The University of Mount Olive Men’s Lacrosse team received a major honor as Assistant Coach Dylan Price was named the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association “Stan Kowalski” Division II Oustanding Assistant Coach of the Year by the association today.
Price has just completed his 5th season with the University of Mount Olive where the Trojans went 12-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play with an appearance in the conference semifinals. Over the last five seasons, the Trojans have compiled a record of 58-24 for a 70 percent winning percentage. Coach Price’s defense has consistently ranked among the best in the country.
“Coach Price is an excellent recruiter, on-field coach and great mentor to the players in our program. Our school is extremely lucky to have someone of his caliber working for the betterment of our student-athletes,” said head coach Mike Murphy.
This past season Mount Olive was No. 1 in Division II in man-down defense (92.3%) and allowed just four goals in 52 attempts. They were second in DII in clearing percentage with an 89.8 success rate. The team was also 2nd in scoring defense (7.69 GAA). Price also helped coach three USILA All-Americans including his fifth straight year of having a goalie earn All-American honors. This past season goalie Andrew Avarello (third team), defensive midfielder Brady Elbin (second team) and Jacob Williams (first team and Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year) all earned All-American honors.
The year before UMO had the No. 1 scoring defense in Division II averaging 6.5 goals a game. Price also had three more USILA All-Americans in 1st team All-American and National Goalie of the Year Will Urban, third-team defenseman Cole Groebner and defensive midfielder Brady Elbin.
Mount Olive has been ranked consistently in the top-15 in the last five years with the Trojans being ranked as high as No. 5 in 2016.
The Trojans are poised to be the top defense again this season behind the tutelage of Coach Price in the 2020 season.