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Eaton Highlights Pilgrim League Yearly Honors as Two-Time Player of the Year

Eaton Highlights Pilgrim League Yearly Honors as Two-Time Player of the Year Springfield, Mass. - May 9, 2011 - Senior Mark Eaton was named the Pilgrim Lacrosse League's Player of the Year on Monday afternoon for the second-consecutive season. Eaton joined seven other teammates on the all-conference teams as well as Springfield won its fourth-consecutive league title.

Along with Eaton, teammates Mike Delia, Shawn Runyon, Shane Ferguson, and Tim Cimini were first-team all-conference honorees, while Tyler O'Keefe and Jarrid Johnson took home second-team honors.

This marks the fourth-straight season that Springfield has won the Pilgrim League Player of the Year as Chris Sharpe won in 2008, Jake Beebe in 2009, and now Eaton the last two seasons.

Eaton had another dominant season for Springfield as the Westford, Mass. native has gone 162-240 from the face-off “X”, totaling a 67.5 winning percentage. In league play, Eaton was unstoppable as he went 57-68 on draws, racking up an incredible 83.8 winning percentage. He has a team-best 114 ground balls and ranks in the top-10 nationally in both face-off percentage and ground balls per game.

Delia earns his third-straight first-team all-conference nod in a season where he moved from midfield to attack. The Wading River, N.Y. native has quarterbacked Springfield's offense with 44 points, including a team-best 26 helpers to go along with his 18 goals.

In his first full season with Springfield, Ferguson has been a force on the Pride's first midfield line. The Mamaroneck, N.Y. product has notched 42 points off 30 goals and 12 assists, including a team-best five man-up goals. The junior has heated up of late with six straight games with at least three points.

Capping off his impressive career, Runyon had a terrific senior year as he leads Springfield with 45 points thanks to a balanced effort of 23 goals and 22 assists. The Fairport, N.Y. native has added 43 ground balls and reached the career 100 point milestone in the Pilgrim League Championship victory.

Cimini had a standout junior campaign for Springfield at close defense. Hailing from West Hartford, Conn., he led Springfield with 20 caused turnovers this season and added 28 ground balls. Cimini helped bolster a Springfield defense that allowed jut 8.25 goals per game.

In a breakout senior season, Johnson has registered 42 points out of Springfield's midfield unit. Scoring a team-high 35 goals, the Orlando, Fla. native has been one of Springfield's most dependable offensive weapons, scoring at least three points in 10 games, including in his last six straight contests.

O'Keefe earns his first all-conference accolade after a steller season as the Pride's longstick midfielder. A native of Concord, N.H., he has picked up 26 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers while being a key component in Springfield's transition offense. He has also added four goals and an assist this season.

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