May 1, 2003
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced the 2003 All-MAAC post-season men's lacrosse honors at the MAAC Championship banquet, held in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Thursday, May 1.
Junior Brian O'Rorke (Montclair, N.J.) earned Defensive Player of the Year and All-MAAC First-Team honors for the second-straight season. Senior midfielder Skip Dunphy (Manhasset, N.Y.) also was selected to the First Team. Sophomore midfielder Frank Bosco (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) and sophomore goaltender Andrew McMinn (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned Second-Team honors.
O'Rorke, a 6-3, 240-pound long-stick defender, was honored as MAAC Rookie of the Year in 2001. He has earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honors each of the last two seasons. O'Rorke also earned First-Team honors for the second-straight season, making him one of the most decorated men's lacrosse players all-time at Providence. He battled injury this season, playing in just 12 of PC's 15 games prior to the MAAC Championship. He registered 33 groundballs and won eight of 22 face-off opportunities (.364). In three seasons with the Friars, O'Rorke has collected 118 career groundballs. A native of Montclair, N.J., he is the son of Richard and Mary-Ann O'Rorke.
Dunphy, a midfielder, has left his mark at Providence College as one of the most prolific scorers all-time. In 2003, he played in just nine games for the Friars because of a fractured scapula, but ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists. Dunphy earned post-season Conference honors for the first time in his collegiate career. He became the 17th player in program history to score 100 career points. Dunphy currently ranks 15th all-time in career goals at PC (63) and is tied for 10th all-time in career assists (50), for a total of 113 career points. His 113 career points rank 11th all-time in the PC record books. Dunphy also has 77 groundballs in his career. He is the son of Carol and Frank Dunphy.
Bosco, a midfielder, earned post-season Conference honors for the first time in his collegiate career. In 2003, Bosco finished the regular season with 13 points on seven goals and six assists. In two seasons with the Friars, Bosco has amassed 33 points on 20 goals and 13 assists. He also has collected a total of 52 groundballs. A native of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., he is the son of Frank and Barbara Bosco.
McMinn, a goaltender, also earned post-season Conference honors for the first time in his collegiate career. In 2003, he served as the starting goaltender and he finished the regular season with a 7-6 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the MAAC. He topped the MAAC in save percentage (.630) and goals against average (6.86). He was sensational versus MAAC opponents, allowing just 40 goals and recording 80 saves in eight games for a 4.99 goals against average and a .667 save percentage. According to the latest NCAA Division I statistical release distributed on April 29, 2003, McMinn ranks fourth among all Division I goaltenders in goals against average and fifth in save percentage. McMinn earned MAAC Goaltender of the Week honors twice during the regular-season (April 7, April 28). A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he is the son of Charles McMinn.
The Friars finished the 2003 regular season with a 7-8 overall record and earned a first-place tie in the MAAC standings with a 7-1 mark. The team's finish in the MAAC standings earned PC its highest finish ever in conference play and No. 2 seed in the 2003 MAAC Championship Tournament. The Friars' seven wins are the most ever in the eight years the team has been affiliated with the MAAC. Providence is making its third-straight trip to the MAAC Tournament under fifth-year Head Coach Chris Burdick. The team is scheduled to face third-seeded St. Joseph's in the semifinals on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. If the Friars advance to the finals, they will face the winner of No. 1 Mount St. Mary's versus No. 4 Canisius on Sunday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m.