Bears Announce 2011 Mens Lacrosse Captains / 2010 Team Awards
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown men's lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany has named Peter Fallon '11 (Baltimore, MD), Andrew Feinberg '11 (Owing Mills, MD) and Jimmy Wittpenn '11 (Mt. Sinai, NY) team captains for the 2011 season. In addition, Brown recently celebrated its 2010 Ivy League Championship at its annual awards banquet, honoring the team award winners.
"Leadership roles are not assigned simply by promotion: leaders emerge from within our program due to the respect earned from their teammates and coaches through years of uncommon tenacity," said Tiffany. "While this admiration for Peter, Andrew and Jimmy has much to do with their success and skill on the lacrosse field, it is their absolute love of the program that defines these three as outstanding caretakers for our mission: the development of each man and the entire group into one united, unbreakable front. These three are committed to the realization of this charge."
Fallon is the glue behind Brown's defensive effort, and a two-time All-Ivy and All-New England selection for the Bears. He was an honorable mention All-American selection in 2009, and ranked second on Brown's 2010 team with 37 ground balls. Fallon, who scored his second career goal against Bryant, received a rare honor for a defenseman in being named the Ivy League Player of the Week for his tenacious play in Brown's wins over #8 Cornell and Providence.
Feinberg is a prolific scorer who ranked Ivy League with 2.57 goals per game in 2010, 11th best in the nation. An All-New England selection in 2010, his 36 goals led the Brown team. Feinberg has registered 124 career points (98 goals, 26 assists), 24th all-time at Brown, while his 98 goals are 11th in the Brown record book. Feinberg scored four or more goals five times in 2010, and registered a career high five goals against Providence. He was the New England Rookie of the Year in 2008.
A defensive midfielder for the Bears, Wittpenn was named the winner of the Dom Starsia Award as the Brown player who best represents the spirit of Brown lacrosse year in and year out. Witpenn played in 12 games and picked up 12 ground balls for last year's Ivy League Champion team.
2010 Brown Team Awards:
Most Valuable Offensive Player
Two Brown players share the Most Valuable Offensive Player award in 2010. Each made a huge impact on the offensive end of the field, in their own separate ways. One man brought an intelligence, a vision, a surgical passing skill that made everyone else a better player and a threat. The other man brought heat, pure and simple. His cannon of a shot is not only accurate but it also has a quickness of its release that surprises both friend and foe.
The former, captain Reade Seligmann, was one of the nation's leaders for assists by a midfielder with 22 in 2010. While his feeding was his strength, Reade's dodging and shooting skills were solidified in his final season and the opposition knew this. Reade was constantly guarded by long-stick midfielders, but this did not stop him from scoring several big goals versus both Hofstra and Dartmouth – the Ivy Championship clinching game.
The second award winner is David Hawley, a model of consistency. In 11 of Brown's 14 games, David scored at least 2 goals. He stretched the opposing defenses: they would step further out to him, opening up the inside for his teammates to cut and find seams. The Ivy League and New England also honored the two together: each earned All-Ivy First-team midfielder in 2010, as well as first team All New England. In addition, Reade earned USILA Scholar All-American honors and participated in the North-South game in Baltimore, MD. The 2010 winners of the Most Valuable Offensive Player are U.S. History and Public Policy concentrator Reade Seligmann '10 and Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship concentrator David Hawley '11.
Vincent Marinelli Award
The Vincent Marinelli Award is the annual freshman award, given to the "pup," who best exemplifies the competitive spirit and commitment to the quality of life that Vinnie demonstrated as a freshman at Brown in 1987 and throughout his childhood and high school years at Elmont. Despite the lack of conditioning at the outset, there was an unusually long six-week preseason in 2010 that gave him time to find his legs and lungs. He did, and the evidence was clear. In three of the first four games, this defenseman had earned an assist. He played a big role in the Hartford game, denying several critical clearing attempts in the 4th quarter. His wing play in the Ivy opener versus Harvard allowed Brown to win a majority of the face-offs that day, a critical fact in the 13-11 win. He finished the season first on the team with 39 ground balls and he scored a goal in the Ivy tournament. The New England Rookie of the Year and this year's winner of the Vincent Marinelli Award is Roger Ferguson '13.
The Alumni Award
Presented annually to the lacrosse player, who through sportsmanship, performance and influence, contributed the most to the sport at Brown. The 2010 award winner best characterizes the truisms of Brown State. These traits are the following: the joy of fierce competition, the endless pursuit of greatness, a love of teammates and life itself. This year's winner is the maker of the mold itself, the symbol and identity we all strive for with our building of men. His devotion and loyalty to all things Brown touched all parts of this campus. Genuinely this captain cared deeply about his teammates, classmates and faculty, doing whatever he could to help in their personal mission, and the university's mission. He earned USILA Scholar All-American and All New England Senior Scholar-Athlete honors, as well as playing in the annual North-South game. Sustaining a broken hand during the Bryant game did not keep him from playing with a club-like appendage versus Yale and Cornell. For four years, he led the defense intellectually, providing instruction and continuity to the back line. His leadership was equivalent to having another coach on the staff, this one wearing a helmet and on the field. The Alumni Award recipient this year goes to recent U.S. History and Education concentrator Jake Westermann '10.
