Boston, Mass.- May 9, 2017- After claiming its 10th-straight conference championship, the Springfield College men's lacrosse program had seven of its student-athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference teams.
Headlining the group was senior shortstick defensive midfielder Brendan Dooley (Setauket, N.Y.), who was chosen as the 2017 NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Co-Athlete of the Year, while junior Jake Reynolds (Scitutate, Mass.) was selected as the 2017 NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Year.
Joining Dooley and Reynolds on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team were senior midfielder Dom Abate (Beverly, Mass.), senior midfielder Matthew LaCroix (Westfield, Mass.) and junior defenseman Connor Eschmann (Wrentham, Mass.). Additionally, sophomore Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) were selected to the all-conference second team.
Dooley, who was also the 2016 NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, had another incredible season as he has notched 25 caused turnovers and 36 ground balls to go along with 10 goals and eight assists. The Criminal Justice major has been named to the all-conference first team all four years of his career.
Reynolds was named the inaugural NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year as leads the conference in save percentage of .604, making 204 saves, to go along with a 9.00 goals against average. The Health Care Management major had 12 games with double-digit saves, including three games with at least 20 saves.
Eschmann, a Criminal Justice major, played in 13 games and has anchored a defensive unit that is surrendering just under nine goals per contest. The junior has totaled nine caused turnovers and picked up 13 ground balls.
In his final season, LaCroix was a mainstay in the lineup as the Pride's face-off man. The Physical Education major snagged a team-best 96 ground balls winning nearly 50% of his draws, going 151-for-303, while also contributing three goals and four caused turnovers.
Abate had a strong senior campaign as he led the Springfield's midfield unit. The Sports Biology major scored 20 goals and added 11 assists for 31 points, and had nine games this year where he tallied at least two points.
Vail had a breakout sophomore season and has scored a team-best 31 goals. The Business Management major ranks second on the team with 46 points, producing at least three goals in seven outings.
A Physical Education major, Hurley has been directed Springfield's attack all season, posting a team-best 57 points off 37 goals and 20 assists. The junior has recorded at least four points in seven games as he appeared in all 16 outings for the Pride.
Additionally, Tim Cozens (Ridgefield, Conn.) was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. New to the conference this year, the award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.
Springfield heads to Amherst on Wednesday, May 10 to play in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The game starts at 5 p.m.