Palladino Tabbed Division III's Top Long Pole Midfielder
(Baltimore, Md.) - Dickinson College junior Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) was named the Division III Long Pole Midfielder of the Year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). The Junior captain was a First-Team All-America selection as well, making his second appearance on the All-America squad.
Palladino became one of just 23 players to earn First-team All-Centennial Conference honors, three times, making 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.
Five Red Devils earned All-America honors as sophomore Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) earned Honorable mention on attack while Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) and Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) were named in the midfield. Junior Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) earned Honorable mention as well, turning in another outstanding year on defense.
Dickinson 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 to earn a third consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Webster '88 recorded his 100th victory since taking over the program at Dickinson, winning on the road a Roanoke College.