Spike Malangone, Wesleyan University
Spike Malangone is one of only two Wesleyan athletes ever to be named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American three times during his playing career. In addition to becoming Wesleyan’s initial first-team Division III All-American in 2009, Malangone received the William C. Stiles Memorial Award from the USILA, signifying the Division III Defensive Player of the Year.
Helping Wesleyan to a 15-4 overall record in 2009, Malangone led the Wesleyan defense that ranked first in the NESCAC with a 6.84 goals-against average and was tops in penalty-killing defense with an 81.5 percent efficiency. These figures ranked eighth and 16th nationally in Division III. Wesleyan captured its first NESCAC men’s lacrosse championship in 2009, defeating Williams, Middlebury and Tufts to earn its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five years.
Malangone, who was a First Team choice by the NESCAC and the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) while also coming through as an Academic All-NESCAC honoree, ranked second among the Cardinals with 78 ground balls in 2009. He was named a USILA Scholar All-American and a USILA North-South senior all-star game participant this year.
Over his four seasons, Malangone played and started every game except one, which he missed due to illness this season. Wesleyan racked up an impressive 59-16 overall record from 2006-09 with a 28-8 NESCAC mark.
Malangone earned Wesleyan’s prestigious Carl Aherns Memorial Award as the top contributor to men’s athletics at the college during the 2008-09 campaign.