Usich Named CC Defensive Player of the Year

Photos by Matt O'Haren
Photos by Matt O'Haren

(Carlisle, Pa.) – Senior Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) was named the Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year while the Red Devils had six players named to the 2019 All-Centennial Conference Team, announced on Wednesday.

The Red Devils earned three First-team honors, two Second-team and an Honorable Mention. In addition, senior Michael Marinelli (Newbury Park, Calif./Newbury Park) was named to the All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team.

Usich had another outstanding year in the midfield, earning his third straight First-team honor in addition to being named the Defensive Player of the Year. The long pole middie led the conference with 46 caused turnovers and ranked third in the CC in ground balls, picking up 90 on the year.

He continued to play a key role in the Red Devils success rate on clears and posed a dangerous threat in transition, scoring three goals and handing out five assists this season. Usich broke in the program's top-10 with 245 career ground balls, ranking eighth all-time. He forced 123 turnovers, causing 51 turnovers in 2018. He raised his scoring totals to 10 goals and 11 assists in his career as well.

Senior Bobby Hartwick (Brookeville, Md./Georgetown Prep) was tabbed as the conference's top face-off man, earning First-team honors. He led the CC with a remarkable 201 face-off wins and matched the top total in the CC with 111 ground balls. Those numbers rank him sixth and eighth on the program single season lists as well.

He picked up a season-high 16 GBs in the season opener against St. Mary's and tallied 14 while winning 21-of-27 face-offs at Muhlenberg. He won 362 career face-offs to rank seventh all-time in program history. He holds the school record, winning 25 face-offs against F&M in 2018.

Senior Jack O'Connell (Sands Point, N.Y./Westminster) was the third Red Devil to earn First-team honors this spring after receiving honorable mention in 2018. He led the conference in scoring with 67 goals, almost matching Dylan Maher's '19 record-mark of 70 from last season. O'Connell was second in the CC in points, adding 22 assists for 89 on the year.

O'Connell moves into the top-10 in scoring, ranking ninth with 140 career points. He ranks ninth in goals as well, netting 95 in his career while adding 45 assists, handing out 41 in the past two seasons. He scored seven goals on two occasions this season, adding three assists on Senior Day for a season-high 10 points.

Senior Jack Doran (Ardmore, Pa./Haverford School) earns his third straight All-Conference honor as a Second-team defenseman this season. A four-year starter on defense, Doran anchored a Red Devil defense that held opponents to single digits in 10 of their 17 games this season.

Primarily a shutdown defender, Doran also moves through the midfield and slips into the attack on occasion, scoring once and handing out a pair of assists this season. He went over the century mark, recording 112 grounds balls in his career, adding 52 caused turnovers.

Junior Nick Goles (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) earned Second-team honors in the midfield. He found the net 22 times and handed out 12 assists on the year. He finished third in the team in ground balls as well, controlling 37 this season and 57 in his career. He raised his career scoring marks to 62 goals and 26 assists for 88 points in the past three seasons.

He played a key role in a big conference win over Washington College, scoring three goals and dishing out four assists on the day.

Senior Brodie Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) missed five games with an injury but battle back to earn Honorable Mention in the midfield this spring. He tallied 30 goals and 22 assists on the year, netting four extra-man goals this season. He scored a season-high four goals in the season opener against St. Mary's and dished out five assists against Middlebury in the Green Turtle Classic.

He came back to tally three goals and two assists in the conference semifinal at Gettysburg. Phillips receives his third All-Conference honor, earning First-team recognition in 2018 and Honorable Mention in 2017. He finished his career with a balanced line of 73 goals and 70 assists for 143 points, adding 73 ground balls and 21 forced turnovers.

The Red Devils finished 11-6 overall and rallied to win three of the final four conference games to earn the #3-seed before falling to Gettysburg in the semifinals. The Red Devils knocked off the eventual conference champion, Ursinus, in the regular season finale.

Dickinson alum Gary Mercadante '09 was named the Coach of the Year, leading Ursinus to the title in just his second season with the Bears.

Complete 2019 All-Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Team