Cambridge, Mass. - Senior attackman Joe Resetarits was named the 2012 America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Resetarits led a group of nine Great Danes honored by the conference this season. The all-conference teams are voted on by the America East's head coaches, who cannot vote for their own players.
Resetarits was joined on the all-conference first team by senior long stick defender Travis Lyons. Sophomore attackman Miles Thompson, sophomore midfielder Cody Futia and senior faceoff specialist Keith Olson were all-conference second team honorees. Freshmen Mike Miller, Will Stenberg and Lyle Thompson all garnered all-rookie team accolades, while senior Daley Baker earned a spot on the all-academic squad.
Resetarits, who led the conference in scoring this season, also ranks fifth nationally with 4.21 points per game and 2.93 goals per game. A first-team selection for the third time in his career, Resetarits performed at an even higher standard during league play, averaging 5.60 points per game against America East Conference opponents. Resetarits, who earned Player of the Week honors on April 16, follows in brother Frank's footsteps, as he earned the Player of the Year honors in 2007.
Lyons led the Great Dane defense this season, picking up 35 ground balls, while also recording five assists, en route to his first all-conference selection. Miles Thompson earns all-league second team honors after finishing second in points with 52 after the regular season. The 2011 Rookie of the Year, Thompson has scored 30 goals and leads the Great Danes with 21 assists. Futia is making his first all-conference appearance after becoming one of UAlbany's most tenacious defenders. Futia played in 12 games this season, picking up 12 ground balls. Olson also earned the first all-conference accolades of his career after starting all 14 games in the faceoff circle this season. Olson picked up a team-high 62 ground balls and went 116-of-235 in faceoff attempts.
Myle Thompson followed brother Miles to an all-rookie selection this season, after finishing fourth on the team - behind Miles and cousin Ty - with 16 goals and 13 assists. He is also third on the team with 34 ground balls. Miller made an immediate impact on the UAlbany program, scoring one goal and adding four assists from the defensive side of the field. Stenberg has become a key component to the Great Danes' success in the conference schedule, and has tallied nine goals and five assists for 14 total points.
Baker, a public policy major, holds a 3.82 grade point average and is a starting defensive midfielder for the Great Danes. He has scored two goals for the Great Danes and has picked up 13 ground balls.
UAlbany (4-10, AE 3-2) is ranked third in the America East Conference Championship, and will take on second-ranked UMBC on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.