MEN’S LACROSSE RANKED FIRST IN 2014 INSIDE LACROSSE/FACE-OFF YEARBOOK RANKINGS AS FOUR DOLPHINS EARN PRESASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Baltimore, Md. – The Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team is ranked first in the Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook Division II preseason rankings, as announced by the magazine on InsideLacrosse.com. Also released on InsideLacrosse.com from the yearbook were the preseason All-American teams, which featured four Dolphins.
The Dolphins, who will play four of the other nine teams in the Top 10 this Spring, were the only program to have four players selected to the first two teams. Senior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and junior defenseman Gerald O'Brien (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) were selected to the 12-member first team. Senior face-off specialist/midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) and graduate student defenseman Alex Cameron-Carter (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) earned second team accolades.
In the Top 10 rankings, which are a subjective ranking agreed upon by the entire IL staff, the Dolphins claimed the top spot after winning the 2013 NCAA National Championship. LIU Post, which fell to Le Moyne in the NCAA quarterfinals in May, landed in second place. Mercyhurst University, which won its first 18 games last year before falling to the Dolphins, 11-10, in the national title game, came in third place. Adelphi University, which Le Moyne defeated in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship game and in the NCAA semifinals 13 days later, placed fourth in the rankings. New York Tech, the fourth seed from the North Region in 2013, was ranked fifth, while Seton Hill University, which was the third seed in the South Region, landed sixth. North Region members Dowling and Merrimack were picked seventh and eighth, respectively. South Region finalist Limestone was selected ninth after going 16-2 last year (with its only regular season loss coming to Le Moyne, 7-6, on March 16 in Baltimore, Maryland), while Lake Erie, the South Region's fourth seed, rounds out the rankings.
Chadderdon, who scored the game-winning goal in each of Le Moyne's three NCAA wins en route to capturing the 2013 National Championship, earned USILA Second Team All-America honors as a junior. Chadderdon ranked second on the team in goals with 31, was third in points with 49 and ranked fourth in assists with 18. A Northeast-10 Conference First Team selection, he tied for the team lead in extra-man goals with six (tied for 10th in NE-10), while scoring a team-best four game-winning goals and picking up 23 ground balls. After going scoreless in the first game of the season, Chadderdon had a point in each of the last 19 games of the season. He recorded multiple points in 15 games, including four games with at least four points. He netted multiple goals in nine games, including a career-high five goals in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships as the third-seeded Dolphins defeated top-seeded Adelphi University, 16-13. He enters his senior year with 91 career points on 64 goals and 27 assists. His point total is the 23rd-most in the program's history, while he is tied for 21st in career goals.
O'Brien was selected to the USILA All-America Second Team as a sophomore after being named to the Northeast-10 Conference First Team three weeks prior. A starter in each of the team's first 14 games before suffering a season-ending injury, O'Brien tied for the team-lead in caused turnovers with 21, which also tied for the 10th-most in the conference and the fourth-most in a single-season in the program's history. He scooped up 29 ground balls, the fourth-most on the team at the time he was sidelined and the most by a Dolphin not involved with faceoffs. He caused a career-high four turnovers against then-#3 Limestone on March 16 and matched that total the following Saturday against Bentley. In those same two games, he picked up a career-best five ground balls.
Bumpus, a Northeast-10 Conference Second Team selection as a sophomore, earns a spot on the Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-America list for the second straight year. Bumpus won 61.1-percent of his face-off attempts to rank seventh in the nation. He recorded a program-record 114 grounds, the second-most in the Northeast-10 and tied for the third-most in the country. Offensively, Bumpus posted 23 points on 16 goals and seven assists. He also added seven caused turnovers on the defensive end. He recorded multiple points in eight games and had four games with multiple goals, including a career-high three in a win over Franklin Pierce on April 13. He enters his final season on the Heights with 232 career ground balls, the third-most in the program's history (Brian Griffin '09 had 274; Corey Bulken '11 had 234). His career face-off percentage of 66.0 is the top mark in the program's history.
Cameron-Carter has received USILA All-America honors each of the last two years after being selected to the first team as a junior and to the second team last season. A starter in all 52 games in his first three years as a Dolphin, Cameron-Carter joined O'Brien in anchoring a defense that allowed just 5.55 goals per game in 2013, the best in the country by 1.16 goals. An All-Northeast-10 Conference selection in each of his three years with the program (1st team in 2012, 2nd team in 2011 and 2013), Cameron-Carter caused 19 turnovers, tied for the fourth-most on the team and the 14th-most in the NE-10, while picking up 38 ground balls, the fourth-most on the team and the most by a Dolphin not involved with faceoffs. In the regular season finale against Saint Michael's, he tied his career-high with three caused turnovers, while he picked up a season-best five ground balls against Limestone. Entering his final year, Cameron-Carter has 47 career caused turnovers, which is tied for the third-most in the program's history (Brian Craig '12 had 64; Marc Cizenski '09 had 55). His 52 career starts are the fourth-most by a Dolphin and the second-most by a defenseman (Travis Tarr '06 made 57 career starts).
Le Moyne, which returns 30 letterwinners and six starters from last year's team that won its 10th Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the last 13 years, opens the season on Saturday, February 15 at home against Northeast-10 Conference-foe Assumption College at 12:00 p.m.