PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 22, 2012) – The Rutgers men’s lacrosse program honored special individual efforts from the 2012 season with team awards at its annual fall banquet on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Rutgers Visitor Center on the Busch Campus. The banquet also served as the culmination of second-year head coach Brian Brecht’s fall season with the 2012-13 squad.
Will Mangan, the 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year as a senior co-captain last season, earned the William Miller Trophy. The award is bestowed on the Scarlet Knight who is in good academic standing, has constituted an inspiration to his teammates and made the greatest contribution to the team in the season’s play. Mangan also earned First Team All-BIG EAST, USILA All-American Honorable Mention and USILA Scholar All-America recognition to conclude his final Rutgers season.
Jacob Fradkin earned the Rutgers Lacrosse Knight Cup, which is awarded to the player who has played the game of lacrosse to the best of his ability, has inspired or led his teammates both on and off the field and has consistently demonstrated the qualities of unselfishness and loyalty to his team and Rutgers University. A senior defenseman and co-captain for RU in 2012, Fradkin started 57 games during his Scarlet Knight career.
Sophomore defenseman Andrew Parrilla (Wyckoff, N.J.) was awarded the Frederick Fitch Trophy, given to the varsity letterwinner who, through personal effort to develop his lacrosse ability, has shown the greatest improvement during the season. Parrilla saw action in all 15 games of RU’s 2012 schedule, primarily in the role of longstick midfielder.
Nicholas Zerrillo earned the Robert Collett Award, which is presented to the team member who displays the best mental and physical spirit. A senior midfielder last season, Zerrillo served as team co-captain while appearing in 13 games and recording three goals and two assists.
Junior attackman Nicholas DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) was awarded the Alfred Sasser Trophy, given to the RU team member who dished out the most assists during the previous season. DePaolera was a major distributor in Rutgers’ offensive efforts last season, totalling 22 assists.
Sophomore midfielder Brian Goss (Arlington Park, Ill.) was recognized with the Al Twitchell Award, which is given to the freshman who was seen as the most valuable to his team. Goss finished his initial Scarlet Knight season in 2012 as the only freshman to start all 15 games, tallying 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists.
The Collins Award, given to the player with the greatest increase in grade point average (GPA) from the fall to spring semesters, was presented to sophomore midfielder Jacob Werman (Lighthouse Point, Fla.).
The Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to the RU team member with the highest GPA, was awarded to sophomore attackman Campbell Sode (Dallas, Texas).
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