December 6, 2012

Poli, Massa named Preseason All-America

Poli, Massa named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University men's lacrosse senior longstick midfielder Mason Poli (Downingtown, Pa.) and sophomore faceoff specialist Kevin Massa (Huntington, N.Y.) were each named Preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse in its annual Face-Off Yearbook, released Tuesday.

Poli, a two-time USILA All-America Honorable Mention and 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy semifinalist, was tabbed a third team selection while Massa, the reigning Northeast Conference and NEILA Rookie of the Year, earned honorable mention preseason accolades.

One of the top long poles in Division I last season, Poli paced all longstick midfielders in the nation on offense, recording 25 points off an impressive 19 goals and six assists. The Pennsylvania native earned First Team All-NEC and All-New England nods for the second-straight season in 2012 and scored a pair of hat tricks and one game winner as a junior. Entering his senior campaign, Poli has 56 caused turnovers and 128 ground balls in his career, complimenting 30-career goals and nine-career assists.

The primary faceoff specialist for the Bulldogs as a freshman in 2012, Massa appeared in all 18 contests and was named the NEC Rookie of the Week eight times leading up to his two Rookie of the Year selections. An All-NEC First Teamer and All-Rookie Team pick, Massa took all but nine of Bryant's faceoffs on the year, going 257-of-402 for a .639 faceoff winning percentage that ranked third in the nation and tops among all DI rookies.

The New York native led the Northeast Conference in ground balls, averaging 7.61 per outing to rank fourth nationally, while his 137 ground balls rank second in the program's single-season record books. Massa recorded double-digit faceoff wins in 16-of-18 contests and was 80 percent or better from the X twice in his rookie campaign. He added 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) to a stellar freshman performance, including one game-winning tally, and was named to the NEC All-Tournament Team and All-New England Second Team.

Coming off a conference tournament title in 2012, the pair are the only Northeast Conference players to earn the preseason recognition. The Bulldogs open the 2013 season Saturday, Feb. 9 at home against Colgate (1 p.m.).

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