|Michael Elefonte||Collin Purdy||Connor Kirkwood||Tim Dolan||Gordon Paul|
Editor's Note: Includes a link to the complete list of the 2019 All-Landmark Conference men's lacrosse awards.
The University of Scranton collected six awards on Tuesday as the Landmark Conference released its year-end men's lacrosse awards as voted on by the league's head coaches. Junior midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) was named the Offensive Player of the Year and was one of five players for the Royals to earn All-Conference accolades to highlight Scranton's honors.
Sophomore midfielder Collin Purdy (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) joined Elefonte as a First Team selection as a face-off specials while junior attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep), senior midfielder Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), and junior defender Gordon Paul (Ocean, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) garnered Second Team laurels.
Elefonte became the first player in Scranton history to be collect Landmark Conference Player of the Year honors after an outstanding regular season for the Royals. The junior, who was also as First Team All-Conference pick as a midfielder, has a team-leading 55 points on the season with 37 goals and 18 assists, both of which are team-highs. A starter in all 17 games this season, Elefonte also ranks second on the squad with 63 groundballs and is tied for fifth with 10 caused turnovers.
Elefonte, who currently has the 12th most points in a season in Scranton history, currently ranks fourth in the Landmark Conference in points, is fifth in goals scored and groundballs, and is eighth in assists. He is just the third Scranton player to earn a major Landmark Conference honor, joining Rookie of the Year selections Pat Farrell (2012) and Kyle Frank (2008). Elefonte, who is one of Scranton's team captains, is also the Royals' first Player of the Year selection since Mike Keryc was named the MAC MVP in 1995.
Purdy captured First Team All-Landmark Conference honors as a face-off specialist after a breakout campaign for the Royals. The sophomore leads the conference with 236 face-off wins this spring on 371 draw for a 63.6 face-off win percentage which ranks 40th in all of NCAA Division III. Purdy also leads Scranton with 131 groundballs this season, second-most in the Landmark Conference and 36th best in the nation. He also contributed five groundballs, two assists, and three caused turnovers in 16 games.
Kirkwood garnered All-Conference honors for the second time in as many years by being picked as a Second Team selection this spring after being named First Team a season ago. The junior attackman has recorded 45 points this spring, scoring 29 goals and dishing out 16 assists to rank fourth on the team in scoring. Kirkwood, who is eighth in the Landmark Conference in scoring, has also picked up 26 groundballs and added three caused turnovers on the season.
Dolan collected Second Team All-Landmark Conference accolades for the second year in a row. The senior enters the playoffs ranked second on the Royals in scoring with 51 points on 35 goals and 16 assists. Dolan, who is also fifth in the Landmark Conference in points, leads the league with 11 man-up tallies this spring while adding 21 groundballs and two caused turnovers. The senior captain has started all 16 games in which he played during the regular season.
Paul was named Second Team All-Landmark Conference as a defender after anchoring a defensive unit for the Royals which has held opponents to 10.5 goals per game this season. The junior leads Scranton and is tied for ninth in the Landmark Conference with 21 caused turnovers this spring while his 45 groundballs are third most on the team and are tied for the 14th most in the conference. On the offensive side of the ball, Paul picked up his lone point of the season with an assist in a season-opening win at Marywood on February 16.
Scranton (10-7), the second seed in this spring's Landmark Conference playoffs, hosts third-seeded Susquehanna (10-7) in a conference semifinal matchup tonight at 7 p.m. at Weiss Field.
To view a complete list of the 2019 All-Landmark Conference men's lacrosse awards, click here.