Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Cornell junior midfielder Connor Buczek and freshman goalie Christian Knight were named the Ivy League's Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively, when the League announced its annual men's lacrosse postseason awards on Wednesday.
It is the first time since 2006 that the Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year same from the same team. Cornell's Joe Boulukos and Max Seibald won the awards that year. It is the eighth time all-time that a sweep has occurred dating back to when the Rookie of the Year honor was established in 1981 (previously occurring in 1983, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006).
Buczek (Cincinnati) has 44 points this season with 28 goals and 16 assists. He has played a big role in resetting the Cornell offense after losing a huge part of the scoring load from last year's national semifinalist squad. He has a point in 12 of 14 games on the year and multiple points in 10 of 14 contests. In seven games in the month of March, Buczek recorded 32 points as the Big Red won all seven games on the way to a 9-0 start and a then-No. 2 national ranking.
While Buczek was sparking the offense, Knight (Baltimore) was making a name for himself on the defensive end. He earned his first collegiate start on March 8 and drew the assignment of shutting down a potent Virginia offense. He logged 15 saves as Cornell knocked off the Cavaliers, 12-9. From there, Knight recorded double-digit saves in seven of the next nine games, including a season-high 16 against Princeton on April 26 to help Cornell clinch a share of the Ivy League title.
Buczek and Princeton senior Tom Schreiber were the lone unanimous selections to the first team. Schreiber joined Cornell's Rob Pannell and Max Seibald and Princeton's Chad Wiedmaier as the only four-time, first-team selections in League history. Schreiber, a candidate for the Tewaaraton Award and the Senior CLASS Award, led the League in scoring with 51 points this season on 30 goals and 21 assists. He finished his career with exactly 200 points. He had six games of five or more points this season.
The first-team attack line consisted up of Cornell junior Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.), Harvard sophomore Devin Dwyer (Garden City, N.Y.) and Yale junior Conrad Oberbeck (Greenwich, Conn.). Donovan led the Big Red in scoring with 48 points, which was also second-best in the League behind Schreiber. Donovan had 29 goals and 19 assists, along with grabbing 27 ground balls.
Despite missing the first four games due to injury, Dwyer amassed 40 points on 10 goals and 30 assists this season. He had a carer-high six assists in Harvard's win over Yale on April 26 to clinch a share of the Ivy League title. Dwyer has at least one point in each of the last 16 games going back to last seaon. Dwyer had 23 points in his six Ivy contests (tied for best in the League), including 16 assists.
Oberbeck led Yale with 47 points this season, including 35 goals (second best in the Ivy League). He has had four or more points seven times this season, including each of the last three contests. In those three games, Oberbeck has 16 points on 12 goals and four assists. Fourteen of his goals came in Ivy play.
Buczek and Schreiber are joined in the midfield on the first team by Penn senior Zack Losco (Smithtown, N.Y.). Losco, who earned his second-straight, first-team selection, had 15 of his 29 points in League play this season. He had 17 goals and 12 assists and was second on the team in scoring. He also caused 12 turnovers.
The defenders on the first team included Harvard senior Robert Duvnjak (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Cornell's duo of senior Tom Freshour (Smithtown, N.Y.) and junior Jordan Stevens (Smithtown, N.Y.). Duvjnak had 28 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers for the Crimson defense.
Penn senior Brian Feeney (Summit, N.J.) earned first-team honors at goalie for the second-straight year. Feeney has a 9.00 goals against average to lead one of the best defenses in the country. He has 133 saves on the year and 55.2 save percentage. In League play, he has a 9.13 GAA, recording 66 saves. He has eight double-digit save games this season, including six of the last seven as the Quakers head into the Ivy League Tournament this weekend.
Including both the first and second-team selections, Cornell had a League-high six selections, followed by Harvard with five and Princeton with four.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Connor Buczek, Cornell (Jr., M - Cincinnati)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Christian Knight, Cornell (Fr., G - Baltimore)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Matt Donovan, Cornell (Jr., A - Morristown, N.J.)
Devin Dwyer, Harvard (So., A - Garden City, N.Y.)
Conrad Oberbeck, Yale (Jr., A - Greenwich, Conn.)
*Connor Buczek, Cornell (Jr., M - Cincinnati)
*Tom Schreiber, Princeton (Sr., M - East Meadow, N.Y.)
Zack Losco, Penn (Sr., M - Smithtown, N.Y.)
Robert Duvnjak, Harvard (So., D - Manhasset, N.Y.)
Tom Freshour, Cornell (Sr., D - Smithtown, N.Y.)
Jordan Stevens, Cornell (Jr., D - Smithtown, N.Y.)
Brian Feeney, Penn (Sr., G - Summit, N.J.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Ryan Ambler, Princeton (So., A - Rydal, Pa.)
Dan Lintner, Cornell (Sr., A - Courtice, Ontario, Canada)
Mike MacDonald, Princeton (Jr., A - Georgetown, Ontario, Canada)
Peter Schwartz, Harvard (Sr., M - Jenkintown, Pa.)
Jake Froccaro, Princeton (So., M - Sands Point, N.Y.)
John Hogan, Cornell (Jr., M - Arnold, Md.)
Stephen Jahelka, Harvard (So., D - Garden City, N.Y.)
Maxx Meyer, Penn (Sr., D - Melville, N.Y.)
Mike Quinn, Yale (So., D - Port Washington, N.Y.)
Jake Gambitsky, Harvard (Jr., G - Wantagh, N.Y.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Will Walker, Harvard (So., A - Scituate, Mass.)
Brandon Mangan, Yale (Sr., A - Wantagh, N.Y.)
Dylan Molloy, Brown (Fr., A - Setauket, N.Y.)
Brendan Caputo, Brown (So., M - Westbury, N.Y.)
Carl Zimmerman, Harvard (Sr., M - Homer, N.Y.)
Dylan Levings, Yale (Sr., M - Massapequa, N.Y.)
Matt McMahon, Penn (Jr., D - Glen Ridge, N.J.)
Bobby Osgood, Dartmouth (Jr., D - Marblehead, Mass.)
Larken Kemp, Brown (Fr., D - Greeenwich, Conn.)
Alex Blonsky, Penn (Sr., D - Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Derrick Raabe, Princeton (Sr., D - New Canaan, Conn.)
Jimmy Craft, Yale (Sr., D - Darien, Conn.)
Eric Natale, Yale (Jr., G - Westminster, Md.)
Christian Knight, Cornell (Fr., G - Baltimore)