Photos courtesy of Cornell and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After leading the Tigers to their first 6-0 Ivy League season and outright title since 2001, Princeton senior goalie Tyler Fiorito (Phoenix, Md.) was a unanimous choice as the 2012 Player of the Year amongst the League’s seven head men's lacrosse coaches.
Fiorito, who was also a unanimous All-Ivy first team selection for the second consecutive season, finished the regular season with a 6.65 goals against average and a .615 save percentage in all games played. His goals against average ranks fourth best nationally, while his save percentage is currently third best. In Ivy League play, his goals against average dropped to 5.53 and his save percentage moved up to .680. All told, he made 126 saves throughout the regular season including 16 saves at Brown on March 31 and 16 saves at Syracuse on April 7.
Fiorito has now been named to three consecutive All-Ivy first teams and was also a second team honoree as a freshman. He becomes the first Princeton player to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors since Ryan Boyle in 2004. Dating back to when the award was first bestowed in 1974, Fiorito is the sixth Tiger to earn the honor and the first goalie, joining Kevin Lowe (1974), Jesse Hubbard (1996), Jon Hess (1997), Ryan Mollett (2001) and Boyle (2002 & 2004). he is the sixth goalie to earn the honor, and first since Brown's Jordan Burke won in 2008 and 2009.
Cornell freshman attackman Matt Donovan earned the League’s Rookie of the Year honor, also in a unanimous vote by the head coaches. He is the first Cornell player to earn the honor since Rob Pannell did so in 2009. Dating back to the first Ivy League Rookie of the Year award in 1981, he is the fifth Big Red player to earn the honor, joining Paul Schimoler (1986), Sean Greenhalgh (2002), Max Siebald (2006) and Pannell.
Donovan, a Morristown, N.J. native, led the Big Red in scoring through the regular season with 32 points on 18 goals and 14 assists. His 14 assists also was a team high mark. In six conference games, Donovan scored nine goals and added eight assists for 17 points while also picking up 13 ground balls. He made history this season by earning five Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. Dating back to 1987, six other players had earned the award four times in a season, but Donovan became the first to earn five. He was also named to the All-Ivy second team.
Joining Fiorito as unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team were the Harvard duo of attackman Jeff Cohen (Syosset, N.Y.) and midfielder Kevin Vaughan (Ridgewood, N.J.) as well as Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) and Princeton defenseman Chad Wiedmaier (Chatham, N.J.).
Cohen ranks second in the country with a 3.43 goals per game average and stands 12th with 4.0 points per contest. He led the Ivy League with 48 goals, 56 points and eight man-up tallies this spring and became Harvard’s all-time career goal scorer with 142. His 167 career points (142-25-167) are tied for sixth in program history and his 48 goals this season rank seventh most in a single season at Harvard. The attackman, who recorded 10 hat tricks as a senior, netted a season and career-high seven goals in the Crimson’s 11-7 win over Michigan on March 31. His 142 goals rank eighth most all-time in Ivy League history.
Vaughan, a midfielder from Ridgewood, N.J., led Harvard with 19 assists, while ranking third with 17 goals and 36 points. Vaughan, who served as one of the Harvard captains for the second straight season, was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List in 2012. He tied for second on the Crimson with 33 ground balls as a senior. He was also selected to the All-Ivy first team as a junior and concluded his career with 98 points (56-42-98).
Schreiber, a sophomore, is making his second consecutive appearance on the All-Ivy first team midfield after putting together one of the greatest seasons ever by a Princeton midfielder. A season removed form being named the League’s Rookie of the Year, Schreiber leads the Ivy League and ranks 10th in Division I in points per game (4.08), and he has registered at least two points in every game and at least three in 12 of 13 games. He has 29 goals and 24 assists for 53 points, making him the first Princeton player since Boyle in 2004 to reach 50 points in a season. In six Ivy League games, he netted 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points.
