(Morrisville, NY – May 2013) The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office announced its individual award winners, naming Morrisville State College freshman attack, Louis Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y. / Lafayette HS) the 2013 Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year.
Geswaldo led Morrisville State in scoring this season, posting 25 goals and assisting another 13 for 38 team points. Three of his tallies came on man-up opportunities, and he added 28 ground balls and three caused turnovers to his tallies in 13 games.
The freshman averaged 2.08 goals and 1.08 assists per game for the Mustangs, posting a collegiate best five goals against Hilbert, and a high seven points behind a four goal, three assist performance against SUNYIT earlier this season. Five times Geswaldo recorded four or more points in a single game.
He currently ranks eighth overall in the conference in goals scored and is ninth in points tallied. Geswaldo also ranks 10thoverall in assists and is ranked nationally in four separate statistical categories in all of Division III in his first season of collegiate competition.
Head coach Jason Longo had said that it is a commendable honor for Geswaldo to be recognized as the top rookie player among all conference competitors. “I’m extremely happy for him to be receiving this award. He is an all around hard working player that has an impact on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. While our attack unit fed off his ability to make great plays on the field, the opposing defensive unit had to work overtime to contain him.”
His play on the field throughout the season assisted Morrisville State in securing their fourth straight appearance in the NEAC Championship Tournament.
“He’s the type of kid every coach wants on their team. We look forward to the impact he will have on our program in future seasons,” said Longo.
Geswaldo was also named to the All-Conference second team at attack.