Keuka Men’s Lax places five on All-Conference squads

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Scott Miller

The Keuka College men’s lacrosse team closed out the regular season with seven straight North Eastern Athletic Conference victories to earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NEAC postseason tournament, and the Storm placed five players on the year-ending All-NEAC squads.

Senior Gino Marcello (Rochester/Churchville-Chili), sophomore Scott Miller (Penn Yan/Penn Yan) and sophomore Zachary Koczent (GenevaGeneva) all earned first-team All-NEAC honors while junior Chris Redington (Tully/Tully) earned second-team and freshman Anthony Luppino (Penn Yan/Penn Yan) earned third-team All-NEAC, the conference announced Wednesday.

A total of 36 student-athletes were selected by position by the conference coaches for the first, second and third teams.

Marcello led the Storm (9-4 overall, 7-1 NEAC) in goals (36) and points (49) and his 13 assists were second most on the team during the regular season.

Marcello, an attacker, scored a goal in all 13 of Keuka's games and had 25 of his 36 goals vs. NEAC foes, including tying a career-high with six goals during a 16-5 win over SUNY Cobleskill on April 7.

Marcello scored the Storm's first five goals of that contest vs. Cobleskill. His five man-up goals were second on the team and he added 20 ground balls.

Scott Miller played a key role on defense as Keuka earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming postseason tournament. Miller started all 13 games on defense for a Keuka team that allowed only eight goals a game, with seven games allowing five or fewer goals.

Over the last five games, Keuka has allowed only 19 goals, including a 24-0 win over Penn State-Abington on April 21, the first shutout in the program's 26-year history.

Miller also scooped up 40 ground balls, third-most on the team.

Koczent was Keuka's best performer at faceoffs, winning 130 of 213 (61 percent) on the year, including going 88 of 129 (68 percent) in conference play. He won 18 of 20 faceoffs during a home win over Hilbert College and was 17 of 22 during a home win over SUNYIT. Koczent also led the Storm in ground balls (61), including 10 during the win over Hilbert.

Redington, an attacker, was second on the Storm in goals (24) and points (33) despite only playing in 9 of a possible 13 games due to injuries. Redington led the Storm in man-up goals with 10, including seven man-up goals over a three-game stretch from March 10-21.

He scored a goal in all nine games in which he played this year, including matching his career-high with six goals during a 19-4 home win over Hilbert College on April 14. Redington scored 12 goals over Keuka's first three games.

Luppino was third on the Storm in goals (23) and fourth in points (30) to help Keuka win its last seven NEAC contests. Luppino was second on the team in ground balls (54) and his two man-down goals were tied for the most on the team.

Luppino, a midfielder, made an instant impact for Keuka, scoring seven goals in the Storm's first three games, and he recorded a goal in 12 of Keuka's 13 games. Luppino scored a season-high five points on three goals and two assists during a 12-8 home loss to Morrisville State on March 31, and had two goals with an assist and a career-best 10 groundballs during a 12-5 win over Wells College April 24.

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Anthony Luppino