Six Student-Athletes Earn ECAC Division III New England All-Star Honors
May 27, 2010 - Six student athletes from the Pilgrim Lacrosse League were recently honored for their outstandings seasons as the ECAC named its 2010 Division III New England Men's Lacrosse All-Stars, Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, and Rookie of the Year.
Springfield's Mike Delia and Mike Smith were named to the ECAC All-Star Second Team, while teammates Cory Schwarzkopf and Joe Macchi were named to the third team. Wheaton's Billy McNamara and Babson's Mike Saucier also took home third team honors.
For Smith, Macchi, McNamara, Saucier, and Schwarzkopf, this marks the first time in their careers that they have earned ECAC honors. Delia was selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Year last season.
In his sophomore season for the Pride, Delia continued to produce on Springfield's first midfield line. After taking home ECAC and Pilgrim League Rookie of the Year honors a year ago, Delia was once again named a Pilgrim League All-Conference First Team honoree this season. Hailing from Wading River, N.Y., Delia was a spark for the Pride's midfield as he totaled 13 goals and a team-high 16 assists for 29 points. Much in part to his solid wing play on face-offs, he added 67 ground balls, the second-highest total on the team.
A native of South Hadley, Mass., Smith had a standout collegiate career on defense for the Pride. A relentless defender, Smith was named to the Pilgrim League All-Conference team all four years at Springfield, and was recently selected to play in the 2010 Lax World/USILA North/South Game. This season, Smith battled through a leg injury and led the team with 27 caused turnovers to go along with 29 ground balls. For his career, he scooped up 148 ground balls and caused 58 caused turnovers, 27 of which came in his final season in Maroon and White.
The postseason awards have poured in for Macchi after a great year on the Pride's first midfield line. The Mahopac, N.Y. product scored a team-best 31 goals this season and finished the season with 40 points, which ranked second on the team. A USILA Honorable Mention All-American, NEILA Division III All-New England Second Team honoree and Pilgrim League All-Conference First Team selection, Macchi had a knack for the clutch as he scored five game-winning goals for SC this season. For his career, he Macchi finished with 68 goals and 87 total points.
Also earning Pilgrim League First Team honors this spring, Saucier had a tremendous season for Babson in 2010. This spring he started all 17 possible games for the Beavers and helped lead Babson to its most successful season in recent years. He made 175 total saves and ended his career ranked third all-time for career saves with 437. The Nashua, N.H. product was also named the Pilgrim League Player of the Week on March 22nd.
Schwarzkopf had a stellar final season in Maroon and White as he earned ECAC and Pilgrim League All-Conference First Team honors for the first time. A big and physical defender from Mamaroneck, N.Y., he ranked second on the team with 25 caused turnovers and added 25 ground balls. For his career, Schwarzkopf posted 69 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers, 25 of which came this season. A member of the Springfield defensive unit, he was a key factor in Springfield allowing just 6.79 goals per game, the 14th-lowest average in the country.
McNamara is second among all conference players in goals (36) and assists (25) while ranking third in points (61). He turned in at least one point in 15 contests while collecting multiple goals in 10 games, including notching six hat tricks. The Mansfield Mass. native's point total was tied for the eighth best in school annals, and he was ninth in assists. Heading into his junior season, McNamara has accumulated 106 career points.