May 4, 2010

St. Anselm Trio Named to All NE-10 Team

from press release

EASTON, Mass. -- Three members of the Saint Anselm men's  lacrosse program were named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Teams, as announced by the league office and voted on by the league's head coaches. This is the second straight year that three Hawks have been  honored by the conference.

Senior Kevin DeBenedetto (Reading, Mass.) was named as the league's  Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Hawk in program history  to earn the award. In addition, DeBenedetto also earned First Team All-Conference honors for the first time in his career. Earning Second  Team honors is senior attack Matt O'Connell (Charlestown, Mass.), who leads the Northeast-10 Conference in scoring and sits among the Saint Anselm career leaders in nearly every offensive category. Freshman Joe Robichaud (Madison, Conn.) has emerged as one of the top faceoff men in
the league and has played a key role in the team's advancing to the Northeast-10 Tournament. For his play, he was named to the league's All-Rookie Team.

DeBenedetto has set career-highs this season in both ground balls (68) and caused turnovers (54) while reaffirming his place as one of the top defensive players in Division II. A three-time All-New England player, DeBenedetto has the chance to become the first four-time winner of the award in Saint Anselm history. On Monday night, he was named as the Saint Anselm Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Student-Athlete Honor Society, DeBenedetto will graduate from Saint Anselm with a degree in international relations.

O'Connell leads the team with 57 points on 25 goals and a career-high 32 assists, along with a team-best seven man-up goals and 36 ground balls. O'Connell has points in every game this season and has scored a goal in all but one contest. Entering the Northeast-10 Tournament, O'Connell is sixth on the Saint Anselm all-time scoring list with 162 points and is just five points from moving into sole possession of third on that list. His 112 career assists is second on the Saint Anselm all-time career list as O'Connell is only the second player in Hawk history to surpass the 100-assist mark. His 57 points this season is the fourth-highest in program history, while his 32 assists are fifth, tying his own career high. Currently, O'Connell leads the Northeast-10 in points per game and is second in assists per contest and is ranked among the Division II national leaders in each category.

Robichaud has taken over as the Hawks' primary faceoff man over the last eight games and during that time, he has won 88-of-147 attempts for Saint Anselm. Included in that run was an outstanding game against Mercy College, where Robichaud won 21-of-23 faceoffs in the narrow overtime loss.

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