Six Men's Lacrosse Players Named All-American, Other Honors Handed Out
June 3, 2004
6/3/04 - Six members of the Middlebury College men's lacrosse team earned All-American honors when the STX/USILA All-American teams were announced. Seniors Mike Saraceni (N. Syracuse, N.Y.) and Eric Krieger (Princeton, N.J.) were named to the first team, senior John West (New Canaan, Conn.) earned second-team honors, while senior Greg Bastis (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and junior Ed Brown (Baltimore, Md.) were both third-team selections. Senior Charley Howe (Darien, Conn.) earned honorable mention honors. The six players led the Panthers to their fourth consecutive NESCAC Championship and seventh straight trip to the NCAA Tournament this season, with an overall record of 16-2.
Saraceni earns first-team honors after being named to the third team a year ago. He is a two-time All-NESCAC and All-New England selection as well. This season, he led the team with 33 goals and 37 assists for 70 points on the year. He finished the season third in the NESCAC in goals/game and points/game this spring.
Krieger was also a first-team selection after earning third-team honors in '03. Like Saraceni, he is a two-time All-NESCAC and All-New England selection. The senior led the NESCAC and was fourth in the nation with a 6.59 goals against average. He ends his career at Middlebury third all-time in saves (562), second in goals against average (7.59) and fifth in save percentage (.589).
West earns second-team honors after being on the first-team a year ago. The senior suffered a season-ending injury in April, causing him to miss the team's last eight games of the season. Despite the injury, West was still a first-team All-NESCAC and All-New England section for the second consecutive year. He led a Middlebury defense that allowed a league-best 6.35 goals/game (second nationally) this season.
Bastis was named to the third team after earning honorable mention honors in '03. He is also a two-time All-NESCAC and All-New England selection for the Panthers. The senior came on strong this season, ending the year with 15 goals and one assist for 16 points on the season.
Joining him on the third team was Brown, a member of the Panther defense. He and West were mainstays this season, holding opponents to eight or less goals 13 times this season.
Howe, the Panther's leading goal-scorer, earns a spot as an attackman on the honorable mention team. The second-team All-NESCAC selection paced the team with 44 goals this season, ranking second overall with 55 points.
Krieger, Saraceni and West were all deemed first-team All-New England players, while Bastis and Brown were named to the second-team. Senior midfielder Tom O'Connor (Old Greenwich, Conn.) was an honorable mention selection to the team.
Krieger, Saraceni and Bastis were all named to the East/West Senior All-Star game, and will also play in the North/South National Senior-All-Star game on June 12th.
Saraceni was named the national attackman of the year, while Krieger earned national goalkeeper of the year honors. Saraceni and Bastis were both deemed scholar All-Americans.