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Devoe Coach of the Year; 10 Bucs Earn Spot on All-MLC Team

May 9, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – The Beloit College Men’s Lacrosse team, one of three teams to share the regular season title, had 11 names appear on the 2017 All-Midwest Lacrosse Conference team, including Head Coach Rashad Devoe being named the Coach of the Year.  10 players were recognized from First Team to All-Sportsmanship Team.  The Conference Office released the Team this morning.

Chris Anderson earned his second straight First Team selection while Michael Boyland was First Team a season after earning Second Team honors.

Jake Wallace earned his third straight All-MLC honor, being named Second Team after getting First Team as a freshman and Honorable Mention last season.  Mark Gannon, Luke Thomson and Zach Carner all earned All-MLC honors for the first time with spots on the Second Team.  Honorable Mention laurels, all first-time selections, went to Matt Kelly, Nick Meisberger, and Christopher Vice.  Rikley Buckingham was named to the eight-man All-Sportsmanship Team.

Devoe, completing his second season, led the Buccaneers to the most victories in the program’s five years of existence with 10.  The seven wins in league play was also the highest total since Beloit joined the MLC in 2015.

Anderson, a sophomore defender from Amherst, Massachusetts (Regional), had 45 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers, both second on the team.  He scored one goal.  The 31 caused turnovers are fourth in a season.  In two seasons he has 47 caused turnovers, fourth all-time.

Boyland, a sophomore midfielder from Madison, Wisconsin (LaFollette) was second on the team in scoring with 43 points, including being second with 25 goals and 18 assists.  He also had 14 ground balls.  He has 82 points and 49 goals in his career, both the fifth-most all-time in Beloit history.

Jake Wallace, a junior defender from Minneapolis, Minnesota (Jefferson), continued to add to his career-leading numbers, leading the team with 75 ground balls and a school-record 44 caused turnovers.  Offensively, he added three goals and an assist.  He is the Beloit career leader in ground balls with 218 and caused turnovers with 107.

Mark Gannon, a sophomore attacker from Bellingham, Washington (Sehome), led the team with 50 points, the third-most in a season, and 27 assists, the second-most in a season, while scoring 23 goals.  He also had 24 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Luke Thomson, a sophomore long stick midfielder from Fitchburg, Wisconsin (Verona), had 35 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers while winning 19 of 46 faceoffs.  He added two assists.

Carner, a senior midfielder from Castle Rock, Colorado (Castle View), had 56 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers and 39 faceoff wins in 69 attempts.  He also scored 16 goals with six assists.  He finished his career with 140 ground balls, third-most all-time.

Kelly, a senior attacker from Byfield, Massachusetts (Triton), led the team with 26 goals and was third with 14 assists and 40 points.  He also had 15 ground balls and four caused turnovers.  He finished his career second in goals scored with 88 and third in points with 115.

Meisberger, a junior midfielder from San Diego, California (Del Norte), had 18 goals, fourth on the team, with four assists and 22 points.  He also had 21 ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Vice, a freshman faceoff specialist from Aurora, Colorado (Cherokee Trail), had 146 faceoff wins in 246 tries, recording 55 ground balls and one caused turnover.

Buckingham, a senior midfielder from Portland, Oregon (Sunset), had 13 goals, five assists and 18 points while picking up 23 ground balls and causing three turnovers.  He was also 2-2 on faceoffs.