The Dom Starsia Coaches Award
The recently named Dom Starsia coaches' award is given by the coaching staff to the player who best represents the spirit of Brown lacrosse year in and year out. Thinking of the description "spirit of Brown Lacrosse" brings to mind many great men of this program, and it was a challenge to select just one. His characteristic less-than-optimistic viewpoints are kept to himself until the action is complete. Every practice, weight training session and certainly game finds him giving the same intensity and energy, and consistent success is achieved. He overcame a serious setback in late April, making his way back on the field and surprisingly only missing two games. Focused as a defensive midfielder, he has developed into our best 1v1 short-stick defender, with a bruising cross-check. And he looks for the hit, to finish off an opposing shooter when the ball is released. This physical style along with his offensive talents has him primed to play an even bigger role this upcoming role as a senior and captain for our program. This year's Dom Starsia Coaches' Award winner and Economics concentrator is Jimmy Wittpenn '11.
Most Valuable Defensive Player
The 2010 winner of the Defensive MVP award is a familiar name: he is the first repeat winner of this award since Michael Levin, the former goalie and MLL star, achieved this same distinction with his 2003 and 2004 honors. This defenseman found more on his plate this year, being assigned some of the top attackmen in the nation. He consistently rose to the occasion. This man was recognized by the Ivy League as their Player of the Week, a rare award for a defenseman, for his defense and play, including an interception during a 10-man ride, during the victory in Ithaca, New York on April 24. He is the catalyst for the clearing game, playing in the hub of the wheel and directing traffic and flow from there. The First-Team All New England and Second-Team All Ivy selection was second on the team in ground balls, but he did lead the team in one category: penalties, as he stepped up his physical play in 2010. He also found the back of the net once, scoring a goal versus Bryant. Brown's Most Valuable defensive Player is U.S. and Art History concentrator Peter Fallon '11.
Jim Tepper Award
Established in 1991, this award is given in honor of Jimmy Tepper to the most improved player in the program. This year's recipient struggled his freshman year, with a stat line of 0 goals and 0 assists. While statistics do not tell the entire story, as an attackman the goal and assist totals certainly are strong indicators. But behind the numbers is more of the truth: playing behind 3 former Brown Offensive MVPs, there was not a lot of playing time to be had his freshman year. Meanwhile, he was making a strong impression on his teammates and coaching staff, constantly improving his game with extra shooting before and after practice. When opportunity knocked this year, he answered with an emphatic statement. A starter the entire year, he finished 4th on the team in goals scored with 19 and 3rd with assists, compiling 12. His hat-trick in the regular season game versus Cornell was critical for that day's victory. This year's Jimmy Tepper Most Improved Player is Public Policy concentrator Parker Brown '12.
The Richard Q. Whelan Jr. Unsung Hero Award
Re-named in 2005, the award is given in memory to the Brown lacrosse player who best exemplifies Ricky's unselfish play, dedication to the program and overall commitment to excellence. This year's winner precisely matches Ricky's unselfish play and dedication to making his teammates better. Ask the offensive players in the Brown lacrosse program the past four years who they wanted to play with, and the name first mentioned would almost unanimously be this man's. With an uncanny knack for finding the open man, the offense flowed better with him out there as his teammates knew he would find them. In 2009, he made a huge impact in the 2nd half of the NCAA Tournament game at Johns Hopkins and in 2010, after missing the first two games due to injury, he was a potent weapon for our offense. In the last six games of the regular season, he earned 13 assists as Brown went 5-1 over that same stretch, and he finished 2nd on the team overall with 17 assists. While his name will not go down in the record books, the coaching staff and team will have a giant task replacing his impact. The 2010 Ricky Whelan Unsung Hero Award goes to Political Science concentrator Collins Carey '10.
The Cliff Stevenson Award
Presented annually to the most valuable player of the Brown Lacrosse team in honor of long-time Brown lacrosse and soccer coach Cliff Stevenson, this year's choice has been the most dangerous offensive lacrosse player all four years of his Brown career. Relentless has been his pursuit of greatness, as he has never rested upon laurels or accolades. Simply put, he has stepped on the field every time with the belief that he had more to do for his team and more to prove. He finished his career 9th on the All-Time Leading Scorers list for Brown Lacrosse, the first to crack the top 10 since David Evans in 1996. But to know this man is to understand there is so much more to him than his outstanding lacrosse talent and drive. He pursued several concentrations, taking full advantage of the freedom of the Brown curriculum to experiment, before finally settling on an East Asian Buddhism focus with Religious Studies. He took over the reigns with our Community Outreach programs, including the Warm Heart Buy Nothing Coats 'n' Day and the Wounded Warrior Project 36 hour run. And his speech at the Senior Celebration and Awards Banquet in May deftly combined his genuine love of Brown and its people with a humor characteristic of a man who is poised and accepting of others. Brown has made a significant impact on this man, but do not underestimate the impact this man made upon Brown. All-American honors once again came his way, and he became a 3 time First-Team All-Ivy selection, which has not been achieved at Brown since Darren Lowe in the early 1990s. This man emphatically placed an exclamation point on the final regular season game of his career, scoring the goal in overtime versus Dartmouth to secure the 2010 Ivy Tournament and a share of the Championship. The winner of the 2010 Cliff Stevenson Award is Thomas Muldoon '10.
Pictured: Andrew Feinberg '11. photo by dspics.com