Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Press
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
HESSLER, YARBORO & MERRIGAN PICKED TO ALL-NESCAC MEN'S
Senior Tucker Merrigan
Freshman D.J. Hessler
MEDFORD -- A newcomer and two talented veterans from the Tufts
University men's lacrosse team have been chosen to the All-New
England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Second Team for
the 2008 season.
Freshman attackman D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) was one of
two freshman honored among 24 total recipients in the league. Junior
long-stick midfielder Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA) and senior
defenseman Tucker Merrigan (Greenfield, MA) were both
selected last season, Yarboro to the First Team and Merrigan to the
Hessler is currently tied for fifth in the NESCAC scoring race.
He had 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 15 games. His 23
assists are the sixth-best total in the league at the moment, and he
scored three game-winning goals for the Jumbos. In nine conference
games, he scored 13 goals with nine assists for 22 points. Tufts was
the best man-up team in NESCAC with 20 goals, including four by
Hessler. He also led the team's attackers with 29 ground balls.
Junior Jordan Yarboro
Yarboro continued to do an outstanding job defensively against
the opponent's top midfielder. His 51 ground balls were third on the
team and included 31 in nine NESCAC games. A solidly built 5'10" and
180 pounds, Yarboro also added three goals and two assists
Merrigan, a leader of the Jumbo defense for three seasons, is one
of just three NESCAC defenders to repeat as All-Conference picks
this season. He finished with 25 ground balls, corralling four in an
early-season win over eventual NESCAC champion Williams. Merrigan
also had an assist.
Playing the second-most competitive schedule in the country for
NCAA Division III, Tufts finished 9-6 overall with wins over
nationally ranked teams Williams, Western New England and Bowdoin
(by a 19-4 score). The Jumbos earned third place in the NESCAC
regular season with a 6-3 mark.