Locals on NEILA All-New England Preseason Teams

St. Anselm Men’s Lacrosse lands three on NEILA All-New England Preseason Teams

NEWTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team had three members of its squad named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division II All-New England Preseason Team, which was announced on Thursday.

The Hawks’ three selections came in second to Merrimack’s seven choices, with Bentley and Southern New Hampshire tying for third with two, and Franklin Pierce rounding out the list with one honoree, respectively. To view the entire Division II Preseason All-New England Team, please click here.

Seniors James Olsen and Mark Vitello were each chosen at their respective positions at attack and midfield, while Drew Bourdeau earned his second-straight Preseason All-New England selection as a defenseman.

Olsen, a 2016 NEILA All-New England Second Team Choice, started all 14 games for the Hawks last season and led the team with 47 points, including a team-best 33 goals to go with 14 assists. He ranked 10th in the conference in goals and 13th in points while scoring a goal in 12-of-14 games played.

Mark Vitello was named to the 2016 NEILA All-New England First Team while also garnering a Northeast-10 Conference All-NE-10 Second Team selection. Vitello appeared in all 14 games for Saint Anselm and had 28 points on 23 goals and five assists to go with 13 groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers.

Finally, Drew Bourdeau, an NEILA All-New England Second Team selection last season, started all 14 games for the Hawks, grabbing 28 groundballs and causing 16 turnovers. Bourdeau ranked 19th in the NE10 in caused turnovers, while ranking fourth on the squad in both statistical categories.

The Saint Anselm men’s lacrosse team opens up action on Saturday, March 4 at Mercy College at 1 p.m., and the Hawks open up the home part of their schedule with a 12 p.m. matchup against American International on March 11.


Adler and Astarita Named Preseason All-New England; Team Receives Votes in USILA Poll

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University men’s lacrosse players Max Adler (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Northfield Mt. Hermon) and Alex Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) have been named Preseason All-New England by the NEILA. As a team, Bentley received votes in the USILA/Nike preseason coaches poll.

Adler was selected to the team as a face-off specialist, while Astarita is one of four attackers on the squad.

A senior, Adler is coming off a standout 2016 season that saw him most prominently named a third team All-American by the USILA after he finished third in the nation in face-off winning percentage (.728) and fourth in ground balls per game (9.15).

Astarita, now a sophomore, was named to the NE10 All-Rookie last season. He finished 3rd on the team in both goals (19) and points (23), and had a goal in all but one of Bentley’s 13 games.

As a team, the Falcons were among those that received votes in the USILA’s preseason poll. Bentley was also picked seventh in the NE10 preseason coaches poll that was released on Friday.

The Falcons are set to get their season started two weeks from Saturday, on Feb. 25 at NYIT.