SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 7, 2007 – Springfield College freshman attack Joe Heney (Plainview, N.Y.) has been named the 2007 Pilgrim Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year, as voted upon by the coaches at this afternoon’s post-season meeting at Clark University. In all, the Pride landed six players on the Pilgrim’s All-Conference Teams.
Four members of SC garnered First Team honors, including sophomore attack Jake Beebe (Sudbury, Mass.), sophomore midfielder Chris Jez (Somers, Conn.), senior defender Paul Voegeli (Cheshire, Conn.), and junior long-stick midfielder Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.). Second Team honorees included sophomore midfielder Jake Jones (Amherst, Mass.) and freshman defender Mike Smith (South Hadley, Mass.).
Beebe, a native of Sudbury, Mass., led the team this season with 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 total points of offense. Last year’s NEILA Division III New England Rookie of the Year led the Pilgrim League this season in assists. The sophomore attack also finished third in points and tied for fifth in goals.
Jez, a resident of Somers, Conn., had a very strong sophomore campaign with 12 goals and one assist for 13 total points of offense. The midfielder also finished second on the Pride in ground balls with 47. Senior captain Paul Voegeli, a Cheshire, Conn., native, finished the year with 44 ground balls, one goal and three assists (four points) from the defender position. Junior long-stick midfielder Sharpe, a native of Derry, N.H., also landed on the First Team in scoring one goal and two assists to go along with a team-high 48 ground balls. In 2006, Chris was named Second Team All-Pilgrim League and Second Team NEILA Division III All-New England.
Jones, a resident of Amherst, Mass., finished his sophomore season with 10 goals and nine assists from the midfield position. Jones also chipped in with 27 ground balls on the year. Smith, a first-year defender from South Hadley, Mass., has earned Second Team honors in his rookie campaign after collecting 29 ground balls on the season. Heney, this season’s Pilgrim League Rookie of the Year, ended his inaugural campaign tied for second on the squad in points (32) with 19 goals and 13 assists. In the Pilgrim rankings, the attack finished tied for eighth in points and tied for 10th in assists.
The 2007 Springfield College men’s lacrosse season ended on Saturday (May 5) with its 8-6 loss to top-ranked Western New England College (WNEC) in the championship game of the Pilgrim Lacrosse League Tournament. The loss snapped the Pride’s streak of four consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, as SC finished its season with an 8-9 overall record.