COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse interim head coach Pat Ivory '08 was named Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday, while seniors Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) and Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) both landed all-conference accolades.
Previously a four-year player at the College before serving as an assistant coach for three seasons between 2009 and 2011, and during the fall portion of the 2011-12 school year, Ivory returned to the program as the interim head coach this past January. In his first season as a college head coach, Ivory led the Purple Knights to a 9-2 NE-10 mark, as the squad set a program record for conference victories and at one point broke the school standard with nine straight wins.
At 10-4 overall, Saint Michael's earned the No. 4 seed in the NE-10 Championship, which begins today when the Purple Knights host No. 5 Southern New Hampshire University in a first-round contest at 2 p.m. Under Ivory's guidance, Saint Michael's has been nationally ranked for much of the season, currently sitting 11th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll. The team was also fourth in last week's NCAA North Region rankings.
The Purple and Gold is one win short of matching last season's school record, and is second in the nation in caused turnovers per game (11.6), fourth in man-down defense (81.9) and is tied for seventh in scoring defense (7.5). The squad is first in the region in caused turnovers per contest and man-down defense.
An attack, Vanzo landed his second straight NE-10 All-Conference second team accolade. He stands second in the league in points (53), third in goals (32) and tied for fourth in assists (21). Vanzo's point total is tied for the sixth best in school annals, and he has matched three others for ninth in helpers. In his third season with the program, Vanzo is one of only two Purple Knights to ever reach the 100-point plateau during a career that lasted fewer than four seasons. He is fourth all time in assists (55), seventh in points (137), and tied for ninth in goals (82).
Zuccarini drew his first career honor, earning a spot on the all-league second team. The midfielder has set career highs in goals (19), points (26) and ground balls (16) in his third season with the program. During his career, Zuccarini has 46 goals and 68 points in 46 contests.