|Danny Murphy||Ben Connelly||Arend Broekmate|
MEDFORD, Mass. – Three members of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team have been named to Inside Lacrosse's Preseason DIII All-American teams. All part of the junior class, Danny Murphy was selected to the Third Team, while Ben Connelly and Arend Broekmate received honorable mentions.
Murphy was the Jumbos' leader in points last season with 95, coming from 54 goals and 41 assists. All three of those totals ranked at least 11th all-time in a season in Tufts history, with his 95 points coming in as the seventh most by a Jumbo. His 5.59 points per game put him ninth overall in all of Division III last season. Murphy had nine points in a game twice last year. The first came from seven goals and two assists in a 18-10 win over Endicott and the next with five goals and four assists in the team's 18-6 win against Hamilton. The seven goals against Endicott tied for sixth most all-time in a game by a Jumbo. Murphy was named to the All-NESCAC, All-NEILA, and USILA All-American teams last season.
Playing in all 19 games last year, Connelly collected 30 goals and 17 assists for 47 points on the season. He had four points in a game five times last season, the final time coming in the second round of the NCAA Championship in the squad's win over Keene State when he scored three goals and collected an assist. He was also one of the nation's top man-up scorers as he netted 11 man-up goals to put him 12th nationally. Like Murphy, Connelly was also named to the All-NESCAC, All-NEILA, and the USILA All-American teams last year.
Broekmate was one of seven Jumbos to start all 19 games last season. He was one of the squad's top defenders as he collected 43 groundballs and led the team with 28 caused turnovers. That number not only put him first on Tufts, but was good enough to be the caused turnovers leader in all of NESCAC. Broekmate also collected four goals and two assists for six points on the offensive end. He was named to the All-NESCAC and All-NEILA teams for his performance as a sophomore last season.
Head coach Casey D'Annolfo's Jumbos finished 13-6 and 6-4 in NESCAC play on the year. They advanced to the conference semifinals and the third round in the NCAA tournament.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern