2013 All-Americans Selected by Coaches

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Special The Head Coaches of Section Five met on Sunday afternoon to listen to the presentations of twenty-three players who had been nominated for All-America team honors. The awards, Academic All Americanssponsored by US Lacrosse, identify some of the best players from each area of the country.

In previous years, the national awards were selected by various leagues. This year, for the third year, the Head Coaches of thirty-seven teams came together to pick the players to receive the various awards.

The Academic All-American award is the highest honor given to a player who is both a great lacrosse player and an excellent student. US Lacrosse allows one award for each ten teams in the area and so there were three awards for Section Five this year. An Academic All-American must, first be selected as All American and then, where warranted, can be nominated as the result of their academic accomplishments. Eight players were nominated for the award this year.

The All-American award is given to great lacrosse players from the area. US Lacrosse allows one award for each five teams in the area, so with thirty-seven teams in Section Five, there were seven awards available this year. Twenty-seven players were nominated, but after the first team league lists were determined twenty-three players were considered. USLacrosse requires that players who are in leagues must make first team league honors in order to be considered.

New last year, USLacrosse added an award named for the long-time Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach and Athletic Director, Bob Scott. The annual award is given to a senior of outstanding character, good academic standing and one who demonstrates good sportsmanship and safe play. Read about the award and Coach Scott at the USLacrosse site. The winner from Section Five, this year, was Brockport goalie, Julian King.

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2013 Academic All Americans

Luc Bailey - McQuaid Jesuit senior - defenseman - Ohio State
James Burdette - Penn Yan senior - defenseman - Albany
Sean Cunningham - Geneva senior - midfielder - Hobart

 2013 All Americans

Ben Brooks - Irondequoit senior midfielder - Mercyhurst
Charlie Cummins - Penfield senior defenseman - Tampa
Albie DiPasquale - Pittsford senior attackman - Syracuse
Matt Kaser - Spencerport senior attackman - Binghamton
Ben Reeves - Pal-Mac junior attackman - Verbal: Hobart
Jay Vakiener - Fairport senior midfielder - Binghamton
Kevin Vaughn - Fairport senior midfielder - Mercyhurst


Player Profiles

ACADEMIC ALL AMERICANS

LUC BAILEY - McQuaid JesuitLuc Bailey

Senior defenseman, Luc Bailey is a two year first team GRALL Super Sxteen player.

In the off-season, he played on the Empire State Cup Western team and was a member of the FCA National team that won the Lake Placid Summit. He has played for the Blaze Rising Junior Team, the Nike rising Junior Team and after his sophomore year played on the Fellowship of Chrsitain Athletes Natiuonal team that won the U15 National Championship.

Not afraid to go downfield, Bailey has 5g-4a in his three years on the McQuaid Jesuit Varsity. He made an early verbal comittment and then signed a NLI to attend Ohio State next fall.

"He is a leader by his exemplary play on the field, but is also a standout in the classroom. Luc is a very selfless person who is a tireless worker. His character and integrity is unflappable. He is the player that his teammates and peers look to in times of adversity, when character is most needed." Luc's Player Page
  

JAMES BURDETTE - Penn Yan Academy

James BurdetteThe senior defenseman from Penn Yan has played on the varsity team for three years.

He was key player in last year's sucessful season during which the Mustangs made the New York State Championship game.

Off-season, Jimmy was a member of the Brodgen Cup winners as a Brine National High School All-American. He played in the Tr-State and Summer Slam tournaments as well as the Yale Bulldog Classic and the John Pepper Memorial Tournament.

He will attend SUNY Albany in the fall.

"James is as solid of a young man that I have ever coached. He defines everything that want my players to be. He is as good an individual and team defensemen as we have had at Penn Yan. A unanimously voted captain by his teamamates, he is the voice of our team at practice. He served as a Captain on the football and basketball teams and has earned twelve varsity letters in three sport." Jimmy's Player Page

 

SEAN CUNNINGHAM - Geneva

Sean Cunningham

The Geneva senior midfielder has been on the Geneva Varsity for four years and has accumulated over 180g-119a in his career.

Choosing to stay close to home, the Hobart bound student-athlete has been a four-year first team all-league honoree and was selected as a first or second All-Section player in the sophomore and junior years.

"Sean is the emotional, athletic and physical leader of our team. The success that we have had revolves around his leadership and ability. He recently surpassed 250 career points but that doesn't truly explain his worth. Whether its on the wing on faceoffs, man-down defense, attack or his normal position of midfield, Sean has been the main man on this team. Sean has been a captain for the last two years. He leads by example on and off the field. Respect is too small a wrod to describe him." Sean's Player Page


ALL AMERICANS

BEN BROOKS - Irondequoit

Ben BrooksA senior at Irondequoit, Ben has has a big year for te Eagles. With 36g-7a thus far in his senior year, the midfielder has been an important leader in this year's program.

Off-season Ben has been a member of the Brodgen Cup Championship team and a Brine National All-American. He has played for both the Blaze rising senior team and the SweetLax AA Elite Team.

In November he signed a National Letter of Intent to study and play at Mercuhurst University where he expectes to play with his older brother Ian.

