MEDFORD – With 10 players selected to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III All-America teams announced today, the Tufts men's lacrosse team has its most ever topping the eight honorees from 2016.
Senior defenseman Arend Broekmate is on the 2019 first team. Second-team recipients are senior attack Danny Murphy and junior midfielder Matt Treiber. Junior midfielder Nick Shanks was selected third team. Senior attack Ben Connelly, junior defenseman Jack Donohue, sophomore face-off man Kyle Helfrich, junior goalie Mason Pollack, sophomore midfielder Garrett Samuelson and senior long stick midfielder Stewart Stockdale received honorable mention awards.
The 10 All-Americans for Tufts tie for the most in the nation with Cabrini University.
Murphy is All-American for the third straight year after garnering his second straight second team honor to go with an honorable mention from 2017. Connelly has been an honorable mention selection for three straight seasons. Shanks add this spring's honor to his first team selection from last spring, while Broekmate is All-American for the second straight year after an honorable mention nod last season. The six other Jumbos are all first-time All-Americans.
Offensively, Tufts averaged 17.48 goals per game to rank sixth nationally and were fifth in Division III with their 224 total assists. Murphy led the team in scoring with 91 points on 8 goals with 43 assists. Connelly scored 58 goals with 21 assists for 79 points. Treiber finished at 34 goals with 31 assists for 65 points, while Shanks accumulated 42 points on 27 goals and 15 assists. Samuelson recorded 31 goals with 10 assists for 41 points.
On defense, Broekmate finished 2019 with 48 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers while helping limit Tufts opponents to a 10.85 goals against average. Donohue finished with 19 caused turnovers to go with 34 ground balls and Stockdale tied for second on the Jumbos with 50 ground balls while causing 17 turnovers. Tufts' goalies had the eighth-most saves in the nation with their 290 total and Pollack made 217 of those with a strong .538 percentage. This group led the team to a total of 801 ground balls that is #9 in the country, and helped Tufts clear at a .850 mark which ranks 25th nationally.
Helfrich won face-offs at a .552 success rate, earning 258 total in his 466 attempts. He took the ground ball on 150 of those occasions. He's one of just 15 players in the country right now who won 250 or more face-offs.
Head coach Casey D'Annolfo's Jumbos finished 19-2 (9-1 NESCAC) and won the program's second straight conference title and ninth overall. Tufts advanced to the quarterfinals in NCAA play.