CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Boston University head men's lacrosse coach Ryan Polley
was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and senior Christian Carson-Banister
was selected as the league's Goalkeeper of the Year on Monday as the conference announced its all-league honorees and major award winners.
In addition to the two major awards, three Terrier seniors - Carson-Banister, Dominick Calisto
and Cal Dearth
- were named to the All-Patriot League First Team. Senior Greg Wozniak
, junior Jack Wilson
and sophomore Brendan Homire
were second-team selections. The three first-team choices are a program record, as are the six total all-league honorees.
This is the first time that Polley, in his fourth season in charge of the program, has been named Patriot League Coach of the Year. He guided the Terriers to unprecedented heights in 2017, leading BU to an 11-3 overall record and the program's first-ever Patriot League postseason berth. The Terriers have improved in each of their first four seasons and are guaranteed to finish with the most wins and fewest losses since the program's inception.
Under Polley's leadership, BU boasts a top-15 defense and a top-20 offense nationally. The Terriers are also 15th in the most recent NCAA RPI. However, Polley's influence goes beyond the numbers. For the 17 seniors that arrived on campus four years ago, Polley has mentored them into outstanding young men who have accomplished much in the classroom, in the community and on the field. His impact, not only on the seniors but the entire 50-man roster, has forever laid the foundation of the Boston University lacrosse program.
Carson-Banister was the unanimous choice for Goalkeeper of the Year after a spectacular season in the cage. He leads the Patriot League and is fourth in the NCAA with an impressive .593 save percentage. Carson-Banister is also second in the Patriot League and 13th nationally with a goals-against average of 8.25. He has posted these terrific numbers while facing plenty of shots; Carson-Banister is second in the PL with an average of 11.64 saves per game.
Dearth was a unanimous first-team choice after a career year. He leads the Terriers with a program-record 47 points thanks in part to a program-record 32 goals. Dearth also has 15 assists in his first season at attack. The former midfielder also secured 23 ground balls and caused six turnovers during an impressive campaign. He tallied a point in all 14 games, including nine games with three or more points. That includes a seven-point (3g, 4a) outing against Harvard and a pair of five-goal games. Over the last two tilts, Dearth scored five goals to help BU earn the third seed in the PL tournament.
Calisto proved himself to be one of the best cover men in the conference this season. Starting all 14 games at close defense, Calisto held some of the best attackmen in the country to below-average results. That included keeping PL Offensive Player of the Year Pat Spencer to just one assist. Spencer and Harvard's Morgan Cheek, both in the top five in the NCAA in points per game, combined for just three points against Calisto. Calisto collected 30 ground balls and led BU with 22 caused turnovers in 2017.
Wilson notched at least one point in all 14 games to extend his point streak to 40 contests. The talented attackman is second on the Terriers with 41 points thanks to a team-high 16 assists and a career-high 25 goals. He also collected 20 ground balls. Wilson scored three game-winning goals, including a buzzer-beating marker with 1.5 seconds left at Navy to secure an 8-7 victory. He also assisted on James Burr
's overtime winner against Loyola and has averaged 4.0 points per game over the last three contests.
Wozniak once again established himself as one of the best long-stick midfielders in the Patriot League. He is second on the team in both ground balls (42) and caused turnovers (13) and has been a key contributor on both faceoffs and in the defensive end of the field. Wozniak held unanimous first-team selection Greyson Torain of Navy to zero even-strength goals in a game that also saw Wozniak gather seven ground balls.
Homire also scored three game-winning goals, including the deciding goal in double overtime at Providence to open the season. Starting every game in midfield, Homire finished with 15 points and matched his career high with nine goals in addition to seven ground balls. He scored a goal in each of the last two Terrier wins and finished with four multi-point efforts.
BU will host Lehigh on Tuesday night in a Patriot League quarterfinal contest. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.