MEDFORD, Mass. – Seven members of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team were named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Division III All-New England Teams, as announced by the association Tuesday.
Nick Shanks and Connor Lansdale were named to the first team, Danny Murphy, Matt Treiber, and Cam Irwin to the second team, and Ben Connelly and Arend Broekmate to the third team. Players are nominated by their coaches and then teams are voted on by all the coaches in the respective division.
Murphy, Connelly, and Broekmate are being honored for the second time in their careers after all three earned the award last season as well. Murphy was on the first team and Connelly and Broekmate were on the second team. Shanks, Lansdale, Treiber, and Irwin are all receiving the award for the first time. Shanks, Lansdale, Murphy, Irwin, and Broekmate were all also named to the All-NESCAC teams this season.
Lansdale leads the team with 23 caused turnovers on the season, which puts him sixth in the conference. He was named NESCAC Player of the Week after the Jumbos' win in the conference championship. Shanks, the sophomore, has set career-highs this season in goals (34), assists (12), and points (46). He has done it all while coming off the bench for Tufts to give them an offensive spark whenever he was called upon.
Murphy has followed up his fantastic sophomore season with another incredible year, surpassing his career-high 95 points in the Jumbos' most recent game against Ithaca to set a new career mark at 97. That is tied for the conference lead and and puts him in the top 10 of all of Division III as well. He was named the NESCAC Player of the Week and to the USILA DIII Team of the Week after the final week of the regular season. Treiber is another offensive threat off the bench for Tufts. He is fourth on the team with 49 points and leads the squad with 13 man up goals on the year. Irwin helps to control the pace of the game from the midfield and has picked up 25 ground balls, six caused turnovers, and six points from three goals and three assists on the year.
Connelly leads the team in goals (58) and is second in points (79). His 58 goals rank him third in the NESCAC. He was named to the USILA DIII Team of the Week after his performance in the first three games of the season. Broekmate is second on the team in ground balls, only to face off man Henry Hollen, with 55 and is tied for second with 20 caused turnovers.
With seven selections, Tufts matched Amherst and Wesleyan for the most among New England Division III teams.
The Jumbos will face Wesleyan in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals on Wednesday at 4 p.m. on Bello.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern