Dave Brown's selection as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Most Valuable Player was the highlight as he was joined by five of his Albion College teammates on the all-MIAA men's lacrosse teams released by Sheila Blackman, the league's director of media relations on Tuesday.
A senior from Milford, Mich., Brown anchored a defense that allowed 37 goals, second-only to MIAA champion Hope College, in the seven contests against league rivals. A three-time all-MIAA first team pick, Brown's physical presence gained the attention of rivals even though he does not gain credit for as many caused turnovers and ground balls as some of his teammates.
Brown continues Albion's string of Defensive MVP award winners, following Kyle Formanczyk in 2015 and Kyle DeCamp in 2016 and 2017.
Brown was joined on the all-MIAA first team by sophomore goalkeeper Trevor McManus, first-year faceoff specialist Quinn Dobrzelewski and senior midfielder Brandon Lebioda. Brown's defensive mate, senior Matt Lowes, and attack man Alec Palmer were all-MIAA second team selections.
McManus, from Canton, Mich., is a repeat selection to the all-MIAA first team. He led MIAA goalkeepers in save percentage (66.3) and played an important role as Albion gained one-goal victories over Trine University and Alma College on the road. In all, McManus collected 55 saves and achieved a 5.53 goals against average in six starts against league rivals.
A Clarkston product, Dobrzelewski won the faceoff 76 percent of the time and collected a MIAA-best 82 ground balls in seven contests against league rivals. He also got involved in the offense, dishing out a pair of assists.
Lebioda, from Romeo, Mich., produced nine goals, eight assists, and nine ground balls in seven contests against MIAA rivals.
Palmer, from Spring Lake, Mich., scored a goal in every MIAA game, including three against Calvin College, Olivet College and Hope College. He scored twice in the second half at Alma, including the game-winning goal with 2:02 left in regulation.
Lowes, a Vicksburg High School product from Scotts, Mich., is Albion's defensive leader with 22 ground balls against MIAA rivals.
Albion, 8-7 overall and 6-1 against MIAA rivals during the regular season, has a 8 p.m. Wednesday date with Trine in the semifinal round of the MIAA Tournament. Admission - $7 for general admission and $5 for non-MIAA students – will be charged at the entrance to the Davis Athletic Complex. MIAA faculty and students must present their ID card to be admitted free.
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