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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 24, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Craig Bunker (Topsfield, Mass.) became the first Colby College men's lacrosse player in program history to earn three All-American honors and also is the only Mule to ever be named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association First Team after the team was announced Tuesday.
Bunker earned second team honors as a junior and was named an honorable mention All-American after his sophomore season. Bunker was selected to the first team as a short-stick specialist for his face-off and groundball abilities.
"The whole team is extremely proud of Craig being selected as a first team All-American," Colby head coach Justin Domingos said. "He accomplished this through a ton of hard work, face-off repetitions, and from being selfless. Craig Bunker is one of the best young men I have ever had the opportunity to coach and I am really happy for both him and his family."
Bunker, a two-year captain, has already been named to the first team by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESAC).
Bunker finished the year ranked fourth nationally in face-off percentage (.714, 205-for-287) and 17th in groundballs per game (7.69). Bunker finished first in the NESCAC in face-off percentage, first in groundballs (123 total), and first in groundballs per game.
Bunker, who won more than 70 percent of his face-offs over his final two years, finished his career with 412 groundballs and won nearly 66 percent of his face-offs (689-1,045). He also had seven goals and eight assists.
Bunker helped the Mules earn a NESCAC playoff spot for a third straight year and go 9-7 overall. He was Colby's Co-Millett Award winner for contributing the most to Colby athletics in their four years.
United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American Teams
Matt Cannone, Salisbury University
Evan Douglas, Stevenson University
Johnny Rodriguez, Salisbury University
MJ Kiekebelt, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sam Bradman, Salisbury University
Craig Bunker, Colby College
Neal Barthelme, Stevenson University
Alex Burkhead, Roanoke College
Sean Aaron, Union College
Alec Bialosky, Tufts University
Jordan Macintosh, Rochester Institute of Technology
Eric Parah, SUNY Cortland
Kelso Davis, Rochester Institute of Technology
Theodore Bascom, Trinity College
Joe Banno, Haverford College
Brandon Palladino, Dickinson College
Nick Billy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ray Witte, Stevenson University
Christian Beitel, Dickinson College
Tony D'Abarno, Ohio Wesleyan University
Robert BazLen, Whittier College
Sean Calabrese, Stevenson University