Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Press
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
THREE FROM TUFTS SELECTED
TO NEILA ALL-NEW ENGLAND FIRST TEAM
|New England 2010 Player of the Year D.J.
-- Tufts University Men's Lacrosse, the top team in New England
Division III, has three players on the 2010 New England
Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III All-New
England Teams. Junior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) was voted
Player of the Year in the region.
Hessler, junior midfielder Matt Witko (Chappaqua, NY), and
senior defenseman Eytan Saperstein (Hewlett, NY) are all on
the New England Division III First Team. Tufts was one of just two
teams in New England with three players chosen for the First Team.
Hessler leads the New England Small College Athletic Conference -
the best league in New England - in scoring with 30 goals and 42
assists for 72 points in 17 games. He has 19 points more than the
next highest scorer, which happens to be junior teammate Ryan
Molloy (Setauket, NY) with 53 points (33 goals, 20 assists).
Hessler's 42 assists also put him far ahead of the league's next
best, which is Wesleyan's Jon Killeen with 26. Tufts' 217 goals this
53 more than anyone else in NESCAC, with Hessler as the centerpiece
of the offense. He set a NESCAC Championship record with six assists
against Williams in the quarterfinal on May 2.
Witko is the top goal-scoring midfielder in NESCAC through May 10
with 33 tallies. His four goals led the Jumbos when they captured
their first NESCAC title with a 13-12 victory over Middlebury
College on Sunday (May 9). Tied for 10th overall in the NESCAC
scoring race with 40 points, Witko also had four-goal games against
Williams on March 27 and Bates on April 6. His 112 shots lead Tufts,
and he's scored three man-up goals.
Saperstein sets the tone defensively for Tufts. He's fourth in the
league with 79 ground balls (4.65 per game), behind only three
face-off men. He scooped up a season-high 10 during an April 10
victory against Trinity. Three other times he had seven or more,
including eight in the conference championship game against
Middlebury College. Behind his defensive leadership, the Jumbos
lead the league with 668 ground balls.
All three players repeated as All-New England honorees. Hessler was
a First Teamer, while Witko and Saperstein were Second Teamers for
2009. Hessler is the fourth Jumbo to win New England Player of the
Year accolades in the past eight seasons. Bryan Griffin was
honored in 2003 and 2004, and Devin Clarke was the 2005 selection.
Tufts, at 16-1, is ranked #1 in the final NEILA poll of the season.
The Jumbos, who set a school-record for victories, are the second
seed in the North bracket of the 2010 NCAA Championship. They earned
a first-round bye and will host a second-round game on Saturday at 2
pm against either Montclair State or Endicott.
NEILA All-New England Release