PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s lacrosse team handed out its 2009 team awards and named its 2010 captains. The announcements were made at the team’s season-ending function on Sunday, May 3.
The E.T. Clark Most Valuable honor went to senior Craig Andrzejewski, the team’s leading scorer for the third straight season. Also a second-team All-Ivy selection this year, Andrzejewski finished with 24 goals and 11 assists for 35 points, scoring in all but one game. He had six three-goal games and 10 multi-point outings in 2009, and ended his career with 79 goals (12th all-time at Penn), 62 assists (9th all-time), and 141 points (9th all-time).
The I.W. Burnham III Most Outstanding Player went to senior Garvey Heiderman. Like Andrzejewski, Heiderman scored a point in all but one game in 2009, finishing the season with 18 goals and 21 points. He had six multi-point games and two hat tricks.
The Leadership Award was given to senior Greg Murray. One of this year’s captains, Murray started five games in goal and played in six in 2009. He finished with an 11.24 goals-against average and a .491 save percentage, and ended his career in style with 17 saves in an 11-10 win at Army. For that, he shared Ivy League Player of the Week honors with his teammate, Andrzejewski.
The Coaches Award went to senior J.J. Lian. A regular on the midfield corps his first three seasons, Lian was asked to move to a long-stick position this year. He collected 14 ground balls and four caused turnovers.
The Most Improved honor was given to senior Drew Lassiter. After seeing little action in his first three seasons, Lassiter became a regular on the defensive middie corps this season and played in 10 of the Quakers' 13 games.
The Class of 1988 Award was given to sophomore Terry Kennedy, who was a regular as a short-stick defensive middie. He finished the season with 16 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Finally, head coach Brian Voelker named Joe Kelly and Justin Lynch as captains for the 2010 team. Lynch has been Penn’s face-off specialist for the last three years; this year, he had a .542 winning percentage on the X and picked up a team-high 82 ground balls (more than six per game). Kelly, meanwhile, has been a long stick on the face-off unit the last several seasons, and also played defense this year. He was second on the 2009 team with 53 ground balls and led the way with 16 caused turnovers.