MELBOURNE, Fla. - Eight members of the Florida Southern men's lacrosse team were recognized with All-Sunshine State Conference honors, highlighted by the 2015 Player of the Year Dane Sorensen, announced by the league office on Thursday.
Seniors Sorensen and Trenell Boggans repeated as First-Team All-SSC honorees for the second straight season. Sophomore Andrew Fisher was named to the Second Team and sophomore Cody Dyer earned All-SSC Honorable Mention. Four Moccasins - Colin Bayer, Joe Caridi, Lucas Claude and Cody Gray - were named to the All-Freshman Team.
Voting for the All-SSC Men's Lacrosse Team was conducted by the league's head coaches.
Sorensen becomes the first Moc to earn conference Player of the Year in the program's seven-year history. He led the conference in goals (48) and goals per game (3.43), and currently leads all of Division II in both categories for the second year in a row. He scored at least five goals in six games, and his eight goals in the 17-14 win over Rollins are the second-most by a Moc in a game in team history. Sorensen finished with a season-high nine points, third-most in a game, on two separate occasions.
The attackman from Victoria, British Columbia finished his illustrious career at Florida Southern with 175 goals - the most among all active Division II players - and 220 points, both program highs. As a junior, he set a team records with 63 goals and 76 points. Sorensen also holds offensive single-game records for goals (10), assists (5), points (12) and shots (23).
Boggans, a senior long-stick midfielder from Syracuse, N.Y., finished eighth in the country with 2.14 caused turnovers. With 30 caused turnovers on the season, he ends his tenure at FSC one shy of former All-American DJ Lubs for the career mark with 74. He was also fifth in the conference in ground balls per game with 4.57. Over his four-year career, Boggans has collected 154 ground balls, second-most in program history. He also netted his first career goal in the 21-15 win over Adams State.
Fisher (Monkton, Md.) set a program record and his currently third in the nation with 199 faceoff wins. He was twice named the SSC Defensive Player of the Week, each time breaking the mark for the most draw victories in a game. Along with his program-best 26 faceoff wins, Fisher added 12 ground balls, tied for second-most in a game, in the win against Adams State.
An SSC Second-Team and All-Freshman Team attacker in 2014, Dyer mirrored his rookie season with 31 goals and added 20 assists for a career-high 51 points. He earned the conference Offensive Player of the Week following his four-goal effort in the 11-10 win over Saint Leo. The Slingerlands, N.Y., native is now third in program history with 97 career points in 29 games over his first two seasons.
Claude (Calgary, Alberta) finished third on the team in goals (18) and points (26). He tied the freshman record for goals in a game with six in the 15-12 win over Wingate. Gray (Riverview, Fla.) followed with 16 goals and was fifth with 20 points. Bayer (Merrick, N.Y.) scored seven goals and was tied for second with 11 helpers. Caridi (Holbrook, N.Y.) had eight goals and eight assists and led the group of rookie Mocs with 24 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
The University of Tampa, the SSC regular-season champion, led the six-team league with 10 All-SSC selections. Rollins goalie Jake Hogan was crowned Freshman of the Year and Lynn head coach Brian Kingsbury was named the Coach of the Year.
2015 All-Sunshine State Conference Men's Lacrosse Teams
Player of the Year - Dane Sorensen, Florida Southern
Freshman of the Year - Jake Hogan, Rollins
Coach of the Year - Brian Kingsbury, Lynn