Three Camels Garner All-New England Honors: Bleistein Receives First Team Recognition

Three Camels Garner All-New England Honors: Bleistein Receives First Team Recognition

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. 

The 72nd USILA/LaxWorld North-South Games will be played at the Edith Robb Dixon Field on the campus of Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., on Friday May 24, 2013. The Division III game will be played at 3:00 PM followed by the Division I/II game at 5:30 PM.
 
"I'm very happy for John," Cornell said.  "He should be very proud of himself.  He came back from a horrific injury and was our go to guy even playing on one leg.  He's probably the most talented player I've coached here at Connecticut College and he certainly made the most of his career even during the adversity of his injury.  I really believe he has the ability to play at the MLL level if returns to full strength.  He's a special player."

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.

Sawyer was recognized as a First Team All-NESCAC standout for the Camels this spring. In a breakthrough season on the attack, Sawyer exploded with 31 goals to go with 10 assists for a total of 41 points. With his 31 scores, Sawyer is ranked eighth in NESCAC goals scored.
 
Sawyer has been an offensive force all year long but he played a huge role in galvanizing team to its strong start. He netted the game-winning goal in the season opener at Bowdoin, propelling the Camels to a 13-12 triumph against a team that was ranked 15th in the nation.
 
Three days later in the team's home opener against an 11th ranked Tufts University squad, Sawyer erupted with six goals and one assist in a 16-15 victory.
 
"Chad was steady for us all season," Cornell said. "He's a big, strong, talented guy who makes big plays when needed.  Dan Corcoran does a nice job to put him in good situations and Chad usually executes.  The sky is the limit for him here if decides to continue with his strong work ethic."
 
Sawyer carries a major in economics along with a minor in sociology. As a Dean's List student and member of the NESCAC All-Academic squad, Sawyer helps manage a portion of the College's endowment as a Lead Sector Analyst with the Peggotty Investment Club.
 
Sawyer is a 2011 graduate of the New Trier School in Winnetka, Ill. A four-time Illinois State Champion, Sawyer is the all-time leader in goals scored and in total offensive points for the prestigious high school.