COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse recent graduate Neil Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) was named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England second team on Tuesday for the second consecutive season.
Gallagher becomes the fourth Purple Knight to land All-New England twice, joining Kevin Simmons '08, Paul Tortora Jr. '12 and Pete Donnally '13. Gallagher and Simmons are the lone defenders on that list. Gallagher was one of seven defenders from around the region to be recognized this year, and was among three second teamers. His selection now gives Saint Michael's 17 all-region picks in the last eight years.
A second-year captain, Gallagher turned in a career-high 35 ground balls while causing 14 turnovers, tying him for 11th in the Northeast-10 Conference. He finished his career with 97 ground balls and 53 caused turnovers, tying for fourth in program history in the latter, starting the final 40 games of his tenure. Gallagher caused 52 turnovers while committing only 16 in his final three seasons alone. He anchored a defense this spring that posted its best goals-against average in five years and yielded its fewest shots in six.
One of only two Purple Knights to start all 14 games, Gallagher had multiple ground balls in 11 outings and at least one caused turnover in nine. He notched three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the season opener with Franklin Pierce University on March 3 and two more of each at Assumption College on March 10. Gallagher scooped four ground balls four times, including against Bentley University, which was receiving national votes, on April 7. He added four ground balls and two caused turnovers versus Southern New Hampshire University three days later before posting two ground balls and three caused turnovers in a narrow 10-8 loss to Le Moyne College, the No. 1 team in Division II, during Senior Day on April 21.