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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


D.J. Hessler is Tufts' first sophomore All-American since Bryan Griffin in 2003

MEDFORD -- Sophomore attack D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD/St. Paul's), who led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in scoring for the 2009 season with a Tufts University record 89 points, was named on Tuesday to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division 3 All-America Second Team.

Senior  tri-captain Clem McNally (Far Hills, NJ/St. George's), senior tri-captain Jordan Yarboro (Herdon, VA/Potomac School) and junior defender Eytan Saperstein (Hewlett, NY/Hewlett) are USILA Honorable Mention All-Americans, giving the Jumbos four national honorees. That's the most ever for the Tufts program.

Hessler won the conference scoring title in a landslide over NESCAC Player of the Year Mike Stone from Middlebury. Hessler's 42 goals and 47 assists for 89 points were 16 more than Stone's 57-16-73 final numbers. With an average of 4.94 points per game in 18 contests, Hessler is fifth in the nation through games of May 17. He was a First Team selection All-NESCAC and All-New England.

McNally's 53 goals were second in the conference and are tied for seventh nationally (through May 17). Yarboro was also a First Team All-New England pick at long-stick midfielder for the second straight season. Saperstein is next in the line of All-American defenders at Tufts, including Tucker Merrigan and Wiley Dornseif.

Coach Mike Daly's Tufts team was #12 team in the final USILA national poll. They earned a first-round bye into the NCAA Tournament this spring.