2016 All-OSN Men’s Lacrosse Team released

St. Gregory's attacker James Smith is the Offensive Player of the Year on the Inaugural All-OSN Men's Lacrosse Team. Photo courtesy SGU Sports Info.

With the regular season of the Men’s Lacrosse Collegiate Association, as well as National Intercollegiate Athletic Association, wrapped up as of last week, it’s now time for OklahomaSports.Net to unveil its inaugural All-OSN Men’s Lacrosse team and individual superlative awards.

The Offensive Player of the Year award has been bestowed upon St. Gregory’s University’s James Smith, while Andrew Miller from Oklahoma State University is taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors. Bryan Seaman, head coach at SGU, has also been recognized as the OSN Coach of the Year.

The All-OSN Lacrosse Team is comprised of the four men’s lacrosse teams that represent the state of Oklahoma. In total, there were 12 selections, and St. Gregory’s led all teams with six selections. Oklahoma State was second on the list with four, while the University of Oklahoma had two honorees and the University of Tulsa had one.

James Smith enjoyed another stellar season at attack for the Cavaliers. The All-American Honorable Mention a season ago, Smith is one of just three players in MCLA’s Division II that has scored 49 goals or more. Additionally, Smith dished out 14 helpers on the way to 63 points for the regular season.

The sophomore phenom is also the only men’s lacrosse player in the state to have received OSN College Player of the Week honors this season, and is a main reason the Cavs have risen as high as No. 9 in the NAIA’s inaugural polls.

No goalie has meant more to his team this season than Andrew Miller has to the Cowboys. He is peerless in MCLA Division II with 271 saves, two off the lead for the most saves in both divisions of the MCLA, and is averaging 20.9 saves per game to go along with a .686 save percentage. Miller’s play is also a major reason why the Pokes will have an opportunity to begin the defense of their Lone Star Alliance Division II title this coming weekend.

In his second season at the helm coach Seaman has directed an impressive Cavaliers squad that has outscored their opponents by 122 goals and seen their win total increase by three victories. His team has climbed as high as ninth in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll, clinching the No. 2 seed in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and an undefeated division record in the LSA Division II North. Seaman’s .692 winning percentage was the best among all four Oklahoma coaches.

Coach of the Year
Bryan Seaman, St. Gregory’s
Offensive Player of the Year
James Smith, St. Gregory’s
Defensive Player of the Year
Andrew Miller, Oklahoma State
All-OSN Men’s Lacrosse Team
Position Name School Class
Goalie Andrew Miller Oklahoma State Jr.
Defender Nick Mueller Oklahoma State Jr.
Defender Ryan McCabe Oklahoma So.
Defender Garret Bannister St. Gregory’s So.
Long Stick Middie Nathan Foreman St. Gregory’s Fr.
Middie Teddy Martin Tulsa Jr.
MIddie Drew Hogan Oklahoma State Jr.
Middie Chandler Peterson St. Gregory’s Fr.
Attack James Smith St. Gregory’s So.
Attack Matt Hammond Oklahoma Jr.
Attack Andrew Braden Oklahoma State So.
Faceoff Specialist Matthew Hyde St. Gregory’s Fr.

1 Comment

  1. cavnation#1moreteameffort says:

    Just curious, have you watched these TEAMS play? Saying one player is the “main reason” a team is doing well diminishes the team as a whole. They are doing rising in the ranks because they are working well as a team. Lacrosse is a team sport. Without the goalie making saves, the guy winning the faceoffs, the defense causing turn overs, having intelligent coaches leading the way … you can’t score goals. It’s a team effort. It’s not just how many goals are scored. Smith is a great shooter but please don’t take away from the team and coaches by saying he’s the main reason. I’m sure he’d agree.

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