HIGH POINT, N.C. – University of Mount Olive's Jacob Ball and Belmont Abbey College's Liam Osborne were voted the 2018 Co-Conference Carolinas Men's Lacrosse Offensive Players of the Year. Mount Olive's Will Urban collected the league's Defensive Player of the Year, while Limestone College's Noah Lindner was named the Freshman of the Year. Additionally, Mount Olive's Mike Murphy garnered Coach of the Year honors, the Conference announced today.
Ball, a senior from Newtown, Conn., earned Conference Carolinas Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors for the first time in his career. Ball led the Trojans this season in goals (26), assists (17), and points (43), while also scooping up 33 groundballs.
Osborne, a junior attack from Bowmanville, Ontario, was named Conference Carolinas Co-Offensive Player of the Year collecting 53 points on 33 goals and 20 assists durinng the 2018 season.
Urban, a senior from Bel Air, Md., earned Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year honors for the first time in his career. He has started all 15 games for UMO, leading the nation in save percentage (62.1) and ranking second in goals-against average (6.57) with 151 total saves.
Lindner, a freshman from Apple Valley, Minn., becomes just the second player in Limestone history to be selected the Freshman of the Year. Lindner has dished out a team-best 20 assists in his rookie campaign, and enters the Conference Carolinas Championship currently ranked fourth on the team with 35 points.
Murphy, in his sixth season at UMO, coached the Trojans to their first-ever regular season Conference Carolinas Championship in 2018. Murphy has a career record of 66-29, 24-11 in conference play, and has led UMO the Conference Carolinas tournament each of the last five years.
All-Conference Carolinas First Team
A – Liam Osborne, Belmont Abbey
A – Brendan P. Smith, Limestone
A – Jacob Ball, Mount Olive
A – Adam Wiedemann, Belmont Abbey
MF – Clark Walter, Limestone
MF – Cody Solmosy, Limestone
MF – Thatcher Clark, Mount Olive
MF – Tyler Papa, Limestone
D – Cole Groebner, Mount Olive
D – Anthony Cesario, Belmont Abbey
D – Jacob Williams, Mount Olive
D – Tyler Gaulton, Limestone
LSM – Skyler King, Mount Olive
Spec. – Dakota Kirsh-Downs, Limestone
GK – Will Urban, Mount Olive
All-Conference Carolinas Second Team
A – Nick Lavoy, Chowan
A – Alec Molander, Lees-McRae
A – Ethan Landreth, North Greenville
MF – Anthony Alfonso, Chowan
MF – Alex Proly, North Greenville
MF – Kyle McGinley, Belmont Abbey
MF – Gunner Parson, Mount Olive
D – Bailey Bourgeois, Limestone
D – Cody Agrella, Belmont Abbey
D – Austin Peper, Mount Olive
LSM – Jordan Stouros, Limestone
LSM – Conor Larkin, Belmont Abbey
Spec. – Logan Bryant, North Greenville
Spec. – Brady Elbin, Mount Olive
GK – Cole Aikens, Limestone
Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Jacob Ball, Mount Olive
Liam Osborne, Belmont Abbey
Defensive Player of the Year
Will Urban, Mount Olive
Freshman of the Year
Noah Lindner, Limestone
Coach of the Year
Mike Murphy, Mount Olive
Regular Season Men's Lacrosse Champions
University of Mount Olive
Belmont Abbey College
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA DII membership process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.