Men's lacrosse places nine on All-SSC teams

Men's lacrosse places nine on All-SSC teams

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team saw nine student-athletes earned post-season honors from the Sunshine State Conference with one First Team selection, five Second Team honorees, and four named to the All-Freshman team.

Junior Jake Bye was the lone First Team selection. The 6-foot-2 defenseman finished the season with 26 caused turnovers, 37 ground balls, and three goals on three shots.

Saint Leo saw Jake Gilmour, Kyle Pauwels, Anthony Visintin, Thomas Tatarian and Austin DiPietro named All-SSC Second Team.

Gilmour, who was a 2016 First Team Selection, finished the year with 34 assists and 30 goals. His 2.43 assists per game were second in the conference. He also added 21 ground balls.

Pauwels finished the season with a team-best 49 goals, adding 11 assists. He currently leads the nation in shooting percentage at .690. He is third in the nation, and second in the SSC, in goals per game at 3.50.

Visintin had a breakout season, scoring 23 goals and adding five assists. He added eight ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Tatarian finished his first season as a starter with an 8-5 record. He is eighth in the nation, and first in the SSC, in both saves per game (13.31), and save percentage (.592).

DiPietro finished his freshman season with 37 ground balls and 78 wins on the face-off 'x'. He won 52.3-percent of the face-offs he took this season.

DiPietro also earned a spot on the All-Freshman team, and he was joined by Ethan Ticehurst, Matt Shand, and Devin Sparks.

Ticehurst started every game for the Lions in 2017 at long stick middie. He finished with 14 caused turnovers, and 26 ground balls, while scoring one goal and adding two assists. He also did not commit a turnover all season.

Shand finished 2017 with six goals and eight assists out of the midfield. He added 10 ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Sparks finished with three goals and three assists in his rookie season. He also added three ground balls and one caused turnover.

The SSC individual awards went Conor Whipple, who took home the SSC Player of the Year award, while Dryden Brous from Lynn was named SSC Freshman of the Year, and Rory Whipple was named Coach of the Year.

The Lions wrapped up 2017 with a 9-5 record, but went 1-4 in SSC play, missing the SSC tournament.

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