Men's Lacrosse Players Earn All-American & Scholar Awards
June 2, 2011
Senior David Hild (W. Hartford, Conn.) and junior Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) have both been named second-team All-Americans by the USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association). Earning honorable mention honors were seniors Andrew Conner (Alexandria, Va.) and Ryan Deane (Grosse Point, Mich.). Conner and Deane were also named USILA Scholar All-Americans. The group helped lead the Panthers to a 13-5 mark with their 14th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
After earning honorable mention honors a year ago, Hild earns a spot on the second-team. He is now a two-time All-New England and All-NESCAC selection. Hild 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, who was also an honorable mention honoree a year ago, was named to the second-team on defense. The junior is now also a two-time All-New England and All-NESCAC selection. 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.
Deane finished the season playing all but 37 minutes between the pipes. He owned an 8.87 goals against average with a 13-5 mark in ’11. Deane made 195 saves this season with a .556 save percentage. Deane recorded a .703 save percentage and a 5.50 goals against average during a 2-0 week in late March, earning NESCAC Player of the Week honors on April 4. In two years as a starter, he was 26-11 with an 8.30 GAA and a .588 save percentage.
Connor and Deane were both also honored academically. In 1989 the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. The Scholar All-Americas are recognized at the annual Lacrosse All-America Banquet.