Men’s Lacrosse Announces Team Awards

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's lacrosse program has announced its 2013 team awards. Senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.), senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.), senior Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.), senior Jack Curran (Verona, N.J.), senior captain Daniel Schmader (Radnor, Pa.), senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) and freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) all won team awards.    

Kennedy was named the winner of the Major Robert E. Mand Coaches Award for the 2013 season. The award was named after Major Robert Mand who was the school's first head coach from 1954-1956. This is the program's first award and was started in 1958. Kennedy, who earned 2013 first team All-New England honors, recorded 22 goals and a team-best 16 assists for a team-leading 38 points this season. His 1.07 assists per game were eighth in the Patriot League and his four game-winning goals were second. Kennedy was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List for the second straight season and received Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week accolades once this year. As a junior he was named the Division I Nike National Player of the Week, the New England Player of the Week and the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. Kennedy tallied 86 goals throughout his career and 55 career assists for 141 career points. His 141 points are ranked eighth all-time in program history, while his 86 goals are 10th all-time. He is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and is a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.

Hannan was named the Offensive Player of the Year. He ranked third on the team this season in goals with 23 and was fourth with his 28 points as he earned second team All-Patriot League accolades. He played in all 60 of the team's games during his collegiate career and made 41 starts. Hannan scored 82 goals and tallied 12 assists for 94 career points. He was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 as a sophomore.

Ward received Defensive Player of the Year honors. He led the team in caused turnovers this season with 29. His 1.93 caused turnovers per game are 15th nationally. Also this season, Ward was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. For his career he had 137 ground balls and 69 caused turnovers. His 137 career ground balls are sixth all-time on the program's career list. He scored seven goals and posted four assists for 11 points in his 55 career games.

Curran won the John H. Price Award. He played in 35 career games as he scored two goals this season. In his career he scored three goals and tallied two assists for five points. His 10 ground balls this season were a career high as he has picked up 23 in his career. He is a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.

Schmader earned Most Improved Player honors. He started in all 15 of this season's games and tied his career high nine ground balls. He played in 42 games and caused 13 turnovers in his career. He was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012.

Gillespie won the Martha Lemley Unsung Player Award. He played in 56 games and made 31 starts in his career. He had a career-season, scoring 12 goals and tallying nine assists for 21 points. He scored 19 goals and made 15 assists for 34 points over his career. He was a member of the Holy Cross leadership academy as a junior.

Ortlieb earned the Joseph M. Murphy III Rookie of the Year Award. He made 127 saves as his 11.55 saves per game were second in the Patriot League. He also scored two goals versus Bucknell on March 30.  

The Crusaders concluded the season with their most wins since the 1988 season with a 7-8 record. The Crusaders' 131 goals scored this season were their most since netting 138 in 1994. Holy Cross went 2-4 in the Patriot League, marking the first time in program history that the Crusaders have won two Patriot League games. Holy Cross defeated Navy on March 17 for first time in school history and also defeated Lafayette on April 6.