WINTRHOP, Mass. – Seven members of the Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse team who competed in last Saturday’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship game have been selected as All-Conference Selections, announced by the GNAC office on Tuesday.
Senior midfielder Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.) was the lone First Team representative for the Mustangs, who went 14-5 this year, including 7-1 in the GNAC and were the #2 seed in the postseason tournament.
Midfielder Wyatt Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.), short-stick Matt Hoffman (Brewster, N.Y.), defender Alex Veloukas (Salem, Mass.) and goalie Cam Hayward (Derry, N.H.) all were voted to the Second Team by the coaches across the conference, while attack Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.) and face-off man Alex Zito (Andover, Conn.) earned Third Team mention.
Coehlo earns his third straight GNAC All-Conference nod, and his second consecutive First Team selection. Third in the conference in points with 67, Coehlo was the quarterback of a Mount Ida offense that scored 234 goals and had a GNAC-high 141 assists. Coehlo accounted for 34 of those assists and also grabbed 34 ground balls and caused ten turnovers as he added to his career points total, ending his four years with 171 points to top his graduating class.
Sullivan also capped off his career in the top ten in points for the Mustangs, pouring in 24 goals and 26 assists to get him to an even 150 points after he got to the 100-plateau in the final game of his junior season.
Hoffman put up career highs in assists (8) and points (16), as well as ground balls, with 58. His seven caused turnovers against Salem State this year was tied for second in the single-game Mount Ida records.
Veloukas, now a two-time All Tournament team selection, ends his Mount Ida career with 75 caused turnovers, tied for the Mount Ida record. He caused 32 turnovers this season, tied for second in the conference, and also grabbed 52 ground balls.
The conference leader with 246 face-offs won, Zito makes his first appearance on the GNAC All-Conference team. Zito was third in the conference with 134 ground balls, good for second best in a single season, passing his 109 ground balls from 2016. With still one year to go in his Mount Ida career, Zito has already set the career record for ground balls, with 307, becoming the first Mustang to break the 300 ground balls mark.
Hayward, who tied a Mount Ida single-season record with 14 victories in goal, also had the most saves in a campaign, with 230 this year. His 8.58 goals against average led the GNAC and his 59.7 save percentage was second in the league. Hayward figured into every decision for Mount Ida, and was the only GNAC goaltender to play more than 1,000 minutes in net this year.
Berry is the only other Mount Ida returner to the GNAC All-Conference teams, after appearing on the Third Team a season ago as well. Berry joined the 100 point club this year with 25 goals and 15 assists, including a four-goal performance in a 9-8 road win at Johnson & Wales. He had five points on Senior Day as the Mustangs defeated Saint Joseph’s (ME) and six points on four goals and two assists in the championship game against Lasell.
Senior Cole Davis (Chester, N.H.) was selected by the coaching staff to represent Mount Ida on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team.