Jimmy Mormile Named New England Lacrosse Player of the Year
May 10, 2002
Senior midfielder Jimmy Mormile (Oceanside, NY) headlined the New England Division I All-Stars in being named New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Player of the Year. In addition to Mormile, junior midfielder Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD), goalie sophomore Mike (Pittsford, NY), defenseman Matt Grosso (East Setauket, NY) and junior attackman Jon Thompson (Freeport, ME) were named to the All-New England first team.
Mormile helped the Bears to a 7-7 record, 4-2 in the Ivy League, and a 16th place national ranking. He is now a two-time All-New England selection and a two-time first team All-Ivy selection. Mormile was the Ivy League's second leading goal scorer with 31, and finished the season with 37 points. He scored a career high 6 goals against Providence College, and netted four goals against both Syracuse and Dartmouth. He also scored three each against Harvard and Penn. One of the hardest workers on the Brown squad, Mormile led the Bears with 47 ground balls. He completed his Brown career with 93 career points, registering 71 goals and 22 assists.
A first team All-Ivy selection, Gessner earned first team All-New England honors after being a second team selection last year. Gessner ranked second on Brown's team in scoring with 37 points (23 goals, 14 assists) and was named the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week and the Ivy League 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, who led the nation in receiving last season.
In his first full season in goal for the Bears, Levin posted a .602 save percentage and allowing 9.38 goals a game. A first team All-Ivy selection, 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.
A second team All-Ivy selection, 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.
Recognized as one of the top long stick defensemen in the nation, Grosso's standard assignment was to shut down the opponent's top attackman. Grosso, a second team All-Ivy selection, 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.