|Mike Rufo||Kyle Frank|
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2012 All-Landmark Conference Team on Thursday, led by first-team selections Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, N.J./Christian Brothers) and Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic).
Freshman defenseman Pat Farrell (Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) was named co-Rookie of the Year as well as being named to the second team. Also chosen to the second team were senior midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School) and senior attacker Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys’ Latin).
A junior, Cleary was chosen as the first-team long-stick midfielder for the second consecutive season. He led the Royals with 22 caused turnovers and was second on the team with 54 ground balls. He also finished with a goal and an assist. Cleary’s 108 career ground balls are the 14th-most in school history.
McInerney, a junior midfielder, was named to the all-conference team for the first time after registering career highs in goals (27), assists (12) and points (39). He had a shot percentage of .351 and also scooped up 16 ground balls. McInerney now has 56 career points (42 goals, 14 assists).
Farrell made his mark on the Royals’ program in his first season, finishing second on the team with 20 caused turnovers while recording 30 ground balls. He played a key role in helping Scranton hold opponents to 9.0 goals per game.
Rufo, who was a second-team selection in 2010 and 2011, finished his time in a Royals uniform by recording a career-high 30 points (22 goals, eight assists). He scored five goals with a man-advantage and also recorded 19 ground balls. Rufo finishes his career with 100 points (75 goals, 25 assists) and a shot percentage of .268. His 75 career goals are tied for 10th-most in school history.
Frank was the Royals’ leading offensive threat this season with team highs in points (42) and goals (34) to go along with 34 ground balls. His 34 goals were also tied for fifth-most in the Landmark Conference. Frank now has 127 career points, seventh-most in school history. His 92 career goals are also the sixth-most in school history.
Scranton’s season came to an end on Wednesday evening when the Royals dropped a 15-9 decision at Drew University in a Landmark Conference semifinal. They finished the season 9-7 overall, marking the team’s fourth winning season and fourth playoff berth in the past five.
For the entire All-Landmark Conference Men’s Lacrosse Team, visit www.landmarkconference.org.