Six Colonials Earn All-NEC Honors
Thursday, May 1, 2014
A total of six Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse student-athletes were named to All-Northeast Conference (NEC) teams at the league’s annual banquet held this evening.
The six Colonials receiving accolades are the fourth highest in program history, and this marks the first year since 2009 in which Robert Morris did not win a major conference award.
Sophomore Eric Rankel (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) earned his second-straight All-NEC First Team honor as a midfielder. Rankel led the Colonials in assists (14) and points (35), and was one of four players with 20+ goals (21). The sophomore also collected 37 groundballs and caused 16 turnovers. Among the NEC, he ranked tied for sixth in points per game (2.50) and tied for eight in assists per game (1.00).
Rankel’s classmate James Rahe (Aldergrove, British Columbia / W.J. Mouat) was one of four players selected to the All-NEC Second Team. After tallying just eight points as a freshman, Rahe shattered those totals in his second season, notching 32 points on 21 goals and 11 assists. The sophomore’s five-goal performance at Mount St. Mary’s on March 25 tied the most by a RMU player this season. Rahe ranked eighth in the NEC in points per game (2.46) and 10th in goals per game (1.62).
Redshirt senior Taylor Graves (Carlsbad, Calif. / Carlsbad) collected his first conference honor as he was selected to the All-NEC Second Team as a midfielder. Graves tallied 23 points (15g, 8a) in his final collegiate season, scoring 12 of his 15 goals in the last eight games of the season. For his career, he finished with a total of 74 points on 44 goals and 30 assists.
Senior Tyler Rankel (Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown West) bookended his career with all-conference accolades as he was named to the All-NEC Second Team. Rankel collected 28 groundballs and caused 19 turnovers, helping the Colonials finish top three nationally in that category. The senior was previously named to the All-NEC Rookie Team in 2011.
A season after earning NEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, senior Sean Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo. / St. Louis University) closed out his collegiate career with a second-straight All-NEC Second Team selection. Meagher finished the season with 43 caused turnovers – breaking his own single-season record – and 54 groundballs, and contributed offensively with a career-high four goals and five points. The senior broke Ben Lewis’s (2009-13) career record for caused turnovers on March 9 against Saint Joseph’s and finished with 98 overall. Nationally, Meagher leads in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game (3.07) and is the only player to have more than 40 and an average of 2.75 or better per game.
Freshman JonPatrik Kealey (Ottawa, Ontario / South Carleton) was the lone Colonial named to the All-NEC Rookie Team this season after one of the most impressive starts to a career in program history. Kealey led the team with 23 goals and finished fourth on the team with 30 points – both marks ranking second all-time by a rookie at RMU. He became the third freshman in program history to score five or more goals in a game last weekend at Michigan, joining Eric Rankel and Trevor Moore (2008). The freshman finished tied for eighth in the NEC in goals per game (1.64).
Robert Morris, led by third-year head coach Andrew McMinn, finished the season with an overall record of 5-9. The Colonials graduate seven seniors this offseason.