Four Saints Named USILA Division III All-Americas
May 19: The postseason honors continued to roll in for the St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team on Tuesday, as four Saints landed on USILA All-America teams. Senior P.J. Santora has been named a First Team All-America, while classmate Alex Slauson is a Third Team choice. Meanwhile, senior Peter Carroll and junior Trevor Scoon earned Honorable Mention status.
Santora, who is a three-time Liberty League First Team selection, is the first First Team All-America selection for St. Lawrence under head coach Mike Mahoney and the first at St. Lawrence since 1988 (Tim Smith).
"P.J. (Santora) has been such a special player for the past four seasons," said Coach Mahoney. "His talents in the face-off ‘x' helped us extend leads and claw our way back into games. This truly shows he is one of the premier face-off middies in the country."
Santora finished the 2009 season with a face-off win percentage of .644 having won 232-of-360 draws. The Cos Cob, CT native also chipped in two goals and three assists while scooping up 111 ground balls.
Slauson, the 2009 Liberty League Player of the Year, landed Third Team honors after a brilliant campaign that included 51 points. The Shelburne, VT native scored 35 goals and assisted on 16 others to become a dominant scoring threat in the conference. Slauson finished his senior season with five game-winning goals, five man-up goals and 26 ground balls.
Carroll, who earned First Team All-Conference honors for the first time in 2009, earned All-America Honorable Mention status due to his offensive prowess and ability to create scoring chances. Using his size and strength, the Pennington, NJ native was able to get position in front of opposing goaltenders and create opportunities for the Saints' attackmen. Carroll tied Slauson for the team lead in points with 51 behind 30 goals and 21 assists.
Scoon anchored the Saints on the opposite end of the field, anchoring a defensive unit that led the league in caused turnovers (10.18) and lowest goals against average (7.70). The New Canaan, CT native added three assists in the transition game and finished with the team lead in caused turnovers with 34.
The four members of the St. Lawrence men's lacrosse team were joined by Clarkson's Greg Gibbons (attack), Skidmore's Matt Levesque (attack) and Union's Chris Keinath (goalie) as All-America recipients from the Liberty League. Gibbons, Levesque and Keinath all earned Honorable Mention status.