Navy's Jordan DiNola
May 27, 2008
Six Patriot League men's lacrosse student-athletes garnered USILA All-America status it was announced on Sunday at the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship weekend in Foxborough, Mass. Navy placed Jordan DiNola and Nick Mirabito on the All-American list, while Colgate also had two honorees in Brandon Corp and Matt Lalli. Army's Adam Fullerton and Bucknell's Austin Winter rounded out the Patriot League picks.
DiNola was the top-ranking honoree for the Patriot League this year, earning second-team status as a defender. The senior Mid was honored for the third time in his career following up honorable mentions in both 2006 and 2007. DiNola was the anchor for Navy's defense that allowed just 6.44 goals per game and held 12 of its opponents to under double-digit scoring. He was named the 2008 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earned First-Team All-Patriot League recognition.
Mirabito was named to the All-America list for the first time ever as an honorable mention attacker after collecting 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists this season. The two-time First-Team All-Patriot League selection ended his career with 158 points (96 goals, 62 assists) to rank 10th on the Patriot League's all-time list.
Both of Colgate's honorees were named to the third team. Corp was tabbed the 2008 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and this year's Patriot League Tournament MVP after leading the Raiders to their first-ever Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament appearance. The junior attack led the League in points (56) and goals (41) and added 14 assists. This is Corp's second All-American nod, having been named honorable mention a year ago.
Lalli was tabbed an All-American for the first time in his career, following his third All-Patriot League mention in four years. The senior midfielder was second in the Patriot League in assists with 27 and was third in points with 47.
Fullerton was named a third-team All-American at the goalie position for the first time ever after earning his second-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year honor. The senior netminder paced the League in goals against average (7.29) and save percentage (.615) and registered 168 saves. His 620 career saves rank fourth on the League's all-time chart.
Bucknell had is first All-American since 2005 with Winter's honorable mention as an attack. Winter was tabbed an All-American for the first time in his career. The sophomore Bison recorded a League-best 33 assists and finished second in points with 52 and added 19 goals.
This year's six All-America honorees bring the Patriot League's total to 60 over the course of its 18-year existence. The Patriot League has had at least one All-American honoree 14 different years. The six All-Americans this year are the fourth most in a single season with the League earning 11 honorees in 2004, nine in 2005 and eight in 2006.