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Green Takes DSC Lacrosse Player of the Year Honors


WINGATE, NC -- Catawba College senior attacker Kurt Green (San Diego, CA/Mt. Carmel HS), who is second in the conference in goals and assists per game, has been named the 2008 Deep South Conference Player of the Year.  It was announced by the league on Monday.  He is the first Catawba player to claim the Player of the Year honor from the DSC.

Green has collected 29 goals and 41 points during the season, leading the Indians to a 3-1 conference record, good for a second place finish.  Two of the goals were game-winners and he has added 28 ground balls.

Saint Leo freshman midfielder Greg Geiss was named the Freshman of the Year, while Wingate’s Sonny Ziegler was honored as Coach of the Year.  A Syracuse, N.Y. native, Geiss has seven goals and four assists on the season, while also collecting 27 ground balls.  Ziegler has led the Wingate lacrosse team to an 11-2 overall record, and a perfect 4-0 league mark.  The Bulldogs are currently ranked ninth in the country.

Joining Green on the All-DSC team is senior defender Matt Puccio (Oakton, VA/Oakton HS).  Puccio leads the team with 25 caused turnovers on the season and has also recorded 51 groundballs.  He has chipped in with one assist.  Senior goalie Ben Huber (Westminster, MD/Westminster HS), junior Wayne Carbiener (Orlando, FL/Olympia HS) and sophomore Nick Desper (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill HS) received honorable mention status. 

2008 All-Deep South Conference Lacrossse Team and Award Winners

A - Kurt Green, CATAWBA, Sr.
A - Kyle Costello, Wingate, Sr.
A - David Hodgins, Mars Hill, Jr.
M - Steve Torkington, Wingate, Sr.
M - Danny Farmer, Mars Hill, So.
M - Mark Hodsdon, Wingate, Jr.
D - Evan Schaller, Wingate, Jr.
D - Matt Puccio, CATAWBA, Sr.
D - Colbe Klein, Mars Hill, Sr.
D - Michael Watson, Wingate, Sr.
SPEC. - Bob Chinn, Wingate, Sr.
SPEC. - Kris Frier, Mars Hill, Jr.
G - Nick Sigona, Mars Hill, Jr.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Gregg Geiss, Saint Leo
COACH OF THE YEAR: Sonny Ziegler, Wingate

Honorable Mention
Nick Desper, CATAWBA, So., Attack 
Wayne Carbiener, CATAWBA, Jr., Midfield
Tyler Farmer, Mars Hill, Fr., Midfield 
Mark Dargon, Saint Leo, Jr., Midfield 
Kyle Marceau, Saint Leo, So., Midfield
Greg Geiss, Saint Leo, Fr., Specialist  
Jeffrey Cizdziel, Mars Hill, Jr., Specialist
Ryu Arakawa, Saint Leo, So., Defense   
Alec Rahe, Saint Leo, Jr., Defense   
Ben Huber, CATAWBA, Sr., Goalie
Dave Suthers, Wingate, Sr., Goalie

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