Quick Sticks: Clemson Tigers Honored with Conference Awards


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Brian Murphy and Charlie Pontiakos earn Player of the Year Recognition

Greenville, SC: Six Clemson Men’s Lacrosse team members were honored as members on the 2013 SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) All Conference Team and two were selected as Player of Year at their respective positions.

The SELC consists of 41 teams divided into 2 Divisions, I and II. Twenty teams comprise Division I in which Clemson competes.

Senior co-captain Brian Murphy (Bel Air, MD/CM Wright) was selected the 1st team Defense and also recognized as the SELC Defensive Player of the Year. Brian was matched up in each game against the opposition’s leading offensive threat and in every game held his opponent to less than his game average in points. Brian collected 48 ground balls, 2nd on the team and contributed on the offensive end of the field, scoring 4 goals and adding an assist. Brian has been a 4 year member of the All Conference team each of the 4 years he played at Clemson, making Honorable Mention as a freshman and sophomore and 2nd team as a junior.

Sophomore midfielder Charlie Pontiakos(Charlotte, NC/Myers Park)was named to the 1st Team All SELC team as the face-off specialist and was also honored as the SELC Specialty player of the Year for the 2nd consecutive season. Charlie again dominated at the face-off X, winning 163 of 245 draws (.665%). He also led the Clemson team in ground balls with 49. Charlie won identical awards as a freshman in 2012.

Senior attackman James McLoughlin (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) was named to the 1st team All SELC. James tallied 53 points on 32 goals and 21 assists, averaging 4 points a game despite facing the opponents top defense talent. James also collected 34 ground balls on the season.

Senior midfielder Joe Brandt (Woodbine, MD/Century) was honored on the 2nd Team All SELC squad. Joe led the Clemson midfielders in scoring with 16 goals and 3 assists for 20 points and added 24 ground balls.

Senior attackman “TJ” Ahern (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) was named to the Honorable Mention team at attack. TJ totaled 29 points on 15 goals and 14 assists and led the Tiger attack in ground balls with 38.

Junior midfielder Mike Maher (Baltimore,MD/Loyola Blakefield received Honorable Mention as a short-stick defensive midfielder. This is a position that is not adequately represented by statistics but characterized by strong and consistent defensive play against the opposition’s top offensive midfielders. Mike tallied 1 goal on the season and collected 25 ground balls.

The 2012 Clemson Tigers finished with a 7-8 record while playing a strength of schedule ranked 9th in the nation. Each loss came to teams ranked in the national Top 25 including two 8-7 heartbreakers in overtime to Georgia Tech and Georgia, the two finalists in the SELC Championship game on Sunday, April 28th. Clemson and Georgia Tech went 3 overtimes before reaching a decision and in the opening round of the SELC Playoffs, Clemson and Georgia played deep into the 4th OT before Georgia scored to win the game.

For more information on Clemson Lacrosse visit the team website at www.laxteams.net/Clemson.