Merrimack's Tim Towler Named NE10 Player of Year as League Announces Men's Lacrosse Honors

Merrimack's Tim Towler Named NE10 Player of Year as League Announces Men's Lacrosse Honors



Trio From Merrimack Honored as League Announces End of Season Awards

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Merrimack senior Tim Towler was named the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year as the league announced it's major awards and all-conference teams today.

For a complete list of those honored, as voted upon by the league's head coaches, please see below. Merrimack led the way with seven student-athletes honored, while Adelphi was second with six. Le Moyne had four named All-Conference, including three first teamers.

Towler helped lead the Warriors to a 9-2 mark in NE10 play and a 13-2 regular season. Merrimack will take on Le Moyne in an NE10 Semifinal game Friday afternoon in Syracuse. The senior midfielder is a tremendous two-way player and accounted for 42 points so far this season, eighth-best in the league. He also scored six man-up goals and was a force in the midfield for the Warriors. He was also named a First Team All-Conference selection.

Towler's teammate James Bassett was tabbed NE10 Defensive Player of the Year. Bassett led a Warriors' defense that allowed 80 goals in 11 conference games. He also showed he could come forward and help the offense as the senior posted 21 goals and four assists. He was also recognized with a spot on the NE10 First Team.

Another Merrimack student-athlete was honored as Charlie Bertrand was named the 2017 NE10 Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year. Bertrand led the NE10 in scoring and goals during his first year on campus for the Warriors. The five-time Rookei of the Week selection, currently has 42 tallies and 61 points in total. His 19 assists is third-best in the league, as well. Bertrand was also named to the First Team.

Adelphi's Brendan McDougal was selected as the NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year by the league's coaches. McDougal helped lead the Panthers to the conference regular season crown as they posted a record of 10-1 in league play, and will host Pace in an NE10 Semifinal Friday night. McDougal ranked among the league leaders in virtually every statistical category. He led the conference in save percentage (60.7) and wins (10). He was also second in goals-against-average and played arguably his best game in the Panthers win against Le Moyne securing the regular season title.

Adelphi's Gordon Purdie and Pace's Tom Mariano were recognized as Co-NE10 Coaches of the Year by their peers. Purdie led the Panthers to a 10-1 mark in conference play and the NE10 regular season title. Mariano helped the Setters go 9-2 in league play and 12-2 overall. Somewhat interestingly, Mariano helped Pace hand Adelphi their only league loss of the season. Mariano's Setters posted two more wins in league play than they did a year ago.

Purdie and Mariano will square off once again this season in Friday night's semifinals as Adelphi hosts Pace at 7pm.

NE10 Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Selections

First Team
A - Justin Kesselring, Le Moyne
A - Charlie Bertrand, Merrimack
A - Liam Brennan, Pace^
M - Shane deBoer, Adelphi
M - Brian Rogers, Le Moyne*&
M - Tim Towler, Merrimack
M - Alex Pacitti, Saint Anselm
D - Joseph Catalanotti, Adelphi*%
D - Brendan Entenmann, Le Moyne*
D - James Bassett, Merrimack^
D - Brandon Donnellan, Pace*%
D - Drew Bourdeau, Saint Anselm
LSM - Brennen Morin, Merrimack*
SP - Max Adler, Bentley*
Def M - Hunter Schmell, Merrimack
GK - Brendan McDougal, Adelphi

Second Team
A - Ian Kirby, Adelphi
A - James Olsen, Saint Anselm
A - Patrick Sweeney, Saint Anselm
A - Keifer Heckman, Southern New Hampshire
M - Mike Osmundsen, Adelphi
M - Sam Hurley, Bentley
M - Kyle Stenberg, Merrimack
M - Mark Vitello, Saint Anselm^
D - Zac Prattson, Le Moyne
D - Tom McLaughlin, Merrimack
D - Dan Lewis, Pace
LSM - Eli Morrissey, Bentley
SP - Blake Boudreau, Merrimack^
Def M - Nick Reisig, Adelphi
GK - Bobby Beshlian, Pace^

* - First Team Selection in 2016
^ - Second Team Selection in 2016 
& - First Team Selection in 2015 
% - Second Team Selection in 2015 

All-Rookie Team
John Arcidiacono, Adelphi
Nicolas Racalbuto, Adelphi
Matt Sayegh, American International
Brett Jennings, Assumption
Matt Brooks, Bentley
Alex Caskie, Franklin Pierce
Sean Emerson, Le Moyne
Charlie Bertrand, Merrimack
Dom Thomas, Merrimack
Mitchell Johnson, Pace
Dan Lewis, Pace
James Righini, Saint Anselm
Anthony Sullivan, Saint Michael's
Jordyn Marchiano, Saint Rose
Tyler Mello, Southern New Hampshire

The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete. 

Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.