Greenwood, IN. –The Transylvania men's lacrosse team put the finishing touches upon a successful season this week as goalkeeper Cooper Fogle was named the 2016 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Fogle and his Pioneers roared to their second straight ORLC Tournament title on Saturday in Lexington with a 10-6 win versus Washington & Jefferson.
It was the final score in a season that Fogle and a stout Pioneer defense held firm time and time again.
The award was voted on by the ORLC's head coaches; along with his defensive player of the year selection, Fogle was also named to the All-ORLC First team as part of his achievements.
Transylvania Head Coach Terry Justice reflected on Fogle's player of the year award: "A well-deserved award for one of our Captains and leader of our defense," said Justice. "Cooper is one of the best leaders I've ever seen."
The Pioneer net minder's first team selection was his second in a row after receiving the honor last season as a sophomore.
Fogle appeared in all 16 games this year and started in 14 of those contests. Anchoring one of the nation's premier defenses, Fogle recorded 127 saves for the 2016 season while posting a 54.7% save percentage.
The Louisville, Kentucky native picked up 12 ground balls and caused two turnovers while leading the ORLC with a 6.84 goals-against average. Fogle led the league last year as well in the same category with a goals-against average of 5.81.
Most recently, the junior allowed just 35 goals in seven conference matches and 127 total, ranking third in the ORLC.
"Cooper is like our quarterback; he's the eyes for our entire team and sets the tone for our defense, which jump starts our offense," added Justice. "He has the ability to make those in front of him better, and his quickness and fearlessness sets him apart."
On his way to winning the 2016 ORLC Defensive Player of the Year award, Fogle captured his second ORLC Defensive Player of the Week award this past March following Transylvania's 2016 season debut against the Piedmont Lions, when he registered a 71.4% save percentage in the game.
Fogle completes his junior season along with his Pioneers on a seven-game winning streak and their second straight ORLC regular season and tournament title, after finishing his sophomore year on a six-game winning streak.
Along with Fogle, teammate Alex Wesselman (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) was named to the All-ORLC First team as a short-stick midfielder. The senior was third on the Pioneers in ground balls with 47 and started in 14 games this season.
Juniors Zack Riggs (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) and Rob Rhea (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS), and senior Sam Ives (Franklin, TN/Centennial) were selected to the All-ORLC Second Team. Ives and Riggs ranked #1 and #2 on the team in ground balls, respectively, while Riggs led the team in goals with 25 for the year. Rhea ranked fourth on the team in ground balls, and led the Pioneers in caused turnovers with 23 total.
Five Pioneers were named as All-ORLC Honorable Mentions, including seniors Ben Erwin (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) and Ben Rogers (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek), juniors Clark Watts (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) and Matthew Parker (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek), and sophomore attacker Josh Mesmer (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic).
Transylvania men's lacrosse completed their fourth year of existence with an overall record of 10-6, and 6-1 in ORLC regular season play.
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