Wiedmaier is the first four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection in Princeton men’s lacrosse history and the second in Ivy League men’s lacrosse history (Siebald was the first). Wiedmaier ranks fifth in Division I with 2.38 caused turnovers per game, and he averaged 2.67 per game in the Ivy League. His presence helped Princeton rank fourth in Division I in scoring defense. In addition to his on-field performance, Wiedmaier is also one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, largely because of his work in Uganda and here with Fields of Growth.
Joining Vaughan and Schreiber in the All-Ivy first team midfield are seniors Roy Lang (Mill Valley, Calif.) of Cornell and Greg Mahony (Mercer Island, Wash.) of Yale. Lang is making his second consecutive appearance in the first team All-Ivy midfield. He scored 15 goals this season and added four assists for 19 points. In six Ivy League games played, Lang totaled seven goals and four assets while also picking up 14 of his 22 ground balls. Mohony, who earned second team All-Ivy honors in 2010 and 2011, scored 19 goals and added seven assists for 26 points this season. Mohony’s 73 career goals rank 17th all-time at Yale.
Junior defenders Peter Johnson (Minnetonka, Minn.) of Yale and Jason Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) of Cornell round out the defensive corps on the All-Ivy first team. Johnson was an honorable mention selection as a freshman and has notched and assist to go along with 37 ground balls this season. Johnson and the Yale defense have given up just 8.52 goals against this season. Noble, an honorable mention selection last year, leads a Cornell defense that has yielded just over 8.54 goals against per game. He has a goal and an assist to go along with 33 ground balls this season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Tyler Fiorito, Princeton (Sr., Phoenix, Md.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Matt Donovan, Cornell (Fr., Morristown, N.J.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY (11)^
*Jeff Cohen, Harvard (Sr., Syosset, N.Y.)
Matt Gibson, Yale (Sr., Point Lookout, N.Y.)
Jeff Froccaro, Princeton (Jr., Sands Point, N.Y.)
Roy Lang, Cornell (Sr., Mill Valley, Calif.)
Greg Mahony, Yale (Sr., Mercer Island, Wash.)
*Tom Schreiber, Princeton (So., East Meadow, N.Y.)
*Kevin Vaughan, Harvard (Sr., Ridgewood, N.J.)
Peter Johnson, Yale (Jr., Minnetonka, Minn.)
Jason Noble, Cornell (Jr., Orangeville, Ontario)
*Chad Wiedmaier, Princeton (Sr., Chatham, N.J.)
*Tyler Fiorito, Princeton (Sr., Phoenix, Md.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY (11)^
Matt Donovan, Cornell (Fr., Morristown, N.J.)
Daniel Eipp, Harvard (So., Groton, Mass.)
Sam Hurster, Brown (So., St. Louis, Mo.)
John Cunningham, Princeton (Sr., Fairfield, Conn.)
Will Koshansky, Penn (Sr., Kings Park, N.Y.)
Chris Langton, Cornell (Sr., Melrose, Mass.)
Pat Flynn, Dartmouth (Jr., Mountain Lakes, N.J.)
Sam Ford, Brown (Jr., Reisterstown, Md.)
Michael McCormack, Yale (Jr., West Islip, N.Y.)
Jonathan Meyers, Princeton (Sr., Greenwich, Conn.)
Will Round, Brown (So., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.)
HONORABLE MENTION (10)
Parker Brown, Brown (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
Kip Dooley, Dartmouth (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.)
Steve Mock, Cornell (Jr., Huntington, N.Y.)
Roger Ferguson, Brown (Jr., Washington D.C.)
Dylan Levings, Yale (So., Massapequa, N.Y.)
Michael Pratt, Yale (Sr., Garden City, N.Y.)
Rob Schlesinger, Brown (Sr., Medfield, Mass.)
Clay Del Prince, Brown (Jr., Hamburg, N.Y.)
Thomas Keith, Cornell (Jr., Woodbury, N.Y.)
Fergus Campbell, Dartmouth (Sr., New Canaan, Conn.)
* - Unanimous selection
^ - due to ties in voting, team expanded from 10 to 11