Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights
April 29, 2013
Eagles Earn League Recognition
Led by Freedom Conference Player of the Year Chris Farrar, the Eagles placed three attackmen on the first team. Farrar was tied for the team lead in total points, and he set a new Eastern single-season standard with 38 assists so far. Sophomore Grant Ferguson has 45 goals and led the conference in goals per game. Zac Ivy has 28 goals and 18 assists.
The Eagles put four midfielders on the first team. All three specialty midfield spots went to Eastern players. AJ Ryan was the first team face-off specialist. The senior won over 60% of his face-offs and had a more prominent role in defense and transition. Brendan Stouber and Ron Johnson were critical pieces in the Eastern defense that limited opposing offenses to under six goals per game.
Head Coach Kevin Wallace, who earned Coach of the Year Honors in just his second year as a head coach, cites the play of Johnson and junior defensive midfielder Shawn Farmer as critical pieces that allowed the Eagles to press out and challenge all over the field. Farmer was the short stick specialist on the second team.
"With Ron out there," Wallace stated, "It's like having a fifth pole in on defense, and with Shawn, it's almost like having six."
Stouber is second on the team with 49 ground balls, and he utilizes the extra leverage to his advantage in shooting. He has six goals on only ten shots this year.
Matt Soldano was Eastern's final representative on the first team midfield. Soldano, who often draws second defender as he dodges against a pole, has 18 goals and 14 assists so far.
Will Johnson and Eric Waibel both earned second-team midfield honors. Johnson is in Eastern's career top-ten for goals and has a penchant for scoring big goals. Wiabel has emerged as a threat to score from distance this year. He is tied with Ivy for second on the team in man-up goals and has 19 for the year.
All three of Eastern's close defensemen earned all-league recognition. Senior Ben Swan and sophomore Jordan Norris are on the first team. Both were recognized last year. Freshman Tyler Gehlhaus earned a second team nod. Only one Freedom Conference team scored more than six goals against the Eagles this year, and several of the goals that were given up came after the result had been determined and the first group of defenders had given way to younger players.
Aaron Benz is ranked nationally in goals against and save percentage. The senior goalie excels in the clearing game and is the consummate leader on the squad. The MVP of last year's MAC Championship has made the big saves when called upon and repeats on as the First Team goalie in the Freedom Confrence.
The 14 representatives is the most ALl-Conference athletes on an Eastern team ever.
Eastern hosts King's in the Freedom Conference semifinals on Wednesday at 3:30. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and children under 6 are free. Eastern University Student Development will pay admission for any current Eastern student with ID.
Updated: Monday, 29 April 2013