Brous and Urso Repeat, Four Fighting Knights Garner Lacrosse All-SSC Honors

Brous and Urso Repeat, Four Fighting Knights Garner Lacrosse All-SSC Honors

Melbourne, Fla. – Four members of the Lynn University lacrosse team earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the SSC office on Thursday. Dryden Brous repeats on the All-SSC First Team, Mikey Urso was tabbed to the All-SSC Second Team while rookies Keegan Maxwell and Xander Cosenza claim a spot on the All-SSC Freshman Team.

Brous, the reigning SSC Freshman of the Year, finds himself on the league's first team for the second consecutive year, marking the program's fourth-ever first-team selection.

The Ocean City, Md., product made major strides in his sophomore campaign, breaking the program's single-season records for ground balls per game and faceoff winning percentage. Brous' 11.15 ground balls per game was the highest in the country while his 76.1 percent winning clip at the faceoff X ranked second in all of Division II.

His dominant efforts throughout the season led to four SSC Specialist of the Week awards, bringing his total to eight career SSC weekly honors. His eight career selections trail only Tampa's Connor Whipple (10) for second-most in SSC men's lacrosse history. He also became just the third-ever Fighting Knight to win at least eight career weekly awards, joining softball's Aimee Murch (9; 2004-05) and men's soccer's Chris Hellmann (8; 2013-15).

Urso locks down postseason SSC honors for the third consecutive year, making the all-freshman team in 2016 while earning a spot on the first team last season.

The redshirt-junior out of Boynton Beach, Fla., led the Fighting Knights in points and assists this year. His 24 assists broke his own single-season school record that he set last year (20) and ranked second in the SSC while his 2.87 points per game (43 total) placed him seventh among his conference foes. Early in the season, Urso became the program's all-time leader in career assists.

Maxwell and Cosenza co-led the Blue and White in the scoring department with each recording a team-best 28 goals. Their 1.87 goals per game ranked them 10th in the SSC this season while their 28 goals are the most-ever by a true freshman in single-season program history.

Cosenza's best outing came in a road upset at No. 10 Belmont Abbey where the Bay Shore, N.Y., native scored five goals, including all four of Lynn's in the fourth quarter, as the Fighting Knights went on a 4-0 run in the final frame to secure the clutch comeback. His five goals are tied for second-most in a game in school history. He also found a knack for scoring on the power play, setting the single-season program record and co-leading all of Division II with nine man-up goals on the year.

Maxwell's offensive production came in spurts, scoring three or more goals in six different games this season while scoring four goals in three contests. The Center Moriches, N.Y., product was an enforcer in the crease and his quick hands led to multiple highlight goals on the year.

Saint Leo's Jake Gilmour has been voted SSC Player of the Year for 2018. In 14 games for the Lions, Gilmour tallied 63 points from 29 goals and 34 assists with a .468 shooting percentage. The senior from Pickering, Ontario is the SSC leader in points per game (4.50) and assists per game (2.43). Gilmour becomes the first Saint Leo athlete to earn an individual award in men's lacrosse.
 
B.J. Borowski from the University of Tampa is awarded Freshman of the Year honors after starting in 16 games for the Spartans. The Frederick County, Maryland native, recorded 135 saves and allowed 110 goals for .551 save percentage in 2018. His 8.12 goals against average helped the Spartans secure a 13-4 record, and stands as one of the lowest goals-against average in program history. Among conference goalkeepers that made over 30 saves in 2018, he ranks second in goals-against average and second in save percentage. Borowski is the second Spartan to be named Freshman of the Year.
 
SSC coaches selected Brad Jorgensen as the 2018 SSC Coach of the Year. The 14-year head coach of Saint Leo earns the honor after going undefeated (7-0) in SSC play and posting a.929 winning percentage in the regular season (13-1). Under Jorgensen's leadership, the Lions have risen to the fifth-ranked team in the USILA poll, won their first SSC regular-season title, and will host the conference postseason tournament. The honor is the first of his Jorgensen's career.

View the conference release with the full teams HERE.