Four Minutemen Honored With All-CAA Recognition
May 1, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - The Colonial Athletic Association announced its All-CAA awards on Thursday afternoon, with UMass men's lacrosse splitting six honors among four Minutemen. Standout attackman Nick Mariano pulled in three laurels as the freshman was named the CAA Rookie of the Year along with being placed on the All-CAA Second Team and CAA All-Rookie Team.
Senior midfielder Connor Mooney and sophomore close defenseman Kyle Karaska were lauded with All-CAA Second Team awards alongside Mariano. Senior faceoff specialist Joe Calvello rounded out the group with his placement on the seven-man CAA All-Academic Team.
A complete list of All-CAA awards and the conference's official release is available here.
Mariano led all Minutemen in points (39) and goals (29) while he contributed the second-most assists (10), scooped up 25 groundballs and caused five turnovers during his first campaign at UMass. As of games played on April 27, 2014, Mariano's goals total ranked him second in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse for first-year players while his 2.23 goals per game average stood first among freshmen nationally.
Mooney finished only one point behind Mariano with 38 on 18 goals and a UMass-best 20 assists. The Wilbraham, Mass., native provided at least one point in each game as a senior, scored four of his tallies during extra-man opportunities, tallied one game-winner and notched a man-down goal while he picked up 10 groundballs and caused a trio of turnovers. The All-CAA award is the first of his career after he took in NEILA All-New England First Team as a junior.
Karaska started at close defense in each of Massachusetts' 13 games. He scooped up 20 groundballs for the Minutemen and caused nine turnovers. The sophomore from Groton, Mass., was an integral part of the UMass man-down unit, which limited opponents to just 14 goals during 54 man-up opportunities to earn the best penalty kill percentage (.741) in the conference. This marks his first time making the All-CAA honor roll.
Calvello, who won 147 faceoffs as a senior and scooped up the second-most groundballs in the conference with 98, graduates with a political science degree. He was the main faceoff specialist for the Minutemen during each of the previous two seasons and earned 375 victories at the X during his four-year career.