PHILADELPHIA (May 1, 2013) – Rutgers men’s lacrosse freshman GK Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches, the conference announced Wednesday. Sophomore FO Joseph Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) was also named Second Team All-BIG EAST. Alleyne was the only rookie to earn a major award and was also named First Team All-BIG EAST.
“It’s an unbelievable experience and opportunity,” said Alleyne. “I want to thank the coaches and the rest of my team for working as hard as they have the entire year."
Alleyne was a force between the posts for the Scarlet Knights this season, finishing fourth in the nation and first in the conference with 14.00 saves per game. His .596 save-percentage ranked seventh nationally. The New City, N.Y., native made a league-high 86 saves in conference play.
The freshman recorded 196 saves in 2013, sixth on Rutgers’ single-season list, despite missing one game due to injury. He tallied 10 or more saves in all but three games he played in and totaled 20 or more on three occasions.
Against Providence on March 30, Alleyne tallied a career-high 25 saves, giving up just 10 goals against 35 shots on goal from the Friars. The 25 saves rank tied for 11th on RU’s all-time list.
Nardella finished the year ranked fourth in the nation with a .622 faceoff win percentage and third with 8.40 ground balls per game. He won 21 or more faceoffs in a game twice this season, including 27 against St. John’s (March 16). The 27 wins against the Red Storm ranked fourth in BIG EAST history and tied for ninth in NCAA history.
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