The Northeast Conference announced its All-NEC awards tonight and New Jersey resident Matthew Pedicine was among the top athletes earning honors.
Hobart College lacrosse junior faceoff specialist Matthew Pedicine, of Clark, and first-year midfielder Ryan Archer earned All-NEC second team recognition while Archer also earned a spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team.
Pedicine had the most dominant season at the faceoff X of any Division I Statesman. He finished the year with a .659 winning percentage at the X, the highest season success rate by a Division I Statesman.
In fact, it’s the highest winning percentage by any Statesman since 1989, the year Hobart won its 10th consecutive NCAA Division III National Championship. Pedicine did not have a losing record at the X in any game this season. He won 189 faceoffs, second among Division I Statesmen behind only Bobby Dattilo’s 192 wins in 2011.
Bryant’s Kenny Massa was the first team faceoff specialist. Pedicine won 14-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high nine ground balls when he faced the senior in Smithfield, R.I., on April 21.
A 4-year varsity letter winner at Arthur L. Johnson High School, Pedicine played lacrosse as a midfielder and scored 98 goals, 58 assists, and 420 ground balls and also played football for the Crusaders at running back.
Over the last six games of the season, Pedicine averaged 10.1 ground balls per game, finishing the season with a team-leading 101, the most by a Statesman since 1996. He is the first Hobart player to collect 100 ground balls in a season since 1997. Pedicine was sixth in the nation and second in the NEC in faceoff percentage and 10th in the nation and third in the NEC in ground balls per game (7.07).
In three seasons at Hobart, Pedicine has appeared in 43 games, scoring two goals, earning two assists, collecting 151 ground balls with a .580 faceoff winning percentage.
Archer started 13 of the 14 games he appeared in this season, producing 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points. He had at least one point in each of his first 13 collegiate games. Archer was named the NEC Co-Rookie of the Week after he posted a hat trick in Hobart’s 17-6 win over Binghamton. He notched a season-high seven points on two goals and five assists in an 11-5 NEC win at Wagner. Archer finished the year third on the team in assists and fourth in both goals and points.
According to the NCAA’s metric, Hobart faced the toughest schedule among NEC teams this season. Out of conference, the Statesmen squared off with four teams currently ranked in the USILA top 20, No. 10 Cornell, No. 13 Syracuse, No. 17 Georgetown and No. 19 Penn State. Hobart ended the year with a 4-10 overall record.
The Statesmen are expected to return eight players that started 10 or more games this season. Six of the team’s seven players with 11 or more points are also expected back.
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