MEDFORD – Five members of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team were recognized with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors for their performances this season, as announced by the league. The honorees include First Team selection junior Danny Murphy and Second Team selections seniors Connor Lansdale and Cam Irwin, junior Arend Broekmate, and sophomore Nick Shanks.
Murphy and Broekmate are both receiving the award for the second year in a row. Murphy was selected to the first team last year as well and Broekmate to the second team. This is the first All-NESCAC honor for Lansdale, Irwin, and Shanks.
Murphy leads the Jumbos this season with 78 points coming from 34 goals and a team and career-high 44 assists. His assist number ranks him third in the conference, while he is fourth in points. He tied a career-high with nine points in the final regular season game against Bowdoin when the Jumbos beat the Polar Bears, 19-11. Murphy scored a season-high six goals and added three assists in the contest.
Broekmate has been one of the anchors of this Tufts defense that is averaging 10.62 goals against per game, fourth in the league. He is second on the team in ground balls with 44 behind only faceoff man Henry Hollen. The junior is also tied for second on the team with 16 caused turnovers. Broekmate has gotten involved on the offensive side of things a bit as well, registering six points from four goals and two assists. In an 11-8 win over Williams he registered five ground balls, three caused turnovers, and an assist.
Lansdale has also been big on defense for the Jumbos, picking up 30 ground balls and is tied with Broekmate for second on the team with 16 caused turnovers. He has caused three turnovers twice in a game this year and has recorded four ground balls four times.
Irwin has helped the Jumbos control the pace of almost all of their games this season from the midfield. He has 20 ground balls and five caused turnovers on the year as well as three goals and two assists for five points.
Shanks has been an effective scoring threat off the bench for Tufts in his sophomore campaign. He has 27 goals and nine assists for 36 points on the year. He recorded five points from four goals and an assist the last time the Jumbos faced Amherst earlier in the season.
Tufts is 14-1 on the year and entered the NESCAC tournament as the three seed with a 9-1 conference record. They will face Amherst in the conference semifinal this Saturday at Wesleyan at 3 p.m.