PERRY, N.Y – Six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s lacrosse student-athletes earned All-America honorable mention from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) when the USILA/Nike Division III All-American Teams were announced yesterday morning (May 24).
Endicott led the way with three selections as senior attack Colin Bannon (Westport, Conn.), senior face-off specialist Tommy Hughes (Coram, N.Y.), and senior attack Will Jennings (Danvers, Mass.) were all honored. Two players from Western New England, senior midfielder Keegan Dudeck (Longmeadow, Mass.) and senior defender Steven Patrie (Lewiston, Maine), were also recognized. University of New England’s Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) was the sixth representative from the CCC.
COLIN BANNON, ENDICOTT, ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
In 17 games played this season, Bannon registered 29 goals and 23 assists for 52 points. Bannon ranked eighth in the conference points, 14th in goals, and seventh in assists. Overall in his career, Bannon ranks second all-time in program history in assists (138) and points (tied, 293), and sixth all-time in goals (155).
TOMMY HUGHES, ENDICOTT, ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
In 18 games played (all starts), Hughes compiled 309 face-off wins (71.5) and 218 ground balls alongside 12 goals, two assists, and two caused turnovers. Hughes led the conference in face-off wins, face-off winning percentage, and ground balls. He also ranks No. 4 among all NCAA Division III student-athletes in ground balls per game (12.11, first in conference), and No. 8 in face-off winning percentage. Over his four-year career, Hughes has compiled 1,191 face-off wins (.639), 753 ground balls, 25 goals, and nine assists (34 points). Hughes ranks first in program history in ground balls (753), ground balls per game (9.91), and face-offs won.
WILL JENNINGS, ENDICOTT, ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
A starter in all 18 games for Endicott, Jennings produced a team-leading 89 points on 62 goals and 27 assists. Jennings also had 41 ground balls, four caused turnovers, and four man-up goals on the year. Jennings paced the conference in goals, finished fifth in assists, and second in points. Nationally, Jennings ranks No. 10 in goals per game (3.44) and No. 19 in points per game (4.94). Throughout his four-year career, Jennings notched 188 goals and 59 assists for 247 points. Jennings also tallied seven game-winning goals, 24 man-up goals, one man-down strike, 87 ground balls, and nine caused turnovers. Jennings ranks first all-time in man-up goals, third in goals and goals per game (2.94), tied fifth in game-winning goals, sixth in points per game (3.86), and seventh in points.
DAN AUGER, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND, ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
Auger was picked as the CCC Offensive Player of the Year and All-CCC First Team performer at the attack position, in addition to being honored with the CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction. He presently holds every program record (career, season, and game) for both points and assists. With a stat line of 42 goals and 51 assists in 2017, Auger wrapped up his collegiate career scoring 129 times and helping on 131 others.
KEEGAN DUDECK, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND, ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
Dudeck, who was also selected to play in the USILA/Nike North-South Division III All-Star Game on Friday at Providence College, earns this honor for the third time in his career after compiling 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in just 14 games this season. The senior midfielder recorded multiple points on 11 occasions this spring, including a pair of five-point efforts and a season-high seven-point performance in Western New England's 13-7 win at Gordon on March 29. Dudeck becomes just the second three-time All-American in program history, joining Jared Pabis '09.
STEVE PATRIE, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND, ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
Earning All-America status for the second straight year is Patrie, Western New England's defensive leader and two-time team captain. Patrie started all 18 games this spring, collecting 22 ground balls and causing ten turnovers for a defense that surrendered just 6.63 goals per game in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play. The Lewiston, Maine native is Western New England's 14th two-time All-American.
The majority of information in this release is courtesy of the USILA, Endicott, University of New England, and Western New England Sports Information Departments.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.