Every year, All-Americans move on from New England’s Division 3 lacrosse scene. Things are no different in 2019, with defensemen Connor Lansdale at Tufts, Parker Sessions at Bowdoin and Jake Cresta at Wesleyan all having graduated.
Despite those comings and goings, several standout defenseman remain throughout New England.
To take stock of what’s in store throughout the region, New England Lacrosse Journalhas highlighted five returning defensemen to keep an eye on. There’s a heavy NESCAC presence, while three are originally from New England.
Without further ado, our continued preview of the local D3 lacrosse landscape continues below.
Tufts | Sr. | Sammamish, Wash.
Broekmate is a two-year starter for the Jumbos, though has been a consistent contributor since his freshman year. Across that span, he has 107 ground balls and 50 ground balls to go alongside 14 points (10 goals, four assists). He was an Honorable Mention All-American pick in 2018, plus has established his place as arguably the NESCAC’s top defender. His leadership and experience will prove vital as Tufts seeks a trip to Philadelphia, Pa., on Memorial Day weekend.
Bates | Sr. | Hauppage, N.Y.
Fantoni’s rise at Bates continued well into 2018 with a Honorable Mention All-America nod and First Team All-NESCAC selection. Last year, he recorded 55 ground balls, fifth-most in the NESCAC among non-faceoff specialists. Meanwhile, his 37 caused turnovers were second in the NESCAC, only trailing Andres Rodriguez, a key part of Wesleyan’s 2018 national championship team. Bates is coming off an 8-8 season, though perhaps Fantoni can turn things around.
Endicott | Sr. | Duxbury, Mass.
Garrity, a former Duxbury (Mass.) High School and Laxachusetts standout, has come on strong the past two years. The peak came in 2018 when he received Honorable Mention All-America and First Team All-ACC honors. Over that span, Garrity has 70 ground balls and 46 caused turnovers. Endicott has made the CCC championship game every year since 2013 and last made the NCAA tournament in 2017. As a senior, Garrity will hope to keep those trends going strong.
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Keene State | Sr. | Guilford, Conn.
Molloy was named Little East Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, plus earned an Honorable Mention All-New England nod. That’s what came after a breakout season, one where Molloy led the LEC in caused turnovers (43), while recording 63 ground balls. Along the way, the Owls won their fifth-straight LEC title and made their ninth-ever NCAA tournament appearance, losing to Amherst in the second round.
Amherst | Soph. | Ipswich, Mass.
Sullivan didn’t receive All-NESCAC honors last year – the Rookie of the Year nod went to Wesleyan attackman Ronan Jacoby (Glastonbury, Conn.) – but his quality is undeniable. His 26 caused turnovers were fourth-most in the NESCAC, while his 30 ground balls were impressive, too. The Mammoths carry national-title aspirations in 2019, which are partially fueled by this former Phillips Exeter Academy star.