NEILA Announces All New England Teams and Major Award Winners

NEWTON, Mass. – With the 2017 men’s lacrosse seasons nearing their championship weekends, the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) is honored to announce their 2017 All-New England Teams, in addition to their Players of the Year and Coaches of the Year for Divisions 1, 2, and 3.

This year’s New England champions in each of the three divisions had at least one member of their team honored with a major award. Yale University attack Ben Reeves (Macedon, N.Y.) was named Division 1 Player of the Year, while Boston University’s Ryan Polley earned his first New England Coach of the Year award.

It was a clean sweep for Merrimack College in Division 2, with midfielder Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) taking Player of the Year honors and Head Coach Mike Morgan recognized as Coach of the Year.

With matters still undecided in the Division 3 NCAA tournament, it seems only fitting that Bates College’s Pete Lasagna and Wesleyan University’s John Raba will share Division 3 Co-Coach of the Year honors.

Bates and Wesleyan will face off tomorrow in the national quarterfinals, and Lasagna will have the benefit of New England Player of the Year Charlie Fay (Falmouth, Maine) on his attacking line.
Player of the Year in the Ivy Leagues and a finalist for the prestigious Tewaarton Award for national most valuable player, Reeves currently sits fifth in the country in points (79) and eleventh in the nation with 42 goals. Reeves was instrumental in Yale’s offense this season, helping the Bulldogs to a 5-1 conference record and an Ivy League regular season championship. He went on to score a career-high five goals and ten points against Brown in the Ivy League Championship.

Since being named the inaugural head men’s lacrosse coach at Boston University in 2012, Polley has helped the program improve their record in each year, culminating in a 12-5 mark this season. The 2017 Patriot League Coach of the Year, Polley oversaw a Terriers team that finished the regular season with a top-15 defense in the nation, and climbed as high as 15th in the country in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, while spending time at #1 in the weekly NEILA rankings.

Towler, already the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and Morgan, have helped Merrimack to a 14-3 record and a spot in the NCAA Division 2 national semifinals. The senior midfielder has piled up 34 goals and 14 assists, good for 48 points this year, including seven man-up goals. Towler had a goal and an assist in the Warrior’s 10-5 win over Le Moyne in the first round of the Division 2 NCAA tournament.

Morgan just completed his tenth season at Merrimack, where he is the all-time winningest coach in program history and ranked in the top ten in win percentage across all divisions.

Fay, the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year and a three-time NESCAC First Team Selection, was among the leaders in the nation in goals (72) and points (96) and was the first Bobcat to earn NESCAC Player of the Year honors.  Fay scored ten man-up goals, picked up 44 ground balls, and went for eight goals and four assists in the Bobcat’s NCAA Third Round win over Amherst.
Raba was the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career, which includes 21 seasons at the helm of the Cardinals. Wesleyan posted a 9-1 record in league play and a 15-1 mark overall, and would go on to win the NESCAC championship as the number two seed in the tournament.

Lasagna, also the 2015 NEILA New England Coach of the Year, guided Bates to a perfect regular season and the top seed in the NESCAC tournament. The Bobcats are making their second appearance in the NCAA tournament in the last three years, and have now made six appearances in the NESCAC championships during Lasagna’s 17-year tenure.

 

All-NEILA Division I
First Team
ATTACK
Dylan Molloy Brown
Ben Reeves Yale
Cal Dearth Boston University
MIDFIELD
Eric Scott Yale
Stephen Hudak Brown
Joe Lang Harvard
FACE-OFF
Conor Mackie Yale
SS/DEF. MID
Tyler Warner Yale
LSM
Larken Kemp Brown
DEFENSE
Jarrod Neumann Providence
Alec Tulett Brown
Dominick Calisto Boston University
GOALIE
Tate Boyce Providence

Second Team
ATTACK
Morgan Cheek Harvard
Tucker James Bryant
Colin Burke Fairfield
Matt Gaudet Yale
MIDFIELD
Jason Alessi Yale
Brendan Homire Boston University
Kevin Lux Holy Cross
Jeff Trainor UMass
FACE-OFF
Dylan Protesto Hartford
SS/DEF. MID
Jack Beall Boston University
LSM
Greg Wozniak Boston University
DEFENSE
Kyle Mummau Bryant
Isaac Paparo Massachusetts
Brian Pratt Yale
GOALIE
Christian Carson-Baniste Boston University

All-NEILA Division II

First Team
ATTACK
Keifer Heckman Southern New Hampshire
Charlie Bertrand Merrimack
Patrick Sweeney Saint Anselm
MIDFIELD
Tim Towler Merrimack
Mark Vitello Saint Anselm
John Bassett Merrimack
FACE-OFF
Max Adler Bentley
SS/DEF. MID
Hunter Schmell Merrimack
LSM
Brennen Morin Merrimack
DEFENSE
Drew Bourdeau Saint Anselm
Tom McLaughlin Merrimack
James Bassett Merrimack
GOALIE
Colby Hamwey Assumption

Second Team
ATTACK
James Olsen Saint Anselm
John Wheeler Bentley
Travis Reid Assumption
MIDFIELD
Sam Hurley Bentley
Alex Pacitti Saint Anselm
Kyle Stenberg Merrimack
FACE-OFF
Blake Boudreau Merrimack
SS/DEF. MID
Brad Chapdelaine Franklin Pierce
LSM
Eli Morrissey Bentley
DEFENSE
Tyler Mello Southern New Hampshire
Neil Gallagher Saint Michael’s
Derrick LaBranche Saint Anselm
GOALIE
Lucas D’Angelo Saint Anselm

All-NEILA Division III

First Team
ATTACK
Charlie Fay Bates
Harry Stanton Wesleyan
Danny Murphy Tufts
MIDFIELD
Kyle Weber Bates
Taylor Ghesquiere Wesleyan
Christian Baker Wesleyan
FACE-OFF
Ben Parens Connecticut College
SS/DEF. MID
Matt Killian Amherst
LSM
Tyler Carbone Tufts
DEFENSE
Fred Ulbrick Bates
Riley Hoffman Williams
Eric Rogers Middlebury
GOALIE
Ted Bergman Wesleyan

Second Team
ATTACK
Michael Fahey Williams
Will Jennings Endicott
Carter Hawthorne Wesleyan
MIDFIELD
Bryan Rotatori Keene State
Ben Connelly Tufts
Jake Walsh Bates
FACE-OFF
Tommy Hughes Endicott
SS/DEF. MID
Scott Baber Bates
LSM
Ben Shivley Wesleyan
DEFENSE
Quinn Mendelson Wesleyan
Tyler Olney Tufts
Arend Broekmate Tufts
GOALIE
Peter Mumford Bowdoin

Third Team
ATTACK
Colin Minicus Amherst
Henry Riehl Middlebury
Rob Hart Keene State
MIDFIELD
Andrew Ford Amherst
Matt Crowell Bowdoin
Brogan Mahon Amherst
FACE-OFF
Dylan Finazzo Amherst
SS/DEF. MID
Ryan Askham Keene State
LSM
Tucker Mathers Tufts
DEFENSE
Uzoma Egbuchulam Amherst
Jack O’Donoghue Babson
Parker Sessions Bowdoin
GOALIE
Ben Schmerler Tufts