WINGATE, N.C. – Saint Leo junior attackman Luke Baruch, who had seven goals and an assist to lead Saint Leo to the 2009 Deep South Conference Tournament Title, has been named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Three other Lions earned all-tournament honors on a list announced the day after the Saint Leo claimed their first-ever conference title, just four years into the program.

Joe Guerin, who had three goals and six assists in the championship game, also earned all-tournament honors. A pair of Saint Leo midfielders were also selected. Sophomore Mike Del Buono, who racked up 17 ground balls, along with junior Nick Bova, who had four goals and an assist in the tournament, were selected for the Saint Leo.

Tournament runner-up Mars Hill had three players named to the team. Junior Danny Farmer racked up five goals and an assist in the tournament while senior Brent Hann had two goals, two assists and 16 ground balls for the regular season champs. Sophomore attack Eric Benesch also earned all-tournament honors, collecting five goals in the two games.

Catawba College had a pair of players name to the all-tournament team. Senior midfielder Mike Dolesh had three goals for the Indians, despite their first-round exit. Sophomore goalie Colin McClimans also earned all-tournament honors, racking up 13 saves.

The host Wingate University Bulldogs had a pair of players named to the team as well. Senior Ryan Otterblad had four goals and an assist in their Friday loss to SLU.  Fellow senior Mark Hodsdon added a goal, an assist and three ground balls for the Bulldogs.

Luke Baruch, Saint Leo, MVP
Joe Guerin,  Saint Leo
Mike Del Buono, Saint Leo
Nick Bova, Saint Leo
Danny Farmer, Mars Hill
Brent Hann, Mars Hill
Eric Benesch, Mars Hill
Mike Dolesh, Catawba
Colin McClimans, Catawba
Ryan Otterblad, Wingate
Mark Hodsdon, Wingate