INTERVIEW WITH COACH OF THE YEAR KEVIN CORRIGAN
INTERVIEW WITH ATTACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR KEVIN CUNNINGHAM
INTERVIEW WITH GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR JOHN KEMP
INTERVIEW WITH MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR WILL MANGAM
INTERVIEW WITH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR KEVIN RANDALL
VILLANOVA, PA – Three schools shared the BIG EAST men’s lacrosse regular season awards, as major award winners and all-conference teams were announced on Wednesday evening at the 2012 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship banquet, held at the Philadelphia Marriott West. Villanova senior Kevin Cunningham was named the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year and Rutgers senior Will Mangan was selected as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. Three were honored from Notre Dame, as senior Kevin Randall earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, junior John Kemp was tabbed BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and Kevin Corrigan was honored as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Awards are voted on by the league head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.
Cunningham led the Wildcats this season with 41 points. He recorded 20 goals and dished out a team-high 21 assists. He also had three gamewinners. In league play, Cunningham posted 20 points, scoring eight goals and giving out 12 assists.
Mangan led the league in shots per game (7.47) and was second in goals per game (2.00). The senior amassed 40 points in 15 games, recording 30 goals and 10 assists. Eleven of his goals came in league play.
Randall helped anchor a defense that led the nation with a 5.63 goals against average and a .923 man-down defense percentage. Notre Dame also posted a league-leading .658 save percentage this season.
Kemp logged over 727 minutes in the cage for the Fighting Irish this season. He made 131 saves for a .655 save percentage and posted a 5.69 goals against average en route to an 11-1 overall record. Kemp ranks first in the nation in goals against average and save percentage.
Corrigan led the Fighting Irish to a 6-0 mark in BIG EAST play this year, winning the BIG EAST regular-season title outright for the first time in program history. Notre Dame ended the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, the second-longest in program history. The Irish posted five wins against ranked opponents this year and went 11-1 overall.
The All-Conference First Team was highlighted by five unanimous selections as Cunningham and Randall are joined by Notre Dame’s Sean Rogers, Villanova’s Chris Creighton and Brian Megill from Syracuse.
The BIG EAST Championship will be held on the campus of Villanova. Competition will begin on May 3, with No. 4 seed St. John’s matching up against No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the first semifinal of the day at 4:30 p.m. ET, televised live on ESPNU. At 7 p.m., No. 2 seed Villanova will play No. 3 seed Syracuse. That game will be broadcast on ESPN3, with the game replayed on ESPNU at 11 p.m. Information regarding the Championship can be found on Championship Central.
Attack Player of the Year: Kevin Cunningham, Villanova
Midfielder of the Year: Will Mangan, Rutgers
Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Randall, Notre Dame
Goalkeeper of the Year: John Kemp, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year: Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame
All-BIG EAST First Team
John Kemp, Notre Dame, Jr., G
Jim Marlatt, Notre Dame, So., M
*Kevin Randall, Notre Dame, Sr., D
*Sean Rogers, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Will Mangan, Rutgers, Sr., M
Dillon Ayers, St. John’s, Jr., LSM
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, So., A
Kevin Drew, Syracuse, Sr., SSDM
*Brian Megill, Syracuse, Jr., D
Matt Bell, Villanova, Sr., M
*Chris Creighton, Villanova, Sr., D
*Kevin Cunningham, Villanova, Sr., A
Jack Rice, Villanova, Jr., A
* - unanimous selection
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Zack Angel, Georgetown, Sr., M
Brian Casey, Georgetown, Jr., A
Gerry Reilly, Georgetown, Sr., SSDM
Matt Miller, Notre Dame, Jr., D
Max Pfeifer, Notre Dame, Sr., M
Terence Leach, St. John’s, Sr. M
Jeff Lowman, St. John’s, Jr., G
Bobby Eilers, Syracuse, Sr., M
JoJo Marasco, Syracuse, Jr., M
Tommy Palasek, Syracuse, Sr., A
Thomas Croonquist, Villanova, So., F/O
John LoCascio, Villanova, So., LSM
Michael Vigilante, Villanova, Sr., M