Gano Award Added To Impressive List
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2014 Bulldogs gathered for a final time this spring to hand out the Yale Lacrosse Association Awards, and the theme of the ceremony was hard work, dedication and productivity get rewarded.
Sophomore midfielder Mark Glicini played a huge role for the Elis this spring, and his strength and speed were key elements to his game. That's why he received the Winthrop Smith Award for superior conditioning that inspired his teammates.
The Better brothers took a pair of association honors. Charlie was given the Dan Casman Award for spirit and morale, while David earned the Corrigan-Pershing Award for the most improved Bulldog. David played in all 14 games and became a starter on defense when Christopher Keating went down with an injury midway through the season.
It was no surprise that Yale's leading scorer, junior Conrad Oberbeck, received the Walter T. Collins Award as the best offensive player on the team. The attackman scored 38 goals and had 50 points. He now has 94 career goals and sits seventh in the school record book.
Another no-brainer was Dylan Levings taking the Merrick Award for the most ground balls. Levings, for a third straight year, was the team leader in ground balls (104) while being the Elis' top face-off man.
The defensive MVP award, the Christian Prince Memorial, went to sophomore Michael Quinn, who had 37 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers.
The L.C. Stowell Award for the team's MVP went to senior captain Jimmy Craft. The Darien, Conn., native anchored the Bulldog defense while playing every game. Defense was his thing, but offense got him on Sports Center's Top 10 Plays the night the Elis beat Lehigh. Craft, in his own end, saw a vacated net down field and fired a shot that caught everyone by surprise.
Jack Meyer, the senior backup goalie, was the recipient of the Donald J. Reape Memorial Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the character, spirit, dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm that his son Don gave to Yale Lacrosse.
A new award this spring, the William Brad Gano '78 Memorial Award celebrates the life of the former Yale captain who passed away in 2012. That honor went to senior Alex Otero, who played in 12 of the 14 games as a short-stick defensive midfielder
2014 YALE LACROSSE ASSOCIATION AWARDS
DAN CASMAN AWARD: Awarded to the underclassman who has contributed most to team spirit and morale.... Charlie Better '17 (Greenwich, Conn.)
WALTER T. COLLINS '23 AWARD: Awarded annually to a player who by his overall ability and play has been selected as the best offensive lacrosse player of the season… Conrad Oberbeck '15 (Greenwich, Conn.)
RICHARD CORRIGAN - RICHARD W. PERSHING AWARD: Presented annually to that member of the varsity lacrosse team who has shown the most improvement over the course of one season... David Better '15 (Greenwich, Conn.)
DONALD J. REAPE MEMORIAL AWARD: Presented annually by Donald J. Reape to that upperclassman who best exemplifies the character, spirit, dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm that his son Don gave to Yale Lacrosse.... Jack Meyer '14 (Manhasset, NY)
WINTHROP A. SMITH AWARD: Presented by DeForest W. Smith '61, Winthrop S. Smith '59, and Donford M. Smith - Middlebury '60 to that member of the lacrosse team whose superior conditioning and team play has served as an inspiration to his teammates.... Mark Glicini '16 (Mahwah, NJ)
L. C. STOWELL AWARD: Presented annually to the most valuable player on the varsity squad.... Jimmy Craft '14 (Darien, Conn.)
CHRISTIAN PRINCE MEMORIAL AWARD: Awarded annually to a player who by his overall ability and play has been selected as the best defensive lacrosse player of the season... Michael Quinn '16 (Port Washington, NY)
ROBERT G. MERRICK MEMORIAL TROPHY: Awarded to player who has the most ground balls.... Dylan Levings '14 (Massapequa, NY)
WILLIAM "BRAD" GANO '78 MEMORIAL AWARD: Presented annually to that member of the team whose determination, tenacity, and character demonstrates the mental and physical toughness that best embodies Brad's spirit of competitiveness… Alex Otero '14 (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director