Oct. 23, 2003
The Brown men's lacrosse team named its award winners for the spring 2003 season. Seven different players were recognized for their achievements on the field.
Jon Thompson '03 (Freeport, ME) was awarded the Cliff Stevenson Award as well as the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award. This was Thompson's third year winning the latter. The Cliff Stevenson Award is presented to the team's most valuable player. Thompson scored 35 goals and had 14 assists in his last season as a Brown attackman. He recorded a career high seven goals in a one-goal loss to the third-ranked Georgetown Hoyas. Thompson was also named a 2003 USILA honorable mention All-American and Academic All-American. Thompson finished his career with 137 career points (94 goals and 43 assists) to rank 15th in the Brown record book.
The Vincent Maranelli Award, recognizing the most valuable freshman on the team, was awarded to Will McGettigan '06 (Alexandria, VA). McGettigan, a midfielder, had two goals and two assists for the season. He also played in all 14 games.
Josh Paster '03 (Smithtown, NY) was awarded the James Tepper Award as the most improved player on the team. Paster, a midfielder, played in 10 games for the Bears.
The Alumni Award was given to Mike Fiorvanti '03 (East Northport, NY) as the player who contributed the most to the team. Fiorvanti, a defensive midfielder started in seven of the 13 games he played.
Chris O'Brien '03 (Concord, MA) was named the Unsung Hero for the 2003 season. The defender started in all 12 games he played and finished the season with one assist.
All-American goalie Mike Levin '04 (Pittsford, NY) was selected as the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player. Levin led the Ivy League with 192, averaging 13.7 saves per game. He played in 820 of Brown's 852 minutes last season and posted a .552 save percentage. Levin was also named to the 2003 All-Ivy Men's Lacrosse team, earning second team honors. Levin will return as a second-year captain this year.
The Coaches Award for the 2003 season was awarded to Britton Derkac '05 (Norfolk, VA). The midfielder returned for his sophomore campaign after winning the team's Most Valuable Freshman Award a year earlier. Derkac played in 14 games, starting nine and scored eight goals. Derkac also picked up 30 groundballs for the season.
Brown finished the 2003 season with a 4-10 record, facing some of the toughest competition in the nation. The Bears graduated six players from the 2003 team, including team MVP Thompson but are returning several experienced veterans as well as some talented freshmen.