Men’s Hockey Announces 2014-15 Captains, Team Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown men's hockey head coach Brendan Whittet has announced that rising senior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) and rising junior Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) will serve as team captains for the 2014-15 season, while rising junior Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) will serve as an assistant captain.

"Both Matt Lorito and Mark Naclerio have been selected as the captains for the 2014-15 Brown men's hockey program," said Whittet. "They are highly skilled and talented players, but more importantly they possess those attributes as athletes and individuals that will allow them to be highly successful as team leaders. Both Matt and Mark are relentlessly driven to help our program attain all of our goals.  They are caring, fearless, humble and dedicated individuals. Our program looks forward to attacking next season with absolute consistency, focus and relentlessness."

Lorito, who was an assistant captain as a junior this past season, put together another impressive campaign after appearing in 29 games at both wing and center. He finished with 29 points with 10 goals and shared a team high with 19 assists en route to All-Ivy Second Team honors. Lorito notched eight multiple-point contests, in addition to one short-handed goal and two power-play goals during the season. In 89 career games, Lorito has earned 83 points (36g, 47a).

Naclerio is coming off a standout sophomore season as he led the team with 16 goals and 35 points. He also paced the Bears with four game-winning tallies and tied for first with 19 assists, chipping in with three power-play goals. He ranked fourth in the ECAC with 1.13 points per game and logged nine multiple-point contests during the season. Naclerio was named the ECAC Player of the Month in January, registering eight goals and 14 points to go along with a plus-7 rating. He was a three-time ECAC Player of the Week selection.

Lappin will step into the assistant captain role for the first time in his career after completing a breakout sophomore season when he earned All-Ivy Honorable Mention accolades. He ranked second on the team in points with 13 goals and tied for a team high with 19 assists, playing in 30 games as part of Brown's top line. A key special teams player, Lappin tied a team high with five power-play goals. He recorded nine multiple-point contests, including a pair of four-point performances.

In addition, the men's hockey program recently announced the annual team awards for the 2013-14 season.

The Class of 1936 Trophy (Most Valuable Player) is presented annually to that member of the varsity hockey team who, through sportsmanship, performance and influence, contributed most to the sport at Brown.
2014 Award Recipient: Dennis Robertson '14 (Fort St. John, British Columbia) 

The Charles A. Lanigan Memorial Trophy (Brown Hockey Association Award) honors the late Brown hockey trainer and is given to the senior hockey player who shows the most improvement during his varsity career.
2014 Award Recipient: Jake Goldberg '14 (Langhorne, Pa.) 

The Patrick S. Jones Memorial Trophy (Coaches' Award) is awarded in honor of the former Brown hockey player and is given to that member of the team who generates the most spark and enthusiasm in building team spirit.
2014 Award Recipient: Garnet Hathaway '14 (Kennebunkport, Maine) 

The Charles A. Robinson Memorial Trophy, awarded for academic excellence, honors the late Brown classics professor and is given annually to the hockey letterman attaining the highest academic average for the first seven semesters.
2014 Award Recipient: Michael Juola '14 (Lake Forest, Calif.) 

The James H. Fullerton Memorial Trophy, established in 1998 and named in memory of the legendary Coach Fullerton who led the Bears from 1955-1970, this award recognizes the first-year player who, in the eyes of his teammates, contributed most to the success of the team.
2014 Award Recipient: Tyler Steel '17 (Kelowna, British Columbia)