May 22, 2019—Mount St. Mary's senior Patrick Causa has been named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year, announced today by the league. Causa and Myles Nicholson earned First Team All-NEC honors while Alex Kriss and Trey McGough were named Second Team All-NEC. Causa becomes the second Mountaineer since the Mount joined the NEC in 1989-90 to win NEC Player of the Year honors, joining Shane Eyler, who won the award in 2009.
Causa had one of the best seasons in Mount history to earn Player of the Year and First Team All-NEC honors. The senior hit .402 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 49 runs scored and 39 RBI while posting a .710 slugging percentage and a .521 on-base percentage in 47 games played. He is the first Mount player to hit over .400 since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1988-89. His 49 runs scored tied the Mount's single-season record while his .521 on-base percentage and 39 walks are new single-season marks at the Mount. Causa had 21 multiple-hit games on the year, and he finishes his career with 211 hits, the third-best mark in program history. Causa's 45 career doubles are second all-time at the Mount.
Nicholson is the first Mountaineer to be named First Team All-NEC in the outfield since Eyler in 2009. Nicholson had a tremendous sophomore season, hitting .365 with 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 44 runs scored, 23 RBI and 37 stolen bases. He broke the Mount's single-season record with his 37 stolen bases, surpassing the old mark of 32 set by Jay Knight in 2013. His 66 hits on the year are the fifth-best single-season mark at the Mount in the Division I era. He had 12 games with two or more steals this season, and added a pair of four-hit games.
McGough earns All-NEC honors for the second consecutive season with his Second Team All-NEC nod at the starting pitcher spot. McGough, a First Team All-NEC honoree last year, went 3-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 12 starts this season, striking out 60 batters in 68.1 innings of work. He struck out 10 batters in seven scoreless innings in the Mount's 11-3 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on March 23 in his best start of the year. McGough posted a season-high 11 strikeouts against Central Connecticut on April 27.
Kriss was named Second Team All-NEC at second base for the second consecutive season after hitting .271 with 16 doubles, five home runs and a team-high 48 RBI. Kriss started all 49 games he appeared in this season, adding five home runs and 35 runs scored. He had 12 multiple-RBI games this season and 15 multiple-hit games during the year. He went 2-for-4 with a season-high six RBI against George Mason, and went 3-for-5 with four RBI in the Mount's 19-16 victory over Villanova. His 48 RBI are the fifth-best single-season mark at the Mount in the Division I era.