WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross men's lacrosse head coach Jim Morrissey has announced the 2012 team awards. Senior midfielder A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.), junior attackman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.), senior defenseman David Henry (Davidsonville, Md.), senior attackman Ricky DeCicco (Manhasset, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Ryan Troy (Summit, N.J.), sophomore attackman John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.), senior defenseman Greg Peterson (West Hartford, Conn.) and freshman midfielder Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) all received team awards.
Guarente was named the winner of the Major Robert E. Mand Coaches Award for the 2012 season. The award was named after Major Robert Mand who was the school's first head coach from 1954-1956. This is the program's first award and was started in 1958. Guarente was the main face-off taker for all four years. He led the team this season with a career-best 59 ground balls. He has 117 ground balls for his career and has played 57 games. Guarente has also been a strong leader as he is a team captain and a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
Kennedy received the Offensive Player of the Year Award. Kennedy led the team in assists with 19 and points with 42. He started all 15 games for the Crusaders and concluded his junior year with 23 goals. In his career Kennedy has recorded 103 points with 64 goals and 39 assists.
Henry was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Henry started 14 of the 15 games for Holy Cross this season. Henry finished his career with 93 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers. Henry is also a team captain and has played in 59 career games with 93 ground balls, 41 caused turnovers, one goal, one assist and two points. As a junior he was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
DeCicco was named the winner of the John H. Price Award. DeCicco played in seven games for the Crusaders and recorded two goals with a .500 shot percentage. DeCicco has played in 24 career games with three goals and four ground balls. As a junior he was a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
The award for the Most Improved Player went to both Troy and Daugherty. Troy started 11 of 15 games and was second on the team in caused turnovers with 14. Daugherty played in 13 games for Holy Cross and recorded three goals and was second on the team with seven assists.
Peterson earned the Martha Lemley Unsung Player Award. Peterson played in 36 career games with 33 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers. This season he was second on the team with a career-best 14 caused turnovers. He is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
McKenna was named the Joseph M. Murphy III Rookie of the Year after playing in 15 games and recording six goals, three assists, 41 shots and 18 ground balls. Before McKenna was a Crusader he earned US Lacrosse All-America, NJSIAA first team All-State, first team All-County, first team All-Conference, second team Star Ledger All-State honors and was a National Merit Scholar.