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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 5, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's Craig Bunker (Topsfield, Mass.) made the first team for the third straight year and Ian Deveau earned all-conference honors for the first time as both were named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse All-League Team on Thursday.
Bunker, a two-year captain, has gone on to earn All-American honors the past two years. Meanwhile, Deveau made the second team this year after being named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2010.
Bunker, who was named to the first team as a specialist, is arguably the top face-off man in NCAA Division III. He finished his year ranked third nationally in face-off percentage behind two players from lesser leagues and 16th in groundballs per game (7.69). Bunker finished first in the NESCAC in face-off percentage (.714, 205-for-287), 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.
Deveau, who is just a sophomore, already has 38 goals and 46 assists for 84 career points. He led the Mules in scoring this past season with 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points. Deveau is fourth in the league in total points, second in total assists, and fourth in assists per game (1.56).
Deveau and Bunker helped the Mules earn a NESCAC playoff spot for a third straight year and go 9-7 overall.
NESCAC Men's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year: DJ Hessler, Tufts, senior; Rookie of the Year: Devin Acton, Amherst; Coach of the Year: Michael Higgins, Trinity
First Team: DJ Hessler, Tufts, senior, attack; David Hild, Middlebury, senior, attack; Sean Kirwan, Tufts, junior attack; Andrew Conner, Middlebury, senior, midfield; Kevin McCormick, Tufts, junior, midfield; Owen Smith, Bowdoin, senior, midfield; Matt Witko, Tufts, senior, midfield; Alec Bialosky, Tufts, senior, LSM; Craig Bunker, Colby, senior, SP; Theodore Bascom, Trinity, senior, defense; Clay Hillyer, Connecticut College, junior, defense; Matt Rayner, Middlebury, junior, defense; Peter Johnson, Trinity, junior, goaltender
Second Team: Devin Acton, Amherst, first-year, attack; Ryan Molloy, Tufts, senior, attack; Evan Redwood, Amherst, junior, attack; Ian Deveau, Colby, sophomore, midfield; Alex Fox, Amherst, junior, midfield; Mark Mangano, Connecticut College, senior, midfield; Gabe Kelley, Wesleyan, senior, LSM; Chuck Czerkawski, Connecticut College, junior, SP; Corey Jacobs, Williams, senior, SP; Matthew Egan, Bowdoin, junior, defense; Kevin Helm, Bates, junior, defense; Mike Robinson, Wesleyan, sophomore, defense; Ryan Deane, Middlebury, senior, goaltender