THURSDAY, MAY 02, 2013
DeLuca Named Defensive Player of the Year To Highlight All-MAAC Honors
Dolphins land three first team and two second team selections

EDISON, N.J. – Jacksonville junior goalie Pete DeLuca (Millersville, Pa.) was named the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year to highlight the All-MAAC selections for the Dolphins. DeLuca was joined on the All-MAAC First Team with senior midfielder Cameron Mann (Hamilton, Ontario) and sophomore defender Austin Curtis (Marcy, N.Y.).

Earning second team recognition were sophomore attack Ari Waffle (Manlius, N.Y.) and senior defender Tanner Gard (Winter Springs, Fla.). Joey Pfister (Walkersville, Md.) and Dakota Rohlin (Temecula, Calif.) were named to the all-rookie team while a total of eight Jacksonville student-athletes, including DeLuca and Gard were selected for the all-academic team.

DeLuca, leads the league and is ranked eleventh in the nation in save percentage (.570). He averaged 12.18 saves per game, third best in the league. He was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on March 25 this season. Mann has totaled 14 goals and had 10 assists on the year and enters this weekend’s action tied for 17th among active NCAA players with 68 career assists. Curtis has started all 12 games for the Dolphins defense recording 32 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.

Waffle leads Jacksonville with 28 points recording 18 goals and 10 assists. Gard has 24 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Pfister had 10 caused turnovers on the defensive end while Rohlin was the MAAC Rookie of the Week on March 11 and recorded seven goals and three assists.

Also named to the all-academic squad were: DeLuca (Biology), Gard (Sports Management), senior Dan Jones (Exercise Science  - Media, Pa.), redshirt freshman Brian Kensil (Sports Management - Massapequa, N.Y.), sophomore Quint Miller (Marketing -     Lancaster, Pa.), senior Brendan Niklason (Geography - Falls Church, Va.), sophomore Rob Wertz (    Engineering - Lancaster, Pa.) and junior Dillion Zwiefel (Business - Dallas, Texas)

Jacksonville begins the MAAC Tournament on Friday at 8:00 pm against Siena.

All-MAAC First Team


Jack Doherty, Marist

Connor Rice, Marist

Colin Clive, Siena


Tim Edwards, Canisius

Cameron Mann, Jacksonville

Conor Prunty, Siena


Jamie Hebden, Detroit

Austin Curtis, Jacksonville

Ethan Fox, Marist


Peter DeLuca, Jacksonville


All-MAAC Second Team


Alex Maini, Detroit

Ari Waffle, Jacksonville

Richie Hurley, Siena

Danny Martinsen, Siena


Mike Birney, Detroit

Jim Marks, Marist

Drew Nesmith, Marist


Adam Donner, Canisius

Tanner Gard, Jacksonville

TJ McDermott, Marist

Adam Hall, Siena


A.J. Levell, Detroit


All-Rookie Team

Vince Gravino, Canisius

Billy Jacobbi, Canisius

Rich Stapleton, Canisius

Paul Bitetti, Detroit

Andy Hebden, Detroit

Damien Hicks, Detroit

Nick Melucci, Detroit

Joey Pfister, Jacksonville

Dakota Rohlin, Jacksonville

Joe Radin, Marist

Kevin Cousin, Siena


Major Award Winners

Face-Off Specialist of the Year

Mike Moran, Canisius

Co-Long Stick Midfielders of the Year

Jordan Houtby, Detroit

Patrick Eaker, Marist

Rookie of the Year

Joe Radin, Marist

Defensive Player of the Year

Peter DeLuca, Jacksonville

Offensive Player of the Year

Connor Rice, Marist

Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year

Keegan Wilkinson, Marist