NEWTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team had seven members of its squad named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division II All-New England Team, it was announced on Tuesday.
Senior Mark Vitello, junior Drew Bourdeau and sophomore Patrick Sweeney each earned First Team nods, while seniors James Olsen and Alex Pacitti as well as juniors Derrick LaBranche and Lucas DeAngelo were named to the Second Team.
Vitello earns his second-straight NEILA All-New England First Team selection after being named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference Second Team two weeks ago. Vitello registered 30 points on 23 goals and seven assists this season. His 23 goals ranked 23rd in the league and was the fourth-best total on the team. Vitello recorded a point in 12-of-14 games, including eight games with multiple points. The senior had three four-goal games this season, including a pair of five-point days in wins over AIC and #16 SNHU.
Bourdeau, an All-NE-10 First Team selection, was named to the All-New England Team for the second time in his career after a Second Team nod last season. Bourdeau posted 43 groundballs this year to go with 20 caused turnovers, ranking third on the team in groundballs and second in caused turnovers. In the conference, Bourdeau tied for 18th in groundballs, while his 20 caused turnovers was the seventh-best mark in the NE10. He helped backstop a defense that ranked seventh in the NE10 in goals against average (10.07) and was third in the league in groundballs (505) and second in caused turnovers (134).
Patrick Sweeney earns his first All-New England selection after being named to the All-NE10 Second Team earlier this season. Sweeney scored 31 goals to go with six assists for 37 points, while adding 22 groundballs and nine caused turnovers. Sweeney ranked sixth in the conference in goals, and his 37 points tied for 15th in the league. The sophomore recorded a point in 12-of-14 games, including nine multi-point games, as well as a seven-goal game in a 16-5 win at Franklin Pierce back on March 28.
Olsen, an All-NE10 Second Teamer, earns his second-straight All-New England Second Team nod after being the leading point-getter for the Hawks this season, scoring 26 goals and adding 16 assists for 42 points, while also adding 27 groundballs and eight caused turnovers. Olsen ranked 16th in the NE10 in goals, as well as eighth in both assists and points. The senior recorded a point in all 13 games he played this season, recording multiple points in 12-of-13 contests. Olsen had a pair of seven-point days, recording four goals and three assists in a win over Saint Rose, before scoring five goals and handing out two assists in a win over Assumption.
Alex Pacitti earns his first All-New England recognition after being named to the All-NE10 First Team two weeks ago. Pacitti appeared in 14 games this season, registering 18 goals to go with seven assists for 25 points while adding 25 groundballs and four caused turnovers. The senior recorded a point in 12-of-14 games played this season, including five multi-point games for the Hawks. Pacitti recorded a hat-trick and added an assist in a 16-12 win over Saint Rose back on March 25, and he later scored four goals in back-to-back wins over Assumption and #16 Southern N.H.
Junior Derrick LaBranche earns his second-straight All-New England Second Team after starting all 14 games and finishing second on the team with 51 groundballs and third on the team with 15 caused turnovers. LaBranche ranked 14th in the NE10 in groundballs and 19th in caused turnovers while helping backstop a Saint Anselm defense that ranked seventh in the league in goals against average (10.07). He registered a groundball in all 14 games played, including seven groundballs against Pace and Bentley.
Lucas DeAngelo was also named All-New England for the second-straight year after a First Team selection last year. DeAngelo posted an 8-6 mark in 14 starts this year, posting a 9.92 GAA to go with 149 saves and a .532 save percentage. He registered 10+ saves in 9-of-14 games played, including a season-high 17 saves at Franklin Pierce on March 28. DeAngelo ranked seventh in the conference in goals-against average, saves and save percentage, while his eight wins were the fifth-best total in the league.
Saint Anselm finished the season at 8-6 overall for the second-straight season, posting a new program record for wins in the NE10 with seven conference victories. The Hawks qualified for the NE10 postseason for the second-straight season, falling in overtime to #5 Pace University, 12-11, in the NE10 First Round.
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