocean City, Maryland

DEF

Evan Schimek^

Rollins

Sr.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

DEF

Jack Tyrrell

Tampa

Sr.

Medford, New Jersey

DEF

Gunner Gebelein

Palm Beach Atlantic

Fr.

Huntingtown, Maryland

GOAL

Thomas Tatarian*+

Saint Leo

Gr.

Shoreham, New York

SSDM

Julian Taylor^

Saint Leo

Sr.

Tampa, Florida

SSDM

Roy Hansen

Rollins

Sr.

Medford, New Jersey

2019 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC Second Team

ATT

Jeff Atlas

Florida Southern

Fr.

Islip, New York

ATT

Ryan Dunn

Rollins

Jr.

Ridgefield, Connecticut

ATT

Greg Taicher@+

Rollins

Sr.

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

MID

Nick McCabe

Lynn

So.

Boca Raton, Florida

MID

Kyle Silverstein

Florida Southern

Sr.

Smithtown, New York

MID

Logan Sweeney*+

Florida Tech

Sr.

Sykesville, Maryland

LSM

Ethan Ticehurst^

Saint Leo

Jr.

Coquitlam, British Columbia

FO

Ryan Land

Florida Tech

Sr.

Ellicott City, Maryland

DEF

Evan Kalish

Lynn

Sr.

Vero Beach, Florida

DEF

Greg Morissette

Lynn

Sr.

Woodstock, Ontario

DEF

Luke Robideau

Tampa

Sr.

Lafayette, Louisiana

DEF

Colin Beck

Saint Leo

Jr.

North East, Maryland

GOAL

Colin McClelland

Lynn

Jr.

Ellicott City, Maryland

SSDM

Dan Luette

Lynn

So.

Orlando, Florida

SSDM

Gavin Perry

Tampa

Sr.

Raynham, Massachusetts

2019 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC Honorable Mention

ATT

Matt Vetter

Tampa

Sr.

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

LSM

Addison Abramson*~

Florida Tech

Sr.

Reisterstown, Maryland

DEF

Wyatt Todd

Rollins

Jr.

Randolph, New Jersey

GOAL

Daniel Flock^~

Florida Tech

Sr.

Ellicott City, Maryland

SSDM

Tyler Oblong

Florida Tech

Sr.

Cincinnati, Ohio

2019 Men's Lacrosse All-SSC Freshman Team

ATT

Jeff Atlas

Florida Southern

Fr.

Islip, New York

DEF

Gunner Gebelein

Palm Beach Atlantic

Fr.

Huntingtown, Maryland

ATT

Sean Nolan

Florida Southern

Fr.

Westchester, New York

ATT

Coleman Jacobs

Embry-Riddle

Fr.

Orchard Park, New York

ATT

Tyler Eames

Saint Leo

Fr.

Whitby, Ontario

MID

Mitch Cody

Embry-Riddle

Fr.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

ATT

Caleb Wells

Lynn

Fr.

Woodstock, Ontario

ATT

Harry Kilkowski

Tampa

Fr.

Summit, New Jersey

SSDM

Rob Champigny

Rollins

Fr.

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

GOAL

Will Eckert

Rollins

Fr.

Bristow, Virginia

SSDM

Peyton Tyson

Saint Leo

Fr.

Spanish Fort, Alabama

FO

Cam Reeves

Rollins

Fr.

Dallas, Texas

ATT

Jared Kane

Embry-Riddle

Fr.

Jacksonville, Florida

* = 2018 First Team
^ = 2018 Second Team
@ = 2018 Honorable Mention
% = 2017 Freshman of the Year
~ = 2017 First Team
+ = 2017 Second Team
& = 2016 Freshman of the Year
† = 2016 First Team
‡ = 2016 Second Team

1 Tampa's Conor Whipple earned Player of the Year in 2014, 2016, & 2017
2 Earlier this year, Molly Rowoldt became the first from PBA to be named SSC Freshman of the Year (volleyball)
3Freshman First Teamers: 2016: Dryden Brous (Lynn); 2017: Austen Lison (FSC); 2014: Conor Whipple (Tampa), CJ Nichols (Florida Tech), Jake Vonarb (Rollins)
4
Kingsbury was named SSC Coach of the Year in 2015
5 Including Kew, Gebelein, and Brous, 11 other First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention athletes have been named to the Freshman of the Year team during their career