"On the field Ben is a heart and sole of the team through his examples of hard work, his mental toughness, and his willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the team. He was an undisputed nomination for captain and has persevered through the ups and downs of the season to lead his teammates into a position for s section V title. I have observed Ben encouraging his teammates as well as pushing them when needed. Ben has put in relentless hours in off the field work outs, individually and with her peers, which has furthered multiple teammates to in their abilities and understanding what commitment means." Ben's Player Page

 

CHARLIE CUMMINS - Penfield

Charlie CumminsA two time first team all-league senior defenseman, the four year starter from Penfield was also named to the second team All-Section Five list last year. This year he as recorded 2g-1a for the Patriots.

Off-season he has named a Brine National All-American, played in the Under Armour Underclassmen Elite Stats Lacrosse Tournament and after his sophomore year played on the Nike Upstate Rising Junior team.

"Charlie is a very dynamic complete defenseman. He plays great on ball position defense when needed, he has a wide array of take away checks when needed, he plays great off ball defense and gets physical when it is appropriate. He is among the top 4 overall defensemen I have ever coached. He sets the tone for practice. He plays with grit and has a nose for groundballs. All the defenders in our program aspire to be himand he can often be seen working and playing catch with youth players, helping to instill a love for the game. Charlie's Player Page

 

ALBIE DIPASQUALE - Pittsford

Albie DiPasqualeA three year Varsity starting attackman, Albie DiPasquale has been demonstrative in his career at Pittsford, scoring, thus far, 96g-69a. He had been named to the Monroe Count D1 first teamm all-league list for the last two years and was a second team All-Section Five player last season.

Off-season he has played for the Nike Upstate rsing junior team and was named a Brine National All-American last summer.

He has accepted scholarships to attend Syracuse University and hopes to walk on as a freshman.

"He has been our leading scorer the past two seasons and is a captain of this years team. In terms of respect for the sport, caring for his teammates and trustworthiness, Albie is among the best I have ever seen." Albie's Player Page

 

MATT KASER - Spencerport

Matt KaserA four year player at Spencerport, the senior attackman has, this year to date, recorded 47g-52a toward his career totals of 152g-144a. He was the Monroe County D3 Player of the Year as a junior and was first team all-league for the last three years. Last year whe was named to the second team All-Section list.

Off-season Matt was a member of the Empire State Cup Western team after his sophomore year and played on the Brodgen Championship team as a rising senior. He also was a member of the Nike Rising Senion Team last summer. He also played for the SweetLax Club and played in last fall's Turkey Shoot.

After considering Tampa, Detroit and Hofsta among others, he made his decision to study and play lacrosse at SUNY Binghamton next fall.

"Matt has been our captain since his junior year, Through out the off-season he ran pick up games and shooting seesions on his won. Many players benifited from his knowledge of the game. During Matt's junior year he led Section 5 in both goals and Assists. Matt dememonstrates his positive character on and off the field." Matt's Player Page

 

BEN REEVES - Palmyra-Macedon

Ben ReevesBen Reeves has been playing for the Red Raiders on the Varsity team since seventh grade, when he scored 2g-5a. This year, thus far, he has added 80g-65a toward his current careers totals of 196g-224a (420 pts).

The junior attackman has one more year to play in high school, but has already made a verbal commitment to play at Hobart after graduation.

As an eighth grader he was named to the second team all-league team and has been on the first team the last three years. Ben was named to the Class C Tournament all-star team and the second team All-Section list as a freshman. In his sophomore year he was named to the first team All-Section list, was the Finger Lakes Player of the Year and was named to the Rochester D&C Super 16 list.

" We knew very early that Ben would be something special. He is an offensive threat whenever the ball is on his end of the field. He can go to the goal, but is equally interested in dishing the ball to a teammate." Ben's Player Page

 

JAY VAKIENER - Fairport

Jay VakienerThe senior Fairport midfielder is a three year starter for the Red Raiders. On the very balanced team this year he has thus far recorded 20g-20a toward his career totals of 44g-40a.

Off-season he has played on the Brodgen Cup Championship team as a Brine National High School All-American. He also played in the Under Armour Underclassmen Elite Stars Lacrosse tournament and on the Nike Rising Seniors Team.

In Novemeber Jay signed a National Letter of Intent to study and play at SUNY Binghamton after graduation.

"Jay is a very unselfish player. He has a very strong sense of what is right and ethical and will stand behind these beliefs. He is extremely conscientious and dependable and is a leader by example." Jay's Player Page

 

KEVIN VAUGHN - Fairport

Kevin Vaughn

Kevin Vaughn has been on the Red Raider midfield since his sophomore year. Like a number of others on the Red Raider offense, Kevin has, to date, 19g-10a toward his career total of 31g-15a.

Off-season his has played for the Nike Upstate rising junior and Rising senior teams.

Kevin signined a National Letter of Intent to play and study at Mercyhurst University after graduation from Fairport.

"Kevin is a very mature young man who possesses outstanding leadership qualities not frequently seen in high school students. He was a captain of the Football and Lacrosse Teams this year and as far as caring and respect goes, he is the best I have ever seen." Kevin's Player Page

 



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