Somerset, N.J. (May 1, 2019) – Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse goalie Dylan Furnback was named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year, and Tom Gravante collected NEC Coach of the Year honors to highlight the conference's end-of-the-year awards, which were announced by the league office on Wednesday. Jack Mangan and Bryan McIntosh joined Furnback on the All-NEC First Team, while Chris DiPretoro, Luke Frankeny, and Joshua Davies earned Second Team honors, and Jared McMahon was named to the All-Rookie Team to round out the awards for the Mountaineers.
Furnback becomes just the second player in program history to claim the NEC Defensive Player of the Year Award, joining T.C. DiBartolo in 2011. Furnback, who was also named to the All-NEC First Team, has been outstanding between the pipes in his first season as a full-time starter for the Mountaineers. The sophomore has posted double-digit saves in 10 of 15 games on the year, including a career-high 20 stops in the finale against Saint Joseph's, which helped the Mount clinch the NEC Regular Season Title. Furnback owns the second-best save percentage in the league this season at .541, and has garnered three NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Gravante collected the seventh Coach of the Year Award of his career and his third in the NEC. He was previously named the NEC Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011, while he also earned the honor in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on four occasions. Gravante has led the Mountaineers to their best record (9-6) since the 2011 campaign and the most-ever wins in NEC action (5) in program history en route to claiming the team's second NEC Regular Season Title. The Mount's victory over 14th-ranked Richmond in early March was the team's sixth all-time against a ranked opponent.
Mangan, a four-time team MVP for the Mountaineers, earned NEC honors for the third time in his career. One of the conference's top all-around players, Mangan ranks second on the Mount with 58 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers this season, while also adding 18 points on the offensive end. Mangan has 73 caused turnovers in his career, which is the most-ever by a Mountaineer since it became an official stat, and also ranks seventh in program history with 204 ground balls.
McIntosh has helped anchor the Mount's defense this season, leading the NEC's top defensive unit which is allowing just 10.20 goals per game, good for 20th-best in the nation. The sophomore from Jamison, Pennsylvania tops the Mountaineers with 32 caused turnovers and is third on the team with 48 ground balls. McIntosh has registered multiple caused turnovers in nine games on the year, including a career-high five against Saint Joseph's, which helped the Mount secure the NEC Regular Season Title.
DiPretoro has been one of the Mount's top offensive threats since stepping on campus back in 2016. He's led the Mountaineers in scoring for the third straight season in 2019, tallying a team-high 34 goals and 40 points. DiPretoro ranks eighth in the NEC with 2.27 goals per game, having tallied multi-goal performances in 11 of 15 games this year. The Owings, Maryland product sits in seventh place on the Mount's all-time goals list with 122 in his career.
Frankeny has been a big part of the Mount's offense this season, ranking second on the squad with 26 goals and 32 points. The sophomore has also come up big in clutch situations, as he leada all players in the conference with four game-winning goals. Frankeny has posted nine multi-goal games on the year, including three straight to close out the regular season.
Davies was a pivotal part of the Mount's defensive unit which leads the NEC and ranks 20th nationally in scoring defense, yielding just 10.20 goals per game. Davies, who's been responsible for containing the opponents' top offensive weapon for much of the season, ranks third on the team with 12 caused turnovers on the year. The junior has forced multiple turnovers in four contests this season, including three apiece in games against Johns Hopkins and Bryant.
McMahon earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team after leading all Mount St. Mary's freshmen and ranking sixth on the team with 19 points, coming on 11 goals and eight assists. McMahon tallied four multi-point games on the year, including a season-high five points on three goals and two helpers against UMBC, which was his first career game.
The top-seeded Mountaineers battle No. 4 seed Robert Morris in the NEC Semifinals on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.