Red Devils Earn 10 Spots on 2012 All-Centennial Men's Lacrosse Team
(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson College men's lacrosse team placed school record 10 players on the All-Centennial Conference Team. The Red Devils earned four First-Team honors, three Second-Team honors and three honorable mentions.
Junior Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) became one of just 23 players to earn First-team All-Conference honors, three times. He makes his third straight appearance as a long pole midfielder. He caused 39 turnovers and controlled 71 ground balls this season. He played a key role in the Devils' transition, and also tallied four goals and four assists on the year. He broke into the top ten with 218 career ground balls.
Junior Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) made his second straight appearance on the First-team. He dished out a team-high 31 assists, the third highest single-season performance in program history. He ranks fifth all-time with 68 and 12th on the career points list with (133p-45g-68a). He handed out four assists in the Devils' semifinal win over Gettysburg in the conference playoffs.
Long pole defender Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) anchored an outstanding defensive effort this season to move from honorable mention in 2011 to First-team honors this spring. He led the Red Devils with 50 caused turnovers and controlled 73 ground balls, raising his career total to 142. He tallied season-highs of seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers in the win over Skidmore College. The junior recorded three caused turnovers and six ground balls in the conference championship game.
Rounding out the First-team selections was sophomore attackman Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield), who has already made an impact on the Dickinson College record book. Cannon set the rookie assist record last season, handing out 28. He tallied 25 this season and ranks eighth on the single season list, scoring 56 points this season (31g-25a).
Cannon finished with nine points in the conference tournament, recording two goals and three assists in the final. He tallied nine points, scoring a hat-trick and handing out six helpers in a win over Montclair State.
Senior captains Sam Abramson (Alexandria, Va./Potomac) and Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) were named Second-team in the midfield. Gruppo earned honorable mention last season while Abramson was an honorable mention selection in 2010 before missing last season with an injury. Gruppo scored 21 goals and handed out 17 assists on the year. Abramson finished with 19 goals and 10 assists on the year. He scored 45 goals and tallied 21 assists in three seasons.
First-year Slay Sudah (Franklin Park, N.J./St. Joseph) earned a spot on the Second-team on defense. He started in 18 games, recording 33 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. The talented long pole defenseman played a key role in the Devils' transition game as well.
Junior Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) garnered Honorable mention on attack, earning Second-team accolades in 2011. He was part of a balanced Red Devil attack, scoring 28 goals to go with 12 assists. He had four hat-tricks on the year, including one the conference semifinal and another in the NCAA first round game.
Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) had another outstanding season in the nets, earning Honorable mention. He allowed just under, seven goals per game, posting a .562 save percentage. He made 150 saves, stopping a career-high 24 against Muhlenberg. He turned in a great performance in the Centennial Conference tournament, making 23 saves and picking up eight ground balls, while allowing just 11 goals in two games. He tied Kevin Riley with a program-best 29 wins by a goaltender.
Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) capped a brilliant career with a great senior season. Serving as the Devils' primary face-off man for the past four seasons, Murray finished third all-time with 478 wins. He won 56 percent for his career, controlling 283 ground balls.
He won 17-of-26 face-offs and controlled 16 GBs at Roanoke, and won 11-of-19 starts in the conference final, adding seven GBs and an assist to lead Dickinson past top-seed Washington College. Murray set the single season record with 208 wins and ranks second on the list with a team-high 130 ground balls.
The Red Devils set program records with 230 goals, 143 assists and 373 points, averaging a school record 12.1 goals per outing. The Red Devils led the conference in all three categories, and ranked among the best in the nation in man-up goals.
The Devils scored on almost 37 percent of extra-man opportunities while holding opponents to just over a 20 percent success rate. The tallied a conference-best, six man-down goals on the year. They finished 15-4 overall and captured a second straight conference championship. Head coach Dave Webster '88 recorded his 100th victory since taking over the program at Dickinson, winning on the road a Roanoke College.