MEDFORD – Four members of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team were announced as 2019 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) / Warrior and New Balance Division III Scholar All-Americans on Thursday.
Senior captains Arend Broekmate, Ben Connelly, Danny Murphy and Stewart Stockdale all received the honor. Tufts' four recipients are the most among New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams and second-most in the nation.
In 1989 the USILA Scholar All-America program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. The Scholar All-Americas are recognized at the annual Lacrosse All-America Banquet.
A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale). He will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution, and to college lacrosse both on and off the field. He must also be an All-American, a member of a North/South team, or an outstanding league or conference player. Being a member of the North/South team and/or being All League/Conference does not make the Student-Athlete a lock for the award. Each Individual will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Scholar AA committee.
Murphy, a second team USILA All-American, led the team in scoring with 91 points on 48 goals with 43 assists. Connelly, who was an honorable mention All-American, scored 58 goals with 21 assists for 79 points. On defense, Broekmate was a first team All-American and finished 2019 with 48 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers while helping limit Tufts opponents to a 10.85 goals against average. Stockdale earned honorable mention All-America and tied for second on the Jumbos with 50 ground balls while causing 17 turnovers.
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.