CLEVELAND, Ohio – On the heels of their NCAA Tournament victory over Concordia Wisconsin on Wednesday, No. 9 Denison men's lacrosse was honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference on Thursday morning with 12 All-NCAC selections, highlighted by Chris Broderick as the Defensive Player of the Year and Henry DeCamp earning Specialist of the Year honors for the third-straight year.
Also named to the All-NCAC first-team for the third year in a row, DeCamp continues to establish himself as one of the best faceoff specialists in the country after ranking third in the conference with 198 faceoff victories out of 300 attempts. Adding 105 ground balls to his stat line in 2019, DeCamp was named a USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2018, as well as to the IMLCA All-West Region first-team. He is also Denison's all-time career leader in ground balls with 392.
An All-NCAC honorable mention selection in 2017, Broderick made his debut on the all-conference first-team this season after posting career-highs with 61 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers at the LSM. Collecting four or more ground balls in eight different games this year, Broderick recorded a season-high eight ground balls and added two caused turnover's in Denison's regular-season finale victory at Ohio Wesleyan on April 27.
Butler and Pittroff return to the All-NCAC first-team for the second-straight season after leading the Denison offense in 2019. Through 19 games this season, Pittroff has posted a conference-leading 76 assists and 104 points while adding 28 goals and 30 ground balls. Named an IMLCA All-American in 2018 as well as the All-West Region's Offensive Player of the Year, Pittroff currently ranks third all-time in program history with 243 career points. Butler, who ranks fourth all-time in career points (236), currently sits in second place in the conference with 63 goals while chipping in 18 assists, and 16 GBs.
Named to the all-conference first team for the third-straight season, Waxter currently ranks third on the team with 34 goals while contributing 21 assists, good for second on the team. Recording 12 multi-goal performances so far in 2019, Waxter has scored two or more goals in each of his last four games. He is a two-time USILA Honorable Mention All-American and was recognized on the IMLCA All-West Region second-team in 2018.
Assisting Broderick on the defensive side, Dyson returns to the All-NCAC first-team for the second-straight year while Bartozzi makes his all-conference debut in 2019. Also named to the IMLCA All-West Region second-team in 2018, Dyson ranks fourth on the team with 38 ground balls while adding 10 caused turnovers this season. Bartozzi's currently leads the Big Red with 28 caused turnovers while adding 43 GBs, which ranks third on the team.
Bomes also makes his first All-NCAC appearance as a first-team short-stick defensive midfielder, collecting the third-most ground balls for the Big Red at 33 while forcing 10 turnovers. Adding five goals and four assists in 2019, Bomes tallied a career-high six ground balls in Denison's 23-9 victory at Wooster on April 17.
In the cage, McKenney has been a mainstay for the Big Red while posting a conference-best 55.4 save percentage with a 17-2 record and 191 saves, which is tied for the third-most in the NCAC. Making his All-NCAC debut in 2019, McKenney has been named the NCAC Tournament MVP in each of the last two seasons.
The Big Red added a pair of second-team selections with senior Owen Armstrong making his third-straight appearance while senior Brooks Davy joined the All-NCAC second-team for the second-straight year. Davy, who currently ranks fourth all-time in program history with 152 career goals, has enjoyed a successful senior campaign where he has record 61 goals, 16 assists, and 26 ground balls. He has posted five or more goals in seven games this season, led by his eight-goal performance at Wooster (April 17).
For Armstrong, he returned to the all-conference second-team thanks to a senior season that has seen a career-high 25 goals with three assists and eights GBs. Armstrong has added eight multi-goal performances this season, including two or more goals in each of his last two games.
Freshman midfielder Camden Bowdy rounded out DU's all-conference selections after tying for third on the team with 18 assists and chipping in eight goals. A native of Dublin, Ohio, Bowdy has posted at least two assists in each of the last three games.
In addition to the on-field accolades, head coach Mike Caravana was named the NCAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career after guiding Denison to their 18th NCAC championship and their fifth conference tournament title since 2013. In his 26th season at the helm of the Big Red, Caravana joined an elite group of coaches in 2019, securing his 300th coaching victory in a 12-5 win over Whittier on April 13. He now holds an overall record of 307-95.
The Big Red will move on to the third round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament where they will host Rhodes College on Saturday, May 11.