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Posted 09 May 2004 - 11:55 AM


Freshman Attackman Merrick Thomson Named America East Rookie of the Year

Boston, Mass. – University at Albany’s Luke Daquino has been chosen to the America East All-Conference Men’s Lacrosse first team for the second consecutive year, as announced on Thursday, May 6 by the conference office. The league’s head coaches voted freshman Merrick Thomson the America East Rookie of the Year.

UAlbany placed six players on the all-conference second team, including Kevin Rae, Michael Solazzo, Ryan Olmstead, Patrick McSweeney, Frank Resetarits and Thomson. Freshman Tom Trapani joined Thomson and Resetarits on the America East All-Rookie Team.

Daquino, a junior attackman from Farmingville, N.Y., is third among the America East scoring leaders with 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points. He ranks seventh among the NCAA Division I assists leaders at 2.14 per game. Daquino, the only unanimous all-league first-team selection, is fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 159 points (67G, 92A).

Thomson leads the conference in scoring at 3.50 points per game. He is fourth nationally in goals (38) and ninth in points (49). He set the school’s single-game record with eight goals against Hartford on April 21. Thomson was named the America East rookie of the week on three occasions this spring.

Solazzo, a senior midfielder with 21 goals and five assists, makes his second consecutive appearance on the all-league second team. He has 122 points (92G, 30A) as a collegian. Rae, a junior goalkeeper, is 18th nationally in save percentage (.592) and has a 9.82 goals against average. He has recorded double-figure saves against 10 opponents this season.

Resetarits, a freshman attacker, is fifth in the league in scoring at 3.14 points per game, and has 26 goals and 18 assists. Olmstead and McSweeney, a pair of junior defensemen, lead a unit that is allowing 10.07 goals per game and is eighth nationally in man-down situations at 79.1 percent.

Albany (9-5) travels to top-seeded Binghamton (10-5) on Saturday, May 8 for the America East Conference championship. The champion receives an automatic NCAA berth. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at East Gym Complex. The Great Danes, who won the title last year, are making their third straight appearance in the America East tournament final.

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