Immediate Release: May 4, 2006
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Smith, Meluney and McKeown named all-conference in men's lacrosse
Bearcats also led the conference with four players on All-Rookie Team
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore midfielder Stephen Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y), senior defender Sean Meluney (Cape Henlopen, Del.) and senior goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) have all been named to the America East All-Conference teams. In addition, freshmen Chris Mulheron (Canandaigua, N.Y.), Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y.), J.P. Wioncek (Beverly, Mass.) and John Dreska (Rockville Center, N.Y.) were named to the All-Rookie squad. The voting was done by the six conference coaches and the results were released by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.
Smith, who was named to the All-Rookie team in 2005, earned first-team honors this season. He scored 13 goals and added seven assists. Against Hartford on April 1, he scored a school-record six goals.
"Stephen has been productive at both ends of the field," Stephenson said. "He has a tremendous work ethic and is an great all-around player."
Meluney, who received all-conference honors for the first time in his career, was also named to the first team. He scooped up 27 ground balls and was responsible for covering the opposing teams's top attacker.
"Sean has meant a lot to our program and its great for him to be honored by the conference," Stephenson said. "He has been a big part of our defense the last four years."
McKeown becomes the first Binghamton player ever to be named all-conference three consecutive years. He earned second-team honors this season. Against then No. 8 Towson on March 4, he made 15 saves to preserve the Bearcats' 7-6 double-overtime upset.
"Kevin had some very big games for us this season," Stephenson said. "He has been a great leader in our program and has gained a lot of respect in the conference."
Without question, it has been this season's freshman class that had the biggest effect on Binghamton's non-conference fortunes. The four selections to the America East All-Rookie team is the most of any squad in the conference.
"Getting the most players on the All-Rookie team bodes well for the future of our program," Stephenson said. "All four players have had significant roles on our team and will only get better with more experience."
Mulheron, who was named the America East Rookie of the Week on March 13, led the Bearcats with 20 assists and 36 total points. He also was third with 16 goals. He netted a career-high four goals against Vermont on April 8 and tallied a career-high four assists against Albany on April 29.
Boyce, who was named the America East Rookie of the Week on March 20, led Binghamton with 22 goals and ranked second with 24 points. He scored in all but one game this season and had a career-high five goals against then No. 20 Colgate on April 11.
Wioncek currently ranks 14th in the nation with a 57.6 faceoff percentage (155-of-269) and is tied for ninth with 5.79 ground balls per game. In the past three games, he has averaged 10.7 ground balls.
Dreska ranks second on the team with 34 ground balls. He also been responsible for covering the opposing team's top midfielder.
Binghamton (7-7) is the No. 4 seed heading into the America East Touranment at UMBC. The Bearcats meet the top-seeded Retrievers on Friday at 5 p.m.
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