Mike Fiacco, Hamilton College
Mike Fiacco was a four-year starter on defense for the men’s lacrosse team. A member of the 2013 NESCAC All-Conference second team, Fiacco was also a two-time NESCAC all-academic team honoree. He helped Hamilton qualify for the NESCAC championship quarterfinals in its first two years in the conference, and the Continentals made postseason appearances in back-to-back years for just the second time in program history.
As a senior, Fiacco was recognized by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) for both his work on and off the field. He was chosen to play in the 2013 USILA/LaxWorld Division III Senior North-South Game and earned 2013 Scholar All-America Team recognition. Fiacco contributes his excellence in both areas to time management. "If I am not constantly working on my schoolwork or lacrosse, then I feel like I am doing something wrong."
Playing on defense doesn’t give Fiacco many chances to score, but he says one of his favorite aspects of the sport of lacrosse is "causing a turnover and getting the ball to our offense, because that takes a possession away from the opponent." Fiacco closed out his four-year career with 127 ground balls and 58 caused turnovers in 58 games. In his final season, Fiacco’s senior leadership helped anchor a defense that ranked second in the NESCAC with 7.47 goals allowed per game, while the team’s man-down defense finished seventh in Division III at 85.7 percent.
Fiacco was honored by the Hamilton athletic department as its male recipient of the 2013 Milton H. Jannone Award. The award is presented annually to a student-athlete who is recognized by his peers and coaches for his outstanding athleticism, leadership and academic accomplishment. He was received the 2013 SAAC scholar-athlete award for the men’s lacrosse team for his dedication and loyalty to both academics and athletics. The award recipients maintain an outstanding cumulative grade point average and make a significant contribution to their team.
Fiacco didn’t have to travel far to make Hamilton his home for the past four years. The Fayetteville, N.Y., native decided on attending Hamilton once he "learned the importance of having a coach you like in college, and I fell in love with head coach Scott Barnard within the first few minutes of meeting him. Plus, we went to the same high school and have a lot in common. My first time on campus just felt right and I knew right away that Hamilton was the right place for me."