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Statesmen earn 6 ECAC postseason honors

Five Hobart College lacrosse players and the team’s head coach were among those honored when the ECAC Lacrosse League announced its postseason awards earlier this week. Senior attackman Daryl Veltman (Salisbury School/Coquitlam, B.C.) represented the Statesmen on the first team, while senior attackman Jamie Kirk (Salisbury School/Orangeville, Ontario), senior midfielder Sean Murphy (Bishop Timon-St. Jude/Buffalo, N.Y.), senior defenseman Rafe Mattingly (Rush-Henrietta/Henrietta, N.Y.), and junior d-middie Matt Smalley (Avon Old Farms/Cumberland, R.I.) garnered second team recognition. In a vote of the conference coaches, Matt Kerwick ’90 shared the Coach of the Year award with Loyola’s Charlie Toomey. A three-time All-ECAC selection, Veltman is making his first appearance on the first team. He led the Statesmen in goals in each of his four seasons, including 26 tallies in 2008. Veltman also notched 11 assists to finish second on the team in points with 37. He led Hobart with five extra-man goals and collected 23 ground balls. Veltman finished the season ranked 16th in the nation in goals per game (2.36) and 23rd in points per game (3.36). He was named the conference Offensive Player of the Week three times this year. Just the 16th Statesman to record 100 career goals, Veltman holds the Hobart Division I records for goals (109) and points (162) and ranks 15th in both categories on the school’s all-time lists. He was named the co-winner of the 2008 “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award, presented to Hobart’s most outstanding senior athlete. A transfer from Vermont, Kirk led the Statesmen in assists and points for the second consecutive season. He racked up 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in 2008. Kirk’s assist total this season is third on Hobart’s Division I list, trailing his own record of 38 set last season. A gifted passer with incredible vision, he was 11th in the nation in assists per game (1.79) this season and led the nation (2.71) last season. In 28 games at Hobart, Kirk compiled 27 goals and 63 assists for 90 points. His 63 assists are third among Division I Statesmen and are 16th on the all-time list. Coupled with 27 games for the Catamounts, Kirk completed his collegiate career with 49 goals and 104 assists for 154 points. A talented two-way midfielder, Murphy was fifth on the team with 18 points (12-6) this season. He scored a season-high two goals four times this year against Saint Joseph’s, Rutgers, St. John’s, and Loyola. Murphy registered a season-high three points (1-2) in a 13-4 win over Hartford. He closed out his career with 46 goals and 19 assists for 65 points as well as 88 ground balls. Hobart’s unquestioned leader on defense, Mattingly started all 14 games this season. He finished third on the team in ground balls with 34, collecting a season-high four in back-to-back games against Saint Joseph’s and Georgetown. Matched up with opponent’s top scoring threats, Mattingly shut out several of the nation’s top attackmen, including Georgetown’s Brendan Cannon and Loyola’s Shane Koppens. A three-year starter, Mattingly finished his career with 76 ground balls. Smalley led Hobart with 63 ground balls this season, including a career-high matching 11 in the finale against Cornell. He ranks 23rd in the nation in ground balls per game (4.5). Smalley expanded his role beyond the traditional d-middie this year, contributing five goals and four assists to the offense. Through three seasons, he boasts 198 ground balls, fourth among Division I Statesmen. Kerwick led Hobart to an 8-6 record in his seventh season at the helm. The Statesmen’s 4-3 league mark was good enough for a third place tie with Rutgers. The four ECAC wins equal Hobart’s win total in its first three seasons in the league combined. The Statesmen finished the regular season 15th in the nation in scoring defense (7.7 gpg), a Hobart Division I season-record. As they have in each of the past six seasons, the Statesmen offense achieved a top 25 NCAA ranking, finishing 14th in the country (10.5). Hobart finished the year with 147 goals and allowed 109 goals.