Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Press
Monday, March 22, 2010
HESSLER WINS NESCAC MEN'S LACROSSE
PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
One of the most marked men in NCAA Division III lacrosse this
season, Tufts University junior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, MD) is
still getting his points and this week has earned the New England
Small College Athletic Conference's second (NESCAC) Player of the
Week award of the 2010 season.
Most importantly, Hessler's man-down goal with 3:54 remaining in the
Jumbos' game at Colby on Saturday lifted the visitors to a 10-9
victory. It was his third goal of the game, including a strike that
pulled Tufts within 3-2 early in the second quarter after a slow
start. His other goal gave the Jumbos a two-goal lead at 9-7 early
in the fourth during a man-advantage.
Earlier in the week during a 20-4 rout of Lasell at home, Hessler
scored seven points on two goals with five assists. For the week, he
finished with five goals and five assists for 10 points in the two
games. He had two man-up goals and the one man-down winner.
Hessler led NESCAC in scoring last season with 89 points (42 goals,
47 assists). This season, with opposing defenses paying much more
attention to him, Hessler is tied for fifth in the league with his
six goals and six assists totaling 12 points. His three man-up goals
overall are tied for second in the conference.
A First Team All-NESCAC selection last season and a Second Team
All-Conference honoree as a freshman in 2008, Hessler has now won
two NESCAC Player of the Week honors. He earned a share of the award
on March 9 of last season.
The Jumbos, ranked ninth this week by the United States
Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, are one of four NESCAC season
with undefeated overall records early in the 2010 season.
Connecticut College is atop the conference at 4-0, while Tufts and
Middlebury are next at 3-0, and Williams sits at 2-0. All four are
2-0 in league play.