MEDFORD - The Tufts University men's lacrosse team had more players selected to the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III All-New England teams than any other school as seven Jumos were recognized on Tuesday.
Tufts has two players on the All-New England first team - sophomore attack Danny Murphy and senior long-stick midfielder Tyler Carbone. On the All-New England second team, sophomore Ben Connelly is at midfield and senior co-captain Tyler Olney and junior Arend Broekmate are on defense. Senior long-stick midfielder and co-captain Tucker Mathers and sophomore goalie Ben Shmerler were voted to the All-New England third team.
Carbone and Olney are receiving NEILA All-New England honors for the second straight year. The accolade is the first for the rest of the Tufts group.
Murphy fell just short of a 100-point season with 54 goals and 41 assists for 95 points in 17 games. He was second in New England averaging 5.59 points per game. He had a pair of nine-point games this spring, including seven goals with two assists versus Endicott. Carbone dominated the middle of the field for the Jumbos, picking up 35 groundballs and causing 19 turnovers. He also scored four goals, including a pair in a win at Hamilton College.
The Jumbos are the only squad in New England with two defensive players on the top two All-New England teams. Broekmate leads NESCAC with 28 caused turnovers and Olney is tied for second in the league with 26. They had 43 and 38 groundball totals, respectively, and combined to contribute five goals and three assists offensively. Connelly, like Murphy, was outstanding in his first season as a starter scoring 30 goals with 17 assists. His 11 man-up goals currently lead NESCAC and are 11th nationally.
Mathers was versatile for the Jumobs, winning 54 of 101 face-offs (.535), grabbing 80 groundballs with 11 caused turnovers and scoring 11 points (four goals, seven assists). He scored twice against Trinity and had 15 face-off wins at Bowdoin during the regular season. Shmerler's 57.2 save percentage is second in NESCAC. He stopped 151 of the 264 shots that he faced. Splitting duty with junior Robert Treiber, Shmerler was credited with 11 wins for third-most in NESCAC.
Tufts' seven NEILA All-New England honorees were followed by six from Wesleyan University and Amherst College, and five from Bates College.
Head coach Casey D'Annolfo's Jumbos finished 13-6 overall and 6-4 in the NESCAC. They advanced into the conference semi-finals and into the third round of the NCAA Tournament.