May 7, 2008
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University junior goalie Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) has been named the Ivy League's Player of the Year, and four members of Brown's 2008 Ivy League Championship team have earned All-Ivy honors in a vote of the seven Ivy League head men's lacrosse coaches. Joining Burke on the All-Ivy first team is sophomore attackman Thomas Muldoon (Oakton, VA) and senior defenseman Reed Deluca (New Canaan, CT), while sophomore midfielder Zach Caldwell (Yarmouth, ME) earned second team All-Ivy honors for the Bears.
Burke, a unanimous first team All-Ivy choice, is the ninth Brown player to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors, joining former Brown greats Mark Farnham (1979), Tad Barrows (1980), Bill Aliber (1983), Darren Muller (1985), Tom Gagnon (1986), Darren Lowe (1992), Andy Towers (1993) and David Evans (1995).
A three-time Ivy League Player of the Week in 2008, Burke led the nation with an incredible .674 save percentage and ranked fourth in the nation with a 6.43 goals against average. A finalist for the Tewaarton Award as the Nation's top player, Burke was recently named Brown's Athlete of the Year, winning the Fritz Pollard Trophy. Burke, a COE/Business Economics concentrator at Brown, made 19 saves in Brown's win over Penn, 17 saves in a victory over Dartmouth, and 13 saves in the Bears win over Princeton for the Ivy Championship, including five saves in the fourth quarter.
Muldoon led Brown in scoring for the second straight season with 37 points, netting 30 goals and seven assists. His 2.14 goals per game are second in the Ivy League. He led the Ivy League with 12 man-up goals. Muldoon was named the Ivy Player of the Week after scoring four goals against Lehigh. He also tossed in four goals vs. Hofstra. Muldoon, a Biology concentrator at Brown, now has 69 career points with 53 goals and 16 assists.
Deluca, an Economics concentrator at Brown, is was the backbone of the Bears' defense that allowed just 95 goals for the season, 11 less goals than any other Ivy team. Brown's 6.79 goals allowed pert game rank fourth in the nation. A long-stick defenseman, Deluca was always matched up against the opponent's top attackman. His workmanlike, non-glamour seeking personality has served as a beacon and stronghold for the team defense.
Caldwell was Brown's fifth leading scorer with 11 goals and two assists. He had seven big goals in Ivy League games, including four second half goals in Brown's one-goal win over Harvard, including the game-winner with four minutes remaining. Caldwell now has 20 career goals for the Bears.
Head coach Lars Tiffany's completed its season ranked 13th nationally with an 11-3 overall record, 5-1 in the Ivy League. The 11 wins for the Bears are the most since 1994 when the Bears advanced to the Final Four, and the five Ivy wins are the most since 1995. Only six teams in the nation won more games than the Bears.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jordan Burke, Brown (Jr., Potomac, Md.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Jack McBride, Princeton (Fr., Madison, N.J.)
Attack: Thomas Muldoon, Brown (So., Oakton, Va.) Ryan Hurley, Cornell (So., Eagan, Minn.)* Ari Sussman, Dartmouth (So., New Haven, Conn.) Craig Andrzejewski, Penn (Jr., Parkton, Md.)
Midfield: John Glynn, Cornell (Sr., Lindenhurst, N.Y.)* Max Seibald, Cornell (Jr., M, Hewlett, N.Y.)* Jason Duboe, Harvard (So., Long Grove, Ill.)*
Defense: Reed Deluca, Brown (Sr., New Canaan, Conn.) Matt Moyer, Cornell (Jr., Chadds Ford, Pa.) Dan Cocoziello, Princeton (Sr., Oldwick, N.J.)*
Goalie: Jordan Burke, Brown (Jr., Potomac, Md.)*
Attack: Tom Davis, Princeton (Jr., Levittown, N.Y.) Tyler Casertano, Yale (Sr., Millbrook, N.Y.)
Midfield: Zach Caldwell, Brown (So., Yarmouth, Maine) Al Kohart, Penn (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) Bob Schneider, Princeton (Sr., Malvern, Pa.)
Defense: Casey Hingtgen, Dartmouth (So., Carlsbad, Calif.) Max Gottschall, Harvard (Jr., Swampscott, Mass.) Sam Slaughter, Harvard (Jr., Wilton, Conn.)
Goalie: Alex Hewit, Princeton (Sr., Chatham, N.J.)
Attack: Jack McBride, Princeton (Fr., Madison, N.J.) Brendan Gibson, Yale (So., Point Lookout, N.Y.)
Midfield: John Espey, Cornell (Sr., Commack. N.Y.) Chad Gaudet, Dartmouth (Sr., Burlington, Mass.) Greg DuBoff, Yale (Sr., McLean, Va.)
Defense: Nick Gradinger, Cornell (Jr., Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) Max Mauro, Penn (Sr., Pound Ridge, N.Y.) Chris Peyser, Princeton) Jr., Manhasset, N.Y.) Pet Grimm, Yale (Sr., Annapolis, Md.)
* unanimous selection