BIRMINGHAM, Mich. Led by first-team selections and senior co-captains attackman Joel Dalgarno and defenseman Scott Matthews, seven Ohio State men’s lacrosse players earned All-Great Western Lacrosse League accolades, the league announced Thursday. Senior attackman Jeff Ryan, junior midfielder James Green, junior defenseman Scott Foreman, sophomore defenseman Matt Kawamotoand junior goalie Brandon Freemaneach received second-team accolades. The all-conference teams were voted on by the league’s six head coaches. Ohio State was second with seven total selections, behind regular-season champion Notre Dame’s eight honorees.
Dalgarno, from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (Western Reserve Academy), was named to the first team for the third-consecutive season. He leads the league and ranks sixth nationally averaging 3.79 points per game. He has a team-best 30 goals, 23 assists and 53 points this season and is on a 20-game scoring streak to rank 10th nationally. Dalgarno is 12th in the NCAA and first in the league in assists per game (1.64) and shares the GWLL lead in goals per outing (2.14). The GWLL Player of the Week April 14, Dalgarno has three or more points in 10 of 14 games this season, with two seven-point outings. He became just the second Buckeye in program history to cross the 200-point mark and ranks second with 219 points as a Buckeye, while his 123 goals are tied for the school record. Dalgarno is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Nottingham, Md., native Matthews (Boys’ Latin) is a first-team choice for the second year in a row. A four-year starter on defense for the Buckeyes, he covers the opposing team’s top player each game. He is second on the team with a career-high 33 groundballs, including five vs. Air Force, and leads the squad with 15 recorded caused turnovers. He scored his second career goal earlier this season against Robert Morris. Matthews and the Buckeye defense have limited opponents to 8.57 goals a game this year to rank second in the GWLL, holding opponents to nine goals or fewer in nine games.
Ryan, from Syracuse, N.Y. (West Genesee), is a second-team selection for the second-consecutive year. He ranks second on the team with a career-high 29 goals, 16 assists and 45 points, ranking second in the league and 22nd nationally averaging 3.21 points a game. He has two points or more in all but two games this season, including a personal-best eight-point night vs. Robert Morris March 13 with four goals and four assists, and three five-point outings. Ryan is third among league players in goals per game (2.07) and ranks sixth in assists per outing (1.14). In his third year as a Buckeye, Ryan ranks 21st in program history with 120 career points (81g, 39a). He leads the Buckeyes in shooting percentage, converting 45.3 percent of his shots.
Doylestown, Pa., native Green (Central Bucks East), who was a 2008 second team all-league honoree, has started all 14 games this year and has 14 goals, nine assists and 23 points. A starter in all 14 games, he has at least one point in nine games, with three or more in four outings. Green had a career-best four goals and five points at Denver and has a team-best six man-up goals on the year.
Foreman, who hails from Timonium, Md. (Calvert Hall), has started all 14 games at close defense and is fourth on the team with 23 groundballs. He had four groundballs at Penn State March 7 and three in three other contests. Foreman and the Buckeye defense rank second in the GWLL and in the Top 20 nationally, holding opponents to 8.57 goals a game, including nine or fewer goals in nine games.
Springfield, Va., native (West Springfield) Kawamoto is in his first year as a starter for the Buckeyes, starting 13-of-14 games, including the last 11. He has 18 groundballs on the year, including a career-best five vs. North Carolina. Kawamoto has 10 recorded caused turnovers to rank second on the team, with three in two games. He and the Buckeyes are second in the league in team defense (8.57 goals allowed per game) and have held opponents to two or fewer goals twice, with nine goals or fewer in nine outings.
Freeman, from Salem, N.H. (Bridgton Academy) is in his first year as the starter after backing up All-American Stefan Schroder the last two years, starting all 14 games and playing every minute but the second half vs. Detroit in the 21-1 win in the season opener. He is second in the league and 19th in the nation with a .562 save percentage and ranks second among conference goalies with an 8.78 goals-against average. He has 10 or more saves in 10 games this year, with a career-high 18 vs. Notre Dame April 25 and 15 at Air Force April 18. Freeman shut out the UDM Titans for a half and held Robert Morris to just two goals. He leads the squad with 39 groundballs.
The Buckeyes are in Birmingham, Mich., for the GWLL tournament this weekend at Seaholm High School. The Buckeyes will take on Air Force at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals, with Notre Dame and Quinnipiac facing off in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The championship game is set for noon Sunday, with the winner receiving the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
2009 GWLL Awards
Newcomer of the Year: Dayton Gilbreath, Air Force
Player of the Year: Scott Rodgers, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year: Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame
Joel Dalgarno, Sr., Ohio State
Ryan Hoff, Sr., Notre Dame
Duncan Swezey, Sr., Notre Dame
Peter Christman, Sr., Notre Dame
Grant Krebs, Jr., Notre Dame
Griffin Nevitt, Sr., Air Force
Dan Gnazzo, Sr., Air Force
Sam Barnes, Jr., Notre Dame
Dayton Gilbreath, Fr., Air Force
Scott Matthews, Sr., Ohio State
Regis McDermott, Sr., Notre Dame
Dillon Roy, Jr., Denver
Scott Rodgers, Sr., Notre Dame
Ridge Flick, Jr., Air Force
Neal Hicks, Jr., Notre Dame
Jeff Ryan, Sr., Ohio State
James Green, Jr., Ohio State
Derek Hopcroft, Jr., Bellarmine
Joey Murray, Sr., Denver
Bryan Gilbreath, So., Air Force
Pat Elliott, Sr., Quinnipiac
Scott Foreman, Jr., Ohio State
Matt Kawamoto, So., Ohio State
David Mackintosh, Sr., Air Force
Brandon Freeman, Jr., Ohio State