(Baltimore, Md.) – Inside Lacrosse released its 2013 Preseason All-America Team with six players from Dickinson earning honors. The Red Devils also received a top ten ranking, claiming the #8-spot on the Division III, preseason poll.
Senior Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Basking Ridge) highlights the selections, joining the First-team as a long-pole midfielder. Palladino is a two-time All-American and was named the nation's top player at his position in 2012. He was named First-team All-Centennial Conference for the third time last season, becoming the 23rd player in conference history to accomplish that feat.
Junior Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) was name to the Second-team on attack. Cannon made an impact on the Dickinson College record book in his first season, setting the rookie assist record last in 2011, handing out 28. He tallied 25 last spring and ranks eighth on the single season list, scoring 56 points, earning First-team All-CC honors in the 2012 campaign (31g-25a).
Anchoring a tremendous defensive effort last spring, senior Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) was selected to the Third-team as a long pole defender. Earning honorable mention in the Centennial Conference in 2011, Zouck elevated to First-team All-CC honors last spring. He led the Red Devils with 50 caused turnovers and controlled 73 ground balls, raising his career total to 142.
Three Red Devils earned Honorable mention on the squad. Seniors Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor) and Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) round out the selections.
Beitel garnered Honorable mention in the Centennial Conference in 2012 and earned 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 win over Kenyon College.
Cherry earned preseason and postseason All-America honors in 2012. He made his second straight appearance on the All-CC First-team. Cherry 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 (113p-45g-68a). Cherry is two-time, Jewish Sports Review Division II &III All-American, earning First-team recognition in 2012. He spent the summer touring with the Israeli National Team.
Hanley had another outstanding season in the nets in 2012, earning Honorable mention in the Centennial Conference. 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.
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, captured a second straight conference championship, and earned a third straight invitation to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Coach Webster '88 recorded his 100th victory since taking over the program at Dickinson, winning on the road a Roanoke College.