NESCAC Well Represented on USILA All-America Squads

NESCAC Well Represented on USILA All-America Squads

HADLEY, Mass. - A total of 16 individuals representing five NESCAC institutions were honored as All-Americans by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).


Of the 16 players, NESCAC Player of the Year Evan Wolf, of Amherst, and Tufts midfielder Nick Shanks landed on the USILA All-America First Team. Four other players earned Second Team All-America honors and 10 players were Third Team selections.

Wolf, a junior, closed out the spring with 53 goals and 31 helpers for 84 points. He also racked up 33 ground balls and caused nine turnovers while ranking tied for 18th in the country in points per game (4.94). Wolf, also an All-NESCAC First Team selection, helped the Mammoths earn an NCAA appearance and advance to the third round.

Shanks, a sophomore, scored 38 goals with 12 assists for 50 points for the Jumbos. An NEILA First Team pick and an All-NESCAC Second Team selection, Shanks scored four goals against Ithaca and four more versus Wesleyan in NCAA Tournament games.

Representing the NESCAC on the USILA All-America Second Team were Dylan Finazzo of Amherst; Matthew Crowell of Bowdoin; Eric Rogers of Middlebury; and Danny Murphy of Tufts.

Finazzo, a sophomore, was the NEILA Player of the Year and an All-NESCAC First Team honoree. He posted a 68.5 winning percentage at the faceoff dot (353-for-515). He also collected 152 ground balls and scored five goals. An All-NESCAC First Team honoree, he ranked 10th in win percentage and 16th in ground balls per game (8.00) among Division III national leaders.

A midfielder, Crowell was an All-New England Third Team and All-NESCAC First Team honoree. The senior finished tied for the team lead in goals (25) and recorded 30 points for the Polar Bears.

Rogers, a senior, was a three-time First-Team All-NESCAC honoree, and is an All-American for the third time. As a sophomore he was a third team honoree and earned a spot on the second team as a junior. The defender led the Panthers with 14 caused turnovers this season and was second in ground balls with 39. He ended his career starting 67 of 68 games and posted 59 caused turnovers and 126 ground balls.

Murphy, a junior and All-NESCAC First Team selection, posted a 100-point season on 45 goals and 55 assists for the Jumbos. An NEILA Second Team selection and USILA Honorable Mention honoree last season. He ranked among the Division III national leaders with 2.75 assists per game this year. Murphy helped lead the Jumbos to the NESCAC Championship and the NCAA Quarterfinals.

A total of 10 NESCAC players earned USILA Third Team All-American honors. They were: Jimmy McAfee, Colin Minicus, Jordan Sanford and Matt Solberg from Amherst; Parker Sessions from Bowdoin; Michael McCormack from Middlebury; Connor Lansdale from Tufts, and Christian Barker, Carter Hawthorne and Harry Stanton from Wesleyan.

A short-stick midfielder and senior, McAfee closed out the year with 10 goals and 17 helpers for 27 points. He also registered 67 ground balls, ranking second for the Mammoths, and caused nine turnovers. He was a First Team All-New England and First Team All-NESCAC selection.

Minicus, a sophomore, earns an All-America nod after raking in First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-NEILA honors. He led the team in assists with 49 and added 45 goals to finish 2018 as the team's scoring leader with 94 points. He also ranked seventh in Division III in points per game (5.88).

Sanford, a senior long-stick midfielder, picked up 30 ground balls and caused 20 turnovers while netting six goals and dishing out three assists. He was an All-NESCAC First Team honoree and also earned All-NEILA honors.

A midfielder, Solberg ranked fourth on Amherst in goals and points with 41 and 70, respectively. The sophomore corralled 23 ground balls on the season and was an All-NESCAC First Team mention.

Sessions, a senior and a three-time All-NESCAC honoree, as well as a NEILA First Team selection, led Bowdoin in caused turnovers (17) and ranked fourth on the team with 24 ground balls. He helped the Polar Bears qualify for the NESCAC Championship for the 17th time in program history.

McCormack, a junior attack for Middlebury, earned his first All-NESCAC honor with a spot on the First Team and was a Second Team All-Region honoree. He finished the season with 30 goals and 14 assists for 44 points to rank third among the Panthers. McCormack tied for the team lead with five man-up goals and scooped up 19 ground balls. He registered a point in every game this season.

Lansdale, a senior, was the leader of a Jumbo defense that ranked third in the NESCAC allowing 10.56 goals per game this spring. Lansdale was assigned to the opposing team's best offensive player and helped limit opponents to a 24.8 shooting percentage. A First Team NEILA All-Star and Second Team All-NESCAC selection, Lansdale's 23 caused turnovers ranked sixth in the conference.

Barker, a junior, reached the 100-point milestone for his career in 2018 and ranks 12th in the Wesleyan record books with 149 career points. An All-NESCAC Second Team selection and two-time All-New England honoree, Barker totaled a career-best 60 points on 28 goals and 32 assists for the NCAA Champion Cardinals.

Hawthorne, a junior, is Wesleyan's all-time assist leader with 132 assists in his three-year career. Additionally, his 66 assists in 2018 set a single-season program record, surpassing the mark of 55 he set a year ago. Hawthorne led the team in points with 92, ranking fourth in the NESCAC, and his 66 assists were the most in the conference. He also ranked third in the nation in Division III, averaging 3.05 assists per game. Hawthorne is a two-time All-New England selection and was also named All-NESCAC Second Team this year.

Stanton, a four-time All-NESCAC honoree and three-time All-New England selection, became Wesleyan's all-time leader in goals this year and finished his career with 224. The senior ranks second all-time in career points (287) and was third on the squad in scoring this season with 70 on 60 goals and 10 assists. His 60 goals tied for third among the NESCAC leaders and his six-goal performance in the NCAA Semifinal helped propel the Cardinals to a 19-18 victory at RIT.

Additionally, 14 other NESCAC players garnered Honorable Mention honors: Bates – Matt Chalastawa, Rocco Fantoni, Clarke Jones; Bowdoin – Sam Carlin; Connecticut College – Ben Parens; Middlebury – Henry Riehl; Tufts – Arend Broekmate, Ben Connelly; Wesleyan – Otto Bohan, Jake Cresta, Taylor Ghesquiere, Eric Meyreles, Andres Rodriguez, Ben Shively.