Eaton's Second-Straight Player of the Year Honor Highlights Pilgrim League Yearly Awards
May 9, 2011 - Springfield College senior Mark Eaton has been named the Pilgrim Lacrosse League's Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season after leading Springfield to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year. Co-Coaches of the Year were named as Babson College’s Brendan Gorman and Clark University’s Jeff Cohen shared the honor, while Rookie of the Year honors went to Babson College’s first-year Ryan Dawidjan.
On Saturday afternoon Springfield captured its 10th Pilgrim Lacrosse League Championship as it topped second-seeded Babson College, 19-8. For the year, Eaton has gone 162-240 from the face-off “X”, totaling a 67.5 winning percentage. He has a team-best 114 ground balls and ranks in the top-10 nationally in both face-off percentage and ground balls per game.
Gorman led Babson to its Pilgrim League Tournament victory for the first time since 2001 as the Beavers entered the postseason as the second-seed. Cohen, who was named the Coach of the Year last year in his first season on the Clark sidelines, led the Cougars to a 6-8 record this season.
Dawidjan had a monster rookie season for the Beavers as he tallied a team-best 79 ground balls while causing 40 turnovers. He also added two goals and two assists from his longstick midfielder position.
Mike Delia Springfield A Jr. Wading River, N.Y.
Ben Cederberg Wheaton A Sr. Duxbury, Mass.
Billy McNamara Wheaton A Jr. Mansfield, Mass.
Shawn Runyon Springfield M Sr. Fairport, N.Y.
Shane Ferguson Springfield M Jr. Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Cam Caruso Babson M Jr. St. Charles, Ill.
Mark Eaton Springfield FO/SSD Sr. Westford, Mass.
Ryan Dawidjan Babson LSM Fr. Worcester, Mass.
Tim Cimini Springfield D Jr. West Hartford, Conn.
Kevin Schofield Clark D Sr. Concord, N.H.
Ryan Kucinski Babson D Sr. Cohasset, Mass.
Christopher Rullan MIT GK So. Wexford, Mass.
Chris Landers Wheaton A Sr. Manchester, Mass.
Dan Piemont MIT A Sr. Summit, N.J.
Alex Patinkin Babson A So. Providence, R.I.
Chris Johnson Clark M Jr. Amherst, Mass.
Jarrid Johnson Springfield M Sr. Orlando, Fla.
Jamie Schmidt Babson M So. Shelburne, Vt.
Matt Fields Clark FO/SSD Jr. Oceanside, N.Y.
Tyler O’Keefe Springfield LSM Jr. Concord, N.H.
Elliot Sykora MIT D Fr. Wilmette, Ill.
Bryan Beller MIT D Jr. Dix Hills, N.Y.
John Clausing Babson D So. Ridgewood, N.J.
Jack Murphy Mass. Maritime GK Fr. Cohasset, Mass.
Player of the Year: Mark Eaton, Springfield
Rookie of the Year: Ryan Dawidjan, Babson
Co-Coaches of the Year: Brendan Gorman, Babson
Jeff Cohen, Clark