Five Men's Lacrosse Players Recognized on USILA All-America Teams

Courtesy USILA/Middlebury/Tufts/Wesleyan/Williams Sports Information

HADLEY, Mass. - Five NESCAC Men's Lacrosse players were recognized on Wednesday as All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Of the three All-America teams, Middlebury senior Mike Stone (Boston, Mass.) and Wesleyan senior Spike Malangone (Lake Grove, N.Y.) earned First Team honors.

Stone earns first-team All-American honors for the second straight season after earning honorable mention cudos during his sophomore season. The two-time NESCAC Player of the Year is also a three-time first-team All-NESCAC selection. The middie had his biggest season as a Panther, netting 57 goals after scoring 29 in each of the previous two seasons. He led the NESCAC with 3.17 goals/game this season, while ranking second with 4.1 points/contest. Stone finished the season with 16 assists to go along with his 57 goals for 73 points, including 46 ground balls. The All-New England honoree scored a career-high seven goals in an April 14th win over Skidmore, scoring six goals in a game twice this season. He also scored 26 goals in a five-game span in early April. Stone ended his career with 124 goals and 48 assists for 172 points in 69 games.

After receiving first-team all-NESCAC honors for the third time in their careers, Malangone along with classmate Russ Follansbee  were chosen as All-Americans for the third consecutive year. In addition, Malangone earned the William C. Stiles Memorial Award as the top defensive player in Division III. It is the first time a Wesleyan player has earned a national position player of the year award from the USILA.

Both Malangone and Follansbee moved up the ladder from their previous USILA All-America position. Malangone was a Second Team All-American in both 2008 and 2007 while Follansbee was honorable-mention in 2008 and 2007. Malangone is Wesleyan's initial Division III First Team lacrosse All-American. In 1970, before the establishment of Division III, Wesleyan's Doug Maynard was a Little All-America first-team selection by the USILA.

Tufts sophomore attack D.J. Hessler (Monkton, Md.) was named to the Second Team. Hessler led the NESCAC in scoring for the 2009 season with a program-record 89 points on 42 goals and 47 assists.

Williams senior Brian Morrissey (Winchester, Mass.) earned Third Team All-America honors. Morrissey, a three-time All-NESCAC selection, had two goals and an assist for three points while collecting 40 ground balls in 14 games.

A total of eight NESCAC individuals claimed Honorable Mention from the USILA.