Delaware Places Five on All-CAA Men’s Lacrosse Teams; Kaminski, Dowling Earn First Team Laurels
May 6, 2011
Photos top to bottom: Pat Dowling, Kevin Kaminski, Grant Kaleikau, Dan Cooney, John Mills (Courtesy of Mark Campbell)
RICHMOND, Va. -- University of Delaware senior standout Pat Dowling and Kevin Kaminski each made a return appearance on the All-Colonial Athletic Association men’s lacrosse all-star teams announced Friday and the duo was among five Blue Hen players honored on the three teams.
Dowling, a defenseman from Fairfield, Conn. (Ludlowe High School), earned a spot on the All-CAA team for the fourth straight year while Kaminski, a midfielder from Wallingford, Pa. (Strath-Haven HS) was honored for the third time in his career.
In addition to Dowling and Kaminski, junior attackman Grant Kaleikau (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mills HS) and junior faceoff specialist Dan Cooney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge HS) each earned second team honors and redshirt freshman midfielder John Mills (South Huntington, N.Y./Walt Whitman HS) was selected to the All-Rookie team.
Regular season champion Hofstra placed a league-high eight players on the three teams while Penn State had seven and Delaware and Massachusetts each had five players honored. The selections were made a from a vote of the seven league head coaches.
Drexel attackman Scott Perri was named the CAA Player of the Year, Hofstra defenseman Mike Skudin was Defensive Player of the Year, Penn State goalkeeper Austin Kaut was named Rookie of the Year, and Greg Cannella of Massachusetts and Jeff Tambroni of Penn State shared the league Coach of the Year award.
Delaware will be looking to capture its second straight CAA title and NCAA Tournament berth Saturday, May 7, when the No. 4 seed Hens travel to No. 3 seed and 19th-ranked Massachusetts (10-4) for the CAA championship game at 7 p.m. at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. The Hens (10-6) advanced thanks to a 10-9 win over top-seed and eighth-ranked Hofstra Wednesday night in Hempstead, N.Y.
Dowling earned CAA All-Rookie honors as a freshman in 2008 and followed that up with first team All-CAA honors in 2009 and second team recognition last season when he led Delaware to the NCAA Tournament. He has played in all 16 games this season with 15 starts and leads the team with 19 caused turnovers while ranking second in groundballs with 44. He currently ranks fifth in the CAA in caused turnovers and is Delaware’s all-time leader for caused turnovers both in a season (22 in 2009) and for a career (67).
Kaminski earned All-CAA notice for the third time in his career after being named to the CAA All-Rookie team back in 2007 and to the second team in 2009. Delaware’s all-time leader for games played with 69, Kaminski is also the Hens’ seventh leading scorer this season with 11 goals and three assists and he scored two big goals in the CAA semifinal win over Hofstra Wednesday night. He is Delaware’s active career goal-scoring leader with 55 tallies.
One of the top playmakers in the CAA, Kaleikau earned All-CAA honors for the second time after being named to the All-Rookie team in 2009. He currently ranks second on the team in points with 37 on 12 goals and a team-high 25 assists, which places him fourth among league leaders and 25th in the nation.
Delaware’s active career points leader with 84, he has scored a point in all but three games this season and has exploded for five or more points four times. He had a career-high six points on two goals and four assists vs. Dartmouth in mid-April and dished out a career-high tying five assists in the CAA semifinal victory over Hofstra Wednesday.
Cooney earned all-league honors for the first time in his career as he once again ranked as one of the top faceoff specialists in the CAA. He has won 52.5 percent of his draw attempts to rank fifth in the CAA while his 205 attempts lead the league and his 160 wins rank him second. He also has scooped up a team-high 75 groundballs and ranks fourth in the CAA with 4.69 per game.
Mills was among 10 players and the lone Blue Hen to earn a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team. A redshirt freshman, Mills joined the lineup this season and played a key role for Delaware as a member of the second midfield and man-up units.
He has played in all 16 games and ranks sixth on the team in scoring with 14 points on 12 goals and two assists. He netted three man-up goals during the season, scored a season-high two goals each in regular season wins over Hofstra and Dartmouth, and put together one streak during the season in which he collected a point in seven straight games.
First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association - Attack - Jay Card (Hofstra), Matt Mackrides (Penn State), Scott Perri (Drexel); Midfield - Kevin Kaminski (Delaware), Anthony Biscardi (Massachusetts), Ian Braddish (Hofstra); Longstick Midfield - Adam Mojica (Hofstra); Faceoff Specialist- John Antoniades (Hofstra); Defense - Pat Dowling (Delaware), Mike Skudin (Hofstra), Frank Tufano (Drexel); Goalkeeper - Austin Kaut (Penn State).
Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association - Attack - Grant Kaleikau (Delaware), Jamie Lincoln (Hofstra), Will Manny (Massachusetts); Midfield - Kyle Bergman (Drexel), Steve DeNapoli (Hofstra), Nike Dolik (Penn State); Longstick Midfield - Ryan Hollenbaugh (Massachusetts); Faceoff Specialist - Dan Cooney (Delaware); Danny Henneghan (Penn State); Defense - Matt Bernier (Penn State), Tom Celentani (Massachusetts), Marc Ingerman (Towson); Goalkeeper - Andrew Gvozden (Hofstra).
Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team - John Mills (Delaware); Steve Bogert (Penn State), Thomas DeNapoli (Towson), Matt Dusek (Drexel), John Fennessy (Towson); Andrew Hodgson (Towson), Austin Kaut (Penn State), Connor Mooney (Massachusetts), Shane Sturgis (Penn State), Deven Thomas (Drexel)
Player of the Year: Scott Perry (Drexel)
Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Skudin (Hofstra)
Rookie of the Year: Austin Kaut (Penn State)
Co-Coaches of the Year: Greg Cannella (Massachusetts) & Jeff Tambroni (Penn State)