The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team placed seven players on the All-Landmark Conference team, including six first-team selections, according to a release from the conference office on Tuesday.
The Royals' first-team selections are senior Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) in the midfield, senior Kieran Pues (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) on defense, senior Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) at faceoff specialist, junior Adam Maiale (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) at long stick midfield, sophomore Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) on attack and sophomore Mike Modesti (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) at short stick defensive midfield. Junior Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) is a second-team honoree on attack.
Scranton's six first-team honorees and seven total selections were both by far the most in the conference. It is the first time the Royals have had six first-team selections since the 2014 season when six players earned first-team honors and two others were named to the second team.
Carey earned first-team honors for the first time after being named to the second team last season. He has career highs in goals (18), assists (19), points (37), shots (77) and ground balls (65) and is one shy of matching his career high with 14 caused turnovers. He has started all 16 games for the Royals and ranks third in the conference in assists and ground balls, and eighth in points.
Pues is an all-conference honoree for the first time in his career. He has anchored a defense that has held opponents to seven or fewer goals eight times and has a goals-against average of 8.19, second-best in the Landmark Conference. On the stat sheet, Pues has accumulated career highs in ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (12) while starting all 16 games.
Drury is now a three-time first-team selection after being chosen in each of the past two seasons, as well. Despite missing four games with injury, he is fourth in the conference in faceoffs won with 130 and leads in faceoff win percentage at .695. He is the school's all-time career faceoff win percentage leader at .693, which is also a Landmark Conference career record.
Maiale had a breakout season for the Royals, leading the conference with 39 caused turnovers, nine more than the next closest player. He is second on the team and sixth in the conference in ground balls with 58, and also has three goals and an assist for four points. He had one of the best games in recent memory by a Royal on March 6 when he led Scranton to a 14-7 win over King's by finishing with nine caused turnovers and seven ground balls.
Kirkwood also had a breakout season, with his coming on the offensive end. He is second in the conference with 45 goals, which is a Scranton single-season record, to go along with 4 assists for 49 points. Kirkwood has scored in 14 of the Royals' 16 games, including 10 games with three or more goals. His nine man-up goals are tied for the conference lead.
Modesti has given the Royals a boost on both ends of the field. His play as a short stick defensive midfielder has helped the Royals rank as one of the best defensive teams in the Landmark Conference. On the offensive end, he has contributed two goals and six assists to go along with 10 ground balls and one caused turnover. His play has also helped Scranton post a clear percentage of .848, tops in the Landmark Conference.
Dolan is second on the team and tied for fifth in the conference with 27 goals. He also has 11 assists for 38 points, which is tied for sixth in the Landmark. All three totals are career highs, and Dolan has added 25 ground balls and five caused turnovers this season.
The Royals (10-6, 4-2 Landmark) are the no. 4 seed for this week's Landmark Conference playoffs and will visit top-seeded Susquehanna on Wednesday for a semifinal at 4 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday's championship game at the site of the highest remaining seed.
To see the complete All-Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse Team, visit http://landmarkconference.org/sports/mlax/2017-18/releases/05012018-mlax-awards.