Eipp Named NEILA Rookie of the Year

Daniel Eipp scored 16 goals in his freshman campaign (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman attackman Daniel Eipp of the 14th-ranked Harvard men’s lacrosse team has been honored as the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Rookie of the Year, it was announced this week.

Eipp was joined on the NEILA All-New England first team with senior attackman Dean Gibbons, junior midfielder Kevin Vaughan and junior long stick midfielder Daniel DiMaria. Junior defenseman Paul Pate garnered All-New England second-team accolades.
Eipp, who garnered Ivy League honorable mention, ranked fourth on the Crimson with 24 points, scoring 16 goals and dishing out eight helpers. A native of Groton, Mass., Eipp paced the team with a .500 shooting percentage and a .750 shots on goal percentage. Eipp, who appeared in all 16 contests, starting four, tallied a career-high four goals in Harvard's win over Bellarmine and added a hat trick at Albany April 2.
Gibbons, a co-captain of the Crimson from Garden City, N.Y., was selected unanimously to the All-Ivy first team and was honored on the Ivy League all-tournament squad. He started all 16 games and led Harvard with 59 points (30-29-59), which ranks ninth in single season scoring in program history. Gibbons ranked 10th in the nation with 3.69 points per contest and was second in the Ivy League in points and second in man-up tallies (six). Gibbons, who had at least one point in every game this season, completed his career 10th in school history with 155 points and 11th with 63 career assists.
Vaughan, a native of Ridgewood, N.J., stood third on Harvard with 19 goals and 27 points during his junior season. A co-captain, he also pulled in 51 ground balls, which ranked second on the team, and caused 11 turnovers. An All-Ivy first team pick, Vaughan started all 15 games he appeared in and scored multiple goals in six contests this spring.
DiMaria, who appeared in all 16 games, starting 14, led Harvard with 56 ground balls and tied for the team lead with 13 caused turnovers. A product of Dix Hills, N.Y., DiMaria collected a career-high and Harvard season-best 12 ground balls in the Crimson’s 10-4 win over Holy Cross March 15. He also grabbed six ground balls against Cornell April 9 and scooped up five at Albany April 2.
Pate, who earned Ivy honorable mention and received Ivy League all-tournament accolades, started all 16 games, grabbing 24 ground balls and causing six turnovers. A native of Manhasset, N.Y., Pate routinely defended the opposition’s best attackman, helping Harvard surrender only 43 goals in the final five games of the season.
Harvard completed its season tied with Massachusetts for first in the final NEILA poll. The Crimson posted a 10-6 overall record and earned a spot in the Ivy League tournament final for the first time in program history. Harvard was 3-3 in conference play and its 10 victories is the most for the program since winning 11 in 1998.