All-New England Honors Announced
May 22, 2006
Four members of the Middlebury College men's lacrosse team were honored today when the NEILA (New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) announced its post-season teams. Seniors Gabe Wood (Tacoma, Wash.) and Aaron Herter (Carlisle, Mass.) along with junior Peter Mellen (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and sophomore Jim Cabrera (Old Greenwich, Conn.) were all first-team selections. Head coach Erin Quinn was deemed the organization's coach of the year.
Wood earns first-team honors after being named to the All-NESCAC first-team. He had a big year on the Middlebury defense, most notably an end-to-end rush to score the game-winner in the NESCAC title win over Wesleyan. Wood was third on the team in ground balls with 35 on the year.
Herter, who was also named to the All-NESCAC first-team had another solid season in the offensive midfield for the Panthers. He scored in seven of the last eight games of the season, owning 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points on the season, placing him third on the team.
Mellen garners the honors after earning first-team All-NESCAC honors as a face-off specialist. The junior took 345 of 364 face-offs this season, winning 57% of his opportunities. His lone goal this season came in the NESCAC Championship game. He led the team with 130 groundballs on the year.
Cabrera earns a spot on the team after earning first-team All-NESCAC honors. The '05 NESCAC rookie of the year had another big season on offense, leading the team with 43 goals in 15 games. Despite missing a few early games with an injury, he came back to lead the NESCAC with 2.86 goals/game this season. He ended the year with 47 points, including eight man-up tallies.
Quinn is the NEILA Coach of the Year for the fifth and final time in his career. He will assume duties as the school's new director of athletics on July 1. Quinn finished his 15th season with a 13-4 record, a sixth consecutive NESCAC Championship and a spot in the NESCAC quarterfinals. He ends his career with a record of 202-38 (.842).