Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
FIVE JUMBOS ON ALL-NESCAC FIRST AND
SECOND TEAMS FOR 2009
|Eytan Saperstein is one of three Jumbos on
the All-NESCAC first team
MEDFORD -- The NCAA Tournament-bound Tufts University men's lacrosse
team placed five members on the 2009 NESCAC All-Conference Teams
annoucned today. On the First Team are sophomore forward D.J.
Hessler (Monkton, MD/St. Paul's), senior forward Clem McNally
(Far Hills, NJ/St. George's) and junior defenseman Eytan
Saperstein (Hewlett, NY/Hewlett). Second Team honors when to
senior long-stick middie Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA/Potomac
School) and junior midfielder Mike Droesch (Setauket, NY/Ward
Hessler leads NESCAC in scoring by a wide margin with 86 points, 20
more than the second-place scorer. He leads the league in assists
(44) and is tied for fourth in goals (42). Four of his goals have
been game-winners, which ties for first in NESCAC. Nineteen of his
goals and 26 assists came in the nine conference regular-season
games. He had a 10-point game (4 goals, 6 assists) against Amherst
in the season-opener and a five-assist game versus Wesleyan on March
28. An All-NESCAC second team pick last year, Hessler's 86 points
are a school record.
McNally's 51 goals this spring are one more than 2009 NESCAC Player
of the Year Mike Stone from Middlebury to lead the league entering
NCAA play. A second team selection in 2007, McNally had 30 goals in
NESCAC games this year. That total includes seven scores against
Colby on March 14 and six against Wesleyan on March 28. His seven
man-up goals are tied for most in the league.
Saperstein is the only junior among the three selections on NESCAC's
first team defense. After overcoming an early-season injury, he was
a force in front of the goal area for the Jumbos with 40 ground
balls in 14 games. He also had a two-point game in a 12-9 win
against Connecticut College on April 18 with a goal and an assist.
Yarboro was honored by NESCAC for the third consecutive season,
including a second team nod last year and a first team selection in
2007. This spring, he's responsible for 40 ground balls including 24
in nine NESCAC games. He added a goal to the team's season-opening
league win against Amherst and had assists in wins over conference
opponents Connecticut College and Colby. Yarboro had five ground
balls in a win at Williams on March 21.
Droesch ranks fifth among NESCAC face-off men with a 55.5 percent
success rate, winning 147 of 265. That turned in to most of his 102
ground balls, an average of 6.0 per game that ranks fourth in the
league. He was also a key contributor to the team's league-leading
offense with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points (3-6-9 in
conference games), tied for fifth fifth on the squad. Droesch
won 12 of 15 face-offs in a season-opening victory against Amherst
and nine of 11 in a rout of Bates on March 31.
Tufts (13-4) finished third in the league for the regular-season and
advanced to the conference championship game where they lost 14-10
to Wesleyan. Coach Mike Daly's team is ranked 12th in the week's
United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll. The three
All-NESCAC first team picks tied Tufts for the most with Bowdoin,
and the team's five spots overall tied for the most with Williams.
NESCAC Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams