Brown Laxers Earn All-Ivy Honors
May 9, 2002
After finishing second in the Ivy League standings, the Brown men's lacrosse team was well represented on the 2002 Ivy League men's lacrosse team with five players being honored.
Senior midfielder Jimmy Mormile (Oceanside, NY), junior midfielder Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD) and goalie sophomore Mike (Pittsford, NY) were selected to the All-Ivy first team, while senior defenseman Matt Grosso (East Setauket, NY) and junior attackman Jon Thompson (Freeport, ME) were second team All-Ivy honorees.
Mormile, a first team All-Ivy selection in 2000, was the Ivy League's second leading goal scorer with 31, and finished the season with 37 points. Mormile scored four goals against Dartmouth and three each against Harvard and Penn. In non-league games, Mormile scored four goals against Syracuse and a career high 6 goals against Providence. A fierce competitor, Mormile led the Bears with 47 ground balls. He completed his Brown career with 93 career points, registering 71 goals and 22 assists.
Gessner was chosen to the first team after being an honorable mention selection last year. Gessner ranked second on this year's team in scoring with 37 points (23 goals, 14 assists) and was named the National Player of the Week after scoring four goals against NCAA-bound Cornell, including the game-tying goal in regulation and the game-winning goal in overtime. Gessner is also a two-time first team All-Ivy selection and first team All-American in football, and led the nation in receiving last season.
Levin was spectacular in goal for the Bears, posting a .602 save percentage and allowing 9.38 goals a game this season. He made a season high 20 saves against Cornell, and registered double figure saves in 13 of Brown's 14 games. His 18 save performance against then number-one Syracuse is recognized as one of the top performances in the country this season.
Thompson led the Bears in scoring for the second consecutive season, registering 28 goals and 12 assists for 40 points. He scored 4 goals in the Ivy League championship game against Princeton on the final day of the season. He also scored three goals against Yale. Thompson's 13 goals in Ivy games also led the Bears.
When Brown needed to shut down the opponent's top attackman, Grosso drew the long stick assignment. He completely shut down Ivy League Player of the Year Ryan Boyle, limiting Princeton's high scoring attackman to two assists against the Bears. Grosso, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection a year ago, picked-up 23 ground balls for the Bears.