MEDFORD – The eight Tufts University men's lacrosse players selected to the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams announced today represent the most Jumbos to receive the recognition in one season since the teams were first released in 2001.
Senior Danny Murphy is on the first team at attack for the third year in a row. Senior defenseman Arend Broekmate, also a first-team pick, is honored for the third time overall after second-team selections in 2018 and 2017. Junior Matt Treiber is also on the 2019 first team at midfield.
On the All-Conference second team, senior attack Ben Connelly received his second conference post-season honor including second team in 2017. Junior Nick Shanks is on the second team at midfield for the second year in a row. Sophomore face-off man Kyle Helfrich, senior long-stick midfielder Stewart Stockdale and junior goalie Mason Pollack are also on the 2019 second team, each earning the award for the first time.
With eight team members selected, the Jumbos have two more than any other NESCAC team this spring. The eight honors exceed the seven Jumbos named All-Conference in 2014 and 2007.
Murphy is third in the league with 78 points on 43 goals and 35 assists. He had 32 goals and 18 assists for 50 points in 10 NESCAC games. Broekmate has collected 40 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers while also adding two goals with three assists offensively. Treiber is second behind Murphy with 25 assists this season and has scored 28 goals (five man-up) for 53 points in 13 games (15-15-30 in NESCAC).
Connelly's 45 goals are sixth in NESCASC and include a team-high six on extra-man situations. He had 28 goals and 13 assists in conference play. Shanks has totaled 22 goals with 14 assists for 36 points with 20 of the points (12 goals) coming against NESCAC. Helfrich has won 211 of 360 face-offs for a .586 percentage and grabbed 127 ground balls. Stockdale leads the Jumbos with 16 caused turnovers while collecting 41 ground balls. Pollack's 183 saves are second-most in the league and he has also scored two goals this season.
Tufts (15-1) won the #1 seed in NESCAC this season and is hosting the conference semifinals and championship game this weekend. Head coach Casey D'Annolfo's team had a 9-1 conference mark.