Tuesday, May 4, 2010

University of Albany's Brendan Gleason Leads Trio of Great Danes Chosen to All-America East Men's Lacrosse Team - UAlbany Sports 2010

Cambridge, Mass. - University at Albany's Brendan Gleason leads a group of three players who were chosen to the 2010 America East All-Conference Men's Lacrosse Team, as announced on Tuesday, May 4 by the conference office. Gleason, a senior defenseman, was voted to the all-conference first team.

Mark Kelly and Dave Brock earned a spot on the All-America East second team. Dwayne Stewart and Matt Mackenzie were named to the conference all-rookie team. Kyle Crotty garnered America East all-academic team recognition.

A native of Wading River, N.Y., Gleason makes his first appearance on the America East all-conference team. He is 14th nationally in caused turnovers at 1.85 per game, plus has collected 21 ground balls. He keyed a defensive unit that allowed just 9.4 goals per game in league play. Gleason collected three-plus ground balls five times and caused two-plus turnovers against seven opponents. He is the most veteran UAlbany player with 57 career appearances.

Kelly, a senior defenseman from Syracuse, N.Y., is a member of the all-conference second team for the second year in a row. He is averaging 2.71 ground balls and 1.57 caused turnovers in 14 starting assignments this year. Kelly totaled three or more ground balls against eight opponents, including a career-high six in last Saturday's 11-6 win over Binghamton. He recorded his first assists as a collegian against Ohio State and Johns Hopkins this season.

Brock is sixth in the league in goals (2.14 pg) and 10th in scoring at 2.5 points per game. A senior attackman from Burlington, Ontario, he leads the Great Danes in scoring with 30 goals and five assists. He has a .312 shooting percentage and 30 ground balls. Brock has netted three or more goals six times this season, including a career-high four against Hartford and UMBC. He also has accumulated a career-best four points against five teams. Brock had a streak of seven straight games this season where he tallied at least two goals.

A redshirt freshman from Copiague, N.Y., Stewart has improved as the spring progressed in the UAlbany midfield. He has accounted for two goals, four assists and nine ground balls in 13 games played. He recently was named America East rookie of the week when he had one goal, one assist and four ground balls against Binghamton. Mackenzie, a freshman from Stony Plain, Alberta, has taken the majority of his team's face-offs. He has a .428 percentage and won 119 of 278 draws. Mackenzie, who was named league rookie of the week in March, has one goal and three assists, plus leads the squad with 54 ground balls. The Great Danes have had 23 all-rookie team members in the program's history.

Crotty, a junior midfielder from Bethpage, N.Y., earned all-academic honors with a 3.89 cumulative grade point average. He is majoring in accounting with a minor in business administration. A 14-game starter, he has 32 ground balls and two assists. Crotty, who battled back from an injury as a sophomore, is a member of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

UAlbany has produced 54 all-conference players, including 22 first-team selections, since joining the America East Conference in the 2001-02 academic year.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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