New England College senior Matt Richard (Weare, N.H.) was named North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year for the third-consecutive season, while teammates, junior William Platt (San Francisco, Calif.) and freshman Charles Hacking (Canterbury, N.H.), were tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. NEC senior Tom Zervos (Montreal, Quebec) was chosen as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Castleton head coach Bo McDougall was voted as the Coach of the Year and eight men's lacrosse student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2018 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Richard has earned his third-consecutive Player of the Year honor after guiding the Pilgrims to a perfect 7-0 mark in NAC play (13-4 overall). The senior led the NAC with 58 points in conference games, netting 12 goals and dishing out a league-best 46 assists. Richard recorded at least five points in every NAC game this season, including setting an NEC record for assists in one game with 11, which puts him in a tie for the most in one game across all divisions of the NCAA. Richard also tallied 17 ground balls, caused four turnovers and posted a 72.2 shots-on-goal percentage against conference opponents. He is currently the top-ranked player across all three divisions of the NCAA with 4.53 assists per game. He also ranks second in Division III for points per game with 6.53. The senior enters postseason play with 396 career points, the most of any player in NEC program history. He currently has 159 career goals and 237 career assists, breaking the NEC career assists record this season. He earned NAC Player of the Week accolades five times this season.
Platt started in five of his teams seven NAC contests, logging 285 minutes between the posts and an unblemished 5-0 record. He finished conference play at the top of the NAC with a league-low 10 goals against, 2.11 goals against average, and a 77.3 save percentage. The junior recorded two games in which he did not allow a goal and three games in which he had to make five or more saves, including an 18-save performance against Castleton. Overall, Platt's 62.1 save percentage ranks him eighth in all of Division III, while his goals against average (7.44) ranks him 27th, and his saves per game (11.60) rank him 48th in the nation. He was named NAC Defensive Player of the Week four times this season.
Hacking has enjoyed an incredible rookie campaign with the Pilgrims. The freshman standout finished the conference regular season as the league leader in goals (28) and ranked second in points (32). He tallied 20 ground balls, caused four turnovers, dished four assists and posted a 72.8 shots-on-goal percentage in NAC action. He started in all seven conference games, while tallying at least four points in six games and scoring three or more goals in six conference matchups, including four games in which he found the back of the net at least four times. In all of Division III, he ranks 50th in goals per game with 2.94 and 64th in individual man-up goals with seven. Hacking was selected NAC Rookie of the Week four times this season.
McDougall, in his seventh season as head coach at Castleton, has been named NAC Coach of the Year for the third time (2012, 2013). After a slow start, he led the Spartans to nine victories over their last 12 games, including a 6-1 record in conference to clinch the second seed and earn a bye into the NAC Semifinals. In NAC action, the Spartans ranked in the top-three in nine statistical categories including ranking second in turnovers (121), shots-on-goal (203), shots-on-goal percentage (64.4%), goals against (30) and goals-against average (4.29). In all of Division III, Castleton ranks 15th in face-off winning percentage (64.8%). McDougall currently boasts an overall coaching record of 81-48 (.628), including an astounding 50-4 (.926) mark within the NAC, never losing more than one league match in any year and going unbeaten in league play three times (2013, 2014, 2015). He is attempting to lead the Spartans to the NAC Tournament Championship game for the 15th-straight season as Castleton is shooting for its fifth tournament title, including its first since 2015.
Joining Hacking (attacker), Platt (goalkeeper) and Richard (attacker) on the first team were Castleton senior faceoff specialist Josh Gosselin (Barre, Vt.), freshman defender Andrew McCarthy (Sayville, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Jason Sedell (Pine Brook, N.J.), Husson senior attacker Brooks Gay (Underhill, Vt.), New England College freshman defender David Benjamin (Wilmot, N.H.), junior midfielder Zach Cotoni (Groton, Mass.), junior long-stick midfielder Connor Fries (Barnstable, Mass.) and freshman midfielder Patrick Storie (Williamstown, Mass.), and Maine Maritime sophomore defender Nathan Granholm (Brunswick, Maine).
Second team selections include Castleton seniors, defender Edward Doton (Barnard, Vt.) and attackers Kevin McCarthy (Sayville, N.Y.) and Sam Siegel (Brattleboro, Vt.), Husson senior attacker Brandon Bosse (Limerick, Maine) and juniors, midfielder Zach Glazier (Winthrop, Maine), goalkeeper Matt Martin (Litchfield, Maine) and long-stick midfielder Chad Merrill (Sabattus, Maine), Lyndon juniors, defender Brandon Hunter (Glastonbury, Conn.) and midfielder Shea Jones (Hull, Mass.), Maine Maritime freshman goalkeeper Isaiah Weston (Mt. Vernon, Maine), New England College sophomore midfielder Jacob Blanchette (Weare, N.H.), junior faceoff specialist Austin Frankel (Peabody, Mass.) and freshman attacker Reilly Parker (Pitsfield, Mass.) and Thomas senior defender Conner Blair (North Hartland, Vt.).
The NAC Men's Lacrosse Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the lacrosse culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following eight individuals have been selected to the 2018 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Ryan Stone (Laconia, N.H.), Green Mountain senior Blake Hay (Damariscotta, Maine), Husson's Martin, Johnson freshman Griffin Lynde (Brattleboro, Vt.), Lyndon sophomore Jet Magri (Lincolnville, Maine), Maine Maritime freshman Orion Sargent (Topsham, Maine), New England College's Zervos, and Thomas senior Jacob Kendall (Lewiston, Maine).
2018 NAC Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
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A - Brooks Gay, Senior, Husson
A - Charles Hacking, Freshman, New England College
A - Matt Richard, Senior, New England College
M - Zach Cotoni, Junior, New England College
M - Jason Sedell, Junior, Castleton
M - Patrick Storie, Freshman, New England College
LSM - Connor Fries, Junior, New England College
D - David Benjamin, Freshman, New England College
D - Nathan Granholm, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
D - Andrew McCarthy, Freshman, Castleton
GK - William Platt, Junior, New England College
FO - Josh Gosselin, Senior, Castleton
A - Brandon Bosse, Senior, Husson
A - Kevin McCarthy, Senior, Castleton
A - Reilly Parker, Freshman, New England College
A - Sam Siegel, Senior, Castleton
M - Jacob Blanchette, Sophomore, New England College
M - Zach Glazier, Junior, Husson
M - Shea Jones, Junior, Lyndon
LSM - Chad Merrill, Junior, Husson
D - Conner Blair, Senior, Thomas
D - Edward Doton, Senior, Castleton
D - Brandon Hunter, Junior, Lyndon
GK - Matt Martin, Junior, Husson
GK - Isaiah Weston, Freshman, Maine Maritime
FO - Austin Frankel, Junior, New England College
Player of the Year
Matt Richard, Senior, New England College
Defensive Player of the Year
William Platt, Junior, New England College
Rookie of the Year
Charles Hacking, Freshman, New England College
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Tom Zervos, Senior, New England College
Coach of the Year
Bo McDougall, Seventh Season, Castleton
Blake Hay, Senior, Green Mountain
Jacob Kendall, Senior, Thomas
Griffin Lynde, Freshman, Johnson
Jet Magri, Sophomore, Lyndon
Matt Martin, Junior, Husson
Orion Sargent, Freshman, Maine Maritime
Ryan Stone, Senior, Castleton
Tom Zervos, Senior, New England College