COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse rising senior defender Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) added to his postseason awards on Tuesday, claiming the first New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England accolade of his career. A member of the second team, he was also named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference third team two weeks ago.
Moriarty was one of six defenders from around the region to be recognized this year, and was among three second teamers. His selection gives Saint Michael's 18 all-region picks in the last nine years. The Purple Knights have been represented on an All-New England team by a defender each of the last three seasons, thanks to Neil Gallagher '18 claiming nods as a junior and senior. Moriarty joins Gallagher and Kevin Simmons '08 as the only Purple and Gold defenders to earn NEILA All-New England prior to their senior years.
Moriarty broke Peter Hanson's '12 (44) seven-year-old program record for caused turnovers, totaling 45 to go along with 39 ground balls. The captain currently leads Division II in total caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game (3.0) and helped the Purple Knights average 11.4 caused turnovers, which sits fifth in the nation. His season mark is currently tied for sixth in NCAA history, while his per-game average sits fifth. Moriarty also led the NE10 in caused turnovers during conference play (32), which was eight more than any other individual, while 24 of his caused turnovers came against opponents who were either nationally ranked or receiving votes.
Moriarty's is tied for second at Saint Michael's in career caused turnovers (70) with Neil Kelly '13 and is just seven behind Luke Solms' '15 program record. Moriarty registered a career-high seven caused turnovers against No. 1 Adelphi University on March 30, which were the most caused turnovers in a game by a Purple Knight since complete records became available in 2006. He posted seven games of at least four caused turnovers and five games of at least five caused turnovers, including a nine-ground ball, five-caused turnover performance against Southern New Hampshire University on April 10.