SAINT LEO, Fla. – David Erdman and Pat LoGiudice were recently tabbed Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America. Erdman, the Lions cage minder in 2009 was named a second team member, while LoGiudice grabbed an honorable mention spot. The selection was Erdman’s second go-around on the list as he was named preseason All-America as sophomore. Lifetime, SLU has now had five players named to the distinguished list.
Aside from the All-America selections, five Lions were tagged as Deep South All-Conference members. Joining Erdman and LoGiudice on the list was Midfielder Kyle Marceau, Attackman Luke Baruch, and Face-off specialist Mike Del Buono. Also in the issue, Del Buono was selected as the Deep South Conferences’ “Unsung Hero”.
En route to their first conference championship, Erdman, the Lions starting goalie in 13 of 14 contests last year, posted a 8.28 goals-against average. The Mt. Sinai, N.Y. native made 140 saves, posted a .571 save percentage, and allowed just 105 goals in 760 minutes of action.
LoGiudice, a defenseman from Haddam, Conn. was a top-notch defender for the Green & Gold. He played in each of the 14 contests and scooped up 36 ground balls. Also in 2009, the senior forced a Saint Leo single-season high eight turnovers.
On the all-conference squad, Marceau was an offensive juggernaut for SLU in 2009. The Concord, N.H. native scored a second-best 25 goals and added a team-best 20 assists for 45 points. He played in all 14 games and blasted a team-high 88 shots. He scored four man-up goals and registered 26 ground balls.
Joining Marceau is teammate Baruch. Baruch excelled on the field for Saint Leo, and in his first year with the squad amassed 25 goals and nine assists en route to a 34-point season. The senior launched 56 shots-on-net and accounted for 32 ground balls. He scored a pair of man-up goals and played in 13 of 14 games for the Lions. He concluded the campaign being named the 2009 DSC Tournament MVP.
The “Unsung Hero” of the group is specialist Del Buono. A Southington, Conn. native, Del Buono played a key role for the Lions in the center circle. He won 140 of 221 face-offs for a success rate of 63 percent and accumulated a team second-best of 59 ground balls.
The squad was predicted to finish first in the DSC by the publication and given a preseason national ranking of ninth.
Voting done for Inside Lacrosse/Face-off Magazine is done by D II lacrosse head coaches.
The Lions will kick off their 2010 regular season with a trip to Winter Park, Fla. on Saturday, February 20th to take on Deep South foe Rollins College. Face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.