VILLANOVA, Pa. (May 2, 2012) – Senior midfielder Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J.) has been named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, it was announced Wednesday at the 2012 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship banquet, held at the Philadelphia Marriott West. Mangan led the conference in shots per game (7.47) and was second in goals per game (2.00). The Scarlet Knight co-captain also received All-BIG EAST First Team recognition.
First-year head coach Brian Brecht commented on Mangan’s honor, which marks the first BIG EAST player of the year award garnered by a Scarlet Knight.
“I am very happy and excited for Will,” Brecht said. “Being named Midfielder of the Year and making the first team are very prestigious honors. Will earned the award through his play while he was a leader for our team, on and off the field. He certainly put a stamp on his career. This is a proud night for Will and the entire Rutgers lacrosse program, from our fans to our alumni, who have helped build our storied program.”
Mangan ended his career “On the Banks” with his fifth hat trick of the season and sixth of his career at Georgetown on April 27. His three-goal, one-assist performance brought his senior campaign total to 40 points from 30 goals and 10 assists. Mangan finished second on the squad in ground balls, scooping 46 ground balls.
The award’s importance was not lost on Mangan, who thanked his teammates and the RU coaching staff.
“It’s a great honor for the program and me to achieve this award,” Mangan said. “I’d like to thank the coaching staff and my teammates for a great year. It’s a great way to end my career at Rutgers.”
Mangan’s place on the All-BIG EAST First Team marks the third-straight season a Rutgers player earned all-league accolades.
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2012 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Awards
Attack Player of the Year: Kevin Cunningham, Villanova
Midfielder of the Year: Will Mangan, Rutgers
Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Randall, Notre Dame
Goalkeeper of the Year: John Kemp, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year: Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame
All-BIG EAST First Team
John Kemp, Notre Dame, Jr., G
Jim Marlatt, Notre Dame, So., M
*Kevin Randall, Notre Dame, Sr., D
*Sean Rogers, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Will Mangan, Rutgers, Sr., M
Dillon Ayers, St. John’s, Jr., LSM
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, So., A
Kevin Drew, Syracuse, Sr., SSDM
*Brian Megill, Syracuse, Jr., D
Matt Bell, Villanova, Sr., M
*Chris Creighton, Villanova, Sr., D
*Kevin Cunningham, Villanova, Sr., A
Jack Rice, Villanova, Jr., A
* - unanimous selection
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Zack Angel, Georgetown, Sr., M
Brian Casey, Georgetown, Jr., A
Gerry Reilly, Georgetown, Sr., SSDM
Matt Miller, Notre Dame, Jr., D
Max Pfeifer, Notre Dame, Sr., M
Terence Leach, St. John’s, Sr. M
Jeff Lowman, St. John’s, Jr., G
Bobby Eilers, Syracuse, Sr., M
JoJo Marasco, Syracuse, Jr., M
Tommy Palasek, Syracuse, Sr., A
Thomas Croonquist, Villanova, So., F/O
John LoCascio, Villanova, So., LSM
Michael Vigilante, Villanova, Sr., M