2011 BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Awards Announced

Providence, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference announced its men's lacrosse major award winners and all-conference teams following the conclusion of the regular season, with Villanova's Brian Karalunas named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Notre Dame's David Earl selected as BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Syracuse's Stephen Keogh as BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year and Syracuse's John Galloway taking home BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Voting was conducted among the league's seven head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players. At the completion of the second season of BIG EAST men's lacrosse, Syracuse won the conference regular-season title with a 6-0 mark. Syracuse head coach John Desko, in his 13th season with the Orange, was selected by his peers as BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Desko led his team to a 14-1 record this season, including a 6-0 mark in league play. The Orange have yet to lose a conference match after posting a 6-0 record in the inaugural year as well. Syracuse defeated eight top-20 teams this season and sat at No. 1 in either or both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse and USILA Coaches poll for 11 weeks, including the last two. SU earned the top seed in the NCAA Championship and is currently ranked first in NCAA RPI rankings. Desko is the winningest active coach by percentage in Division I lacrosse and he's fifth in career winning percentage (.782). Karalunas, who earned 2010 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors as well, leads the nation in caused turnovers per game (4.53). He is tied for second in the conference with 4.60 ground balls per game. The longstick midfielder has totaled 71 ground balls and 68 caused turnovers and is Villanova's all-time leader in takeaways. He anchors a Villanova defense that is tied for sixth nationally with 9.67 caused turnovers per game and has a 7.98 goals against average. Earl is Notre Dame's points leader with 23 and assists leader (9). He has recorded 15 goals this season and collected 24 ground balls and a team-high 12 caused turnovers. In conference play, Earl ranks seventh in goals per game (1.67), ninth in assists per game (1.00) and fifth in points per game (2.67). Keogh leads the league with six game-winning goals this season. He leads Syracuse in points with 39 and goals with 32. Keogh's 132 career goals are the 10th-highest total in school history and third-highest active total in the nation. He is also the Orange's active leader with 152 career points. He has 21 career hat tricks and has scored at least one goal in 58 of his 65 career games. Since becoming a starter in 2009, he's scored at least once in 45-of-48 games. In conference play, Keogh is tied for the top spot in goals per game with 2.50 and ranks third in conference points per game (3.00). Galloway won the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year unanimously for the second-straight year. He is fifth in the nation with a 6.95 goals against average and ranks 11th with a .563 save percentage. Syracuse is second in the league with a 7.15 goals against average and .565 save percentage. Galloway has played in all 15 games for SU, with 129 saves and 14 wins. Galloway became the winningest goalie in NCAA history with a win against Duke on April 3, collecting his 52nd career victory. He is 58-7 in 65 career starts. Galloway is Syracuse's career goals-against average leader (7.41), which also ranks eighth in NCAA history. The All-BIG EAST First Team is made up of six players from Syracuse, four from Notre Dame, three from Villanova and one each from Georgetown and Rutgers. Joining unanimous selections Keogh and Galloway on the First Team from SU are senior defenseman John Lade, who was another unanimous selection, senior midfielders Jovan Miller and Jeremy Thompson and senior longstick midfielder Joel White, Syracuse's fourth unanimous selection to the First Team.