Men's Lacrosse Players Earn NESCAC/NEILA Honors

May 18, 2010

Three members of the Middlebury College men's lacrosse team have earned All-NESCAC honors. Sophomore Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) was named to the first-team, while senior Pete Smith (Wilton, Conn.) and junior David Hild (W. Hartford, Conn.) earned second-team honors. Hild and Rayner were also both first-team All-NEILA (New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) selections. The three are currently preparing for the NCAA Quarterfinals, as Middlebury visits Tufts on Wednesday.

Rayner has helped anchor a Middlebury defense that has been solid all season. The team allows just 7.61 goals/game, while holding their opponents to a .766 clear percentage. Rayner is second on the team with 55 ground balls this season, while earning a goal in the NESCAC semifinals.

Hild has been on fire as of late, scoring 20 of his team-high 39 goals in the last five games (all post-season). He leads the team with 50 points, while owning 11 assists, three-game winners and four man-up goals. The junior tied a season-high with five goals at RPI last weekend and has a dozen multiple-goal games this season

Smith paces the team with 27 assists on the season to go along with his 18 goals and 45 points. The two-time second-team selection has a point in all but one game in '10, leading the team with five man-up goals and 66 ground balls