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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

O'Brien to play in North/South Senior All-Star Game on May 26

MEDFORD -- Senior midfielder Mike O'Brien (Concord, MA/Middlesex School), junior midfielder Brett Holm (Longmeadow, MA/Longmeadow) and junior defenseman Wiley Dornseif (Littleton, CO/Phillips Exeter) of the Tufts University men's lacrosse team have earned All-New England status for the 2006 season.

O'Brien is one of six midfielders named to the First Team. Holm and Dornseif were place on the Second Team. With three players among the 28 selected, Tufts had the third most out of 12 teams featuring players who were honored.

The team leader in scoring, O'Brien had 20 goals and 11 assists for 31 points. He led the Jumbos with 89 shots in 17 games and scored twice on man-up situations. He had a seven-game goal scoring streak in the middle of the season, including two each in conference games against Bowdoin, Williams and Colby. O'Brien was All-New England last spring and was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore in 2004.

Joining O'Brien as a repeat All-New England pick is Dornseif, a 6'2", 200-pound defender who has established himself as one of the nation's best. Tops among Tufts defenders with 37 ground balls, he also scored a goal against Eastern Connecticut. The Jumbos posted a 7.83 goals against average this spring.

Holm made a successful transition from long-stick to short-stick middie. He was among the team's scoring leaders with a career high 12 goals and six assists for 18 points while continuing to provide a physical presence on the field. He scored three goals in a big non-conference win at Western New England. His 42 ground balls were third on the team for the year.

O'Brien was selected to play in the 65th Annual North/South Senior All-Star Game on Friday (May 26) at Villanova Stadium in Pennsylvania. Sixty of the nation's top senior players will participate in the game featuring a team of Division I and II players against a team of Division III players. Game time is 7:00 pm.

Tufts finished 11-6 overall this season and was fourth in the NESCAC with a 5-4 record. The Jumbos advanced to the conference tournament semi-finals where they lost in three overtimes at Middlebury 12-11.