Men's Lacrosse Program Earns New England Honors
May 16, 2013
Five members of the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team were honored when the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) announced its post-season team. Seniors Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.), Zach Driscoll (Concord, Mass.) and Andrew Metros (Great Neck, N.Y.) earned first-team honors, while first-year player Jon Broome (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and junior Darric White (Fairfield, Conn.) earned second-team honors. Broome was named the NEILA Rookie of the Year, while head coach Dave Campbell was named the Coach of the Year. The group helped lead the team to a 13-3 record this season, finishing first in the NESCAC.
Chapman and Driscoll anchored the Panther defense this season with the aide of White, the long-stick midfielder. The team allowed 8.44 goals/game this season, with the trio being among the team-lead in several defensive categories.
Chapman was third on the team and 12th in the NESCAC this season with 62 ground balls. He and Driscoll (41 ground balls) paced the team with 24 caused turnovers apiece, placing them fifth in the league. Chapman scored four goals and assisted on three others this season, with a season-high nine ground balls in a win over N.E.C. Driscoll found the back of the net once, with three assists, earning a season-high five ground balls twice. Chapman ends his career with 180 ground balls in 48 games, while Driscoll picked up 114 in 59 games.
White was second on the team and 11th in the league with 65 ground balls in ’13. The long-stick middie caused 16 turnovers while earning six goals and two assists for eight points.
Metros had a solid season in the midfield for the Panthers, earning 21 goals and 15 assists for 36 points, second on the team. The senior had 12 goals in his last five games of the season, including a season-high four in the regular season finale at Williams.
Broome enjoyed an impressive rookie season for the Panthers, leading the team in goals (46) and points (56) to go along with his 10 assists. His 46 goals were just one behind the league-leader, while his point total placed him third. The rookie attackman tied for fourth in the league with four man-up goals as Middlebury paced the league as the top man-up squad. He owned 13 multiple-goal games in ’13, including setting a new NESCAC Tournament record with a career-best eight tallies in a quarterfinal win over Amherst.
Now in his seventh season, Campbell earned Coach of the Year honors from the NEILA. After his team struggled a year ago with five one-goal losses in league play, Campbell led the team to a 13-3 record in ’13. The team’s 8-2 mark earned them the top seed and the right to host the NESCAC Tournament.