Seven Golden Knights who played key roles in leading the Clarkson University Lacrosse team into the postseason have been selected as 2013 Liberty League All-Stars.
Clarkson, which posted a 4-2 mark in conference action, placed four standouts on the Liberty League’s First-Team and one on the Second Team, while two Golden Knights earned Honorable Mention status. Clarkson, which owns a 9-5 overall record, finished third in the conference standings and will battle #2-seed St. Lawrence on Friday in Canton at 4:00 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Liberty League playoffs.
Senior midfielder Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH) and sophomore attackman Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) were unanimous First-Team selections by the conference coaches. Sophomore classmates, faceoff specialist Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) and defenseman J.D. St. Croix (Camillus, NY) also gained First-Team recognition.
Shearin, a solid two-way player at midfield, scored 19 goals, including eight in conference action. He led the Green and Gold in shots on goal with 52.
Clarkson’s leading offensive threat with 43 points overall on 18 goals and 25 assists through 14 games, Herrington was second in the Liberty League in conference points and the league’s top playmaker. In six Liberty League contests, he averaged 3.67 points per game on 11 goals and 11 assists.
One of the top faceoff men in the nation, Broomfield dominated at the “X” for the Knights, winning close to 60% of his draws (158-266). He led Clarkson in ground balls, scooping up 105, and was second in the Liberty League, recording 51 ground balls through six conference games.
At 6-3, 200-pounds, St. Croix provided the Green and Gold a physical presence in front of the Clarkson goal and led the Knights’ stingy defensive effort with a team-high 18 caused turnovers. St. Croix also battled for 27 ground balls.
Earning Liberty League All-Star honors for the fourth consecutive season, senior goaltender Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) gained Second-Team recognition.
Starting all 14 games Cole posted a .594 save percentage and an 8.02 goals against average. In Liberty League action, he averaged 9.67 saves per game finishing with a .574 save percentage and a 7.92 GAA through six conference games.
Junior defenseman Rick Clement (Cotuit, MA) and sophomore midfielder Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) received Honorable Mention votes.
Another strong force in the Clarkson end, Clement recorded 37 ground balls and13 caused turnovers through 14 games, and also scored a goal in the Knights’ 15-8 victory over Liberty League foe Skidmore at Hantz Turf Field on April 14.
Gold led the Knights in goals scored with 21 overall and posted 24 points through 13 games. He finished with eight goals and 10 points in league play.