Bowers Named Player of the Year; Men's Lax Places 10 on Skyline All-Conference Team

Montclair, NJ (5/5/08) – Junior goalkeeper Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, NJ / Pope John XXIII) was named the Skyline Conference Co-Player of the Year as regular-season champion Montclair State placed 10 total players, including six on the First Team as the league unveiled its 2008 All-Conference Team on Monday.

Freshman Anthony Dzienkiewcz ( Jackson, NJ / Jackson Memorial) was named the Rookie of the Year as he became the second straight Red Hawk to claim that honor.

Joining Bowers on the First Team were senior attack Bryan Klimchak ( Clark, NJ / Arthur L. Johnson), midfielders Taylor Bonner ( Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) and John Schiavone ( Montclair, NJ / Montclair); long-stick midfielder Matt Sharp ( Wilmington, DE / Salesianum) and defender Patrick Ferry ( Clifton, NJ / Clifton). Junior attack A.J. Bachman ( Montville, NJ / Mountain Lakes), midfielder Mario Passafiume ( Boonton, NJ / Mountain Lakes) and defenders Dzienkiewicz and Collin Marsh ( Asbury, NJ / North Hunterdon) were named to the Second Team.

The 10 players helped the Red Hawks to a 12-5 record this past season, including a 5-0 mark in the Skyline during the regular season. MSU also reached the championship game of the league tournament.

Bowers, a now two-time Skyline selection, led the conference in every goalkeeping category. The all-time saves leader in Montclair State history, Bowers posted a goals against average of 6.75 (second-best in school history) while making 192 saves as he ran his career record to 671 in three season. Bowers, who was named the Skyline Player of the Week on March 24, had a .646 save percentage this season and also set the career record for win as he is now 30-17.

Dzienkiewicz was second on the team in ground balls with 57 and third in caused turnovers as he forced 23, including seven against New York Maritime in the Red Hawks 14-6 win over the Privateers on April 16. The number tied the single-game record.

Klimchak was one of the top goal scorers in the league this past season. Second all-time in goals scored and one of five players in MSU history to record 200 points, Klimchak was second on the team in goals scored (37) and points (48) as he led the conference with 17 man-up tallies while also ranking fifth in goals per game (2.12) and ninth in points per contest (2.88)

Bonner, who had three goals in the conference championship game, was also among the Top 10 in scoring in the Skyline this season as he was ranked 10 th in points per game (2.59). He finished third on the team in goals (26) and points (44) and was second in assists with 18 while also registering 61 ground balls (2 nd on the team) and forcing nine turnovers in 17 games.

Schiavone led the Red Hawks in faceoff wins (99 and a .576 percentage) while also adding 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. Sharp earned his third All-Conference honors (2 nd Skyline accolade) as he led the Red Hawks with 65 ground balls while forcing 29 turnovers, which was second on the team. Ferry goes from Rookie of the Year in 2007 to a First-Team choice this season as he anchored a defensive unit that led the league in goals against average allowing 112 goals overall and just 22 in league games. Ferry accumulated a 38 ground balls and forced a team-leading 33 turnovers .

Bachman led the Red Hawks in scoring with 43 goals and 49 points he ranked 1 st in the league in goals per game (2.53), eighth in points per contest (2.88) while scoring five game-winning tallies (1 st in the Skyline). Passafiume scored 14 goals and had 32 ground balls while Marsh added 43 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.