WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior attackman Matthew Rougeot (Cheshire), senior midfielder Harrison Urda (Milford, NH) and junior Chris Gorman (Shrewsbury, MA) repeated as selections to the All-Little East Conference men's lacrosse team and were joined by first-time pick Brandon Klett (West Hartford), a senior defenseman. In addition, fourth-year head coach Brian Tilley was named Coach-of-the-Year.
Urda becomes Eastern's first first-team repeater among position players since All-America Mike Devine was named to the first team for the third straight year in 2014; Gorman was named to the first time after last year's second-team selection and Rougeot repeated as a second-team choice.
Urda led Eastern this year with career season-highs in goals (42), assists (28) and points (70), ranking second in the LEC in assists and points and third in goals.
Urda scored at least two goals in 13 of 17 matches this year, giving the Warriors their first lead of the match with six minutes left in a 10-9 LEC playoff semifinal win over the University of Southern Maine en route to a career-high six goals. Urda led Eastern in seven LEC regular-season games in goals (19), assists (11) and points (30).
A two-year starter, Urda concluded his four-year career ranked among the all-time Top 20 in assists (17th/45), goals (19th/81) and points (19th/126).
Coming off last year's 50-goal season (only the second in program history), Rougeot shared third place on the team this year in points (40), was second to Urda in assists (18) and fourth in goals (22). He shared ninth place in the LEC in assists and ranks 18th all-time in goals (84).
A second-year starter, Gorman started all 12 matches in which he appeared and leads the LEC in save percentage (.536), is second in goals-against average (9.38) and win percentage (7-5/.583) and tied for third in wins.
Gorman was credited with ten or more saves in eight starts (recording nine I two others), with a total of 25 coming in LEC home wins over Plymouth State University and UMass Dartmouth in his final starts of the season.
Gorman ranks among the Top 10 Eastern goalies all-time in games, starts, wins, minutes, saves and save percentage.
Klett's selection gives the Warriors at least one all-conference selection on defense for the 17th time in 18 years, following last year's absence. A close defenseman, the 6-foot-2 inch, 230 pound Klett is a three-year regular in the lineup and two-year starter who started every game in the season for the first time. He was considered by the coaching staff as the leader of the defensive unit and its No. 1 cover defenseman who was responsible for neutralizing the opponents' top attackman. He was credited with 25 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers this year.
Tilley becomes the program's second Coach-of-the-Year pick, following Justin Axel, who was honored in 2012 after leading the Warriors to their eighth undefeated LEC season.
Eastern (10-7, 5-2 LEC) rebounded from its first overall losing season last year, finishing second in the conference and reaching the LEC championship game for the 16th time in 18 years. The Warriors won seven of nine heading into the LEC title match following a 3-4 start.
|Chris Gorman||Jr.||Goalie||First Team||Shrewsbury, MA|
|Harrison Urda||Sr.||Midfield||First Team||Milford, NH|
|Brandon Klett||Sr.||Defense||Second Team||West Hartford|
|Matthew Rougeot||Sr.||Attack||Second Team||Cheshire|