Immediate Release: May 2, 2007
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Carlson named America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Freshman midfielder Steve Carlson (Penn Yan, N.Y.) has been named the America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year. He headlines a list of seven Bearcat players who were honored at the America East Tournament banquet on Wednesday evening.
In addition to being named the America East's top rookie as well being on the All-Rookie team, Carlson was the only freshman to earn first-team all-conference honors. He is joined on the first team by senior defender Tom Wilmot (Rockville Center, N.Y.).
For the second year in a row, the Bearcats had a conference-high four players selected to the All-Rookie Team. In addition to Carlson, freshman attackers Drew Wichman (Syracuse, N.Y.), Jeff Rurey (Vestal, N.Y.) and Andy Cook (Vestal, N.Y.) were all selected.
Sophomore goalie Larry Kline (Beverly, N.Y.) and sophomore defender John Dreska were named to the America East All-Academic squad.
Carlson becomes the first Binghamton player in the program's six-year history to earn Rookie of the Year honors. He was second on the Bearcats with 15 goals and third with 1.50 points per game. Against UMBC on April 14, he scored a career-high five goals. Two days later, he was named the America East Conference Rookie of the Week.
Wichman was named the America East Conference Rookie of the Week twice this season. He had a team-high 13 assists and ranked second with 1.67 points per game. Against Syracuse on March 24, he dished out a career-high five assists.
Rurey and Cook were both teammates at nearby Vestal High School. Rurey scored eight goals this season, including six in the last four games. Cook scored four goals and added a pair of assists.
Kline took over as the starting goalie this season while Dreska, who was named to the All-Rookie team last year, ranked second on the team with 2.75 ground balls per game.
Binghamton is the No. 3 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament and will face No. 2 UMBC on Thursday at 4 p.m. The tournament will be held at top-seeded Albany.
NOTE: Carlson in the third America East major award winner in program history. Ed Stephenson earned Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and Kevin McKeown was the Player of the Year, also in 2004.
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