Oct. 18, 2007
Providence, RI - The Brown lacrosse program held its annual team banquet and Alumni Dinner on Homecoming weekend, October 13, 2007. Head coach Lars Tiffany named seniors Brian Asher (Chevy Chase, MD), Jeff Hall (Northport, NY) and Brian Sharnick (Newtown, CT) team captains for the 2008 season, and announced the 2007 Brown Lacrosse Team Awards at the banquet.
Brown's trio of team captains - Asher, Hall and Sharnick - each played in all 14 games for the Bears a year ago. Asher, a midfielder, registered four assists and picked-up 32 ground balls, third best on the Brown team. Hall scored four goals from the Brown midfield, and represented Brown at NCAA National Leadership Conference. Sharnick, one of the top defenders in the Ivy League, was one of only two Brown players to start all 14 games for the Bears, who allowed just 8.0 goals per game.
"To lead men into competition is an endeavor complete with both tremendous responsibility and intense satisfaction when done successfully," said Tiffany. "These three men have been identified by their teammates as leaders amongst leaders, and I am excited to have Brian, Jeff and Brian take the forefront with our challenges this year."
The team awards were earned by: Alex Buckley '07 - Cliff Stevenson Award (MVP); David Madeira '07 - Most Valuable Offensive Player; Michael Cummins '08 - Dom Starsia Coaches Award; Kyle Hollingsworth '09 - Jim Tepper Award (Most Improved); Will Davis '07 - Alumni Award; Jordan Burke '09 - Most Valuable Defensive Player; Brian Asher '08 - Richard Q. Whelan Unsung Hero Award; Thomas Muldoon '10 - Vincent Marinelli Freshman Award.
The 2007 Brown lacrosse team awards were announced at the banquet, carrying on the tradition of having former award winners announce the current award winners.
The Cliff Stevenson Award: Presented annually to the most valuable player of the Brown Lacrosse team in honor of long-time Brown lacrosse and soccer coach Cliff Stevenson, this year's choice had many good candidates. During the 2006 season, there was a great deal of senior leadership provided by our recently departed group. It was this Captain however who truly led the way for this program with his preparation in the weight room, with his character, and with his play. No one was in better-conditioned shape than this man, and he made a statement early in 2007 that he was ready to bring Brown back with his 4 goal performance in our opener versus UMBC. Receiving the opposing defense's undivided attention after that, he created plays for others, finishing the season with more assists than goals, the first time in his career. Winner of the Brown Athletic Department's David Zucconi Award, as well as All-Ivy and All-New England honors, this man has since Brown gone on to the next level, playing professionally for the LA Riptide after being drafted in the 2nd round of the MLL Draft. The 2007 Cliff Stevenson Award Winner is Alex Buckley. Presenter: Jimmy Faello `06
Most Valuable Offensive Player: The consummate lacrosse player, this man roamed the crease area always ready for a teammate to feed him the ball (redefining the phrase give and go - give me the ball and go away). This man loves this game of lacrosse, and his drive to be great is easily seen. As a Brown Bear, he was constantly working on his shot, his dodging, and his feeding. His commitment to this game and Brown Lacrosse program paid off for both himself and us, as he was our leading scorer with 24 goals in 2007, and 85 goals for his career, as well as achieving the milestone mark of 100 points. His 8 goals and 2 assists scored against Bellarmine and UMass earned him Ivy League Player of the Week Honors in mid-March and he finished the year with All-Ivy honors. He performed well as a captain, serving as a role model to the other men with his commitment to being a better lacrosse player every day. The 2007 winner of the Most Valuable Offensive Player is environmental studies concentrator David Madeira. Presenter: Dave Evans `96
The Dom Starsia Coaches Award: The newly named Dom Starsia coaches' award is given by the coaching staff to the player who best represents the spirit of Brown lacrosse year in and year out. To be honest, this was not a difficult decision last year. This man has done everything that has been asked of him. He started his Brown career as an attackman. Last Fall, thinking that he was a midfielder, he was presented with a long stick and asked to give it a shot. Finally, we found his true position as a short stick defensive midfielder. While a professional head hunter would enjoy having such a multi-talented prospect to assist with a job, this man has always accepted his role and has done whatever is asked of him. He plays the game with a big heart, and he plays it to win in high fashion, as his big hits at the end of the Hofstra and Bellarmine games demonstrate. The coaches' award recipient this year is Mike Cummings. Presenter: Kirk Teatom `05
