LIlacrossenews.com, Posted 8/29/12
From Press Release
Three Hofstra alums and former men’s lacrosse players, John Orsen, Nicky Polanco and Brian Spallina earned Major League Lacrosse championship rings Sunday when their Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Denver Outlaws, 16-6, to win the Steinfeld Trophy at Harvard Stadium.
Defensemen Spallina, ’00, who played in 14 games for the Bayhawks this season after being traded by Long Island last winter, picked up his fourth MLL championship ring Sunday after being part of Philadelphia’s title runs in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Spallina was a two-time USILA All-American selection, including a first team pick in 2000, at Hofstra. He played with the Philadelphia Barrage from 2004 through 2008 before joining the Long Island Lizards in 2009 through 2011.
Defenseman Nicky Polanco, ’02, earned his second MLL ring Sunday after being part of Philadelphia’s championship team in 2004. He played in 13 games for the Bayhawks this season. Polanco was a two-time USILA All-American, including a first team selection in 2002, and a two-time All-CAA pick including both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a Hofstra senior. Polanco began his MLL career with Philadelphia before moving to the Long Island Lizards from 2005 through 2011.
Midfielder John Orsen, ’06, picked up his first Major League Lacrosse ring Sunday. He played in 10 games for the Bayhawks in 2012. Orsen was a 2006 USILA All-America honorable mention and All-CAA first team selection at Hofstra, He played with the Long Island Lizards from 2006 through 2010 before joining the Bayhawks in 2012.
Orsen, Polanco and Spallina become the second, third and four Pride lacrosse alums to win a pro championship in the past three months.
In June, Hofstra alum and former lacrosse player Jon Cooper, ’89, was the head coach of the Calder Cup-winning Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. In just his second year as head coach of the Admirals, he led the team to franchise-records with 55 wins and 113 standings points on their way to the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s regular season points champion and the Frank S. Mathers Trophy as East Division regular season champions. Norfolk also set the North American Professional Hockey record by winning an incredible 28 consecutive games. Cooper, who posted a 94-44-10-8 regular season record and a 17-7 playoff mark in two seasons with the Admirals, was named the 2011-12 AHL Coach of the Year. Following a transfer of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL-affiliate, Cooper will now coach the Syracuse Crunch in 2012-13.
Prior to joining the AHL, Cooper coached the Green Bay Gamblers to the 2010 United States Hockey League championship and the St. Louis Bandits to the North American Hockey League championship in both 2007 and 2008.