Springfield, Mass.- May 8, 2018 - After winning its 11th-consecutive conference championship, the Springfield College men's lacrosse program had nine of its student-athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference teams.
The most selections among any of the NEWMAC men's lacrosse programs, Springfield's honorees were highlighted by senior Jake Reynolds (Scitutate, Mass.) being selected as the 2018 NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Co-Athlete of the Year.
Joining Reynolds on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team were senior defenseman Connor Eschmann (Wrentham, Mass.), junior attackman Jack Vail (Franklin, Mass.), senior midfielder Duncan Preston (South Portland, Maine), senior defenseman JT Kapnis (Salem, Mass.), senior longstick midfielder Chris Cunnington (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), and sophomore shortstick defensive midfielder Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass.). Additionally, seniors Tom Hurley (Goffstown, N.H.) and Anthony Febbo (Yonkers, N.Y.) were selected to the all-conference second team.
A year removed claiming the inaugural NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, Reynolds shared the conference's top-defensive player award with Coast Guard's Trey Johnson. Reynolds, who was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player of the NEWMAC Championship for the second time in the last three seasons, has totaled 193 saves and a save percentage of .551 this season. The Health Care Management major also owns a 9.51 goals against average and had 14 games with double-digit saves, including three games with at least 15 saves.
Eschmann, a Criminal Justice major, played in 13 games and has anchored a defensive unit that is surrendering just over nine goals per contest. The senior has totaled 19 caused turnovers and picked up 27 ground balls.
Preston had a strong senior campaign as he led the Springfield's midfield unit. The Criminal Justice major scored 29 goals and added 11 assists for 40 points, and had 10 games this year where he tallied at least three points.
Vail had a special junior season and has produced a team-best 55 points. The Business Management major leads the team and the NEWMAC with 29 assists and has registered at least three goals in five outings.
A dynamic leader for the Pride and Physical Education major, Cunnington had a standout year as the Pride's longstick midfielder. In addition to totaling a team-best 54 ground balls and 19 cause turnovers, Cunnington totaled eight points, including seven goals, as a threat all-season long in transition.
Kapnis was one of three Springfield defenders to earn all-conference honors as he recorded 18 ground ball and 14 caused turnovers. A consistent and reliable defender, the Physical Education major appeared in all 18 games and caused at least one turnover in eight outings.
In his first season at Springfield, Sullivan made an immediate impact as he turned in 26 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers, to go along with nine points. The Business Management major tallied seven assists on the season, none bigger than on the overtime winner in the NEWMAC Championship Semifinals.
A Physical Education major, Hurley has contributed a team-best 33 goals to go along with 20 assists as he ranks second on the squad with 53 points. Appearing in all 18 games this season, Hurley became the 19th player in program history to reach the 100 career-goal plateau this season.
Majoring in Computer Science, Febbo put together a strong senior season on defense for the Pride as he tallied 29 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Thanks to his efforts, Springfield allowed under seven goals a game to conference opponents en route to their 11th-straight title.
Additionally, Cameron Glover (Brunswick, Maine) was named to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team, and award which is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.
Springfield heads to Stevens on Wednesday, May 9 to play in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The game starts at 7 p.m.