GRANVILLE, Ohio – Following an 18-3 season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, Denison men's lacrosse landed a region-best nine players on the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) All-West Region team, including senior Jake Waxter as the West Region's Offensive Player of the Year and junior Richie Bartozzi as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Waxter and Bartozzi were joined on the All-West Region first-team by Peter Pittroff (attack), Spencer Butler (attack), Sam Dyson (defense), Chris Broderick (LSM), Michael Bomes (short-stick defensive midfield), and Henry DeCamp (faceoff specialist). Sophomore goalie Reeves McKenney rounded out the Big Red selections as he was named to the all-region second team.
Fresh off his third-straight USILA All-America selection, Waxter was announced as the All-West Region's Offensive Player of the Year following a senior campaign where he posted a career-high 37 goals and added 22 assists to lead the Denison midfield and rank top-three on the team in both categories. Named to the IMLCA All-West Region team for the second year in a row, Waxter leaves Denison with 110 goals, 64 assists, and 98 ground balls in 81 career games.
On the other side of the field, Bartozzi makes his IMLCA all-region debut as the Defensive POY after a breakout season in 2019. Bartozzi led all Big Red defenders with 50 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers, all of which were career highs. Also named to the All-NCAC first-team as a junior, Bartozzi posted four or more ground balls in six different games and collected five ground balls and two caused turnovers in Denison's NCAA Tournament second-round victory over Rhodes on May 11.
Pittroff and Butler assisted Waxter on the offensive attack after ranking top-four on the team in goals and assists. The IMLCA's All-West Region Offensive Player of the Year in 2018, Pittroff continued his stellar career in 2019 while leading the team with 79 assists and adding 32 goals and 33 ground balls. Entering his senior season as the program's all-time leader in career assists (169), Pittroff is also a two-time USILA All-American and twice named to the All-NCAC first-team. As one of the most prolific goal-scorers in Denison history, Butler posted 65 goals and 22 assists in 2019 and finished his career with the second-most goals in program history (185) and currently ranks fourth all-time with 242 points. Butler closed out his senior season as a member of the All-NCAC first-team and honorable mention USILA All-American.
Broderick and Dyson were among the team leaders with a combined 102 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers. Both named to the All-NCAC first-team and USILA All-America honorable mention, Broderick was also honored as the NCAC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2019. Bomes rounded out the Big Red midfield honors with a freshman campaign that produced 36 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers, and six goals. The 2019 All-NCAC first-team selection tallied a career-high six ground balls in a 23-9 victory at Wooster on April 17.
Named to the IMLCA all-region first-team for the second-straight year, DeCamp posted a .629 win percentage (217-345) while collecting a team-high 116 ground balls to garner his third-straight NCAC Specialist of the Year award in 2019. One of the nation's best faceoff specialist over the last three seasons, DeCamp leaves Denison as the program's all-time leader in ground balls for a career with 403.
Making his first appearance on the IMLCA All-West Region team, McKenney started all 21 games for the Big Red in 2019 and posted a record of 18-3 in goal. Finishing the season with 218 saves, McKenney led the NCAC in save percentage (54.8) and goals-against average (9.61). The sophomore from Roanoke, Va. was also named the NCAC Tournament MVP for the second-straight season.
In addition to the on-field awards, Denison was also named the IMLCA All-West Region's Coaching Staff of the Year after reaching their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament and posting an overall record of 18-3. Capturing their 18th NCAC championship and their fifth conference tournament title since 2013, Denison's head coach Mike 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 308-96 (.762) and has posted 19 NCAA Tournament victories.