THURSDAY, MAY 03, 2012
Mann, Ziegler on All-MAAC first team
Two JU players have been named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference first team and six players to the league’s All-Academic team, a league spokesman announced Thursday.

Midfielder Cameron Mann (Hamilton, Ont., Canada) and defenseman Jake Ziegler (Webster, N.Y.) both were named to the first team in a vote of league coaches. It was the second consecutive year each has been on the conference first team. Ziegler also was named to this year’s All-Academic team.

Mann, one of the team’s captains, was the backbone of the Dolphins this season and led the team in scoring with 41 points. He had 19 goals, 22 assists, 28 ground balls and four caused turnovers. He also had one game-winning shot and was in on pair of game-winning assists.

“It feels good to be recognized for the hard work put in this year,’’ Mann, a junior, said. “I owe a lot of this to the guys on our team and hopefully we’ll have a MAAC championship to go with it next season.’’

Ziegler, another of the captains, had 35 ground balls and a team-leading 15 caused turnovers this season and mentored several younger players throughout the season.

“It’s an honor to receive this award, especially with all the other talented players selected,’’ Ziegler, who is getting ready to graduate this weekend, said.

“Game in and game out they repeatedly proved their excellence at what they do,’’ coach Guy Van Arsdale said. “They’re clearly two of the better players in the MAAC and it’s nice to know opponents recognize that.’’

Goal keeper Pete DeLuca is the second-team goalie. The sophomore started all 13 games and had 167 saves and a .570 save percentage.

Ziegler and DeLuca were named to the All-Academic team as well. Zieglar has a 3.60 cumulative grade point average while majoring in communications and DeLuca (Millersville, Pa.) has a 3.80 in biology.

Others on the All-Academic team are: Tyler Black (sophomore, Jupiter, Fla., 3.28, exercise science); Tanner Gard (junior, Winter Springs, Fla., 3.25, sports management); Brendan Niklason (senior, Falls Church, Va., 3.75, geography) and Dillion Zweifel (sophomore, Dallas, Tex., 3.71, business).

“We’re extremely proud of our guys who earn an honor like this because we truly believe in student-athlete,’’ Van Arsdale said. “To have this excellence at such a high level with the commitment required to play lacrosse speaks volumes of who they are and the opportunities available at Jacksonville University.’’