Eight Selected to USILA All-America Squads
HADLEY, Mass. - A total of eight individuals representing four different NESCAC squads have been honored by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) as All-America, it was announced on Tuesday. It's the second year in a row that the conference has had eight players recognized on the All-America teams.
Of the eight players, three landed on the USILA All-America First Team. NESCAC Player of the Year Jon Leanos of Hamilton was one of four attackers on the top team, while the tandem of Kevin McCormick and Matt Callahan represented conference champion Tufts.
A unanimous choice by the coaches for All-NESCAC First Team honors, Leanos led his squad through a transition period this spring, as Hamilton competed as a member of the conference for the first time. The offensive engine for the Continentals, Leanos was responsible for nearly a quarter of his team's scoring, tallying 29 goals and assisting on 21 others to rank fourth among conference players in overall points.
The second-year captain was the difference-maker in both of Hamilton's overtime games this season, scoring the decisive goal against Williams and Utica for his only two game-winning goals of the year. A starter in each of his four seasons with the Continentals, Leanos completed his career with 179 points, good enough for fourth all-time at Hamilton.
McCormick earned a promotion from the 2011 All-America Third Team this season, as he was the only individual from the NESCAC to repeat as All-America. A two-time All-NESCAC First Team member, McCormick was responsible for initiating and dictating the Jumbos' potent attack. A three-year starter during his tenure with Tufts, McCormick finished third among his teammates in scoring with a personal-best 59 points on 45 goals and 14 assists.
The defensive leader for the Jumbos, Callahan had 39 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers while starting all 21 games. The junior was honored on the All-NESCAC First Team earlier this month.
On the USILA All-America Second Team were Colby junior midfielder Ian Deveau, Bowdoin senior defender Matthew Egan, and senior face-off specialist Nick Rhoads of Tufts, all of whom were First Team All-NESCAC this spring.
Deveau, the 2010 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and a Second Team honoree in 2011, had the top point totals for the Mules for the second year in a row, netting 25 goals and 18 assists. Three of his goals proved to be the game-winner during Colby's 9-5 season, while his five man-up goals put him among the league leaders.
Egan, who earned All-NESCAC for the second-straight season, caused a team-best 35 turnovers, scooped up 54 ground balls, and chipped in on a goal on the offensive end. Rhoads finished first in the NESCAC in ground balls with 160, an average of 7.62 per game, and second in face-off percentage at .591 (282-477).
NESCAC representatives on the Third Team included sophomore attacker Beau Wood and senior midfielder Mark Filbotte. After appearing in only four games for the Jumbos last year, scoring a goal and assisting on another, Wood shot to the top of the stat sheet this season as he collected a league-leading 51 goals along with 15 assists for 66 points, second among conference players, through all 21 games.
Filbotte ended the year second among the Polar Bears in scoring with 37 points, scoring a team-high 29 goals. Both he and Wood received All-Conference First Team recognition earlier this month.
Thirteen individuals garnered Honorable Mention from the USILA. They were Evan Redwood of Amherst, Bates' Kevin Helm, Greg Pierce of Bowdoin, the duo of John Lyons and Clay Hillyer of Connecticut College, Trinity's Peter Johnson and Robert Nogueras, Sam Diss and Sean Kirwan of Tufts, and the Wesleyan quartet of Brendan Hanley, Sam Stanton, Lex Johnson, and Grant Covington.