NEW LONDON, Conn.--On the heels of their successful 12 win season, three Connecticut College men's lacrosse players have been named to the All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Team in Division III.
Rookie net-minder Bobby Bleistein of Oyster Bay, N.Y. earned first team honors while senior midfielder John Lyons of Barrington, R.I. and sophomore attackman Chad Sawyer of Northfield, Ill. landed on the second team for the Camels.
It was an impressive first year in the cage for Bleistein to say the least. The rookie net-minder is leading the NESCAC with a .651 save percentage and 190 saves while ranking second in the conference with a 7.34 goals against average. He is also tied for sixth in the country with his impressive save percentage.
At Locust Valley High School, Bleistein was an All-Conference standout in football. On the lacrosse field, Bleistein captained his squad and was an Academic-All American as well as an All-County-Conference performer.
"Bobby had a tremendous season," Connecticut College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach and 2010 NEILA Coach of the Year Dave Cornell said. "He deserves this honor. He should have been voted to the All-NESCAC team but it didn't work out that way. This awards certainly makes up for that. He's a big reason for the successful season we had. It's also a nice feather in the cap for Bill Els who does a tremendous job working with our goalies. We had some issues early on in the season in that position and Bill made the moves necessary to put us in the right position. Our defense does a nice job of giving up the shots we want thanks to Coach Redko's leadership and Bobby makes the stops he's supposed to make more times than not. That's a recipe for success."
Lyons was honored as a 2012 USILA honorable mention All-American last year. In a breakout season for the Camels in 2012, he finished fifth in the NESCAC with 33 goals scored while adding 14 assists to rank eighth in the league with 47 points.
As a leader and tri-captain for the Camels this spring, Lyons missed 11 of his team's 16 games due to injury but his resilience and determination provided a huge lift to the team down the stretch. Lyons netted eight goals and dished out four assists in the last three games of the season as the Camels reached the semifinals in the NESCAC Championship for the second time in the past three years.
He closed out his prolific playing career with 64 goals and 43 assists for a total of 107 points. Lyons and the Camels qualified for the NCAA Championship in 2010 and again in 2012.
Lyons has also been selected to play in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/LaxWorld Annual North South Game.
An accomplished scholar and member of the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team, Lyons is a Dean's List student and will receive his economics degree this spring.
Lyons has accepted a position with Brown Brothers Harriman and Company in New York City.