USILA Recognizes Four Connecticut College Camels as All-Americans

USILA Recognizes Four Connecticut College Camels as All-Americans

Bleistein and Sawyer Named to USILA All-America Team

Freedman & Lyons Honored as USILA Scholar All-Americans

NEW LONDON, Conn.--On the heels of their successful 12 win season, four Connecticut College men's lacrosse players have been honored by United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
 
Sophomore attackman Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) and freshman goalie Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) have been honored as USILA All-Americans. Both Camels were recognized as honorable mention selections.
 
Seniors Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) and John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) have been recognized as USILA Scholar All-Americans. 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.
 
It was an impressive first year in the cage for Bleistein to say the least. The rookie net-minder garnered First Team All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) honors in Division III. He 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.  Bleistein is 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 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."
 
Sawyer was recognized as a First Team All-NESCAC standout and as a second team All-NEILA selection 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.
 
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.
 
Last week, Lyons was honored with the Camel Athletic program's Anita L. DeFrantz '74 Award. The DeFrantz Award was established in 1995 by Kathryn Smith '84. It is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic medal­ist Anita L. DeFrantz '74.
 
Friday afternoon, Lyons played in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA)/LaxWorld Annual North South Game. 
 

"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.

Freedman enjoyed a productive year on the field and in the classroom. Earlier this week, Freedman was named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District ® Men's At-Large First Team in District 2, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
 
The teams have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
 
Freedman has advanced to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
 
Freedman garnered second team All-NESCAC honors at attack for the Camel men's lacrosse team. This spring, the senior standout is ranked fifth in NESCAC goals scored (36), seventh in total points (51) while also ranking ninth in the league 16 assists.
 
"Andrew had a terrific season," Cornell said.  "He had some really big games for us."
 
Freedman recently collected the 100th point of his career in a 9-8 victory against Bates College April 20. He amassed 72 goals to go along with 35 points for a career total of 107 points.
Freedman joined Lyons to represent the Camels in the USILA/LaxWorld Annual North South Game Today. 
 
In the classroom, Freedman has displayed his academic prowess as a Dean's Honors Student and has been honored on the NESCAC All-Academic squad in each of the past three seasons. Freedman is also a contributing member of the Peggotty Investment club that helps manages the College's endowment.
 
He received his degree in economics and computer science from the College last week.