MEDFORD – Five members of the 2018 Tufts University men's lacrosse team have been selected as United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III All-Americans.
Sophomore Nick Shanks is one of four midfielders on the USILA first team, and the only New England middie. He and Amherst's Evan Wolf are the only two NESCAC players on the All-American first team. Tufts junior Danny Murphy is on the second team attack. Senior tri-captain and defenseman Connor Lansdale is a third team selection. Junior attack Ben Connelly and junior defenseman Arend Broekmate received honorable mention recognition.
Murphy and Connelly and were honorable mention All-Americans last season. The other three Jumbos have earned the recognition for the first time.
Shanks is one of the most explosive and athletic midfielders in the country. He transitioned from a D-middie last year and scored 38 goals with 12 assists for 50 points. A New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England first team pick and a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference second teamer, Shanks played his best in the biggest games including scoring four goals against Ithaca and four more versus Wesleyan in the NCAA Tournament.
Murphy led the Jumbos and was top 20 nationally in points per game with a 100-point season (45 goals-55 assists). His 2.75 assists per game are the 13th-best mark in the country for Division III. A first team NESCAC All-Conference selection and on the NEILA second team, Murphy scored six goals with three assists for nine goals in a late-season win over Bowdoin. He had five assists in four games, including a 3-5-8 scoring line in a NESCAC Tournament win over Middlebury.
Lansdale was the leader of a Jumbo defense that is always overshadowed by the high-scoring offense. Tufts ranked third in NESCAC this spring allowing 10.56 goals per game. Lansdale was assigned to the opponent's best offensive player and helped limit opponents to a 24.8 shooting percentage. A first team NEILA all-star and second team NESCAC, Lansdale's 23 caused turnovers are sixth in the conference.
With 61 goals in 20 games, Connelly was ranked in the national top 40 with his 3.05 goals per contest. He was a key player in Tufts' sensational man-up attack, which ranks second in the nation with a .545 success rate. He scored eight of his goals with Tufts on the man-advantage. A third team All-New England pick, Connelly added 21 assists to finish the year with 82 points.
Broekmate joined Lansdale on the stout Jumbo defense this spring. His 56 ground balls were second-most on the squad behind face-off man Henry Hollen, and he also caused 20 turnovers. The junior was a threat offensively as well with four goals and two assists, in addition to aiding Tufts' successful clearing game this spring (.882). He scored, had seven groundballs and caused two turnovers in a season-opening NESCAC victory at Hamilton.
Head coach Casey D'Annolfo's Jumbos won the program's eighth conference title this season, more than any other team in NESCAC. The Jumbos finished 18-2 while advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.