LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 12/25/11
From Press Release
Junior Justin Annunziato (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and sophomore Danny McDermott (Vancouver, B.C.) of New York Institute of Technology were recognized by Inside Lacrosse as 2012 Preseason All-American honorable mentions, it was announced last week.
Last season, Annunziato earned All-ECC honors after helping the Bears to a 10-4 overall finish and 7-3 league mark. He collected 44 ground balls, which was good for second best on the team and caused 16 turnovers. Annunziato also dished out an assist against Wheeling Jesuit.
McDermott, who will play for the U19 Canadian team next summer at the FIL World Championships, had a standout rookie season appearing in all 14 games and starting in 13. he collected 25 ground balls and caused nine turnovers.
Additionally, the Bears earned a No. 9 preseason national ranking for Inside Lacrosse. Conference foes Mercyhurst top the list with C.W. Post checking in at No. 4, Dowling at No. 5, and Mercy at No. 7.
NYIT is scheduled to open its season on the road with a California road trip. The Bears will face Notre Dame de Namur on Feb. 17 and Dominican (Ca.) on Feb. 19. NYIT opens its home schedule on Feb. 27 against St. Anselm at 3 p.m.