May 16, 2007
The Sacred Heart University men's lacrosse team announced their team awards for the 2007 season this afternoon. In addition, the team announced that seniors Pat Healy (Towson, MD), Tony Tanzi (Mahopac, NY), Ricardo Vargas (Falls Church, VA) and junior Bobby Rushton (West Islip, NY) have been elected captains for the 2008 season by their teammates.
This year, the Pioneer Offensive Most Valuable Player was awarded to senior Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) and Rushton. Greco started all 12 games on attack this season and led the team in scoring with 16 goals, 12 assists and 28 points. Greco posted five man-up goals while collecting 19 groundballs on the year. He led the team in assists and points, finishing sixth and eighth in each category in the Colonial Athletic Association rankings. Greco finished his career with 98 total points, 12th in SHU record book. He scored 56 career goals, 14th in goals scored, and passed out 42 assists, 9th in career assists. Greco was named to the All-CAA second team.
Rushton had a break-out sophomore season, ringing up a team-best 17 goals. He finished with 20 points, adding three assists to his 17 goals scored. Rushton turned it on as the season came to a close, scoring nine goals in his final four games. He earned the CAA Player of the Week award after scoring seven goals with an assist in wins over Hartford (12-10) and Villanova (15-14) in the final week of the season.
Vargas was awarded the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player award. The junior goalkeeper started all 12 games in the cage. He posted a 10.95 goals against average with a .525 save percentage. His 134 saves led the CAA in saves per game (11.00).
This season's Rookie of the Year award went to freshman attackman Evan Morgan (Ashburn, VA) who finished the year second on the club in scoring. Morgan tallied 13 goals with 11 assists for 24 points. Morgan scored a pair of man-up goals and tallied the team's lone man-down goal of the year. For his efforts on the year, Morgan earned a spot on the All-CAA Rookie Team.
Senior Casey Kirch (Newtown, CT) was the recipient of this year's "Heart Award" and "Coaches Award". The "Heart Award" is given each season to the Pioneer who puts forth maximum effort every day both on and off the field. Kirch, a 2007 team captain, played in all 12 games with a goal and an assist, 18 groundballs and eight caused turnovers.
Both Tanzi and Healy will return for their second year as team captains in 2008. Tanzi scored 14 goals with three assists while picking up 23 ground balls. Healy started the first two games of 2007 before breaking his foot forcing him to miss the rest of the season. The senior defender will return after receiving a medical red shirt.