James Courter Named MAAC Defensive Player Of The Year For Men's Lacrosse

May 3, 2007

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Providence College was well represented when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced its post-season honors for men's lacrosse at the league's annual championship banquet on Thursday, May 3. Friar senior defender James Courter (Lincoln Park, N.J.) was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-MAAC First Team. Senior goalkeeper Peter Littell (Upper Montclair, N.J.) joined Courter on the All-MAAC First Team, while seniors Brendan Ryan (Chatham, N.J.), Mark Bundra (Winnetka, Ill.) and Pat James (Lansdale, Pa.) each earned All-MAAC Second-Team recognition.

Courter becomes the second Friar all-time to earn MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Former Providence great, Brian O'Rorke `04, was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year three-straight seasons from 2002 to 2004. The Friar captain, also earns All-MAAC honors for the third-consecutive season, including the second-straight season as a member of the First Team. Prior to the start of the 2007 campaign, Courter was selected to the Preseason All-MAAC Team. He has played every game of his collegiate career - a total of 64 games. This year, Courter has picked up 22 groundballs and has a career total of 97 pick-ups as a Friar.

Littell, who earned Second-Team honors in 2006, has played stellar in goal for PC. In 728:55 minutes of action, he owns a 7.90 goals against average and a 0.571 save percentage. He also is tied for third among his teammates in groundballs (30). With Littell between the pipes this season, Providence finished the regular season ranked 10th in the nation in scoring defense and seventh in the nation in man-down defense. On April 30, he earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time this season and fourth time in his career

Ryan, an attackman, became the 20th player in program history to reach the 100-point career milestone as he tallied a season-high six points vs. Marist on April 18. To date, Ryan owns 24 goals and 83 assists for 107 career points. His 107 points are tied for 16th all-time at Providence, while his 83 assists are good for fourth on PC's all-time list. This season, Ryan leads the team in scoring (31 points) and assists (25). It marks the second-straight season he has reached the 30-point plateau, and the fourth-straight season that he has led the Friars in assists. His 25 assists mark a single-season career high.

Bundra, a midfielder, earns All-MAAC honors for the first time in his career. He is second on the team in scoring (22 points), third in goals (14) and second in assists (eight). He owns one game-winning goal this season and has tallied two man-up goals. He has scored at least two points in each of PC's last five MAAC games, including a season-high five points (four goals, one assist) vs. Wagner on April 7.

James, is one of three Friar defenders who was honored as an All-MAAC selection on Thursday night. He earns All-MAAC recognition for the first time in his career as a member of the Second-Team. He started all 14 games for Providence this season and finished fifth among his teammates in groundballs with 26. James also was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team for the second-straight season.

Joining James as a MAAC All-Academic selection is junior Colin Reposa. Both student-athletes are pursuing their undergraduate degrees in managment. Reposa has played in 14 games for the Friars at midfield and has picked up 23 groundballs.

Providence opens MAAC Tournament action on Friday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Siena in the first semifinal game of the afternoon. The game will be played at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. The winner will advance to the championship game, slated for Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m., and face the winner of the second semifinal (Canisius or St. Josephs'). The second semifinal is scheduled to be played at 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The winner of the MAAC Tournament title will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.



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