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Fennell Earns First-Team ECAC All-Star Recognition

June 3, 2015

Danbury, Conn. —  Navy sophomore defenseman Chris Fennell (Milford, N.J.) added to his list of honors this spring by earning First-Team ECAC All-Star recognition it was announced this week.  Fennell, who was named a Third-Team All-American two weeks ago, was one of two Patriot League players to be recognized by the ECAC and the only one on the first team.

In what was a Who’s Who of Americans, Fennell was one of just two Third-Team All-Americans named to the ECAC All-Star First Team, along with Brown attackman Dylan Molloy.  Meanwhile, he was joined on the first-team defense by 2015 Schmeisser Award winner Casey Ikeda of Maryland, First-Team All-American Brandon Mullins of Syracuse and Second-Team All-American Jordan Stevens of Cornell.

A two-year starter, Fennell served as the foundation to Navy’s defensive unit that stood 13th in the country in scoring defense (8.57) and held 10 of its 14 opponents to single digits.  The national ranking marked the program’s highest ranking since 2009 when the Mids allowed 7.69 goals per game and finished seventh in the country.  The Mids also held seven of its last 12 opponents to scoring droughts of over 20 minutes with six of those games resulting in wins.

Fennell, who was named the 2015 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, owned the team’s second-most caused turnovers with 17 this spring and was tied for 43rd nationally (1.21 CT/gm).  Meanwhile, he finished the year ranked seventh on the Mids’ single-season takeaways list.  He will head into his junior season next spring ranked seventh on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 30, 44 short of All-American Pat Kiernan’s record set in 2014.  Additionally, Fennell picked up the third-most ground balls on the squad with 40 and developed into a scoring threat with a pair of transition goals.

Navy’s most consistent and dominant defenseman throughout the season, the game that set Fennell apart from his peers was his performance against three-time All-American attackman John Glesener of Army West Point in the annual Star Game.  Fennell held Glesener to just one goal after he came into the game ranked 27th nationally in scoring average, putting up nearly 4.00 points per game (3.82).  Just a handful of weeks later, Fennell once again drew Glesener’s number in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals, where Glesener scored one goal and dealt out an assist and once again was held under his scoring average of better than 3.00 points per contest.  Fennell was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team following his efforts against the Army West Point standout.

2015 ECAC Division I Men’s Lacrosse All-Star Team

ECAC Offensive Player of the Year: Lyle Thompson, Sr., University at Albany
ECAC Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Ikeda, Sr., University of Maryland
ECAC Rookie of the Year: Connor Fields, Fr., University at Albany
ECAC Coach of the Year: Dave Pietramala, Johns Hopkins University

First Team
Attack
Lyle Thompson, Sr. University at Albany
Kevin Rice, Sr., Syracuse University
Dylan Molloy, So., Brown University
Ryan Brown, Jr., Johns Hopkins University

Midfield
Connor Buczek, Sr. Cornell University
Kip Orban, Sr., Princeton University
Nicky Galasso, Sr., Syracuse University

Long Stick Midfielder
Larken Kemp, So., Brown University

Faceoff Specialist
Ben Williams, So., Syracuse University

Defense
Chris Fennell, So., U.S. Naval Academy
Casey Ikeda, Sr., University of Maryland
Brandon Mullins, Jr., Syracuse University
Jordan Stevens, Sr., Cornell University

Goalkeeper
Kyle Bernlohr, Jr., University of Maryland

Second Team
Attack
Mike Rooney, Sr., Stony Brook University
Matt Rambo, So., University of Maryland
Mike MacDonald, Sr., Princeton University
Connor Fields, Fr., University at Albany

Midfield
Joe LoCascio, Sr., University of Maryland
Joe Nardella, Sr., Rutgers University
Mike Begley, Sr., Marist College
Joel Tinney, Fr., Johns Hopkins University

Long Stick Midfielder
Will Farrell, Sr., St. Joseph’s University

Faceoff Specialist
Kevin Massa, Sr., Bryant University

Defense
Matt McMahon, Sr., University of Pennsylvania
Michael Quinn, Jr., Yale University
JoJo Ostrander, Sr., Towson University
Austin Schultz, Jr., Army West Point

Goalkeeper
Blaze Riorden, Jr., University at Albany

### Go Navy ###

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