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Zach Currier Named First-Team All-Ivy League; Five Tigers Honored

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/04/2016
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Zach Currier is way more than just a list of goals and assists could ever begin to explain.

The Ivy League men's lacrosse coaches realize this. Their voting proves it.

Currier, a do-everything midfielder who rarely leaves the field, was named a first-team All-Ivy League selection by a vote of the league's head coaches. Currier was joined on the All-Ivy teams by four other Princeton players, as attackman Ryan Ambler and midfielder Austin Sims were named second-team and defenseman Bear Goldstein and face-off man Sam Bonafede earned honorable mention.

Brown's Dylan Molloy, the nation's leading scorer, was the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year.

Currier, a junior, can face-off, play the wings on face-offs, cause turnovers, pick up ground balls at an incredible rate and even score and feed. He plays in Princeton's first and second offensive midfield lines and often plays on the defensive end of the field.

Currier leads Ivy League midfielders in assists with 17, and he also has scored 14 goals for 31 points, third on the team. He currently ranks 10th in Division I in ground balls per game; none of the nine players in front of him on that list has more than 13 points for the season.

His 75 ground balls are 31 more than Bonafede, who has the next-best total on the team, and are at least three times as many as any other player other than Bonafede. His 15 caused turnovers also lead the team.

Ambler finished his career 10th all-time at Princeton with 168 points and seventh all-time at Princeton with 92 assists. He is one of four players in program history with at least 75 career goals and 90 career assists.

As a senior Ambler led the team in scoring with 46 points and assists with 27.

Sims went from no goals as a freshman to 23 this year as a sophomore, a total that was second-best on the team. He also had two assists, for 25 points.

Sims scored 18 of his goals in the final eight games of the year.

Goldstein is the only player on the team who has started every game of his career. A defenseman who was a second-team All-Ivy League pick a year ago, he was also a team captain as a junior.

Goldstein finished the season with seven caused turnovers and 23 ground balls.

Bonafede won 95 of 189 face-offs during his sophomore year. He also added the first two goals of his career.

Currier's selection means Princeton has had at least one first-team All-Ivy League selection every year since 1990.

 

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*Dylan Molloy, Brown (Jr., A – Setauket, N.Y.)

CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
Reed Junkin, Penn (Fr., GK – Wayland, Mass.)
Simon Mathias, Penn (Fr., A – Ridgefield, Conn.)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Lars Tiffany, Brown

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Devin Dwyer, Harvard (Sr., A – Garden City, N.Y.)
*Dylan Molloy, Brown (Jr., A – Setauket, N.Y.)
Ben Reeves, Yale (So., A – Macedon, N.Y.)
Brendan Caputo, Brown (Sr., M – Westbury, N.Y.)
Zach Currier, Princeton (Jr., M – Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)
Michael Keasey, Yale (Sr., M – Newport Beach, Calif.)
Joe Lang, Harvard (So., M – Mill Valley, Calif.)
Bobby Duvnjak, Harvard (Sr., D – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Michael Quinn, Yale (Sr., D – Port Washington, N.Y.)
Alec Tulett, Brown (Jr., D – Toronto)
Connor Keating, Penn (So., LSM – Gladwyne, Pa.)
Larken Kemp, Brown (Jr., LSM – Greenwich, Conn.)
Will Gural, Brown (Sr., FO – Haverford, Pa.)
*Jack Kelly, Brown (Sr., GK – West Islip, N.Y.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY%
Ryan Ambler, Princeton (Sr., A – Rydal, Pa.)
Morgan Cheek, Harvard (So., A – Wellesley, Mass.)
Nick Doktor, Penn (Sr., A – Rochester, N.Y.)
John Edmonds, Cornell (Sr., M – East Setauket, N.Y.)
Eric Scott, Yale (Jr., M – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Austin Sims, Princeton (So., M – Fairfield, Conn.)
Kevin Gayhardt, Penn (Jr., D – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Chris Keating, Yale (Jr., D – Windham, N.H.)
Walker Kirby, Harvard (Sr., D – Morristown, N.J.)
JJ Ntshaykolo, Brown (So., D – San Francisco)
Jake Pulver, Cornell (So., D – Manilus, N.Y.)
Jack Breit, Harvard (Sr., LSM – Essex Fells, N.J.)
Dom Massimilian, Cornell (Jr., FO – Dallas)
Brennan Donville, Cornell (Sr., GK – Oakville, Ontario, Canada)
Reed Junkin, Penn (Fr., GK – Wayland, Mass.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Kylor Bellistri, Brown (Sr., A – Potomac, Md.)
Henry Blynn, Brown (Sr., A – Villanova, Pa.)
Simon Mathias, Penn (Fr., A – Ridgefield, Conn.)
Jack Korzelius, Dartmouth (So., M – Purchase, N.Y.)
Ryan Matthews, Cornell (Sr., M – Manhasset, N.Y.)
Bear Goldstein, Princeton (Jr., D – Dallas)
Sam Bonafede, Princeton (So., FO – Bayshore, N.Y.)

*-Unanimous selection
^-First team expanded from 12 due to ties in the voting
%-Second team expanded from 12 due to ties in the voting

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