May 6, 2009

Stone, Campbell Rake NESCAC Awards

from press releases

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Four members of the Middlebury College men's lacrosse team earned All-NESCAC honors today when the league announced its honors. Senior Mike Stone (Boston, Mass.) earned NESCAC Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season, while head coach Dave Campbell was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year.

Joining Stone on the first team was senior Skyler Hopkins (Easton, Md.), while senior Dave Campbell (Boise Idaho) and junior Pete Smith (Wilton, Conn.) earned second-team honors. Third-year head coach Dave Campbell earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors, after leading the team to a 13-2 record with its 12th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers are preparing for an NCAA second-round game, which they will host this Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Stone is now a three-time All-NESCAC selection, twice earning conference player of the year honors. The senior middie owns 50 goals in 15 games this season, to go along with 15 assists for 65 points. He leads the NESCAC with 3.33 goals/game, scoring 26 in a five-game span in April. Stone has scored in every game this season, including a career-high seven goals in an April 14th win at Skidmore. The senior has 117 goals and 47 assists for 164 career points in 66 games.

Hopkins has enjoyed his most successful offensive season in his four seasons, scoring 29 goals in 15 games this season for the Panthers. His 29 tallies are second only to Stone, while he is also second on the squad with 18 assists. After not scoring in the first two games of the season, the senior has scored in all 13 games since, including back-to-back four-goal games against Colby and Amherst. The middie has found the back of the net two or more times in the last six games for Middlebury. Over 55 career games, Hopkins owns 72 goals and 32 assists for 104 points.

Smith was named to the second-team after leading the Panthers with 36 assists this season. After earning 16 his rookie season, the junior increased that number to 26 a year ago before ranking second in the NESCAC with 2.4 assists/game in '09. Smith is second on the team with 48 points, entering that column in all but one game this season. The attackman dished out six assists in a win against W&L, while earning three or more assists in a game eight times this season.

Campbell earns second-team honors as a specialist, serving as the Panthers' full-time face-off man for the past two seasons. The senior has won .546 of his face-offs this season, to go along with seven goals and one assist. He scored twice in a win over Springfield, while also finding the back on the net on two occasions in a NESCAC Quarterfinal win over Amherst. Campbell owns a .548 career face-off percentage, winning 430 of 785, to go along with 284 ground balls and 15 goals.

Coach Campbell earns NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for the first time after pacing the team to the NESCAC regular season by a two-game margin. Middlebury lost several key defenseman to graduation a year ago, but came back strong in '09 to finish with a 13-2 record heading into NCAA play. The Panthers have found a way to win this season, with three one-goal games, three three-goal games and two three-goal games, with both losses coming by a goal. Campbell now has a career record of 37-12 entering NCAA play.

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