(GREENSBURG, Pa.) - The G-MAC announced its postseason awards this afternoon and Lake Erie has placed six players on the all-conference team. Tyler Manning and Patrick Bay were chosen as First Team selections, while Tim Bay, Matthew Cromie, Conor Sharkey, and Bret Swan were Second Team picks.
Manning (Jr., Hamburg, N.Y./Bishop Timon St. Jude) was the top defender for the Storm this season with 34 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. He recorded four or more ground balls in four games and three or more in seven. He also added a goal in a game against Mercyhurst.
Patrick Bay (Sr., Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy) was named as a midfielder and was the second-leading scorer for the Storm this season. He recorded 41 points on 17 goals and 24 assists. Defensively he picked up 20 ground balls as well. Bay recorded a point in every game this season with a season-best five in games against Walsh, UIndy, and Seton Hill.
The only player with more points on the team was his brother Tim Bay (Sr., Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy) who was a Second Team selection at attack. He recorded 55 points on the year with 19 goals and 36 assists to near school-record status. He tallied a season-best eight points on two goals and seven assists at Davis & Elkins.
Joining Tim on the Second Team attack line is Cromie (Jr., Oakville, Ontario) who was the Storm's top goal scorer. Cromie found the back of the net 30 times on the season with goals in all but one game. His best outing came with a five-goal performance against Wheeling Jesuit. He totaled four against Mercyhurst.
Sharkey (Sr., Cambridge, Ontario/Jacob Hespeler/Pfieffer) was the team's top goalkeeper with an 11.81 goals-against average and made 103 saves on the season. His save percentage was better than half at 53.9%. He made 10 saves or more in five games this year with a season-best 18 against Seton Hill.
Swan (Sr., Acton City, Ontario/Halton Hills) goes down as one of the all-time best specialists. In the circle he won 195 faceoffs against 123 lost for a win percentage of .613. He led the conference with 10.18 ground balls per game and was second with 112 total ground balls. Among active leaders in the NCAA he ranks first with 1,215 total faceoffs, second with 732 faceoffs won, and fifth with 369 ground balls.