Four Falcons Earn ECAC Honors
May 2, 2013
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Four Air Force lacrosse players were honored by the ECAC Lacrosse League in their annual awards, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced on Thursday afternoon. Junior captains Mike Crampton, Erik Smith and Bryan Price were all named second-team all-conference honorees, while freshman Alex Warden was named to the league's all-rookie team.
Denver led the way with three first-team All-ECAC picks and six overall selections, while Ohio State landed three first-team selections and five overall honorees. Loyola Maryland had two players earn first-team accolades and six players overall. Bellarmine had four overall all-conference selections, including two first-team picks. Hobart landed the final first-team honoree, while Air Force and Fairfield each had three players earn second-team honors.
A second-team selection on attack, Crampton, a native of Kinnelon, N.J., earns the first All-ECAC accolades of his career after registering a team-leading 53 points (34g, 19a) on the season. His 53 points were the most by a Falcon since 1994, while his 34 goals were the most by an Air Force player since 1998. He registered eight hat tricks on the year, scoring hat tricks in five of the last six games of the season. He also tallied a career-best 11 points in the Falcons' non-conference win over Mercer, recording three goals and a personal-best eight assists. His performance against the Bears earned him ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, as he posted the Falcons' highest single-game assist total since 1990.
Smith also earns his first All-ECAC recognition at midfield, after finishing the year with 29 points, including a career-best 21 goals. A starter on the Falcons' first midfield, the Golden, Colo., native is also one of Air Force's leader on face-offs, winning 73-of-151 draws on the year. In addition to ranking third on the team in both goals and assists, Smith leads the Falcons in ground balls, ranking fifth in the ECAC in ground balls per game (4.15). He tallied a career-high four goals in Air Force's win over Hobart to end the season, earning ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
Also earning All-ECAC recognition for the first time is Price, a second-team selection as a specialist. A member of the inaugural ECAC All-Rookie team last season, Price has put up even bigger numbers this year as the Falcons' primary face-off midfielder. He won over 54 percent (84-of-154) of his face-offs taken in 2013, ranking second in the ECAC. He also added 40 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and two goals. A native of Denver, Colo., Price was named the ECAC Specialist of the Week on Feb. 25, following his performance in the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic, when he won 9-of-10 face-offs versus Canisius and scored his first career goal--the game-winner--against 12th-ranked Lehigh.
Meanwhile, the ECAC announced its all-rookie team for the second year, comprised of 11 players. First-year league member Michigan led the conference with three all-rookie picks, while Loyola Maryland and Ohio State each had two. Air Force, Denver, Fairfield and Hobart rounded out the group with one selection each.
Earning a spot on the all-rookie team on defense was Warden, a starter for the Falcons as a freshman. A native of Glen Mills, Pa., Warden led the team with 19 caused turnovers on the year, while adding 29 ground balls and two points (1g, 1a) on the season. Warden was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week in the final week of the regular season after registering a caused turnover and a career-best five ground balls in the Falcons' season-ending victory over Hobart.
In addition to announcing the all-league teams, the ECAC's individual awards were released Thursday as well. Bellarmine's Kevin Burns garnered Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Knights to a 7-7 overall record and 3-4 mark in the ECAC in his second year at the helm. Bellarmine, which went winless in the league last season, was nationally ranked during the season, with its four ECAC losses coming by a combined total of six goals, including a pair of double overtime losses. The Knights were led by standout senior Dillon Ward, who was named the Goalkeeper of the Year.
Ohio State's Logan Schuss was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season, while his teammated Carter Brown earned Rookie of the Year honors. Loyola Maryland's Joe Fletcher and Scott Ratliff were tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year and Specialist of the Year, respectively. A pair of Loyola Maryland players captured the final two individual awards, with Joe Fletcher earning Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Scott Ratliff--the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year--was named Specialist of the Year as a long-stick midfielder.
2013 ECAC Awards