Three Earn Honorable Mention All-American Honors
June 28, 2010
Three members of the Middlebury College men's lacrosse team earned honorable mention All-American honors from the USILA. Sophomore Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.), senior Pete Smith (Wilton, Conn.) and junior David Hild (W. Hartford, Conn.) were all recognized for their excellent play in 2010. The threesome helped lead the Panthers to a 13-6 overall record, with a trip to the NESCAC Championship game and the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Rayner, who was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection, helped anchor a Middlebury defense that allowed just 7.79 goals/game this season. The defense held its opponents to a .772 clear percentage, while owning a .841 mark of their own. He was second on the squad with 61 ground balls this season, to go along with a goal in the NESCAC semifinals.
Smith finished the season with a team-high 30 assists, ranking him second in the NESCAC. He also scored 18 goals and finished with 48 points on the season, second only to Hild. The senior paced the team in ground balls with 68 and in man-up goals with five. Smith ends his career with 55 goals, 117 assists for 172 points with 214 ground balls in 70 games. He was also a second-team All-NESCAC selection and was named a scholar All-American.
Hild led the team in goals with 41, placing him third among his NESCAC peers. The junior led the team with 52 points to go along with his 11 assists and four man-up tallies. He ended the season on a tear, scoring 22 in six post-season games, as he earned second-team All-NESCAC honors. Hild now owns 67 goals, 18 assists and 85 points in 38 career games.