PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 30, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse program announced its 2013 individual award winners at its annual banquet before playing its annual Doc Peterson Alumni Game on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Scarlet Knights honored the 2013 team and last season’s graduated seniors prior to hosting a current players against alumni game and an alumni-only contest.
“It was a great day for Rutgers lacrosse having so many alumni back on campus,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “I can’t thank the alumni enough for all their support in helping us build on the proud tradition that they have set during their days here ‘On the Banks.’ I enjoyed having the 2013 graduates back on campus to thank them for their efforts during their four year student-athlete career at our banquet. It was great seeing them later that afternoon playing as alumni against our current team, continuing the proud tradition of honoring Doc Peterson in our annual alumni game.”
The William Miller Trophy, presented by Jamie Lovejoy (Class of ’05), was given to Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y). The award is bestowed on the Scarlet Knight who is in good academic standing, has constituted inspiration to his teammates and made the greatest contribution to the team in the season’s play. Nardella, a sophomore in 2013, earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors, finishing the year fourth in the nation in faceoff win percentage (.622) and ground balls per game (8.40). He was named a captain for the 2014 season.
Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.), a defenseman, earned the Knight Cup, given to the player who has played the game of lacrosse to the best of his ability, has inspired or led his teammates both on and off the field and has consistently demonstrated the qualities of unselfishness and loyalty to his team and Rutgers University. It was presented by John Naslonski (Class of ’85). Parrilla, a junior last season, finished 2013 second on the team with 15 caused turnovers and was named a captain for the 2014 season.
Defenseman Ed Bartleson, a 2013 graduate, was awarded the Frederick Fitch Trophy, given to the varsity letterwinner who, through personal effort to develop his lacrosse ability, has shown the greatest improvement during the season. As a senior, Bartleson started 13 of the 15 games and was a team captain for the 2013 squad. The trophy was presented by Tom Martello (Class of ’84).
The Robert Collett Award was presented to midfielder Alex Ball, who graduated at the end of last season. The award is given to the team member who displays the best mental and physical spirit. In his final season with the Scarlet Knights, Ball made four appearances, collected three ground balls, caused one turnover and recorded one shot. Andrew Conforti (Class of ’04) handed out the award.
Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) received the Alfred Sasser Trophy, awarded to the RU team member who dished out the most assists during the previous season. DePaolera finished 2013 with a team-high 14 assists and was second on the squad with 31 points. The trophy was presented by James Ford (Class of ’80).
The 2013 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Kris Alleyne (New City, N.Y.) took home the Al Twitchell Award, given to the freshman who was seen as the most valuable to his team. Alleyne finished fourth nationally and first in the BIG EAST with 14.00 saves per game, while ranking sixth in the country with a .596 save percentage. The award was distributed by Marty Malinow (Class of ’84).
The Collins Award, given to the player with the greatest increase in his GPA from the fall to spring, was presented to Jake Coretti (E. Grand Rapids, Mich.).
Campbell Sode (Dallas, Texas) earned the Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the RU team member with the highest GPA. Sode posted a 4.0 GPA last season. Sode also won the 2012 Scholar-Athlete Award.
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