POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Marist men’s lacrosse senior attack man Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) has been named a 2013 U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American Honorable Mention. Rice, a two-time member of the Preseason Tewaaraton Award Watch List, is graduating Marist as one of the most decorated men’s lacrosse players in Red Fox history.
The 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Offensive Player of the Year, Rice finished his Marist career with 194 points, tying for fourth on the all-time list. His 98 career assists also put him fourth in Marist history and his 96 career goals place him fifth. Rice started in all 58 games in his four seasons, registering at least one point in 57 of those 58 contests.
He led the Red Foxes in scoring in 2013 with 49 points on 19 goals and a career-high 30 assists, which is good for ninth in Marist’s single-season history. His assists and points total also led the entire MAAC. He also scooped up 27 ground balls, the eighth highest total on the Red Foxes, and caused three turnovers. He had a career day on March 30 versus VMI, scoring three goals and adding a career-high five assists for eight points. His five assists put him in a tie for ninth all-time in Marist history for a single game and the eight points put him in a tie for seventh all time.
Earlier this week, Rice was selected to play in the USILA/Laxpower North-South Senior Lacrosse Game. He will join fellow teammates Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Ethan Fox (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) on the Division I-II North Team, competing against some of the best seniors in the country. The North team will be coached by Eric Seremet, the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at the United States Air Force Academy. Seremet is just completing his fifth year as the Air Force Head Coach.
Rice is no stranger to postseason hardware, as he has been the recipient of over 20 preseason, midseason or postseason honors. He has earned nine MAAC weekly awards and was twice named to each the All-MAAC Second Team and All-MAAC First Team. The 2010 MAAC Rookie of the Year, he wrapped up his career by being named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 as a senior. Rice was also named to the Preseason Tewaaraton Award Watch List prior to both his junior and senior seasons as well as a Preseason All-American Honorable Mention before the 2012 season. He was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team following the 2011 MAAC Championships in his sophomore season.
“This is a special day for Marist Lacrosse and our staff could not be more proud of Connor for his recognition on the All-American team,” Marist Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson said. “With this distinction Connor joins a very elite group of student athletes to compete here at Marist College. This is a true testament to Connor and his teammates' commitment to excellence throughout the course of this year.”
Marist ends a successful 2013 season with a 10-4 record. The Red Foxes registered the most wins by a Marist team since the 2004 season and won a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship with a 5-1 record in conference play. Seven Red Foxes were named to All-MAAC postseason teams and Marist took home four major postseason awards – Rice (MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Joseph Radin (Rookie of the Year), Patrick Eaker (Co-Long Stick Midfielder of the Year) and Wilkinson (Coach of the Year). The Red Foxes were the top seed in the MAAC Tournament, falling to eventual MAAC Champion Detroit 7-6 in the semifinals.