Men's Lax Players Honored By The NESCAC

May 11, 2005

5/11/05 - Six members of the <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Middlebury College men's lacrosse team were honored today when the NESCAC announced its all-conference selections. Seniors Dave Leach (New Canaan, Conn.), Mike Murray (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Ed Brown (Baltimore, Md.) were first team choices, while senior Will Rawson (Bethesda, Md.), junior Travis Meyer (Potomac, Md.) and first-year player Jim Cabrera (Greenwich, Conn.) were second team selections. Cabrera was also named the NESCAC rookie of the year. The six players are preparing to lead Middlebury into the NCAA Tournament this weekend when they host a contest on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

A trio of seniors comprised the Panthers representatives on the All-NESCAC first team. Leach, a senior captain, had another solid year in the midfield for the Panthers, scoring 14 goals and dishing out nine assists.   Murray was named as a specialist as a short stick middie. The senior captain has five goals and is second on the team with 49 ground balls.

After earning second-team honors a year ago, Brown is named to the league's first team as a defender. He has helped anchor a Middlebury defense that allows just 7.71 goals/game, while owning 45 ground balls on the year.

Cabrera is a second-team All-NESCAC selection, while also earning the conference's rookie of the year award. He led Middlebury's offense this year with almost twice as many goals as his nearest teammate. The first-year attackman scored 33 goals, including a stretch where he scored 20 goals in a five-game span. He also added 13 assists for 46 points, along with five man-up goals.

The team's third senior captain, Rawson, earned second-team honors as a Middlebury defender. He along with Brown, paced a Panther defense that allowed seven or less goals 10 times this season.

Meyer earns second-team honors from the Middlebury midfield. Meyer is third on the team with 28 points this season, coming from 13 goals and a team-high 15 assists.