COLCHESTER, Vt. - A school-record five Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse players landed New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Academic All-New England accolades on Monday.
Recent graduates Colin Cronin (North Andover, Mass./North Andover), Neil Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School), Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep), Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) and Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) all landed the award, as Saint Michael's was the lone Division II squad with more than three honorees. Only Division I Harvard University (7) and Yale University (6) of the Ivy League and Division III Bowdoin College (8) of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) exceeded the Purple Knights' five selections among institutions in the region.
Gallagher, who was also named NEILA All-New England for the second straight year, anchored a defense this spring that posted its best goals-against average in five years and yielded its fewest shots in six. He tallied a career-high 35 ground balls while causing 14 turnovers, tying for 12th in the Northeast-10 Conference. Gallagher finished his career with 97 ground balls and 53 caused turnovers, tying for fourth in program history in the latter.
In his first season as a defensive starter, Cronin logged career highs in ground balls (19) and caused turnovers (13), tying for 18th in the NE10 in caused turnovers. Johnson was limited to 11 games, including seven starts, due to injury but still totaled nine caused turnovers and eight ground balls with zero turnovers as a starter on defense. He finished his career ninth in program history with 37 caused turnovers. Sonberg served his lone season as the Purple Knights' starting goalie by posting a .510 save percentage with 7.8 stops per game and 19 ground balls.
Loughlin notched four goals, two assists and three ground balls in the first two games before missing the rest of the season due to injury. An attackman, Loughlin ended up fourth in school annals in career assists (67) and tied for 13th in points (120), within 10 of the top 10 despite playing only 42 games.