NORTH EAST PA. – Upon completion of their 2017 season campaign, the Saints coaching staff has selected its individual team award winners for the season.
2017 Offensive MVP – This award is given to the player who is most valuable to the offensive side of the ball for the Saints. They year's award winner is Freshman, Jacob Norton. Norton, a native of York, PA had a very strong campaign. He led the team is goals (23) and total points (26) for the saints, he also chipped in with 31 groundballs on the season.
Along with winning this award Jacob received 2nd team All-WNYAC and was named an NJCAA All Academic 2nd Team.
"Jacob is an outstanding talent who is very versatile. He maintained a 4.0 GPA during his first season of college lacrosse and a cumulative GPA of 3.903. It speaks volume about his character and determination. He showed his ability to play multiple positions on the field. He will be attending Richmond University this upcoming fall, where he will attempt to walk onto their Division I varsity program. Words cannot express how excited I am for this young man. Jacob has left a positive impression on this program. When he looks back he will realize his part of the foundation that he helped build within the program; very proud." Stated by Coach Miccio.
2017 Defensive MVP – This award is given the player who is most valuable and impactful on the defensive side of the field for the Saints. This year's award winner is Freshman, Donavan Brown. Brown, a native of Gaithersburg, MD had a stellar year during his debut season. He led the team is Groundballs (38) and Caused Turnovers (17) Brown was placed on the oppositions best offense player almost every game.
Along with winning this award Donavan was named 1st Team All-WNYAC and Honorable-Mention All-Region III selection.
"Donavan is an outstanding leader and a special talent on the defensive end. He has a lot of tools that help in a lot of departments. He is going to be key to our success in 2018 and will be on a lot of NCAA school's radar for their 2018 recruiting classes. Our coaching staff is very eager to get back to work with this young man come fall." Stated by Coach Miccio
2017 Coaches Award – This award is given to the player who exemplifies great leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Saints Lacrosse program. This year's award winner is Freshman, Anthony Dellolio. Dellolio, a native of Monroe, NY. was a tremendous player for the Saints and even a better leader for the Saints. Dellolio led the team in assists (10) as was second in points (19)
"Anthony is a great person and pretty good lacrosse player as well. He is very encouraging and has bought into this program. He puts the work in everyday with a great attitude, it is contagious to his teammates. With a lot of hard work, he is poised to be a leader and a great midfielder for us next season." Stated by Coach Miccio
2017 Unsung Hero Award – This award is given to the player who is crucial to the team's success and can go unappreciated or can go unnoticed at times in the Saints Lacrosse Program. This year's award winner is Freshman, Camille Tiako. Tiako, a Germantown, MD native came in as a defenseman out of high school. Tiako then made the transition to short stick and became a primary option at the defensive midfield position for the Saints. He finished the season with 13 groundballs and played in every game during the 2017 campaign.
"Camille was a player with little experience coming out of high school. He played as an athlete and was able to do well because of his size and strength. When he arrived at Mercyhurst in the spring, he understood that he was going to have to increase his skill and IQ for the sport. We took the pole out of his hands and he improved so much. He is a go to guy at our defensive midfield position. He is an example of determination and hard work the results showed in his play. We benefited from it greatly because it was able to free us up in other positions. He is poised to have a big year in 2017."