Three Men's Lacrosse Players Earn N.E. Honors
May 18, 2011
Three members of the Middlebury men’s lacrosse team were named to the NEILA (New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) first-team. Seniors David Hild (W. Hartford, Conn.) and Andrew Conner (Alexandria, Va.), along with junior Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) all were honored, after the Panthers finished the season 13-5 with their 14th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Hild is now a two-time All-New England and All-NESCAC selection. He led the team with 47 goals and 67 points this season, to go along with his 20 assists and five man-up goals. His 2.61 goals were third in the NESCAC, while his 3.72 points/game placed him second among his NESCAC peers. The attackman was also second in the league with five game-winners. Hild was second on the team and in the NESCAC with 8.89 shots/contest. The senior scored 15 goals in the first three games of the season, finding the back of the net in 15 of 18 games. He ends his career with 114 goals and 38 assists for 152 points in 56 games.
Rayner is also now a two-time All-New England and All-NESCAC selection on defense. The anchor of the Panther defense has been steady all season long, with Middlebury allowing just 8.68 goals/game in ’11. Rayner picked up 45 ground balls this season, placing him fourth among his teammates. He earned a season-high seven ground balls in the NESCAC Quarterfinal win over Colby. Rayner now owns two goals and two assists with 159 groundballs in 52 games.
Conner makes his first appearance on the All-N.E. team, as he did on the All-NESCAC squad earlier this month. He finished the year second on the team with 42 goals and was third with 50 points to go along with his eight assists and five man-up goals. His 2.33 goals/game place him third in the NESCAC, while he leads the team and the league with 9.22 shots/game. The offensive middie scored a season-high five goals in an 11-10 overtime win at Skidmore, while earning two or more goals 14 times this season. Conner now has 68 goals and 16 assists for 84 points in 44 career games.