Jim Tepper Award: Established in 1991, this award is given in honor of Jimmy Tepper to the most improved player of the program... aka - to the guy who turned it around the most after stinking it up early in his career. While this year's recipient does not deserve such demeaning words, he did make a major statement his sophomore year as he became a big-play and big-game player. In 2007 he demonstrated an aggressiveness and a toughness on the field as well as a positive and upbeat attitude off of it despite minor injuries and setbacks. No longer was self the biggest concern as he brought Brown Lacrosse to the forefront. He grew as a player, scoring 15 goals including the game-tying and winning goals against Bellarmine and stepping up with big goals against Cornell and Princeton. But more importently, he grew as a man. This year's Jimmy Tepper Most Improved Player is Kyle Hollingsworth. Presenter: Jeff Hall `08
The Alumni Award: Presented annually to the lacrosse player who through sportsmanship, performance and influence contributed the most to the sport at Brown, our winner this year was always providing intensity balanced with comedy. As a passionate and energizing senior, he led by example, playing a key role on the first midfield and scoring 12 goals. This man was also adept at lightening the mood with his humor. Almost as funny to many of his teammates, but not him, was his recognition as a senior scholar-athlete by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. This year's Alumni Award winner is Will Davis. Presenter: Mike Fiorvanti `03
Most Valuable Defensive Player: The 2007 Defensive MVP was the anchor of the team. His extraordinary play in the net, as the last line of defense, gave the rest of team a great sense of confidence to play aggressively offensively and defensively, knowing that our goalie could make the consistent save, as well as the dramatic stop. Some of his most dramatic performances occurred on the road in New England, with 21 saves at Dartmouth, 19 at Vermont and 16 at UMass. While many awards inexplicably escaped his honor and reach, many shots did not as he finished second in the nation in save percentage. The honorable mention All-Ivy goalie and the 2007 Defensive MVP go the man who plays with his name on his shoes - Jordan Burke. Presenter: Nick Gentilesco `06
The Richard Q. Whelan Jr, Unsung Hero Award: Re-named in 2005, the award is given in memory to the Brown lacrosse player who best exemplifies Ricky's unselfish play, dedication to the program and overall commitment to excellence. This defensive midfielder is truly one of the toughest young men Brown Lacrosse has seen in quite some time. He has battled through adversity, rehabilitating a collarbone that was broken in three places a year ago after a massive hit between he and Bobby Shields. A captain in this, his senior year, he literally clears the way for the rest of the team as a leader and he continues to inspire others through his passion and work ethic. The 2007 Ricky Whelan Unsung Hero Award goes to Brian Asher. Presenter: Charlie Towers `04 (who also read a note from the Whelan family)
Vincent Marinelli Award: The Vincent Marinelli Award is an annual freshman award, distributed to the freshman, who best exemplifies the competitive spirit and commitment to the quality of life that Vinnie himself demonstrated as a freshman at Brown in 1987. This year's winner made a huge impact on the offensive end of the field, playing primarily as an attackman but also running out of the midfield at times. He led our program in total points with 32, combining 23 goals with 9 assists. The biggest goal came in Brown's first win over a ranked opponent in years, as he scored the game winner against Hofstra with 3 minutes remaining. Winner of the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award three times in 2007, he has clearly established himself as a man to be reckoned with in the future. This year's winner of the Vincent Marinelli Award goes to one of the toughest men of the program, Thomas Muldoon. Presenter: Jack Walsh '09