SCHENECTADY, NY – Four members of the Union College men’s lacrosse team have been recognized for their excellence on the field with spots on the All-America Dynamic Division III teams, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association announced on Friday afternoon. Senior Quinn Helmig was named in the All-America second team as a long stick midfielder, senior defenseman Ryan puglisi earned a place in the All-America third team, while the junior forward Keaton mccann and junior midfielder Kieran McGovern were recognized as Honorable All-America mentions.
All four caps are tied for most winners in a single season for Union (2015, 1941), while Helmig and Puglisi’s caps mark only the third time in Union’s long history (2014, 1931) that two Dutch won the first, the second. or the honors of the third team in the same season.
Helmig, who was selected to play in the USILA Division III North / South All-Star Game look here), was selected as the only long-stick midfielder of the second team. He was named to the All-Liberty League first team for the first time in his career after an excellent season helping to lead the Dutch defensive unit. He placed fourth on the team with 21 balls on the ground and led the team with 12 turnovers caused, while making the most of his forays into the offensive wing with one goal and five assists for a best six. career points.
Puglisi earns his place among the nation’s top 12 defensemen with a nod in the third team after being named honorable mention USILA Preseason All-America at the start of the season. Selected for the first team of all conferences in 2021, Puglisi was the anchor of the Dutch defensive unit this season, catching 10 downed balls and causing seven turnovers for a unit that allowed just seven evenly matched goals by match in eight games.
McCann has had another very productive season as the Union’s top offensive option, earning Honorable Mention All-America after winning All-Liberty League First Team Honors this season and Honorable Mention IMLCA All- East Region in 2019. The junior led the team with 26 goals and six assists for 32 points, finishing the Liberty League season second in goals per game (3.25 / g) and third in points per game (4, 10 / g).
McGovern also wins an All-America Honorable Mention following his All-Liberty League first-team honors in 2021. One of the Union’s best attacking midfielders, the junior has scored eight goals with five assists for 13. points in eight games, while adding 10 balls to the ground and two also caused turnovers.
After a season in which the Dutch were ranked in all USILA D-III national polls during the season and reached eighth nationally, the Union will fire three of its four All-Americans and many of its best offensive and defensive players as the team seek a return to the NCAA tournament in 2022.