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Gillespie Named Men's Lacrosse Freshman of the Year; One of Nine on All-Conference Teams

HIGH POINT, N.C. -  Conference Carolinas All-Conference Men's Lacrosse Teams were determined by vote from each head coach of participating institutions.  Luke Gillespie was named Freshman of the Year as one of nine players to represent Pfeiffer University. Nominations are collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine First Team, Second Team, Third Team, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year award winners. Awards will be presented at the Conference Tournament Championships hosted by Queens University of Charlotte at this weekend's conference championship. This year's award winners are as follows:

Player of the Year:
Jake Ternosky – Limestone College
Limestone junior Jake Ternosky lead Conference Carolinas in face-off percentage at .826, taking 62 of 75 attempts within conference games, while also leading the league among field position players with 32 ground balls in five conference contests. Failing to win possession only 13 times, 18 of Ternosky’s controls led to Limestone goals on those immediate offensive possessions in which the Saints maintained the ball. His efforts lead the nationally No. 4 ranked Saints to the Conference regular season title for the fourth consecutive season with a perfect 5-0 mark and 12-1 overall. On the season Ternosky ranks No. 2 nationally in NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse in face-off win percentage at .700 (159-of-227) while muscling his way to 68 ground balls.

Freshman of the Year:
Luke Gillespie– Pfeiffer University
Luke Gillespie anchored the Falcons defense that allowed a slim 5.83 goals against average in 2012. Gillespie registered six goals with four assists totaling 10 points on defense while amassing a team-high 60 groundballs. The freshman also contributed to the Falcons and their man-down defense which ranked fifth-best nationwide to help them to a 10-5 overall mark and 4-1 league record.

Coach of the Year:
Chris Barrett – Belmont Abbey College
Chris Barrett was named the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year in his first year as a head coach for the Crusaders. With his selection, all three of the Abbey’s men’s lacrosse coaches in its history have been named Coach of the Year in their first year on the Crusader sideline. Barrett guided an offense that saw five players score at least ten goals, one short of a program-high, while seven players registered double digit points, which is just one shy of the school record to lead the Abby to a 2-3 league mark and 5-8 overall record. 

Regular Season Champion:
Limestone College

All-Conference First Team:
Shayne Jackson –Limestone College
Riley Loewen –Limestone College
James Shepherd - Pfeiffer University
Jackson Decker -Limestone College
Jake Ternosky –Limestone College
Tor Reinholdt –Limestone College
Steven Tilmon -Pfeiffer University
Anthony Lamarca – Pfeiffer University
Anthony Starnino –Limestone College
Josh Wharton –Limestone College
Hayden Kirk - Pfeiffer University

All-Conference Second Team:
Corey Geroy –Queens University of Charlotte
Tucker Hammock – Pfeiffer University
Corey Rich –Limestone College
Scotty Steele- Belmont Abbey College
Dan Morrissey– Belmont Abbey College
Justin Rose –Pfeiffer University
T.C. Whaley - Queens University of Charlotte
Jeff Konko –Pfeiffer University
Connor Doyle– Belmont Abbey College
Luke Gillespie –Pfeiffer University
Steve Gartleman –Limestone College

All-Conference Third Team:
Keith LaClair –Coker College
Tim Cloud –Queens University of Charlotte
Desi Gonzalez –Limestone College
Steven Sauser –Limestone College
Matthew Rabung –Pfeiffer University

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