April 10, 2012

Three Lions Named All-Deep South Conference

WINGATE, N.C. – Three Lions have been named to the 2012 All-Deep South Conference Team, league officials announced Tuesday morning.  Matt Obermeyer, George Proechel, and Ray Ferrara have all been given a nod on this year's team for their efforts throughout the 2012 campaign.

Saint Leo sophomore attackman Matt Obermeyer earned First Team All-Deep South Conference honors.  The Winter Springs, Fla. native has racked up a team high 37 goals, and has added four assists for 41 points overall.  Obermeyer has also collected 17 ground balls and four caused turnovers.  He currently leads the conference in goals per game with 3.08.  This marks the initial First Team accolade for Obermeyer, which he adds to his DSC Freshman of the Year honor from 2011.

Proechel gets his second straight nod on the All-DSC Second Team, marking the third consecutive year the Orlando, Fla. native has been named an All-Conference selection.  The junior attackman leads the team in overall points, having tallied 36 goals and 15 assists for 51 points.  Proechel sits second on the team in goals scored, and leads the Green and Gold in assists, and has collected 18 ground balls and four caused turnovers.  Proechel finished fourth in the conference with 51 points, ranking third in the league with 36 goals and seventh with 15 assists.

Ferrara earns his first ever nod to an All-DSC team, getting a second team selection for his junior year.  The Potomac, Md. native currently sits fourth on the team in goals scored with 14, and has added three assists for 17 points overall.  The middie has also grabbed 13 ground balls  and six caused turnovers in his time on the field.

Overall, Mars Hill senior attackman T.J. Cowx took home the coveted 2012 Deep South Conference Player of the Year honors.  Fellow teammate Taylor Thilo has been named DSC Freshman of the Year, while Rory Whipple gets the nod for Coach of the Year.

Cowx led the DSC with 40 goals in 2012, while ranking fifth in the league with 19 assists. He led the Lions to a 7-1 mark in league play, helping Mars Hill earn a share of the regular season title. Cowx led the conference with 59 points and an average of 4.54 points per game. He had 23 goals and 13 assists in conference games, notching a league-best 36 points in DSC action.

Thilo piled up 30 goals and 23 assists in his freshman season to help lead the Lions to a share of the regular season title. He finished the regular season ranked second in the DSC with 54 points, while also finishing second in assists and sixth in goals.

Whipple guided the Spartans to an impressive 11-4 record in the program's first season. Tampa went 7-1 in the DSC, sharing the regular season conference title. Whipple guided the Spartans to victories in the first three games in the program's history, which included two conference wins and two road victories.

The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team returns to action on Tuesday, April 10, when they travel to Florida Southern to take on the Mocs in the first round of the conference tournament.  Game time against Florida Southern is slated for 7 p.m. at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.  Fans will be able to follow the action live at saintleolions.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

2012 All-Deep South Conference Team
Full Release from DSC Website

FIRST TEAM
Attack

T.J. Cowx                             Sr.           Mars Hill College
Braden Artem                   Sr.           Catawba College
Matt Obermeyer             So.          Saint Leo University
Midfield

Tom Cullop                         Jr.           Catawba College
Cade Zulak                          Sr.           Mars Hill College
Jon Freda                            Sr.           Florida Southern College
Greg Griffo                         Jr.           University of Tampa
Bryan Bayliss                      Sr.           Wingate University
Long Stick Midfield

Chris Cudmore  Sr.           Mars Hill College
Specialist

Adam Ismaeil                     Sr.           Florida Southern College
Defense

Drew Stoltz                         Jr.           Catawba College
Wayne Magee                  Jr.           University of Tampa
D.J. Lubs                              So.          Florida Southern College
Goalie

Dylan Price                          Sr.           Mars Hill College

SECOND TEAM
Attack

George Proechel              Jr.           Saint Leo University
Derek Watts                       Jr.           Wingate University
Mat Thompson Sr.           Florida Southern College
Midfield

Ray Ferrera                         Jr.           Saint Leo University
Kevin Naslonski                So.          Florida Southern College
Dan Applebaum               Jr.           Mars Hill College
Cory Losselyong               Jr.           Catawba College
Long Stick Midfield

Andrew Vossler                Sr.           Rollins College
Specialist

Ryan Herrmann                Jr.           Mars Hill College
Peter Harvey                     Gr.          Rollins College
Greg Khanzadian              Gr.          University of Tampa
Defense

David Beaumont              So.          Mars Hill College
Larry Gress                         So.          Florida Southern College
Dalton Jernigan Sr.           Mars Hill College
Goalie

Joseph Fiorucci Jr.           University of Tampa

HONORABLE MENTION
Attack

Taylor Thilo                         Fr.           Mars Hill College
Dave Lee                             Sr.           Wingate University
Midfield

Andrew Conley Fr.           Florida Institute of Technology
M.J. Lorenzo                      Fr.           University of Tampa
Fred Turcio                         Sr.           Catawba College
Long Stick Midfield

Jasper Gantick                   Jr.           University of Tampa
Specialist

Dan Krispinsky   So.          Florida Southern College
Defense

Adam Dickson   Jr.           University of Tampa
Nick Scannapieco             Jr.           Rollins College
Goalie

Mike Pecchia                     Sr.           Catawba College

Player of the Year
T.J. Cowx                             Sr.           Mars Hill College
Freshman of the Year

Taylor Thilo                         Fr.           Mars Hill College
Coach of the Year

Rory Whipple                                     University of Tampa